Alright, me lover? Welcome to Devon – the perfect coastal-meets-rural retreat. 

Devon is an outdoor lover’s playground with dramatic coastlines, wild national parks and cute country villages – oh, and cracking cream tea! Our local guides will help you discover Devon’s most spectacular scenery and a few hidden gems along the way. Ramble along the awe-worthy Jurassic Coast (and maybe find a fossil or two), get lost in the beauty of Dartmoor National Park, explore ancient castle ruins and swim in secluded natural swimming pools. On a warm summer’s day, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the tropics (and we’re not even joking). 

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A scenic view of Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Devon

Explore the stunning Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is nothing short of magical. Explore 95 miles of stunning coastline filled with rugged cliffs, soul-stirring rock formations and beautiful beaches like the iconic Lulworth Cove – not to mention the countless beaches between Weymouth and Swanage. With 185 million years of history embedded in the rocks, it’s heaven on Earth for geologists and you might be lucky to find some treasure on the beach.

The golden hour sun shining on Portland Lighthouse

Visit the unique Isle of Portland

Experience a slice of remote island life on the Isle of Portland – the most southern point of the Jurassic Coast. You’ll discover gorgeous coastal scenery, old lighthouses, medieval castles and secret coves. There are many stories and secrets to uncover on this little island, from walking through the eerie pirates’ graveyard to visiting old smuggler hotspots and shipwrecks. Portland is also a hotspot for kayaking, rock climbing and stand-up paddleboarding.

A scenic view of Corfe Castle on a clear day

Soak up 1,000 years of history at Corfe Castle

There’s something special about ancient castle ruins, but there’s something even more magical about castles with sweeping views of the Purbeck peninsula. Soak up 1,000 years of history as you wander through the romantic ruins. Find hidden rooms where nature has taken over, look out for the eerie ‘murder holes’ or maybe even watch one of the battle reenactments to see the castle come back to life. 

A person swimming in Sharrah Pool in Dartmoor National Park

Swim in secluded natural watering pools

Fancy taking a dip in totally tranquil waters surrounded by lush woodland and wildlife? Sharrah Pool is England’s version of a tropical oasis. The walk to the pools is just as gorgeous. Wind along a path through dense forest, hear the sound of the River Dart rushing beside you and smell the fresh scent of forest fern. We promise the tingling cold water will be worth it – in fact, you might not want to get out!

Cows grazing in the Moorlands in Dartmoor National Park

Explore the wildness of Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is filled with fairytale-like forests, wild moorlands, lush river valleys, fascinating history and unique wildlife. Go searching for tors (large free-standing rock formations), see ancient stone circles, kayak in bubbling rivers, or float through pretty villages on a stand-up paddleboard. Oh, and don’t forget to indulge in a traditional Devonshire cream tea at one of the village teahouses!

Kayakers near Old Harry Rocks at Worth Matravers in Devon

Pay Old Harry a visit

Old Harry Rocks is a group of stunning white limestone formations with over 100 million years of history. Legend has it Old Harry was named after a scandalous pirate who hid his ship behind the rocks to prey on merchant ships. But Old Harry really is a rock star – you can see them glimmering against the blue sea and green headlands from miles off. Walk around the clifftops for incredible views or get up close on a kayak. 

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Devon FAQs

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce:  

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

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Devon is easily reached by car, train, coach or bus. The two main train lines into Devon are the Paddington line (operated by Great Western Railway) and the Waterloo line (operated by South Western Railway). The National Express run coach services to Devon from all over Britain with stops in Exeter, Tiverton, Plymouth, Bideford, Barnstaple, Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe. If you're coming from further afield, the closest international airports are Exeter and Bristol. No matter how you get here, the best part about travelling to Devon is that you’ll be treated to fabulous views along the way.

Getting around Devon is easy thanks to a reliable public transport network. Most of Devon’s major towns and villages are connected via bus routes with Stagecoach South West. Devon also has some stunning scenic rail journeys like the English Riviera, Dartmoor and Tarka lines with incredible views of the Devonshire coast and countryside. Rural areas might have limited public transport or no services at all, so make sure you plan ahead.

Devon has similar weather to the rest of the UK. The county has a temperate maritime climate and rarely experiences extreme hot and cold weather. This means winter is chilly and wet (with a few beautifully clear and crisp days thrown in there too), and summer is warm with some occasional hot days. Spring is usually mild and wet, while autumn experiences mild weather in the day with cooler nights.

What to pack for your trip to Devon depends on the season. The summer can be warm, so t-shirts, shorts, skirts and pants are all suitable. You’ll still want to bring some warm layers such as a light jacket or fleece as the temperature can drop in the evenings or it might feel chilly if a sea breeze rolls in. For winter trips, it's best to bring warm clothes that are going to keep you dry and snug such as long-sleeved tops, a wind-proof and waterproof coat, scarves, gloves, etc. It’s always a good idea to bring an umbrella no matter the season in case the heavens open (which happens quite a bit in the UK!). 

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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