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==Stay safe==
If you are looking to stay in Devon why not consider staying in a self catering holiday cottage. There are many holiday companies around in the South West that offer self catering accommodation.  We stayed with a company called Blue Chip Vacations and the cottage was excellent.  Check out [ Devon cottages], [ Devon holiday homes] and [ Devon holiday apartments]
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.
==Get out==
==Get out==

Revision as of 15:30, 28 March 2008

Devon [1] (also known, far less commonly, as "Devonshire") is a large county in England's West Country, bordered to the west by Cornwall and to the east by Dorset and Somerset. Uniquely amongst English counties, Devon has two separate coastlines: to the south, on the English Channel and to the north, on the Irish Sea and Bristol Channel. These are studded with resort towns, harbours and (more recently) surfing beaches. Devon is also home to two National Parks - Dartmoor and Exmoor - and includes the island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel / Irish Sea.

Ilfracombe In Devon


Map of Devon


  • Exeter - cathedral and university city, county town of Devon
  • Plymouth - largest city in Devon



Other destinations


The name "Devon" derives from the Celtic people who inhabited the southwest of Britain at the time of the Roman invasion, the Dumnonii.

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 Exmoor seaboard. 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 these cliffs 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 northern limit is St Anne's Head in Pembrokeshire, forty-eight miles from Hartland Point.

Many of the rocks that make up Deveon are exceptional specicimins 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 'Old Red Sandstone' deposits with Langstone rock, a 400 million year old Conglomerate rock
  • Exceter Castle is an old volcano and there are fine exposures of Limestone in Torquay

This site has more information on Geological Tourism

Get in

By train

Exeter has two main train stations, St. Davids (where most long-distance services call,) and Central. Central, unsurprisingly, is closer to the centre of town, but the two are within a short walk of one another.

If visiting from Cornwall, the railway will take you across the Royal Albert Bridge from Saltash (in Cornwall) into Devon. When crossing this bridge, you will enjoy marvelous views of the River Tamar, which it crosses.

If visiting from the south, the railway line between London (Waterloo) and Exeter via Salisbury will transport you into east Devon, with connections with other parts of Devon at Exeter (St Davids station).

If visiting from 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 and then to Cornwall.

By road

The M5 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.

A park and ride service is available, see National Park and Ride Directory

By boat

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 to Swansea in a year or two's time.

By plane

There is one (small) international airport in Devon, Exeter International ( Regional flights from Gatwick, Mancherster, Leeds and Bristol also go to Plymouth Airport (

Get around

By bus


  • Dartmoor National Park [2]
  • Exmoor National Park [3]
  • the Dorset and East Devon Coast, or Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site
  • Lundy Island [4], an island in the Bristol Channel, an important conservation site with England's only statutory Marine Nature Reserve
  • Buckfast Abbey [5]
  • Devon Information, photographs and views for the towns and villages of Devon


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.


Stay safe

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.

Get out

The county of Cornwall lies to the west of Devon, Dorset and Somerset to the east and north.

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