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Devon is a wonderful place to get out walking
Watching the pennies? Holidaying on a budget? Don’t worry – visit Devon and you’ll find an abundance of things to do…for free!
Yes, free. Devon has plenty to do and see that won’t cost you a penny, so if you’re trying to keep those holiday costs down but don’t want to skimp on the enjoyment, then Devon’s the right destination for you.
We have two glorious National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Both have their own unique characters – while Dartmoor is a wild, wide-open place filled with mystery, towering granite Tors and dramatic scenery, Exmoor (although it too has its open spaces), is filled with secret, hidden treasures such as Tarr Steps. And if you’re into star-gazing, Exmoor is now designated as a Dark Sky Reserve (one of only two in the world) so on a clear night you’re guaranteed to see the Milky Way in all its true splendour without any light pollution masking the view!
Over on Dartmoor you’ll be able to grab the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and stumble across Neolithic monuments, dramatic gorges and beautiful sights, such as the Dartmoor ponies. Both moors have their legends too – on Exmoor you can discover the world of Lorna Doone, while on Dartmoor be careful not to get caught in the ‘Grimpen Mire’ or chased by the dreaded Hound of the Baskervilles!
Ramble the length of Devon for free on the South West Coast Path, a fantastic route which will introduce you to some of the finest views and bring you all the way around to the Jurassic Coast, where you can hunt on the beach for fossils. Throughout Devon a network of paths and bridleways will take you off the beaten track and into the heart of the countryside – and there are plenty of local pubs on the way to grab some well-earned refreshments too. For a free walk in the city, try one of Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours, a must on any visit to Exeter.
Try geocaching - otherwise known as a digital treasurehunt. Hunting for hidden 'caches' using a smart phone for navigation is becoming increasingly popular, and is a great way to get children out on a walk. It's also surprisingly easy to get started; read our guide to geocaching in Devon.
Surfers are spoilt for choice, with easier peaks on the south coast and at the sandy expanse of Woolacombe beach on the North Devon coast, while more capable board-jockeys can head to Croyde for some challenging waves. If you’re not a surfer, there are lots of rock pools to discover here too.
Back on the south coast you can grab a bucket and spade for a few pennies and go crabbing at Dittisham, and if the weather is at its best then you can head to any one of the numerous Blue Flag beaches around Devon for a splash in the waves. If you don’t fancy the idea of open-sea swimming then pack your costume and head to Shoalstone Open Air Pool.
If you like a bit of culture, there are plenty of freebies on offer too. Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, voted 'Museum of the Year', for national and regional touring exhibitions, or wander around west Devon’s castles at Lydford, or visit the West Devon UNESCO World Heritage. You can visit the fascinating herb gardens at Buckfast Abbey (and pick up a bottle of their famous fortified wine while you’re there) or follow the Agatha Christie Literary Trail through Torquay and Torbay for a glimpse into the Queen of Crime’s life.
No matter what you want to do, there’s plenty of choice in Devon, and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny!
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Newton Abbot and Dartmoor
House of Marbles is great to visit year-round. With lots to do for all the family, you can visit the glass, games, marble and pottery museums, browse the unique emporium with...
The rich meadows and woodland are host to a wide range of wildlife which thrives in the quiet valleys. Most of the land is in private ownership but there is access to...
A great confidence builder when moving on from the Discovery Trail.
Start on the short loop and build up your stamina by adding on the long loop. The short loop is 6 miles...
Part of the large East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest (much of which is managed by Clinton Devon Estates) Aylesbeare Common is a large area of...
A fascinating self-guided tour. Pick up a free leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre and explore the key sites of Exeter's most important historical industry - the...
Award-winning public art gallery based in Honiton, East Devon featuring an acclaimed programme of contemporary art exhibitions by South West artists as well as major national...
Historic Watermill with three floors of shopping and restaurant. Specialising in quality gifts and food with the Old Corn Loft a dedicated traditional toy shop.
Nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalk through beautiful marshland and reed beds alongside the river Axe, home to an abundance of wildlife.
Seaton Wetlands are made up...
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Exeter city centre then this is a great place to come and walk your dog and explore the woods following the two way-marked...
Burgh Island is an impressive landmark on the South Devon Coast - steeped in history, heritage, and even a famous visitor or two.
Burgh Island can be accessed via...
Newton Abbot and Dartmoor
The main feature of this site is Stover Lake and its marsh. This 4 hectare lake supports a wealth of water birds and an excellent assemblage of dragonflies and damselflies;...
This site takes it's name from a small oak wood. This amazing woodland is important for the mosses and lichens that festoon the trees and the impressive granite boulders...
Exmouth Local Nature Reserve is a massive area of tidal sand and mud at the southern end of the Exe estuary – in fact, it’s one of the biggest Local Nature Reserves in Devon....
Exeter's Historic Quayside is one of the most attractive areas of the city, popular with locals and visitors alike for its fascinating history, interesting architecture and...
Branscombe Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ideal for families, this Shingle beach...
A fascinating self-guided tour. Pick up a free leaflet from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets and discover the exciting history of Exeter's City Wall.
The oldest parts...
Exmouth beach is a 2 mile stretch of golden sand - a paradise for children and adults alike.
A gateway to the UNESCO Jurrasic Coast World Heritage site, and on the...
A self-guided trail with five information boards exploring Ludwell Valley Park.
The information boards each show a different aspect of the valley park including its...
The Exeter Green Circle is a 12 mile walking route around Exeter city. It has something for everyone, from the toddler to the rambler - from city pavements to country...