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Official Visitor Guide 2012


to the Heart of Devon Located in the south west of England with the historic city of Exeter as its centre, the Heart of Devon stretches to the east along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast towards Lyme Regis, north over hundreds of square miles of rolling countryside and river valleys towards Exmoor National Park, west towards the great wilderness of Dartmoor National Park, and south to the Victorian and Georgian seaside towns of Dawlish and Teignmouth. The pace of life here is relaxed, the people are friendly and the food is delicious! Unspoilt countryside

including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor National Park, miles of sand and pebble beaches, and a vibrant culture and heritage in its historic towns and traditional fishing villages, makes the Heart of Devon the perfect destination for all. This guide is designed to help you plan your holiday with details of accommodation, attractions, areas to visit, as well as ideas for once you’ve arrived in the Heart of Devon. We look forward to welcoming you!

Contents Tourist Information Centres Events & festivals Food & drink Heritage & culture Kids & families Activities Olympic torch route Wildlife Out of season How to use this guide Exeter Exeter map Exeter accommodation & attractions Heart of Devon map Coast Beer & Branscombe

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For further information on places to visit, stay and events within the Heart of Devon t: 01392 665700 Or visit: The Heart of Devon Tourism Partnership is a public and private sector partnership of Exeter City Council, Exeter & the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association, East Devon AONB, Woodbury Park Hotel, Sidmouth & District Hospitality Association, Tiverton Canal Co., the Exeter University of Exeter, and the Blackdown Hills Business Association. Designed and produced by The Marketing Department


Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish East Devon AONB, Exmouth Jurassic Coast, Seaton Sidmouth, Teignmouth & Shaldon Topsham Coast accommodation & attractions Countryside Blackdown Hills ANOB Axminster, Crediton Cullompton, Dartmoor Honiton, Newton Abbot Ottery St Mary, Tiverton Country accommodation & attractions Summary of advertisers Travel

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Tourist Information Centres Tourist Information Centres within the Heart of Devon will be able to give you local advice and information on a wide range of attractions, accommodation, events, activities and places to eat in the area and further afield.

Make them your first port of call. For more information on the area, latest special offers and late deals visit our website:

Axminster TIC The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ t: 01297 34386 f: 01297 34386 e:

Honiton TIC Lace Walk Car Park, Honiton EX14 1LT t: 01404 43716 f: 01404 43716 e:

Budleigh Salterton TIC Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6NG t: 01395 445275 e: Crediton Tourist Information Point 100 High Street, Crediton EX17 3LF t: 01363 774740 Cullompton Tourist Information Point Town Council Offices, High Street, Cullompton EX15 1AB t: 01884 38249 Dawlish TIC The Lawn, Dawlish, EX7 9PW t: 01626 215665 e: Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets Dix’s Field, Exeter, EX1 1GF t: 01392 665700 f: 01392 665260 e: Exmouth TIC Travelworld, 3 Rolle Street, Exmouth EX8 1HL t: 01395 265777 e: High Moorland Visitor Centre Princetown, Dartmoor PL20 6QF t: 01822 890414 e:

Newton Abbot TIC 6 Bridge House, Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QS t: 01626 215667 e: Ottery St Mary TIC 10a Broad Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1BZ t: 01404 813964 e: Seaton TIC Seaton Tramway Ticket Office The Underfleet, Seaton, EX12 2TB t: 01297 21660 e: Sidmouth TIC Ham Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 8XR t: 01395 516441 f: 01395 519333 e: Teignmouth TIC The Den, Sea Front, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BE t: 01626 215666 f: 01626 778333 e: Tiverton TIC Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6LU t: 01884 255827 e: 3

Events & festivals the Heart of Devon

Come to the Heart of Devon for events and festivals to entertain and inspire. Whatever your taste, whatever the weather, there is always something going on – from music and food festivals to craft fairs, action-packed

regattas and events celebrating unusual local traditions, you really will be spoilt for choice. For a full events listing please visit our website

Farmers Markets Farmers markets are a vital part of the food scene and you will find colourful stalls crammed with succulent goodies. You can sample and buy delicious Devon food and drink direct from the producers. Budleigh Salterton Last Friday of the month, 9am – 1pm Crediton 1st Saturday of the month, 10am – 1pm Cullompton 2nd Saturday of the month, 9.30am – 12.30pm Exeter Every Thursday, 9am – 2pm University of Exeter First Friday of the month, throughout term time Exmouth 2nd Wednesday of the month, 9am – 1pm Honiton 3rd Thursday of the month, 8.30am – 1pm Ottery St Mary 1st Friday of the month, 9am – 1pm Seaton 3rd Friday in the month, 9am – 1pm


Powderham Castle

15 December 2011 Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) Reopening, Exeter 15 December 2011 – 11 March 2012 Into the Light, RAMM, Exeter 1 January New Years Day Racing, Exeter Racecourse 27 January – 4 February Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival, Exeter

13 - 15 April Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Northernhay Gardens & Exeter Castle www.exeterfoodanddrink 21 April Analogue to Digital Music Expo, Exeter Phoenix 4 – 6 May Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 4 May – 9 September Jurassic Coast Earth Festival

2 – 4 February Craft4Crafters, Westpoint Arena

6 May Great West Run, Exeter

6 - 19 February Animated Exeter

9 – 15 May Newton Abbot Festival www.newtonabbotfestival.

14 – 19 February Holiday On Ice - Tropicana, Westpoint Arena 1 March Premier League Darts, Westpoint Arena 9 – 18 March Vibraphonic Music Festival, Exeter 11 March The Grizzly Run 23 March – 10 June International Garden Photographer of the Year RAMM, Exeter

17 – 19 May Devon County Show, Westpoint Arena 26 – 27 May Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival 20 May Olympic Torch Relay, Exeter olympic-torch-relay 31 May – 8 June Exmouth Festival Week 1 – 3 June Topsham Food Festival & Longest Table (3 June) www.topshamfoodfestival.

24 – 25 March International Antiques & Collectors Fair, Westpoint Arena

8 June Dawlish Air Show

30 March – 1 April South West Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint Arena

16 – 17 June Crediton Food Festival www.creditonfoodfestival. 21 – 24 June Shaldon Festival

23 – 24 June Axe Vale Festival 25 June Ottery St Mary Pixie Day 2 - 11 July Newton Abbot Carnival Tel: 01626 201120 7 – 8 July International Antiques & Collectors Fair, Westpoint Arena 7 July – 2 September Selling Dreams: 100 Years of Fashion Photography, RAMM Exeter 14 – 21 July Budleigh Salterton Festival 20 – 21 July Chagstock Music Festival 24 July Honiton Hot Pennies Day Tel: 01404 43716 28 July Honiton Charter Day Tel: 01404 43716 28 July Mid Devon Show, Tiverton 2 August Honiton and District Agricultural Show 3 – 10 August Sidmouth Folk Week 4 – 7 August Nowhere Island 12 August Beer Regatta 11 – 18 August Dawlish Carnival 16 August Chagford Show

17 – 19 August Beautiful Days Festival Escot Park, Ottery St Mary 18 August – 31 October A Symphony of Curves, RAMM, Exeter 26 – 27 August Honiton Hill Rally 6 - 9 September Heritage Open Days 11 September Widecombe Fair 21 – 23 September Budleigh Salterton Literature Festival 21 – 23 September Abbfest 22 September 2012 – 13 January 2013 Warriors of the Plains, RAMM, Exeter 1 – 31 October Devon Celebration of Food 8 October Exmouth Illuminated Carnival 12 – 14 October Beer Rhythm & Blues Festival 25 October – 3 November Exeter Book Festival 29 October – 2 November Halloween Tram of Terror, Seaton Tramway 5 November Tar Barrel Rolling, Ottery St Mary 19 – 21 November Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2, 9, 16, 23 & 24 December Seaton Tramway Santa Specials

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Food & drink in the Heart of Devon Right in the heart of Devon's larder, the food and drink produced in the is of world class quality. With lush pastures and miles of coastline, this is a region of wonderful flavours just waiting to be savoured. A great tradition of fresh food and drink is represented in the Heart of

Devon's award-winning restaurants, food festivals and markets. A mild climate, long seasons and fertile soil provide perfect conditions for growing grapes and there are several vineyards in the area where you can try and buy local wine.

Begin your food journey by brushing up on your culinary skills at the award winning Ashburton Cookery School. Next, pick up ingredients from Darts Farm Shopping Village in Topsham, a foodie’s haven. The food hall here is bursting with award-winning, home-made, local, artisan, traditional and luxury products and there is an on-site master butcher, fishmonger and cyder maker! Head east towards the Jurassic Coast and stop off in Newton Poppleford at the 14th century Southern Cross tea room to treat yourself to a traditional Devon cream tea!


“You can't beat buying all the local produce on offer down here with such impressive variety.” Willie Harcourt-Cooze

Finally head to Combe House Hotel just outside Honiton. Nationally and internationally recognised as a superb place to dine.

To sample local wines, visit Yearlstone Vineyard in Bickleigh, one of many vineyards in Devon which thrive due to the warm climate and sheltered slopes.

If you prefer someone else to do the cooking, head to the award winning Jack in the Green Inn in Rockbeare, with fresh local food and real ales on the menu.

