Top Ten things to do in Devon in spring
Spring is here, so let’s get out and enjoy it! Here’s our list of the top ten things to do in Exeter, Exmouth, Mid Devon, East Devon, and Newton Abbot when the sun is out and new life is everywhere.
1. Go on a bike ride
Devon is made for cycling, with its network of cycle paths and beautiful scenery. If you love driving down to Exmouth or Dawlish, why not try cycling there instead? The Exe Estuary trail is virtually traffic free and surfaced throughout for easy cycling – and you can’t beat the views on the way, or a pit stop pint at one of the pubs along the route. For more information, where you can also find details of popular routes along the Grand Western Canal, the Stover Trail, and the Dart Valley Cycleway, visit www.exploredevon.info/category/activities/cycle
2. Pack a picnic
Grab a blanket, crack open a hamper, and fill it with delicious treats to enjoy in the open air wherever you choose. If you need some inspo for delectable delights to make and bake, visit our recipes page; we’ll be devouring our Ham, Roasted Pepper, and Feta Cheese Flan sitting in the sunshine somewhere.
3. Take a trip to the National Trust
Many properties close over the winter and while it’s always nice to explore the gardens, when the houses open for visits in the spring, it’s always exciting to delve inside and discover gothic treasures and preserved history. We recommend having a mooch around Knightshayes in Tiverton, A La Ronde in Exmouth, or Bradley Manor in Newton Abbot.
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4. Join a Red Coat Guided Tour
Be a tourist in your own neighbourhood and take a free, yes FREE, guided walking tour around the historic city of Exeter – one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England (and no, we’re not biased!) You need to book in advance, so plan ahead now for the Easter holidays and grab a spot. Visit www.exeter.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/our-attractions/red-coat-guided-tours/summer-2022-tour-programme/
5. Explore the moors
The moors aren’t just for walking on and imagining you’re Heathcliff or Cathy – Dartmoor is alive with activity this spring, as well as new life and the adorable ponies. Join a cuckoo fact trail, explore a Devon longhouse, or even help with a planned litter pick; there’s lots to do and enjoy.
6. Make waves
It’s never too early for a paddle in the sea! The question is, with so many beautiful beaches to choose from in Devon, which one will you choose for a dip? In our humble opinion, you can’t beat Exmouth, Dawlish Warren or Budleigh Beach! It’s time to dig out your wetsuit (let’s be realistic, it’ll be freezing!) and dive on in!
7. Fun in the forest
Fancy a quiet stroll through the softly carpeted woods? Or an exhilarating off road bike ride? Haldon Forest offers both, as well as Go Ape Treetop Adventures, Segway experiences and so much more. Have you done the Superworm trail yet? It’s the perfect Easter holiday activity with children.
8. Run to the RAMM
Let’s face it – spring isn’t always warm sunshine and bright blue skies, so you always need an indoor activity up your sleeve. Have a go at neolithic weaving, bead making, or Roman mosaic art in drop-in workshops in April – don’t forget to swing past Gerald the giraffe and say hello too!
9. Pay a visit to the Dawlish swans
Think spring, think hatching chicks and new life, and where better to see that in action than in Dawlish, where there is a hatchery for waterfowl, and very often, brand new fluffy ducklings on display! Better still, the hatchery is opposite the renowned Gays Creamery, so you can sit licking an ice cream while enjoying observing the wildlife on the water. Pay particular attention to Dawlish’s famed black swans, they’re really special to see.
10. Discover the Jurassic coast
Spanning four distinct geographic regions – East Devon, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland and Purbeck, the Jurassic coast offers miles of stunning scenery and walks that are a feast for the senses. Why not see how many miles of it you can cover this spring?
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