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Ryan Darby

Ryan Darby

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Plan your next Devon road trip to snap these picturesque routes

Devon is awash with stunning backdrops, adventurous roads and beautiful scenery, there is so much to explore.

Whether you’re after a 10-mile hike or a country pub for a spot of lunch, there is something for everyone in Devon, from the rolling hills of Dartmoor to the crisp coastlines of Brixham.

If you’re out of ideas for your next road trip, why not stay local and enjoy some of the amazing views the South West has to offer?

As we celebrate the best of Devon, we’ve picked out some of the best ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Devon.

If you’ve just taken hold of the keys to your brand new car lease, go and charge your cameras, pack yourself a lunch and hit the road. You’re not going to want to miss some of these breathtaking spots.

Where to stop on a road trip in Devon

Valley of Rocks, Lynton

Walk through the Valley of Rocks and you could easily find yourself mistaking it for a sunny European getaway on a sunny day.

Located in Lynton, Exmoor, this picturesque coastal route is a must if you want to combine a road trip with a hearty walk. The stunning rock formations make for the perfect backdrop in what is widely considered one of the best spots to visit in Devon.

It’s not all about the views, though. The area is steeped in history. It’s a setting that inspired famous writers such as William Wordsworth and Devon-born Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

What is there to do in the Valley of Rocks?

  • Visit The Oak Room for a bit to eat, serving tapas and Spanish wine.
  • Keep an eye out for the wild goats!

Labrador Bay, Shaldon

In between Torquay and Teignmouth, Labrador Bay is the perfect pit stop for your next road trip.

This picturesque car park offers views across to Torquay and on a sunny day, over to Teignmouth.

It's a trip that's best reserved for a sunny day, so you can take full advantage of the ice cream van that is often stationed there.

From there, you’re only a few minutes in the car from Shaldon, where there's lots to explore, including Ness Cove Beach and local eateries and cafes.

What is there to do at Labrador Bay?

  • Stop for an ice cream
  • Perfect pitstop on your way to Teignmouth or Dawlish
  • Venture down into Shaldon

Dartmoor National Park, Pork Hill

There’s so much to see at Dartmoor National Park, it’s hard to single it down to one place.

Pork Hill is amongst the most picturesque areas on the ‘Moors and makes for a great family walk. There’s a car park nearby and you’ve got miles of greenery to explore from there. Fear not, for those who have taken out an electric car lease, there are charging ports available in various car parks.

With acres of historic tors, you’re almost guaranteed a picture-perfect shot in whatever direction you face. You’re never too far away from a nice spot to eat either, with the likes of Eversfield Organic nearby, serving delightful local produce.

Once you’re back in the car, you’re around 10 minutes away from Tavistock if you’re on the hunt for another historic market town to explore.

What is there to do at Pork Hill?

  • Embrace the open space and enjoy a long walk
  • Travel into Tavistock
  • Stop off at Eversfield Organic

Wistlandpound Reservoir, Exmoor

Another beautiful spot within Exmoor National Park, Wistlandpound Reservoir is a must.

If you didn’t know any different, this is a setting that could easily be mistaken for a beautiful river somewhere like the States or Canada, such is the tranquillity.

Tight country roads will limit your photo opportunities somewhat, but approaching the reservoir is a moment you won’t want to miss.

There’s cheap all-day parking, wheelchair and pushchair accessible paths and activities that all ages can enjoy to make a day out of your visit. 

What is there to do at Wistlandpound Reservoir?

  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Dog friendly walks

Bigbury on Sea, Kingsbridge

One of the most popular beaches across the county, there is so much to do at Bigbury on Sea. Perfect for all sorts of activities, it’s a location where you can really make a day of it.

Stealing the show on the list of things to do is most certainly Burgh Island, an eye-catching hotel located on its own private island. There are plenty of spots to stop and grab a drink or a bite to eat, including the popular Pilchard Inn. 

With endless views of the English Channel, coastal clifftops and stunning beaches, there are photo opportunities everywhere you look. 

Dogs are welcome from October through until May, something to consider depending on what time of year you visit.

What is there to do at Bigbury on Sea?

  • Visit Burgh Island
  • Activities including; boat hire, paddle boarding and surfing
  • Explore Hope Cove nearby

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