Try some freshly caught fish at one of the Heart of Devon’s seaside towns. At Beer you can hire a mackerel fishing boat to take you out to sea and catch your own dinner!


Heritage & culture in the Heart of Devon

The Heart of Devon is home to some of the UK’s most important historic towns, villages, monuments and conservation areas. Its rich heritage is evident wherever you go. Here are just some of the important events from the Heart of Devon’s many million years of history...

250 million years ago scorching desert

conditions led to the formation of the burnt red rocks at what is today Orcombe Point in Exmouth, the start of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

8,000 – 700 BC Devon was one of the

first areas of Britain settled after the last ice age. In Dartmoor National Park remains of human habitation date back as far as the Mesolithic period (8,000 – 4,000 BC), and the country’s largest concentration of Bronze Age remains are scattered across the Moor. Standing stones, Bronze and Iron Age hut circles and hillforts are visible in several places.

11th Century Devon’s largest castle is built in Okehampton, its ruins are now managed by English Heritage for visitors to explore.

800 BC – 1st Century AD

The remains of Iron Age settlements can be seen today across Devon – visit Blackbury Camp, an Iron Age hillfort near Honiton with impressive earthwork ramparts. Today it is an excellent picnic spot, carpeted with a sea of bluebells in spring.

1050 – 1270 The Bishop’s See (seat)

moves from Crediton to Exeter and the Norman Exeter Cathedral is built. AD 909 Devon's first cathedral is established in Crediton, reputed to be on the site of what is now the imposing Holy Cross Church.

AD 55 - 400 The Romans arrive in Exeter. A large part of the wall they built surrounding the city still stands today – follow the City Wall self-guided heritage trail to find out more. 8

“The grounds at Powderham Castle are the perfect setting for a picnic whether you sit munching across from the lake or in the secret garden.” Floella Benjamin

14th Century Exeter’s

Underground Passages are built, providing the city’s residents with a supply of fresh water carried from springs outside the city wall through lead pipes! Visitor today can take a guided tour of the Passages – a unique and exciting experience!

16th Century Beacons were

constructed on the Devon coast to warn of invasion by the Spanish Armada. One of these, Grade II listed Culmstock Beacon high on the Blackdown Hills, is one of the very few still standing today.

21st Century The Heart of Devon’s rich heritage is today celebrated through traditional events, such as Ottery St Mary’s flaming tar barrels on 5 November and the unusual Honiton Hot Pennies Day in July. The re-opening of Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum in December 2011 adds to the region’s fantastic cultural offering. Smuggling by sea in East Devon reaches its peak during the

Napoleonic Wars (1793 – 1815). Beer and Branscombe

18th – 19th Century The Heart of

Devon’s elegant seaside resorts became popular holiday destinations. The Regency town of Sidmouth attracted many royal visitors including Princess Victoria. Victorian, Regency and Georgian buildings add to the charm and character of Dawlish and Teignmouth.

are particularly notorious for their histories of the smuggling of goods including casks of brandy, tea, tobacco and silk! 9

Kids & families in the Heart of Devon Miles of golden sand and pebble beaches, forests and open countryside in the Heart of Devon provide a fantastic playground for kids to run free and enjoy the fresh air. There are plenty of family friendly attractions to

keep everyone entertained in all weathers, from farms, adventure parks and castles, to railways and tramways! There are plenty of free activities to do, indoor and out – here are some ideas…

Top 10 free things to do for families 1 Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. Now open after a major re-development with an exciting programme of exhibitions and stunning new displays!

2 Go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is a fantastic journey through 250 million years of the Earth’s history, displayed in its unique geology. Head to Budleigh Salterton, Beer and Seaton to hunt for fossils. 3 Cycle the Exe Estuary Trail. This newly opened trail runs from Starcross – Exeter – Exmouth, offering 26 miles of mainly flat and off-road cycling for families!


4 Visit the Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth. Kids can spend as much time as they like meeting over 400 rescued donkeys, before letting off steam on one of the field walks. Have lunch in one of the family picnic areas.

“Favourite picnic spot is impossible, there are so many, but if pushed I'd choose somewhere alongside one of the rivers or streams. The kids love to paddle in the water and you can wash up all the picnic stuff before heading home, which always appeals to me!” Kirstie Allsopp

10 Use your National Trust card to visit one of the 13 venues in the Heart of Devon area. Explore gardens houses and waymarked walks 9 Get crafty at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. One of the UK’s most acclaimed 8 Walk on Dartmoor. Head to Devon’s exhibition and retail spaces for biggest gym to let off steam! Meet wild contemporary crafts – take part Dartmoor ponies and climb the lofty in one of the regular children’s granite tors. workshops. 7 Join a Red Coat Guided Tour. Join a free guided walking tour of the historic city of Exeter. On Saturdays in August there is a lively and interactive tour aimed at children.

6 Go rock pooling at Coryton Cove, Dawlish. At low tide glistening rock pools emerge, perfect for catching crabs and other creatures.

5 Explore Haldon Forest Park. Follow the Discovery, Butterfly, Tree, Raptor or Sensory walking trails, cycle purpose built trails for all abilities and visit the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World. Plenty of picnic spots and children’s play areas. 11

Activities in the Heart of Devon The Heart of Devon has many miles of rolling countryside and some of the finest stretches of coastline in Britain, so there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and indulge in your favourite activity…

Walking Whether you fancy a short, leisurely stroll or a long distance hike, you will be spoilt for choice in the Heart of Devon. Long distance trails include the South West Coast Path, the Exe Valley Way and East Devon Way, which wind along footpaths, quiet country lanes and villages, or experience a wonderful diversity of scenery along the Two Moors Way. Follow themed town trails around the Heart of Devon’s historic towns, or join free guided walking tours of Exeter and Topsham. Cycling Cycling is one of the best ways to travel in the Heart of Devon. There are plenty of well signposted trails through towns and countryside, plus adrenalin pumping off-road trails on Dartmoor, Woodbury Common and at Haldon Forest Park. Less experienced cyclists can take a leisurely pedal along one of the flat, traffic free routes alongside the River Exe Estuary and Tiverton Canal. The Southern Devon Way (NCN2) runs from Axminster along the coast to Exmouth, with stops in many Devon towns and villages along the way.


Watersports Canoe or kayak the peaceful waters of the canals at Exeter and Tiverton, head to Exmouth to experience the thrills and spills of kitesurfing and wake boarding, or take a more leisurely boat trip along the Jurassic Coast with Stuart Line Cruises. The more adventurous can take a boat from Exmouth or Teignmouth to dive far below the surface and explore fascinating wrecks. Climbing The granite tors of Dartmoor National Park provide plenty of opportunities for climbers, with breathtaking views from the top! Practice first at Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre, also home to Europe’s first Clip ‘n’ Climb Centre! Isca Outdoor in Exeter and the Rock Centre in Chudleigh offer tuition in climbing, caving and abseiling. Families will love Go Ape! at Haldon Forest Park, an exciting high wire course through the treetops! This is just a taste of the activities the Heart of Devon has to offer. Visit for more ideas.

“A walk from central Exeter to the terrific Turf pub presents many fine views along the way and justifies at least one pint.� Tim Martin

Cycle Hire is available from: Darts Farm, Topsham. Abbotshood Cycle Hire, Halberton near Tiverton. Route 2, Topsham. The Chain Gang Cycle Tours offer fully guided cycle tours of Devon. 13

Activities in the Heart of Devon The Heart of Devon offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in more relaxing pastimes, such as fishing and birdwatching, or why not try something new and learn a traditional Devon skill such as hedge laying or basket weaving…

Bird watching The Heart of Devon's landscape of estuary marshland, forest, fields and commons make it a haven for birdlife. The Exe Estuary is an internationally important site for winter migrant birds, including Avocets, Brent Geese and Lapwings. At the mouth of the estuary, Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve is also an area of international importance for wildlife. Public trails, viewing platforms and hides allow visitors to get close to the birds without disturbing them. Fishing The Heart of Devon's many lakes and rivers offer some of the best fishing in the country. The River Exe is the south west’s most prolific river for Salmon, Wild Trout and Grayling, or fish for Rainbow Trout in the Heart of Devon’s stillwater fisheries. Go carp fishing at Diggerlakes near Cullompton, or get some expert fly fishing tuition from Sorenson Fly Casting


Arts The Heart of Devon is home to many artists and creative talents. Visit their exhibits at the plethora of galleries and studios, or get creative and join in with an art workshop – learn to paint using inspiration from the Heart of Devon’s beautiful green landscape at an Inspired by Gardens Art Workshop in Bampton. Crafts The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey holds regular workshops to nurture your creative skills, or head to the Blackdown Hills to have a go at traditional crafts such as hedge laying or willow basket making – see for ideas. Visit Hannahs at Seale-Hayne for arts and crafts workshops demonstrating traditional skills and materials being used to design unique pieces of art. This is just a taste of the activities the Heart of Devon has to offer. Visit for more ideas.

“I love that the people are more relaxed, the countryside is awesome and the cream teas.” Joss Stone

Join the RSPB on a winter Avocet Cruise of the Exe Estuary, on the following dates: Saturday 7 January Sunday 8 January Saturday 21 January Sunday 22 January Sunday 5 February Tuesday 7 February Sunday 19 February Exe Estuary, Avocet Cruise

Monday 20 February Saturday 25 February 1.5 hour mini-cruises run from Topsham and 3 hour full cruises from Starcross or Exmouth. For more information visit or call the RSPB South West Regional Office on 01392 432691 15

The Olympic torch in the Heart of Devon

The London 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London and across the UK from 27 July to 12 August 2012, followed by the Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September 2012.

