I spent a few days down in Devon around Torquay at the beginning of September, with my brother and his friend the three of us headed off on motorbikes for a different kind of roadtrip. The boys drove and I pinched a seat on the back of my brothers bike. I’ll be telling you all about my motorbiking experience in another post but first here are some things to do in the area.
Living in Scotland has taught me that you can travel in your home country and you will find amazing places you didn’t know exist. I have spent many years living on the south coast of England, holidaying in Devon and Cornwall was frequent but I never really appreciated it. Heading back that way this time, with a travellers mindset meant I saw a lot more than I expected.
Getting Touristy In Devon
Is a beautiful town on the water, you have to cross by ferry coming from Torquay or drive all the way around the water inlet but it’s worth it. The buildings are all colourful with beautiful architecture and located around the water. With plenty of shops and cafés, you could easily fill a morning here. You can travel here by ferry from Torquay too and there is also an iconic steam train running return trips from the town. Owing to the fact I did the Jacobite previously that week we gave it a miss.
Another gorgeous seaside town, this one smaller than Dartmouth and easier to access. The water front is busy with cafés, shops, restaurants, a tall ship and more. The morning we visited there was also a book sale happening. There was fresh seafood everywhere and so many places to choose to eat. Typically we managed to pick a cafe which took forever to serve our food. When we did receive it, the food was yummy though.
This is the second branch of this company, the other being an inside waterpark located near my parents house. I do love a good waterpark having frequented the other branch as well as exploring water parks abroad. Entrance was £10.50 for two hours and being late summer you don’t want any longer. They do have wetsuits available but I decided to brave it with just my rash vest. The park didn’t quite live up to expectations, especially as we had to queue for ages to get a ring – which you needed for some of the rides. It was a good laugh however and something fun while the sun was out.
Dartmoor National Park
A bit of a trek from Torquay but worth it if you have the time. I say this but we actually only scrapped the edges of Dartmoor. We were short on time so couldn’t get to the centre, where the views and ‘typical’ looking national park can be found. We did however find a castle run by the National Trust which had a cafe with amazing cake!
There is lots to do around the sea front in Torquay. Grab a look at the sandy man on the beach – each day he draws something in the sand, he is very impressive. There is a big wheel and zoo if such takes your fancy if not just wandering around the marina is fun. There are your typical English beach arcades too, you can waste your 2p’s in there for hours. Around this area are also plenty of eating options and a theatre.
Before heading down to Devon I wasn’t sure how much we would find to do and found myself googling some options incase. Paddle boarding was a popular option along with suggested beaches and a visit to some caves. In the end however we found enough to do just by walking and riding around the local area. For anyone who can’t afford to travel aboard some of these things are the perfect way to get out exploring your home country.