If you’re looking for a winter get away before the end of the year, why not book a stay in East Devon? We know we’re biased, but we think this part of Devon is the most picturesque and the winter months are no exception.

Here are some of our top reasons why you should pick East Devon for your winter breaks.

The coastline

East Devon is blessed with having part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, running along the coastline. The Jurassic Coast is a beautiful sight to behold at any time of year but if you visit in the winter, you’ll find the region’s beaches are quieter, giving you more time to explore and more space to enjoy yourself on drier days.

You can enjoy the coastline in Sidmouth, Seaton and Budleigh Salterton, as well as smaller places along the way, like at Ladram Bay.

The landscape

It isn’t just the coastline that makes this part of the world special. The surrounding landscape takes on a whole new quality at this time of year, especially on those misty mornings and days where there is a sprinkle of frost. Round Ball Woods in Honiton become a little more spooky in the winter months, while places like the Byes provide a winter wonderland to explore with frost crunching under foot.

Spot different wildlife

East Devon is home to some incredible wildlife, you can find otters, beavers and a host of bird life across the region, especially on riverside walks alongside the Otter and Sid. You can even spend a day bird watching or creeping around the hides at Seaton Wetlands and see what other winter wildlife you can spot.

Great place for winter walks

There’s nothing better than a bracing winter walk and East Devon has plenty of spots to enjoy a stroll. The South West Coast Path has several walks that give you an amazing view of the Jurassic Coast, while the East Devon Way has a host of routes that you can enjoy, either on foot or by bike. Sidmouth’s Arboretum is also a great place to visit in the winter months, especially if you love seeing the changes in the trees.  

The food

In East Devon, sustainability and seasonal menus are top priority, so at this time of year, you can find a host of delicious, wintery dishes across the region. From hotels to restaurants and cafes, you can find just about every seasonal dish imaginable.

The events

Yes, we know the summer is a great time to visit if you want to get involved in the top events, like the Folk Festival and the Air Show, but there is still plenty to look forward to in the winter. In Ottery St Mary, you can see the famous Tar Barrels in November and then as we creep towards Christmas, there are late night shopping, Christmas light switch on events and markets taking place. So, there’s still lots to keep you entertained as the year crawls to a close.


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