Visitors to Weymouth in July to September 2012 can find information about visiting for or during the Olympic and Paralympic Games at

The Olympic Torch brings the excitement of the London 2012 Games to Exeter and the Heart of Devon. Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK at Lands End on 18 May 2012. It then begins its exciting 70 day journey, heading through many towns and villages along the way, enabling local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas. The second overnight stay for the Olympic Torch will be in Exeter on Sunday 20 May,

where a major evening celebration will be held in the city centre. The next day’s route takes in the beautiful scenery of north Dartmoor, Mid Devon and Exmoor, before stopping for the evening in Taunton. Visitors to Weymouth in 2012 can find information about visiting the Heart of Devon for or during the Olympic and Paralympic Games at Also watch out for news on the events in Exeter, which will be added as soon as they have been confirmed!

See page 5 for a list of major events taking place throughout 2012


Sunday 20 May

Totnes Paignton Torquay Teignmouth Exeter (Evening celebration)

Exeter Okehampton Folly Gate Hatherleigh Merton Great Torrington Bideford Sticklepath Barnstaple Wrafton Braunton Knowle Ilfracombe Combe Martin Lynton Lynmouth Porlock Minehead

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Wildlife in the Heart of Devon The Heart of Devon has a huge variety of flora and fauna to discover, with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOBs), and a large number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and Local Nature Reserves providing habitats for many rare and important species. Here are just a few of the important wildlife sites: The Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs is the most renowned area of landslipping in Britain, also designated a National Nature Reserve. Because of its isolation, plant and animal communities have developed virtually untouched by man. Interesting species include the wood white butterfly and the nightingale. Beer Quarry Caves are important for their population of eight species of hibernating bat, some of which are very rare including the Bechstein's bat and the greater and lesser horseshoe bats. Dawlish Warren is a 500 acre National Nature Reserve at the mouth of the Exe Estuary. It is an area of international importance for several species of wildfowl and wading birds. If you're lucky you may see a short-eared owl, a flock of brent geese, or maybe a cirl bunting. A bird hide gives excellent views particularly either side of high tide. On the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths over 70 breeding bird species have been recorded, including nightjar, hobby and in most years Dartford warbler. There are also 21 breeding dragonfly species. The waters, foreshore and low-lying land of the Exe Estuary are of international importance for the largest flock of wintering avocets in Britain. Parts of the site are managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, including the Old Sludge Beds, which has a path with boardwalks running through the site and linking on to the public right of way along the Exeter Ship Canal.


The Grand Western Canal meanders through 11 miles of pleasant landscape from Tiverton to Lowdswells, with a wealth of wildlife, including swans and kingfishers which can be seen from the level towpath. Seaton Marshes is a freshwater grazing marsh, with scrapes, ditches and ponds that attract considerable wildlife interest. Visit the easily accessible viewing hide to see wildfowl and wading birds in the winter, and dragonflies and butterflies in the summer. Stover Country Park contains over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife, which can be viewed from a bird hide and aerial walkway. Find out more at the Nature Interpretation Centre. Situated on the edge of the East Devon AONB, Fire Beacon Hill is an area of lowland heath, which offers a birds eye view of the surrounding countryside. Yellowhammers breed on the Local Nature Reserve, as does the nationally scarce dartford warbler. The site is criss-crossed with bridleways, footpaths, fire-breaks and the East Devon Way, so exploring on foot is easy. Local Nature Reserves These areas offer special opportunities to study or learn about nature or to simply enjoy it. There are several in the Heart of Devon, designated because of their importance for wildlife, geology, education or public enjoyment.

“My favourite view is the Jurassic Coast looking from the shores of Exmouth.� Michael Caines

The RSPB have a shop and Exe Estuary Information Centre at Darts Farm, near Topsham. Get advice on everything on latest sightings, the best places to go and forthcoming events, including regular walks and workshops. Bowling Green Marsh Nature Reserve 19

Out of season

in the Heart of Devon The Heart of Devon is a great destination any time of year, with activities for all seasons. Visit in the autumn and winter for beautiful, wild scenery and complete peace and quiet. In the run up to Christmas, enjoy a festive atmosphere in

the Heart of Devon with twinkling lights, Christmas markets, traditional carol concerts and plenty of pantomime fun! The falling leaves create a spectacular array of colours in the Heart of Devon’s forests, such as Haldon and Ashclyst.

Top 5 out of season activities 1 Museums Soak up some local and world history at the region’s many, varied museums. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter has displays from pre-history to the present day, including national touring exhibitions, or head to Newton Abbot’s Town & GWR Museum, or the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life for local displays and historic transport exhibitions. 2 Learn a new craft Learn traditional rural skills in the Blackdown Hills, such as hedge laying or basket weaving, or head to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen to have a go at pottery, jewellery making or glass blowing! 3 Walking trails Follow self-guided walking trails through the Heart of Devon’s towns – themes include Tiverton’s Merchants Trail, Exeter’s Woollen, City Wall and Medieval Trails, and the Axminster Art Trail. For a trail with a difference, pick up one of over 40


Treasure Trails, an award winning activity that gets you out and about exploring by solving the clues to see the sights - why not hire a classic Morgan car from Berrybrook Motors to follow the stunning Jurassic Coast driving trail. 4 Experience Ottery St Mary’s flaming tar barrels! Held annually on the 5 November, this spectacular event is said to date back to the 17th century. Barrels are soaked with tar, lit, then hoisted onto local people’s shoulders to carry through the streets of Ottery St Mary! 5 Go to the beach! Autumn and winter are the perfect times to visit the Heart of Devon’s beaches – experience beautiful scenery away from the summer crowds! Walk the South West Coast Path for dramatic scenes of crashing waves and sea spray against the spectacular cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Dogs are allowed on most of the beaches from October to April.

“My favourite shop is the Tiverton Pannier Market, especially the fish on a Friday.� Simon Bates

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How to use this guide Luxury hotels, friendly B&Bs, peaceful country cottages and working farms, or family friendly holiday parks and campsites... whatever your needs and budget, you will find a variety of accommodation to suit you in this guide. How to Book Contact the accommodation direct to request further details and to make a booking. Advance bookings are always recommended in peak holiday times. Please mention the Heart of Devon Visitor Guide when booking. Accommodation Awards Quality is important to us and so all accommodation featured in this guide has been assessed by either VisitEngland, the AA or the Heart of Devon Tourism Partnership. VisitEngland and the AA assess hotels and guest accommodation (including B&Bs) to the same criteria and award from one to five stars. The star rating reflects the overall quality of the experience. Facilities Key General facilities: > Children welcome Ò Credit cards accepted ≈ Licensed ˙ Pets welcome p Swimming pool on site Z Café/restaurant available Ô Off street parking Internet access - Wi-Fi Internet Q Disabled access Hotel, Guest House & B&B: ÿ Ground floor bedrooms ES En-suite rooms t TV in bedroom « Passenger lift Ü Tea & coffee making facilities Garden for guest use ∑ Working farm


Map References The location of each advertiser can be found by using either the regional map on pages 40-41 or the Exeter map on page 26. It is recommended that directions are requested at the time of booking. Rates Prices quoted are based on bed & breakfast, per person, per night, or for self-catering accommodation, per unit per week, unless otherwise stated. These prices are for guidance only and must be confirmed at the time of booking.

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Simple and practical Well presented and well run Good level of quality and comfort Excellent standard throughout Exceptional with a degree of luxury

Self Catering:

ÿ Ground floor bedrooms

Bed linen for hire ã Bed linen inclusive in price Garden for guest use

Caravan & Camping: Bed linen for hire ã Bed linen inclusive in price é Electric hook ups Shop on site ` Laundry room X Chemical toilet disposal point Ç Showers D T F G ES

Double rooms Twin rooms Family rooms Ground floor rooms En-suite rooms

Places that ‘go the extra mile’ to make your stay a special one, will be awarded a high star rating and hotels and guest accommodation may achieve a Gold or Silver award. Silver awards recognise exceptional quality at all levels and Gold awards are given to the very best of the best.

