When you think of South Devon, you immediately think of sandy beaches, blue skies and palm tree lined streets which might make you think that it is a place that is only worth visiting in the summer. We’re here to tell you that you’re wrong, there are a host of reasons why you should consider South Devon for a trip during the autumn months, here are just five reasons why you should consider South Devon for a break this autumn.

The views

South Devon is stunning in the sunshine, whether you’re overlooking the harbour at Brixham, the hoe in Plymouth or Hope Cove there are some truly beautiful views to be found in this part of the county. In the autumn though, with those October sunsets and the russet colours of the trees, those dramatic views become something else entirely.

The food

Whether you’re into the fresh seafood and fish coming straight in from the coast or the delectable cream teas that can be found all over Devon, there is something special about the food you can find at this time of year. Because the people of South Devon are making sustainability a top priority, you’ll find that many of the restaurants and cafés source their ingredients from the local area meaning that wherever you to eat, you can enjoy fresh, seasonal flavours. There is nothing better than a hearty, warming meal full of autumnal spice after a bracing walk around the South West Coast Path or visit to one of the region’s popular attractions.

The beaches

There are a huge amount of Blue Flag-winning beaches in South Devon and while you might think a trip to the beach is more of a summer activity, the autumn months are a great time to visit. Not only are there less people so you can feel like you have access to your own private beach, but many of the restrictions are lifted for dogs and the mild climate of the region means you won’t have to don your big coat quite yet too.


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The shopping

South Devon is not only home to the larger shopping areas of places like Torquay but also the quirky town of Totnes and a range of independent stores where you can find the perfect gifts for Christmas. It might be a bit early to start thinking too hard about Christmas, but the sooner you get started, the sooner you can relax! Totnes in particular is a great place for finding those unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

The wildlife

In the warmer months you can spot dolphins and sharks off the coast and in the autumn you might be lucky enough to spot an otter or a beaver in the region’s rivers. All year around you’ll be able to see amazing bird life, including the black swans that call Dawlish home.