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Top 5 Outdoor Adventures in South Devon

South Devon is a treasure trove of natural beauty and exciting outdoor activities. From the serene coastline to the rolling countryside, this region offers something for everyone. Whether you're seeking a thrilling sea adventure, a peaceful retreat, or a fun-filled day with the family, South Devon has it all. Let’s take a look at five of the best outdoor adventures you can experience in South Devon.

Beautiful inner seaside harbour at Torquay English Riviera Devon England

Boat trips in South Devon

From April to October, boat trips in Torquay offer visitors to South Devon a unique perspective of the stunning English Riviera. Sightseeing trip, fishing excursions, ferry rides, there's really something for everyone. The Western Lady Ferry Service provides an exciting Sea Train Adventure, combining boat trips with steam train rides and bus journeys. Meanwhile, Paignton Pleasure Cruises offer regular ferry services and cruises to Dartmouth, making it easy to explore the coastline from the water.

Anstey Cove Beach in Torquay

Anstey Cove Beach in Torquay is a stunning natural escape away from the bustling crowds. This small shingle beach is perfect for renting a deckchair, paddling in the clear waters, or enjoying a snack at the beach café. The surrounding woodland hills offer scenic trails as part of the South West Coastal Path. A walk from Torquay to Babbacombe via Anstey’s Cove and Oddicombe Beach is ideal for nature lovers, with opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

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English Riviera Air Show

Held in Paignton, the English Riviera Air Show is a thrilling event featuring breathtaking aerial displays. Scheduled for 1st-2nd June 2024, the air show includes performances by the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The event also features live music, a static Spitfire display, and an artisan market. It's a free event that attracts thousands of visitors each year, offering a perfect blend of aviation excitement and local festivities.

Explore the South Devon Countryside

The South Devon countryside is a haven for outdoor adventurers, and the South West Coast Path is a mere 5-minute walk from Orestone Manor! With three National Landscapes and Dartmoor National Park, the region is home to lush fields, wooded valleys, and rugged moorland. Footpaths and cycleways crisscross the area, inviting exploration. The South Devon National Landscape covers 60 miles of coastline, while the Blackdown Hills and East Devon National Landscapes offer diverse terrains from steep valleys to heathland. Dartmoor National Park, with its granite tors and ancient woodlands, provides endless opportunities for hiking, climbing, and horse riding.

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Golf in South Devon 

South Devon is home to some of the most scenic golf courses in the UK. Torquay Golf Club, established in 1909, offers a challenging parkland layout with stunning views of Lyme Bay and Dartmoor. Teignmouth Golf Club, designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, features an 18-hole moorland links course with spectacular sea and moor views. Both clubs welcome visitors and provide excellent facilities, making them perfect for a day on the green amidst beautiful natural surroundings.

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Relax at Orestone Manor

After a day of adventure, why not unwind at Orestone Manor, our charming country house hotel by the sea. Enjoy a delicious meal in our award-winning restaurant, relax in the beautifully decorated rooms, take in the stunning sea views: Orestone Manor is the perfect place to recharge after an action-packed outdoor trip. Make your South Devon experience truly unforgettable and book your room today.

Posted by Craig on May 24th 2024

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