Heart of Devon Tourism Partnership – accommodation has been inspected by the Heart of Devon Tourism Partnership Exeter & the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurant Association – a fine selection of elegant town hotels, rural retreats and romantic coastal hideaways

You may see the following symbols throughout this guide: Visit England Welcome Pets – accommodation has facilities for your pet

AA Dinner Award – meals that exceed quality requirements

Visit England Welcome Cyclists – accommodation has facilities for cyclists

AA Breakfast Award – meals that exceed quality requirements

Visit England Welcome Walkers – accommodation has facilities for walkers

Visit England Rose Award - high quality holiday caravan parks

Visit England Welcome Families – accommodation has facilities for families with children

AA Rosette – Rosettes from 1 – 5 are awarded to restaurants for the quality of their food

Devon Association of Tourist Attractions – membership and assessment scheme for attractions in Devon

Quality Assured Visitor Attractions – quality assessment scheme for all types of visitor attractions

Visit England Breakfast Award - hotels and B&Bs that offer their guests a quality and choice of breakfast, service and hospitality Farm Stay UK – properties of character & quality in superb settings, perfectly placed for country breaks

Green Tourism Business Scheme – businesses are assessed on a range of areas such as energy and water efficiency, and are awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold Short Breaks – special rates and inclusive packages available

Further information If you have any issues that have not been resolved by the proprietor/manager and which you would like to bring to the attention of the inspecting body, please write to: For properties that have been inspected by VisitEngland: Quality in Tourism, Security House, Alexandra Way, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8NB For properties that have been inspected by the AA: The AA, 14th Floor, Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, RG21 4EA For properties that have been inspected by the Heart of Devon Tourism Partnership: Economy & Tourism, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1JJ

National Accommodation Accessible Scheme Mobility Level 1

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum


This is a city full of heritage and culture. 2,000 years of history can be discovered through Exeter’s impressive architecture and heritage attractions, such as the Roman city wall, magnificent Gothic Cathedral, and medieval Underground Passages. The city’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum has undergone an multi-million pound development programme, reopening in December 2011 with stunning displays from pre-history to the present day, taking visitors on a voyage of discovery from Exeter all around the world. Find out more about Exeter’s turbulent history on a free Red Coat Guided walking tour, running daily throughout the


Shopping, in Princesshay

year, or pick up a leaflet from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets for one of three self-guided heritage trails. Other heritage attractions include St Nicholas Priory, a former medieval monastery now presented as an Elizabethan home, Tuckers Hall, the medieval Guild of the Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen, and the 800 year old Exeter Guildhall, still used today for civic events. Exeter’s distinctive shopping quarters are within easy walking distance of each other. Find major High Street names and designer brands in the High Street and Princesshay, or head to the West and Castle Quarters for independent boutiques, jewellers or arts and crafts.


Exeter Canal

Just ten minutes walk from the city centre, the Historic Quayside is a hub of activity, with lively restaurants and bars, bicycle and canoe hire, galleries, craft and antique shops housed in old warehouses. It was once a commercial port of great importance due to the woollen cloth trade, and its maritime heritage can be discovered at the 17th century Quay House Visitor Centre. Local food and drink can be found on the menus at many of Exeter’s renowned restaurants and cafes, and at the Farmers Market, every Thursday. A major annual food and drink festival in April is one of the highlights of Exeter’s cultural calendar, which includes events to suit all tastes, from live

Exeter Cathedral Green

music, comedy and theatre, to art and craft exhibitions. The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be visiting Exeter on Sunday 20 May 2012, with a host of music and entertainment. Head out of the city into the surrounding countryside to discover historic houses and castles, such as the National Trust Killerton House and the impressive Powderham Castle, home to the 18th Earl of Devon.

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Hotels, B&Bs Hotels, Jurys Inn Exeter


Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB T: 01392 312 400 F: 01392 312 444 E: Centrally located in the heart of Exeter city centre on Western way, making it an ideal hotel for business and leisure travellers.

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ABode Exeter Cathedral Yard, Exeter, Devon EX1 1HD T: 01392 319955 Located on Exeter’s beautiful Cathedral Yard, ABode Exeter formally The Royal Clarence is England’s first named Hotel. Visit our website for best available rates. ES53. B&B from £85 per room @ >Ò≈ZÔ Q t« <

Rougemont Hotel Exeter


Queens Court Hotel Exeter


Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SP T: 0871 376 9018 The 4* Rougemont Hotel is an elegant Victorian building, with 98 refurbished bedrooms and new look “Drakes” Restaurant & Bar.

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Mary Arches Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3AZ Tel: 01392 217736 Fax: 01392 413054 Email: St Olaves and the Treasury Restaurant is a family-run, independent hotel with all the elegance and charm of its Georgian heritage located in the heart of Exeter City Centre, just minutes away from the Cathedral, University and the Princesshay Shopping Centre. The Treasury Restaurant with its cosy atmosphere and elegant decor is the perfect setting for a romantic meal or night out with friends. 2 nights accommodation plus 1 dinner £219. D9 T4 G1 ES15. Prices B&B from £75-£155. DBB £125-£175 >ÒÔ <t≈Z Q

6-8 Bystock Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HY Tel: 01392 272709 Fax: 01392 491390 Email: Located in a quiet leafy square between the Cathedral and the University campus and within walking distance of town centre and both main line stations, this elegant 18 bedroom Town House Hotel offers the award winning ‘Olive Tree’ restaurant and includes both conference and banqueting facilities. Special weekend breaks for 2 people staying 2 nights, please telephone for details.

The Devon Hotel Exeter


Matford, Exeter EX2 8XU Tel: 01392 259268 Fax: 01392 413142 Email: The Devon Hotel provides a unique blend of Georgian elegance and West Country hospitality – all within easy reach of Exeter city centre, the M5 and the region’s business parks. Whether you stay with us for business or pleasure you’ll find a level of service and comfort that’s hard to beat. D18 T14 S6 F2 G11 ES40. Room only £60 single, £70 double per room. Full English breakfast £11.50 > Ò Ô<t ≈ ˙@ # Z 27

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The Bendene



· Rooms are accessible at all times · Outdoor swimming pool · Free Wi-Fi hotspot · Payment by cash or card · Check-in between 2pm - 10pm · 10% discount for 3 nights or more B&B (2 people sharing) · Open throughout the year

an oasis with a splash!

Tel: 01392 213526 Fax: 01392 254162


Enjoy a varied menu of food and beverages for your breakfast. All hot food is freshly cooked and locally sourced, where possible



A range of en suite and non-en suite rooms, set over five floors including ground and lower ground floor. All individually styled for your comfort giving affordable, yet pleasant, guest rooms from £30.00-£85.00

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Buckerell Lodge Hotel, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4SQ T: 0844 855 9112 W:


Hotels, B&Bs Hotels, Braeside Exeter


21 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4HF T/F: 01392 256875 Linda & Clive Aggett E: Charming grade II guesthouse in city centre. Short walking distance to train and bus stations. Exeter University is a 10 minute walk. D2 T2 S2 F1 ES5. B&B £35-£40 pppn >Ò <t@

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Mecure Southgate Hotel Exeter Y4

Park View Exeter


Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1QF T: 01392 412812 The 4 star Mercure Southgate Hotel is located in the heart of Exeter, perfectly located near the City Centre & Cathedral, only minutes away. Visit the website for rates and special offers. ES154 > Ò ≈ pZ Ô @ Q t «<


54 St David’s Hill, Exeter EX4 4DT T: 01392 494994 Town House is a contemporary style B&B set in an old Edwardian house. Exeter’s finest guest house, situated just 5 minutes walk from the city centre, university and train station.

8 Howell Road, Exeter EX4 4LG Tel: 01392 271772 P & N Batho Email:

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Family run in a Grade II listed Georgian building, noted for its peace and quiet, overlooking Bury Meadow Park. 5 mins walk to the city centre, University, bus and train stations. All rooms have TV, tea & coffee and telephone, most en-suite. Breakfast is taken in a bright dining room overlooking the garden.

Raffles Exeter


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77 St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 4DW


panoramic views from our sun terrace. ‘...a perfect choice in the heart of the city.’ Wi-Fi • Rooms from £30 pp • Off-road parking • tel/fax: 01392 272466 • e-mail: •

11 Blackall Road, Exeter EX4 4HD Tel: 01392 270200 Email: Raffles is a large Victorian town house, 5 minutes walk from the city centre and close to the university. Car park available. Wildlife garden for guests’ use. Spacious accommodation. Vegetarian organic breakfast upon request. 24 hours notice for haddock or kippers. 1st choice in the Lonely Planet for Exeter. Enjoy your stay! Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. D2 T2 S1 F1 ES6. Price £38-£48pppn. Family from £86 > Ò Ô < t˙@ 29

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Hotels, B&Bs Hotels, Woodbine Guesthouse Exeter V3

1 Woodbine Terrace, Exeter EX4 4LJ T: 01392 203302 E: bookings@ We are situated in a quiet city centre location and within walking distance from shopping precincts, train/bus stations, University, Museum and Cathedral. Wireless Internet access available.

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Exeter Court Hotel Exeter


Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX T: 01392 832121 Modern hotel situated with easy access from M5 and Exeter city centre. Unrivalled conference facilities, comfortable contemporary bedrooms and friendly service make this the perfect place to relax and unwind. D33, T13, F6, S10 Price: From £55 per room >Ò≈ZÔ

Red House Hotel Exeter


2 Whipton Village, Exeter EX4 8AR T: 01392 256104 E: A small independently run hotel situated five minutes from the M5. The hotel has a fully licensed lounge bar and carvery. The restaurant has an a la carte menu and a fine selection of wines.

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Holiday Inn Express Exeter E2

St David’s Station, Exeter EX4 4NU T: 01392 274039 E: enquiries@ Situated adjacent to Exeter St David’s railway station we pride ourselves on a warm welcome coupled with high standards and sensible pricing. We can cater for both the business & leisure traveller.

Exeter M5, Jct 29, Guardian Road, Exeter EX1 3PE T: 01392 261 000 E: Situated in one of the newest commercial districts of Exeter, the Holiday Inn Express is within minutes of the M5 and is the closest hotel to Exeter Airport making it a popular choice amongst travelers.

