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Coast and Moors – Devon Adventure

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Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

$2,972pp (ex. flights)

This is a guided holiday for active families or adventurous couples, who love the feel of the sea air on their face and want to experience the great outdoors on Devon’s iconic open moorland.

You will be fully guided throughout and can expect your local host to give insight and provide great company along the way. Leave your car at home as your guide will be your driver for the week and will be on hand to organise all of your activities, for which equipment is all provided. Travelling from north to south, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in hidden pools and coves, bike along disused railways lines, trek across Dartmoor or the South West Coastal path and jump on a paddleboard or take a kayak along Devon’s rugged south coast.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Stand Up Paddleboarding, Devon, England 1

Paddleboarding

Devon’s rivers and coastline provide the perfect environment for paddleboarders, both experienced and new hands.

Near Venaford, waterfall at Dartmouth,  England,  UK 2

Wild swimming

A life-affirming experience in one of Dartmoor’s remote pools or one of Devon’s many south coast coves.

Dartmoor Landscapes, Dartmoor, Devon, England 3

Trekking

Trek a section of the South West Coastal Path or take an early morning walk on Dartmoor for glorious, golden light.

Clovelly, Devon, United Kingdom 4

Coastal villages

Grab a take-away fish and chips, sit on a picturesque harbour with a crab line, and watch the fishing boats come in.

Why we like it

Great holidays are about finding an equilibrium, between being active and having some relaxation time. This Devon holiday provides a perfect opportunity to fulfil this simple goal. Spend your mornings kayaking, trekking or taking a wild swim and in the afternoon, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

As with any Steppes holiday, food is an integral part of the experience; take afternoon tea at a 2 star Michelin restaurant, forage for your lunch on Dartmoor and let us show you our favourite beachside curry shack which does the best Sri Lankan curries outside of the sub-continent!

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Tiverton to Ilfracombe

  • Day 2

    Watermouth Cove and Exmoor

  • Day 3

    Lundy Island

  • Day 4

    Tarka Trail, Chagford Lido and Gidleigh Park

  • Day 5

    Dartmoor

  • Day 6

    Burgh Island

Day 1

Tiverton to Ilfracombe

Drive from Tiverton to Ilfracombe

Check in to your hotel. Afternoon swim and walk followed by curry on the beach this evening.

Day 2

Watermouth Cove and Exmoor

Sea kayaking, England, UK

Walk, kayak and paddleboard

Walk the South West coastal path to Watermouth Cove from where you will kayak or paddleboard along a stunning stretch of coastline to Broadsands. In the afternoon explore Exmoor.

Day 3

Lundy Island

Puffin bird flying, UK

Day Trip to Lundy Island

Explore Lundy to see the birdlife and historical sites of this National Trust island.

Day 4

Tarka Trail, Chagford Lido and Gidleigh Park

Cycling by river, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Biking, swimming and afternoon tea

Cycle a section of the Tarka Trail and have a swim in Chagford Lido before spoiling yourself with afternoon tea at Gidleigh Park.

Day 5

Dartmoor

Walking on Dartmoor, Devon, England

Explore Dartmoor

A day of wild swimming, trekking, foraging and riverside barbecues.

Day 6

Burgh Island

Devon, England, UK

Hope Cove to Thurlestone Rock

Paddleboard or kayak from Hope Cove to Thurlestone Rock. This afternoon you can attempt a swim around Burgh Island.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Trees on River Dart, Dartmoor, England, UK
England

Dartmoor to Dartmouth

Home to Heritage Trails, Bronze Age archaeology and an intriguing range of biodiversity, Dartmoor is a must for any visitor to Devon. From the centre of Dartmoor, trek for just over 3 kilometres to the secluded Sharrah Pool for a cool, refreshing wild swim. Then it’s time to focus on what’s beneath your feet, as you are led on a foraging walk on some of the moor’s more fertile stretches.

Following a riverside barbecue (and maybe a post-prandial snooze) jump into kayaks and paddle the Dart, keeping a close eye out for dippers, kingfishers and otters. Seeing Dartmoor on foot and by river, gives a wonderful contrast of perspective.

