We know we might be a bit biased, but Devon is simply one of the most beautiful places in the UK. You can find dramatic cliffs, wild moors, sandy beaches and just about everything else you can think of. It’s home to heritage coasts, UNESCO biosphere reserves, Dark Skies Reserves, two national parks… pretty much everywhere you look is stunning scenery. Which is why it is such a popular place for photographers, if you want to spruce up your Instagram grid or find some incredible subjects for your pictures, here are our top ten photo spots in Devon.
This is one of the best loved beaches in North Devon and is also one of the more popular beaches for surfing and watersports which is why we’ve included it on this list. If you want the chance to capture surfers, this is one of the best places to do so. The beach also features three miles of golden sands and part of the Braunton Burrows, which falls within the UNESCO Biosphere and are spectacular.
Whether inside or outside, you’ll find plenty of interesting shots to set up here. Exeter Cathedral is famous across the world for its architecture, so whether you capture it from Cathedral Green or you choose to step inside for a chance to see the ornate pillars and windows, you’ll be sure of some wonderful shots.
The UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast passes through Sidmouth which features lots of Georgian architecture as well as some fascinating views from Connaught Gardens and Jacobs Ladder beach which has a set of Victorian style steps leading down to the sea front. With the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, the lovely floral displays and the esplanade, Sidmouth gives you the chance to capture a quaint seaside town and dramatic cliffs all in one place.
Valley of Rocks
Located near the village of Lynton within the Exmoor National Park is this beautiful area known as Valley of Rocks. It can easily be mistaken for somewhere out of a fantasy novel and features a herd of feral goats who also make excellent subjects – that’s if you can get them to stand still long enough! While you can get some amazing photos of the rocks themselves, a popular spot is from the top where you can capture the coastline. The climb is quite steep, so make sure you have appropriate shoes, it can be a bit of a challenge, but it is worth it.
A tourist attraction in its own right, this historical village is the perfect place to see a Devon of yesteryear. The village is completely car free, with donkeys used to make deliveries along its cobbled streets. Throughout the village there are several places perfect for taking photos, the harbour is lovely as are the thatched cottages.
Dartmoor National Park is full of fascinating tors, wooded areas and open moorland, plus there are herds of wild ponies living on the moor, all of which provide dramatic landscapes to capture.
Another pretty North Devon spot is Hartland Quay, it has some of the most photogenic views of anywhere else in the county. Hartland Quay is where you’ll find dramatic and rugged cliffs which change with every season. Like Valley of Rocks, this one can be tricky in places, especially if you plan to walk over the beach, but it is particularly spectacular at sunset.
Also in North Devon is Blackchurch Rock which looks like it could be straight out of Game of Thrones. This is another great place for catching the sunset, just make sure to check the tide times before heading out as it is best seen in low tide.
Soar Mill Cove
Located in south Devon, this little cove is somewhat remote and is one of the best spots in this part of the county for capturing the evening skies. You’ll be able to spot rocky outcrops at low tide and the sandy beach is lovely at all times of day.
With inviting blue water, a castle overlooking the bay and charming streets Dartmouth is a great spot for a host of different photography styles. Whether you want to take on some urban shots of the shopfronts, the gorgeous countryside or the castle, there is plenty to choose from here.
Have you taken any photos during your visits to Devon? Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram, we love seeing the county through your lens!