The Magdalen Chapter Exeter Y4 Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HY T: 01392 281000 E: We are working on the complete transformation of this iconic Exeter building. The buildings and gardens are being brought to life to offer the best of contemporary English living. Due to open Spring 2012.

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Hotels, B&Bs B&Bs Hotels, Drakes Farm House Exeter

Drakes Farm, Fore Steet, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RL

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The Grange Exeter

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Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3AD T: 01392 461268

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South View Farm, Shillingford St George, Exeter EX2 9UP

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E: Quality spacious accommodation. Peaceful surroundings. Good access Exeter A30, A38. Guests welcome business/relaxation. En-suite rooms, central heating. Tea/coffee making facilities, breakfast menu. Ample parking. Three coarse fishing lakes.

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House That Moved, Exeter

Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7JH T: 01392 259723 Country house set in 3 acres of woodlands overlooking Exeter. Fine views of Exmouth, Haldon and Dartmoor, yet only 1.5 miles from the city centre. Central heating, breakfast room. Modern conveniences include TV and tea-making facilities in bedrooms. D2 T1 ES3. B&B £34 single, £27-£29 double pppn Ô<t

E: Warm welcome at 15th Century farmhouse in peaceful surroundings. Convenient for Exeter, airport, NT properties, Westpoint. Comfortable rooms. Ample parking.

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Hayne Barton, Hill Lane, Whitestone, Exeter EX4 2JN T: 01392 811268 E: g_milverton@haynebarton. Listed Grade II Farmhouse with Saxon cellar. 16 acres of fields, lake & woods, wildlife haven, secluded with views to Dartmoor, Exe estuary, Haldon Forest. 3 miles west of Exeter. Also 4 selfcatering cottages. D1 T1 ES2. B&B from £30-£35 single, £30 double pppn >Ô < t˙ j@@

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Cricklepit Mill, Exeter

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Hotel & Golf Club • 4 Star Hotel & lodge accommodation • 18 hole Championship & 9 hole courses • 2 Restaurants • Leisure, gym and pool facilities • Luxury Devon Spa breaks Tel: 01395 233382 Claremont Exeter

42 Denmark Road, Exeter EX1 1SE T: 01392 274699

Exeter Holiday Homes Exeter Modern purpose built accommodation set in a peaceful wooded area with access to lawn. Situated a few minutes’ walk from city centre. All rooms have underfloor heating, remote controlled lighting and filtered air system. Saturday changeover.

Tel: 01404 823805 M: 07817 418137 Mrs Gina Belcher Email: Choice of fully furnished, self-catering accommodation in central Exeter. Ideal for holidays, specific short-term rental or flexible periods during house purchase. Licensed colour televisions. PURPOSE BUILT, SECOND FLOOR, 2 DOUBLE BEDROOMED FLAT. Open-plan lounge/kitchen diner, bathroom, electric heating, lift & own parking space. THREE BEDROOMED LINK HOUSE (1972). Full gas central heating, lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom, enclosed paved gardens. Close RD&E Hospital, local shops. Available throughout the year. Complimentary linen on arrival. Complimentary wi-fi access.

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Anne’s Park, Cowley, Exeter EX5 5EN

Honeysuckle End Exeter

T: 01392 211286 E: Well equipped self-catering mews style accommodation, set in a picturesque peaceful garden setting with a rural outlook. Within easy reach of Exeter centre and a good base for touring.

Ratcliffe Farm, Thorverton, Exeter EX5 5PN T: 01392 860434 Tina Ayre 6 miles from Exeter, central for all the West Country. Spacious accommodation. Log fire for cold evenings, walled garden for hot afternoons.

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Gipsy Hill Hotel Exeter


Gipsy Hill Lane, Pinhoe, Exeter EX1 3RN T: 01392 465252 E: This family run friendly hotel is the perfect location for both business and tourist travellers. Set in three acres of landscaped gardens, yet enjoying the close proximity to the city centre.

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Quay Climbing Centre Exeter C3

Haven Road, Exeter EX2 8AX T: 01392 426850 Ever wanted to learn to climb? Come and see us at the Quay, the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. The perfect all weather destination whether you are a committed outdoor sports enthusiast or seeking something different to do in the city. Open Mon – Fri 10am - 10pm; Sat & Sun 12.15pm - 8pm

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Quay Climbing Centre, Haven Road, Haven Banks, Exeter, Devon EX2 8AX T: 01392 422559 E: ‘Who dares climbs’ at the UK’s first Clip n Climb centre. Challenge yourself and your friends on a circuit of themed climbs with inflatable walls, speed races, moving parts and the ultimate test – the Leap of Faith! Open: Weekdays 12pm-10pm, Weekends 9.30am-8pm. Price: 4-5yrs £7, 6-16yrs £10, 17+ £15, equipment and instructor included.

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Red Coat Guided Tours What Lies Beneath? Take a tour below Exeter’s streets at the medieval Underground Passages. Prices and conditions of access 01392 665887 or visit 2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA

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Discover Exeter’s 2,000 year history on a self-guided heritage trail. The City Wall Trail Discover the history of Exeter’s City Wall and the many key events that have occurred throughout its past. The Exeter Woollen Trail Explore many of the key sites of Exeter’s most important industry of the past, the woollen cloth trade. The Exeter Medieval Trail Discover Exeter’s medieval past, find out about many of Exeter’s surviving gems and the events that helped to shape this period of Exeter’s past.

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Pick up a free leaflet from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter EX1 1GF. Tel: 01392 665700 35

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The must-see museum Explore Exeter, Devon and the world at your own pace Free admission Royal Albert T 01392 265858 Memorial Museum E & Art Gallery Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX

April – September Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm October – March Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm Dix’s Field, Exeter, EX1 1GF Tel: 01392 665700 Email: X5 Must see conc.indd 1

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St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore St, Exeter EX4 3BL T 01392 265858 F 01392 421252 Admission charges apply

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38 New Bridge Street, Exeter EX4 3AH T: 01392 499038 Locally sourced fresh food in a contemporary atmosphere. We are passionate about our food and how it should be experienced. Recommended in the Michelin and Lonely Planet Guides.

Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB T: 01392 724321 E: Museum dedicated to our experience of the moving image. Explore popular visual culture through toys, artefacts, images and memorabilia.

Rendezvous Wine Bar Exeter Y4 38-40 Southernhay East Exeter EX1 1PE T: 01392 270222 This city centre wine bar is a well-kept secret in Southernhay. Exciting wines, delicious daily menus and beautiful gardens. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-late.

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Tea on the Green Exeter


2 Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ T: 01392 276913 E: A genuinely friendly restaurant serving top notch local food, including daily specials, traditional Sunday Lunches, vegetarian and wheat-free options.

The Conservatory Exeter


18 North Street, Exeter EX4 3QS T: 01392 273858 Enjoy Exeter fine dining with Mediterranean ambience and culinary delights. Located in the heart of the city this contemporary restaurant offers delicious cuisine created from the finest local produce. Stylish but with a relaxed atmosphere.

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The Turf Restaurant Exeter C3

Topsham Road, Countess Wear, Exeter EX2 7AE T: 01392 874139 E: Nestled in a Georgian country estate, Exeter Golf & Country Club prides itself on its family-friendly welcome, including sports and family bar and a clubhouse. Full leisure centre facilities onsite including one indoor and one outdoor heated pool.

Exeter Canal, Exeter EX4 8EE T: 01392 833128 E: Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and protected by The Exe Estuary and surrounding wetlands. Turf is one of the few pubs in the country that cannot be accessed by car – walking, cycling and by boat are the means employed.

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Shopmobility Exeter


8-10, Paris Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 1GA Email: Shopmobility provides manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters to help anyone who is having difficulty getting around the shops, attractions and businesses in Exeter City Centre. It also offers the City Sights service, providing blind and partially sighted people with a sighted guide to help them access Exeter’s shops, attractions and services. A charge of £4.75 is payable for the loan of a wheelchair or scooter. Monday - Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10.30am-3.30pm


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Coastal towns

A warm climate and beautiful coastline have attracted visitors to the Heart of Devonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coast for centuries. From the golden sandy beaches at Dawlish Warren, Teignmouth, Shaldon and Exmouth, to the crunch of pebbles at Branscombe, Beer and Seaton, miles of stunning and diverse coastline edge the Heart of Devon. The UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast runs the length of East Devon, offering plenty of opportunities for rock pooling and fossil hunting.

Picturesque fishing villages, elegant Georgian, Regency and Victorian towns line the coast, with stunning sea views from the surrounding cliffs. A great way to see how this beautiful stretch of coastline has changed over time is to walk the South West Coast Path, a 630 mile National Trail or to take a Jurassic Coast cruise with Stuart Line Cruises.

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Beer is a picturesque fishing village with a fascinating past that includes smuggling, quarrying and lace making. A colourful population of fishing boats, fresh fish for sale and mackerel fishing trips speak of Beerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long fishing heritage. Beer Stone was first quarried by the Romans, and was used in the building of 24 cathedrals, including Exeter and St Pauls. Visitors today can take a guided tour of the Beer Quarry Caves. For wonderful views over Lyme Bay, take a trip on the Beer Heights Light Railway at nearby Pecorama.


