* [[Beer (Devon)|Beer]]
* [[Bovey Tracey]]
[[Bideford]] - ferry to [[Lundy]]
* [[Dartmouth (Devon)|Dartmouth]]
* [[Exmouth (England)|Exmouth]]
* [[Totnes]] - has a lively arts scene.
* Villages in [[Dartmoor]] and [[Exmoor]] will be found on the pertinent pages.
*The island of [[Lundy]]
*'''[[Dartmoor]] National Park,''' a huge area of moorland occupying much of the centre of the county.
The name "Devon" derives from the Celtic people who inhabited the southwest of Britain at the time of the Roman invasion, the ''Dumnonii''. Devon's flag is green, with a black and white cross.
Devon has produced tin, copper and other metals throughout its history. Tin was found in the granite of Dartmoor, and copper in the areas around the moor. In the eighteenth century, Devon Great Consols mine (near [[Tavistock]]) was believed to be the largest copper mine in the world.
Devon has the highest coastline in southern England and [[Wales]] on
it's Exmoorseaboard. The "hob-backed" hills of the exmoor national park tumble down to
the coast on Devon's Bristol Channel coast, culminating at the awesome
"Great Hangman", a 1043ft hill with a cliff-face of
820 foot, while the"Little Hangman" has a cliff-face of 716 foot. The best way to see thesecliffs is from a boat trip from [[Ilfracombe]] or ( occcassionally) [[Lynmouth]]or [[Swansea]]; the ferry sevice from Penarth in [[South Wales]] to Ilfracombe also
passes by this massive coastline (see below).
Devon's Hartland point is the south-west limit of the Bristol Channel; in other
words where the Bristol Channel meets the
atlantic ocean. The northernlimit is St Anne's Head in [[Pembrokeshire]], forty-eight miles from Hartland Point.
Many of the rocks that make up Deveon are exceptional specimens of a geological Era, in homage to this, the geological period is called the 'Devonian', between 416 million years ago and 360 million years ago; Devon's Geological Sites include:
*Dawlish Sea Wall, fine examples of wind blown 'Young Red Sandstone' deposits with Langstone rock, a 250 million year old Conglomerate rock
Exceter Castle is an old volcano (volcanic rocks were used in the construction of the Roman buildings) and there are fine exposures of Limestone in Torquay
The larger towns and cities in Devon have small but developing lesbian and gay communities, notably in Plymouth, Torquay and Exeter. Plymouth and Exeter have annual Pride events. In the more rural areas of Devon homophobia can be common and discretion is advised.
The Devon County Council Site [http://www.devon.gov.uk/geology.htm
/] has more information on Geological Tourism
If visiting from the south, the railway line between [[London]] (Waterloo) and [[Exeter]] via [[Salisbury (England)|Salisbury]] will transport you into east Devon, with connections with other parts of Devon at [[Exeter]] (St Davids station).
If visiting from [[Somerset (England)|Somerset]] and places north of [[London]] and [[Bristol]], the Great Western Main Line will take you to Tiverton Parkway station (a
few miles away from [[Tiverton]] itself) and then to [[Exeter]]. It will then carry on to [[Newton Abbot]] (where the line to [[Torquay]] and [[Paignton]] diverges from the main line) to [[Plymouth (England)|Plymouth]] and then to [[Cornwall]].
is the only motorway to enter Devon. Coming from Bristol to the north-east, it terminates in Exeter, where it splits into the A30 and the A38.
There is a once-daily Megabus service to Exeter from London Victoria (and vice versa,) but this ultra-economy service can be very uncomfortable and very late.
It is possible to travel to [[Ilfracombe]] in North Devon from Penarth and [[Swansea]] in [[South Wales]] on the paddle steamers Waverly and Balmoral. The Penarth to Ilfracombe journey is particularly scenic, as you also get to see the picturesque towns of [[Lynton]], [[Lynmouth]], the "Valley of the Rocks" and the awesome Great Hangman (the highest cliff in Devon at
1043ft). Leisurely traveling to Devon on a paddle steamer is certainly superior to driving there on the often congested M5!!! There is also a strong possibility of a fast catermaran Ilfracombe ferry [http://distributedresearch.net/blog/2007/07/10/ferry-between-ilfracombe-and-swansea-minehead-and-penarth-by-2008] to Swansea in a year or two's time.
one (small) international airport in Devon, Exeter International (http://www.exeter-airport.co.uk ). Regional flights from Gatwick, Mancherster, Leeds and Bristol also go to Plymouth Airport (http://www.plymouthairport.com ).
Latitudes and Longitudes in Devon can be obtained from an interactive travel map at Stairway to Devon [http://www.stairway-to-devon.co.uk/devon-maps/devon-map-coordinates.html].
*'''Buckfast Abbey''' [http://www.buckfast.org.uk/]
*<see name="Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park" alt="" address="Crealy Great Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR" directions="" phone="
01395 233 200" url="http://www.crealy.co.uk/devon/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great family days out at Devon's top theme park.</see>*<see name="Fly Fishing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+44 (0) 1363 82786" url="http://devonschoolofflyfishing.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The rivers around Devon have Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon. Guides can provide equipment & instruction on fly fishing for all experience levels. </see>
The '''cream tea''', involving scones, jam and clotted cream, is a local speciality and may well have originated in Devon (although neighbouring counties also claim it); in many countries, however, this combination is known as '''Devonshire Tea'''.
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Self catering holiday cottages and holiday apartments in Devon by Blue Chip Vacations UK.
Devon is a very safe place to live and visit. Crime levels are well below the average for England
, this is in part a reflection of Devon's rural population distribution.