Atlantic puffin, UK
Atlantic puffin, UK

Lundy Island

Take a day trip to the island of Lundy which gives sanctuary to seabird colonies including puffins and Manx shearwaters. On the sheltered east coast of the island, you will find a wonderful variety of wildflowers along with butterflies and migratory birds. Snorkel safaris and rockpool recces can be arranged with local guides. If history is of interest, Lundy has a fascinating collection of listed buildings and monuments, preserved by the Landmark Trust, that all give context to the island’s past. Explore the remains of Bronze Age settlements, visit the medieval castle or walk out to the headland to see the iconic Georgian lighthouse.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Sandy Cove Hotel £££££

Sitting proudly on a North Devon cliff top, and nestled in the middle of Exmoor National Park,  Sandy Cove Hotel could not be better situated for those looking for dramatic views and beautiful, inviting surrounding natural spaces.

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Saunton Sands Hotel £££££

Sitting proudly on top of a North Devon clifftop, this hotel offers views over one of the UK’s best beaches, Saunton Sands, and across the rugged Atlantic Ocean.

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Bovey Castle Hotel £££££

  • Devon
  • Golf Resort

With five Red Stars from the AA to its name, this sprawling hotel and golf resort has a reputation for exceptional service. With 275 acres of beautiful grounds surrounding it, guests can be forgiven for never stepping foot off it throughout the duration of their stay.

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Wolf Wood Treehouses £££££

  • Devon
  • Boutique

A hidden gem tucked quietly away in a 13-acre woodland just outside Bratton Clovelly. Stays here reach different heights when it comes to mixing the outdoors with luxury.

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Thurlestone Hotel £££££

  • Devon
  • Boutique

Bringing an inviting and classic atmosphere, the Thurlestone Hotel is hard to match when it comes to Devon hotels. Catering for those looking to unwind or wind up on an adventure, this luxurious hotel offers sea-view, luxury rooms, a delicious menu, a spa and plenty of leisure facilities.

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A note on price

Based on a group or family of four.

This Itinerary
Price
From $2,972 Per person

When to travel

United Kingdom in January

January is usually the coldest month of the year and also when you’re most likely to experience clear and frosty days but with blue skies and crisp mornings. Perfect conditions for winter walks, if dressed suitably.

United Kingdom in February

You may experience snowfall in February and temperatures will still be relatively cold. In the south of the United Kingdom, snowdrops begin to emerge, particularly in woodland areas and you’ll see the first sprouts of wild garlic.

United Kingdom in March

The weather gradually begins to improve in March as the Spring season starts to get underway. Temperatures begin to rise and spring flowers appear, both on the ground and as blossom on the trees. The rugby Six Nations Championship is held during February or March when England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy all go head to head.

United Kingdom in April

April can be a little unpredictable for the weather; it can be warm and sunny or it can be a very rainy month. Towards the end of April swathes of bluebells cover ancient woodland areas and meadows burst into colour.

United Kingdom in May

The weather is usually warm during May. The month has two Bank Holiday weekends, which can be particularly busy as British people make the most of this time off work. There are quite a few festivals that will take place from May through to August, making the most of the sunshine, so talk to our experts as to what you can get involved in.

United Kingdom in June

The warm weather continues through to June. There are quite a few festivals that will take place from May through to August, making the most of the sunshine, so talk to our experts as to what you can get involved in.

United Kingdom in July

Traditionally the summer months, July and August are in theory the hottest and driest months of the year although, as with all British weather, this cannot be relied on. There are quite a few festivals that will take place from May through to August, making the most of the sunshine, so talk to our experts as to what you can get involved in.

United Kingdom in August

Traditionally the summer months, July and August are in theory the hottest and driest months of the year although, as with all British weather, this cannot be relied on. There are quite a few festivals that will take place from May through to August, making the most of the sunshine, so talk to our experts as to what you can get involved in.

United Kingdom in September

September often has warmer and drier weather than August, and the summer crowds start to disperse as schools reopen.

United Kingdom in October

The autumn leaves are at their best, most vibrant russet shades during October with around, on average about 10 days of rain. Temperatures are cooler and some sites in more rural areas start to close for winter.

United Kingdom in November

In early November the autumn leaves are still in full show, but mountainous areas may experience snow and daylight is restricted to around seven hours in northern Scotland. The weather is usually cool and damp, although it’s not uncommon to have wonderful cold, dry spells. The UK acknowledges daylight saving time on November 1 and the clocks will be set back by one hour

United Kingdom in December

December is usually cold and damp, with little foliage and the least daylight hours of the year (fewer than seven in the north of Scotland).

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