An impressively scenic 3 mile (5km) walk along the South West Coast Path from Beer will take you to Branscombe, one of Devonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most relaxing and picturesque villages, with its thatched cottages and colourful hanging baskets appearing on many Devon postcards. It has a 12th century church nestling in peaceful surroundings with a glorious wooded hill as a backdrop. Visit the working forge and mill, then enjoy a traditional cream tea in the Old Bakery. There are plenty of footpaths meandering through woodlands and to the beach. 43


Budleigh Salterton Dawlish An elegant seaside town with a beach composed of unique pebbles, carried from Brittany by an ancient river flowing into the Triassic desert around 240 million years ago. Around the headland from Budleigh Salterton is the famous and striking geology of Ladram Bay, with its towering rock stacks and red cliffs plunging into the sea. Special events throughout the year include a jazz weekend, music and literary festivals and a monthly farmers market. It is also a great place to find unusual gifts with fascinating shops, galleries and boutiques, including Angie's of Budleigh.


A popular seaside resort since the 18th century, Dawlish is part Victorian and part Georgian. There are several beaches to choose from - Coryton Cove with its fascinating rock pools, Town Beach and the award winning Dawlish Warren with miles of golden sand sheltered by sand dunes. Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve is a site of international importance to wildlife. Enjoy a round of golf at the Warren Golf Club in the heart of the Reserve, bordered by water on three sides. Dawlish is situated along Brunelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning South Devon coast railway, one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world, as seen on BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coast programme.


East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty This recognised beautiful area of over 100 square miles of East Devon countryside is a diverse and vibrant landscape with wooded valleys and coves, heathland, fertile river valleys and breathtaking views from cliffs and hilltops. It is a living, working landscape shaped by many centuries of farming activity. A haven for walkers and cyclists, there are two long distance walking routes, the South West Coast Path and the East Devon Way, and the 80 mile Buzzard Way cycle route, taking in the wide variety of landscapes. Visit one of eight nature reserves, home to many unique species.


A popular holiday destination since the 18th century, Exmouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two miles of golden sandy beach offers plenty of space to relax. It is one of the best places in the country for a wide range of water sports including kitesurfing and windsurfing. Follow the Blue Plaque Heritage Trail through the town centre to discover splendid Regency architecture sitting alongside contemporary cafĂŠ culture. Visit the large, award winning indoor market in the piazza-style Strand to find colourful stalls offering everything from fresh produce, to lace and jewellery. Kids will love the nearby World of Country Life! 45


Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from Exmouth in East Devon to Dorset, it clearly depicts a geological ‘walk through time’, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. It is a habitat for many rare and important plants and animals. The best way to view this stretch of coastline is on a Stuart Line Cruise from Exmouth or Sidmouth, with full on-board commentary of the history and wildlife. At the start of the Jurassic Coast visit Orcombe Point, a geoneedle that represents all the rocks found in the cliffs.



Situated at the mouth of the River Axe, Seaton is famous for its heritage tram railway, a narrow gauge electric tramway running through the beautiful Axe Valley to Colyton, a fascinating medieval settlement known as the most rebellious town in Devon! Walk along the South West Coast Path from Seaton and you will reach the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, one of the most important wilderness areas in Britain. Just inland is the Seaton Marshes Local Nature Reserve and Colyford Common. There are great opportunities for watching wildlife with a busy programme of events throughout the year.



An elegant Regency town, Sidmouth has a timeless charm, with over 500 listed buildings and beautiful gardens. Find out more about the town’s history at Sidmouth Museum, also the start point for interesting town tours. Visit in August for the chance to see some of the UK’s best folk acts at the internationally renowned Sidmouth Folk Week. Browse independent boutiques and quality gift shops in the town centre, and buy fresh fish and handmade local fudge or ice cream at one of Sidmouth’s delicatessens or market stalls. Animal lovers should head to the nearby Donkey Sanctuary to meet over 400 rescued donkeys, or go on a llama trek with Peak Hill Llamas.

Teignmouth & Shaldon Visitors have been attracted to Teignmouth since Georgian and Regency times, for its wide sandy beaches and warm climate. It has a much photographed and used Victorian Grand Pier with free summer entertainment, and is a busy harbour and port with a colourful population of fishing boats. Scenic cruises, deep sea and mackerel fishing trips operate from Teignmouth, plus diving trips for the more adventurous to explore amazing wrecks and reefs. On the opposite side of the River Teign, reached via foot-bridge or the historic Teign Ferry, lies the picturesque village of Shaldon, where you will find the delightful Ness Beach accessed via a smugglers tunnel! 47



The estuary town of Topsham was once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, and retains a distinctly maritime flavour today. Distinctive buildings include elegant 17th century Dutch-style merchant houses such as the attractive Topsham Museum overlooking the Exe Estuary. Topsham is a thriving shopping location, with independent boutiques, jewellers, galleries, fine wines and foods. It is well known locally for its antique shops, which include several floors to browse at the former Customs House on the Quay. Good food is a speciality in Topsham’s historic pubs and award-winning restaurants.


Topsham’s narrow Goat Walk beside the Exe estuary offers wonderful views across the estuary mudflats and Bowling Green Marsh RSPB Reserve, home to a vast array of water-birds. There is a convenient passenger ferry which carries passengers (and bikes) across the River Exe to the Exeter Ship Canal and Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve. Free walking tours of Topsham run every Wednesday and Saturday (May – September) at 2pm, from the Holman Way car park. On the outskirts of Topsham is Darts Farm, a multi award winning farm and lifestyle shop with a restaurant and one of the best fish and chip shops in the country!

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• splendid coastal and river walks

Information Centre

The Bulstone Hotel Branscombe


Higher Bulstone, Branscombe EX12 3BL T: 01297 680446 F: 01297 680000 E: Between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis. Catering for families. Children’s tea at 5pm. Evening meals (adults) from 8pm. Open all year. Special deals available. Call Kevin or Judith to book now

Chimneys Dawlish

Chimneys, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PA

C3 T: 01626 890813

E: Victorian guest house & licensed restaurant overlooking Exe estuary. Powderham Castle, golf & ferry to Exmouth walking distance. Dawlish & Warren beaches 10 mins drive. Good public transport. Ideal spot for exploring Devon.

Exeter 15 mins drive. D3 F2 ES5. B&B from £30 pppn > Ò Ô< t ≈Z

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The Manor Hotel Exmouth


The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 5AB T: 01395 272549 The Manor Hotel has an enviable position situated on the Historic Regency Beacon with wonderful sea views. Just a short stroll away from the seafront or the town centre. Total no. of bedrooms: 39 D9, T19, F3, S8 From £35 – £48pppn B&B From £50.95 – £63.95 DB&B >Ò≈Z t ES «<

Aslema Guest House Exmouth D3

Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth D3

61 St Andrews Road, Exmouth EX8 1AS T: 01395 270737 200 yards from seafront. 5 minute walk to town centre. Tastefully decorated rooms. Delicious breakfasts. Friendly hosts. Special offers available. D2, T2, S1 Price: B&B from £30 pppn > Ò ˙Ô t ES <

The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AF T: 01395 264886 Formally a Georgian Posting House, enjoying magnificent views of the seafront and Exe Estuary. 52 ensuite rooms and a choice of two great restaurants. D36, F1, S2, T13. From £50 pppn Q >Ò≈ZÔ ES t «< 49

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The Devoncourt Exmouth


16 Douglas Avenue, Exmouth EX8 2EX Tel: 01395 272277 Beautiful views out over 4 acres of sub tropical gardens across Exmouth’s golden sands. Warm pools, leisure facilities and gym, free Wi-Fi, friendly hotel with roomy apartments. Great value restaurant & bar

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Chatfield Topsham

Beaumont Seaton


Castle Hill, Seaton EX12 2QW T: 01297 20832 E: beaumon1.html An elegant Victorian guest house, situated in an unrivalled location on Seaton sea front, a gateway to the Jurassic Coast, close to shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. All main bus routes to surrounding areas are available nearby. All rooms shower ensuite. Free Wi-Fi access.


The Westcliff, Sidmouth EX10 8RU T: 01395 513252 A truly superb hotel in an outstanding position on the unique Jurassic Coastline. Set in beautiful gardens within stunning Devon countryside amidst a wealth of National Trust properties and delightful public gardens. Room details: D11; T21, S8; F2; ES30. Prices: B&B from £45 pppn > Ò ≈ pZ Ô @ t «< Q 50

The Barn Hotel Exmouth


Exton, Exeter EX3 0PQ T: 01392 874135 E: Ideal base for exploring Devon. Regular bus and train services to Exeter and coast. Excellent eating places nearby. River walks.

Foxholes Hill, Exmouth EX8 2DF T: 01395 224411 E: A warm welcome awaits you at The Barn. 11 en-suite bedrooms, most with sea views. Heated outdoor pool.

D/TW2, F1, ES2. Prices £30-£40 pppn > Ô t < ES

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Mariners Seaton


Esplanade, Seaton EX12 2NP Tel: 01297 20560 Patricia Booth Email: Gold award B@B and Delighful 4* Self Catering Apartment on the Jurassic Coast. Awarded AA Highley Commended 2010 2011. Unrivalled views of Lyme Bay and Beer Head. Seasonal breaks. D5 T2 S1 F1 G2 ES10. B&B double £35-£40pppn. B&B single £40-£45 pppn

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Higher Coombe Farm Sidmouth D3

Tipton St John, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0AX T/F: 01404 813385 E: higherco Friendly welcome, comfortable rooms. Relaxed atmosphere. Superb breakfast. Families welcome. 4 miles inland from Sidmouth seafront.

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Hotels, B&Bs The Barn & Pinn Cottage Sidmouth


Bowd, Sidmouth EX10 0ND Telephone: 01395 513613 E-mail: Enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful 15th Century thatched cottage nestling within two acres of award winning gardens with private parking and sun patio. Situated only 5 minutes drive from Sidmouth. All Ten individually decorated non-smoking, en-suite rooms benefit from full central heating, Digital TV and Tea and Coffee making facilities. Dinner is available four nights a week and is served in “The Barn” with good home cooking, a varied choice of menu and a well stocked bar, plus a log fire burning throughout the cooler months. You will be sure of a very warm welcome from us into our home. Please Contact Peter and Kim Clinch for a full colour brochure. D5 T3 S1 F1 G5 ES10. B&B from £38-£55 pppn > Ô< t≈˙Z ÒQ

Sidholme Hotel

Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8UJ



idholme Hotel is an historic Christian hotel with 72 bedrooms, a licensed restaurant and a heated indoor swimming pool. The gracious Georgian mansion also boasts a magnificent Victorian music room and is situated in nine acres of tranquil grounds. Located in the heart of the traditional Regency seaside town of Sidmouth, the hotel is ideally placed for exploring the East Devon coast - part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. • A FairTrade supporting hotel • Free WiFi • On-site car & coach parking • Easy reach of Exeter & Lyme Regis

tel: 01395 515104 email: 52

• Only 15 minutes from Exeter airport

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The Hotel Riviera has a long tradition of outstanding hospitality and is perfect for unforgettable holidays, long weekends, unwinding breaks, and all the spirit of the glorious Festive Season... you will be treated to the kind of friendly, personal attention that can only be found in a private hotel of this quality.

T H E E S P L A N A D E S I D M O U T H D EVO N E X10 8AY T E L: (01395) 515201 FA X: (01395) 577775 EMAIL: WEB:

Swallows Eaves Hotel Colyford E3

Eyre Court Hotel Seaton

Swan Hill Road, Colyford, Devon EX24 6QJ T: 01297 553184 E: Swallows Eaves Hotel incorporating Reeds Restaurant is a privately-owned hotel in Colyford on the Devon/ Dorset border where country meets coast. T2, D5, ES7. B&B from £45pppn Q Ò≈ZÔ ES t<

2 Queen Street, Seaton EX12 2NY T: 01297 21455 E: Eyre Court in Seaton on Lyme Bay is minutes from the sea, family run and family friendly. A home from home.

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Orestone Manor Torquay

Quayside Hotel Brixham

The Cary Arms Babbacombe


Maidencombe, Rock House Lane, Torquay TQ1 4SX T: 01803 328098 E: Luxury Country House Hotel, stunning views, first class hospitality and 12 individually designed bedrooms, award winning Restaurant, Gardens with outdoor heated pool. Rooms: D12, ES12 >Ò≈˙ZÔ t<

Quayside Hotel, King Street, Brixham TQ5 9TH T: 01803 855751 Warm, friendly service, an AA Rosette restaurant, lively Erne lister Bar with great bar food and views over Brixham Harbour and Torbay.

B&B £86 to £142 pppn

Dart Marina Hotel Dartmouth


Sandquay Road, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9PH T: 01803 832580 E: Stunning location beside the River Dart. Incredibly comfortable, contemporary & stylish rooms. Food inspired by the local land & sea. B&B £67.50£100 pppn >ÒÔ Qt <


Beach Road, Babbacombe TQ1 3LX T: 01803 327110 E: The Inn on the Beach – with charm, personality, fun, and values of a good English pub and the luxury and style of a boutique hotel, all set within Babbacombe Bay.

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Hotels/Self Catering Self Catering Salcombe Harbour Hotel Salcombe

Courtlands House Exmouth

Cliff Road, Salcombe TQ8 8JH T: 01548 844444 E: Salcombe Harbour Hotel has closed its doors for a short while, as it undergoes a fabulous multimillion pound refurbishment, due to re-open summer 2012 fully refurbished.

Courtlands Lane, Exmouth EX8 3NZ T: 01392 469174 E: An elegant Grade II listed Georgian Mansion House set in over 25 acres of private gardens and park land overlooking the picturesque River Exe with panoramic views across to the Haldon Hills.

Bonehayne Farm Seaton


Bonehayne Farm, Colyton EX24 6SG T: Mrs Gould on 01404 871396/

E2 871416

E: Well equipped cottage on family working farm. Beautiful location, glorious views. World Heritage Coast 20 minutes – Lyme Regis to Sidmouth. Spacious yet cosy with oak beams, inglenook. Large lawned gardens. Trout fishing, walks, cycle hire nearby. Caravan and B & B also. 1 Unit. Sleeps 2-6. £120-£605 per week >Ô˙j@ Ò

Higher Coombe Bungalow Sidmouth D3


Mr & Mrs Woods, c/o 3 Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 1BQ Tel: 01395 222882 Email: Comfortable ground floor accommodation just yards from the seafront yet only a few minutes walk from the town centre and rail station. Exeter International Airport 10 miles. Sleeps 4 in three bedrooms – Linen and towels provided, (but please bring your own beach towels). Fully equipped modern kitchen and separate lounge with flatscreen TV and DVD. Credit cards accepted online only. Price: £310 - £650 per week. Sleeps 1 - 4 # >Ò Ô@

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Tower Country Chalet Park, Seaton EX12 2TH T: 01297 21298 Clean, comfortable and fully equipped lodges situated just one mile from Seaton beach and town centre. Olympic 2 week special rates available. 3 Units, Sleep 1 – 5. Prices £150 - £450 per week >˙Ô @


Higher Coombe Farm, Tipton St John, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0AX T/F: 01404 813385 E: higherco Relax and unwind in 3 bedroom bungalow with large garden. Good base for walking and cycling. Village pub 3/4 mile. Jurassic coast 4 miles. Friday change over. 1 Unit. Sleeps 2-6. £390 - £890 per week > Ò Ô ˙j @

Seaton Lodges Seaton

Pilot Cottage Exmouth

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SelfCatering/Camping Catering, Camping & Caravanning Self The Blenheim Dawlish


1 Marine Parade, Dawlish, Devon EX7 9DJ Tel: 01626 862372 Email: LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Self Catering Short breaks Come by coach, or B&B 2 days – many days! rail or car Self Catering – quality self-contained, fully equipped studio apartments on Dawlish seafront, most with wonderful views. Price per week: £148 - £425 – ideal for 2. Price per week: £248 - £575 – ideal for family of 4. Bed & Breakfast – 1st class English breakfasts cooked to order just for you! B&B from £35 - £45 pppn. Central/flat and close to all amenities. Sea views. Opposite rail, coach, bus. Freeview, DVD, complimentary Wifi & bed linen. Car park. THE BLENHEIM AT DAWLISH YOUR BEST CHOICE* * ”English seaside holiday at its best – friendly holiday atmosphere” >˙ÒÔ Qt ES < Axevale Caravan Park Seaton


Colyford Road, Seaton EX12 2DF Tel: 01297 21342 Email: Small, tranquil park with superb views. Town, beach, footpaths, pubs, attractions, local nature reserve all within walking distance. Pets welcome. All caravans have digital television, fridge, cooker, shower and toilet.


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a glorious corner of Devon Fantastic family-run four star park set in rolling meadows, mature woods, open parkland and coarse fishing lakes. – Heated swimming pool and children’s pool – Swan pub serving meals, take-away, shop – Three children’s play areas, nature trails – Five mins by car from South Devon coast – Touring and camping pitches, holiday homes, cottages, apartments

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Attractions Attractions D3

Topsham Museum Exeter


25 The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0AX T: 01392 873244 Discover Topsham’s maritime heritage and explore the 17th century Merchant’s house. Open from April till October. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 2pm-5pm. Open Tuesday 2pm-5pm in August.

Cream tea served inside from 2.30pm till 4.30pm Admission Free

Route 2 Café & Bicycle Hire Topsham C3

1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham EX3 0JQ T: 01392 875085 E: Licensed Eco-Cafe Bar in Topsham. Open 8am to 8pm every day. Breakfasts, Lunches & homemade Ice Creams. Cycle Hire and Repairs. Explore the Exe Estuary (NCR 2)

Opening times – 8am-8pm daily except 25 December.



Seaton Tramway Seaton


Peak Hill Llamas Sidmouth


GARDENS, GAMES & TRAINS • Probably the World’s Finest 71⁄4" Gauge Railway • Beautiful Landscaped Gardens • Sensational Views over Lyme Bay

Full details in our free colour leaflet or visit the website

PECORAMA, BEER, DEVON, EX12 3NA. 01297 21542


Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon EX12 2NQ T: 01297 20375 E: A fun day out for all, whatever the weather. Our trams run every day throughout the season. See wildlife and discover Devon’s hidden secrets, find out about our history and travel in our “time machines”! Open daily: 11th – 19th Feb, 31st March – 4th Nov, 26th Dec – 1st Jan 2013 Open weekends: 3rd – 25th March

Peak Hill, Sidmouth T: 01395 578697 E: Walking with llamas on the Jurassic Coast. We offer a selection of guided walks with these enchanting animals in spectacular scenery. Advance booking essential. Gift vouchers available. Open all year – advance booking essential. Walk prices start from £20 per person. 57

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West Somerset Railway Minehead

The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5BG T: 01643 704996 F: 01643 706349 Britain’s longest standard gauge heritage railway runs between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead on the Somerset coast. Travel back in time hauled by steam locomotives or the occasional diesel.




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Country towns

Situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, with many miles of rolling countryside and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are few places better to get close to nature and enjoy the tranquillity of rural life than in the Heart of Devon. The hills, fertile valleys, nature reserves and woodlands of Mid and East Devon and Teignbridge provide diverse habitats for the wide variety of wildlife. They are punctuated by farmland, quiet roads and traditional narrow, high banked Devon lanes, flower laden in springtime. Cutting through Exeter and the coast are dramatic river valleys of the Teign, Exe, Culm, Otter, Sid and Axe

which surround idyllic villages and market towns. There are many opportunities to walk, cycle and tour these valleys and the high ridges that separate them. Visit during the spring and watch as the valleys spring to life with a carpet of wild garlic, bluebells and Devon violets. Make sure you visit a Farmers Market when in the area for local Devon produce, crafts and gifts.

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Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty The Blackdown Hills form a tranquil and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. This is an unspoilt rural landscape of great beauty offering excellent cycling walking and riding. Steep ridges, high plateaux, valleys and springs create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features. These include the Iron Age Hembury Fort, carpeted with bluebells in spring and Culmstock Beacon, one of a chain of Elizabethan beacons built to warn of Spanish invasion on the Devon Coast.


This is wonderful countryside for walking and cycling, with an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna to discover, including many wild flower species such as orchids, violets and primroses and a number of less common mammals and birds such as dormice, otters and nightjars. The Blackdown Hills are renowned for their community of high quality food producers, and tracking some of these down to sample their delicious produce is another Blackdown delight.



A thriving market town, Axminster is famous worldwide for its carpets, first made in 1755 by Thomas Whitty. Try and then buy fresh local produce at the town’s Thursday morning market, first chartered in 1204, or visit the River Cottage Local Produce Store and Canteen, offering a wide selection of the best local produce sourced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team. The town has a thriving artistic community, and you can visit fine examples of the town’s artwork by following its Art Trail. The Axe Vale Festival will be held 23-24 June 2012, a must visit for any gardening enthusiast.


Crediton is a lively market town with a magnificent church and a famous saint St. Boniface, one of the founding fathers of the Christian church in Europe, was born here in 680 AD. The Parish Church of the Holy Cross stands on the site of Devon’s first Saxon cathedral (909 – 1050 AD). The current imposing red volcanic stone building dating mainly from the 15th century looks rather like a scaled down cathedral. Discover more about the history of the town on the Crediton Town Trail. The Crediton Food Festival (16-17 June) is growing in reputation as a must for foodies. 61



A peaceful country town set within the tranquil Culm Valley. Cullompton has many fine Georgian and Tudor buildings, and one of the UK’s most magnificent churches. St Andrews Church dates back to the 15th century, and its lofty sandstone tower dominates the landscape for miles around. Regular antiques fairs are held in the historic Walronds building, currently being restored and developed. Visitors can discover more about Cullompton’s historic landmarks including fine Georgian and Tudor buildings and quaint almshouses on its Town Trail. Nearby attractions include family-friendly Diggerland and falconry school Yarak Birds of Prey.



One of the last great wildernesses in the UK, Dartmoor was designated a National Park in 1951. Its inspirational landscape covers 368 square miles, and is populated by wild ponies, lofty granite tors, mysterious hut circles and standing stones, ancient woodlands, bustling stannary towns, and secluded villages. It is also home to England’s highest waterfall at Cantonteign Falls. Enjoy Dartmoor at your own pace, on foot, horseback or bicycle, with safe, traffic-free trails, quiet forest tracks, challenging bridleways and historic rural lanes crisscrossing the moor.



Set amidst the East Devon and Blackdown Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beautiful market town is known as the antiques capital of the south west. It is also famous worldwide for its finely crafted bobbin lace, of which a collection can be viewed at the charming Allhallows Museum. Honiton Street Market is held every Tuesday and Saturday in the High Street and the Women’s Guild Market every Saturday at the Mackarness Hall. Go off-road through the surrounding countryside at the nearby Land Rover Experience 4x4 driving centre!

Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot has a strong market tradition dating from 1220, with colourful markets including the buzzing Pannier Market, the weekly farmers market and twice weekly open-air market. Many of the town’s buildings date from the mid 19th century, when the South Devon Railway reached Newton Abbot. The history of the town, with an appropriate emphasis on Brunel and the Great Western Railway, is on show at the excellent Newton Abbot and GWR Museum. Newton Abbot is also home to Britain’s only working malthouse open to the public. 63


Ottery St Mary

Set in the beautiful Otter Valley, Ottery St Mary is one of the south west’s oldest towns with many historical buildings and traditions. St Mary’s Parish Church was built in 1337, and is a magnificent scaled-down version of Exeter Cathedral. The town is world-famous for its Tar Barrels event in November, where flaming tar barrels are carried through the streets. On the outskirts of the town, discover acres of historical gardens and fantasy woodland at Escot Park. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside ideal for a day’s walk. There are superb views from East Hill, which overlooks the Otter Valley.



Occupying a strategic position on two rivers brought Tiverton wealth as a flourishing textile town. Follow the self-guided Merchant’s Trail around the town to find out more about Tiverton’s rich heritage, or visit the award-winning Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. The town’s most famous building is Tiverton Castle, a royal fortress with a turbulent history, commissioned in 1106 by Henry I. Take a horse-drawn barge trip with the Tiverton Canal Co. on the Grand Western Canal, or visit one of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses at nearby National Trust Knightshayes.

Hotels, B&Bs Hotels, Hayne Farm Crediton


Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4HR T: 01363 866392 Margaret Reed Guests are welcome to our 17th Century working beef and sheep farm, situated between Cadeleigh and Cheriton Fitzpaine. Exeter 9 miles, Tiverton 8 miles. South & North coast, Exmoor & Dartmoor within easy reach. Three local pubs within easy reach. Summer house overlooking duck pond. Good farm fayre. Fishing lake.

North Hollacombe Farm Crediton B2

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Waie Inn Crediton


Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF T: 01363 82348 F: 01363 82898 Jean Burrow E: Traditional family owned country pub. Comprises restaurant, bars, quality B&B & self catering accommodation, indoor swimming pool, squash courts, snooker/pool and indoor softplay and outdoor play area.

Thelbridge Cross Inn Crediton B1


Burrrington, Umberleigh, Devon EX37 9LZ T: 01769 560501 E: This beautiful 18th century country house hotel sits on 20 acres of beautiful gardens, surrounded by rolling Devon hills. Rooms: D11, ES11. Price: £80-£130 pppn. DB&B £125-£160 pppn >Ò≈˙ZÔ Qt

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Fox & Hounds Country Hotel Nr Crediton B1

Thelbridge, Crediton, Devon EX17 4SQ T: 01884 860316 Friendly and relaxing country inn, famous for picturesque rural surroundings, good central location, attentive service, comfort, and delicious cuisine.

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Northcote Manor Umberleigh

Barnstaple Cross, Crediton EX17 5BS Angela Searle T: 01363 84243 / 07974 962006 A warm welcome awaits you on our working farm in a secluded valley 1.5 miles from Crediton. Relax in our comfortable farmhouse with excellent home cooked local produce. Extensive views to Dartmoor. Ideal central location for touring North and South Coasts and the Moors. Golf, Riding, Fishing and Swimming all nearby.

Orway Crescent Farm B&B Cullompton D2

Eggesford, Chulmleigh EX18 7JZ Tel: 01769 580345 The Fox & Hounds Country Hotel features: • 6 Acres bordering River Taw (fly fishing March to Sept) • Award winning restaurant

Orway, Kentisbeare, Nr. Cullompton EX15 2EX T: 01884 266876 F: 01884 266876 E: orway.crescentfarm Newly renovated, luxurious fully equipped rooms, with full facilities. Set in a quiet hamlet. Excellent central location, easy access coast, moors with all activities.

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Brithem Bottom, Cullompton EX15 1ND T/F: 01884 821198 E: For peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings. No stairs to rooms. Evening meals by arrangement. 2 courses from £12. 2.5 miles J28 M5.

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Lower Ford Farm Cullompton

Cullompton EX15 1LX

C2 T: 01884 252354

E: Award winning friendliest B&B in Devon. A warm welcome awaits you at our 15th century farmhouse, set beside a small stream in peaceful unspoilt valley, 3 miles from Tiverton/Cullompton, M5 J28. Excellent farmhouse cooking, spacious lounge with colour TV to relax in. All bedrooms ensuite. T2 F1 ES3. B&B £31, DB&B £44 pppn. Weekly £200 >Ô < tj ES 65

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Tucked away in 10 acres of its own land within sight of Haytor Rocks and affords beautiful views in all directions. Privately owned and run, this 25 bedroom hotel is the ideal location for discovering Dartmoor. Enjoy 2 AA rosette food in our elegant restaurant or for lighter and informal options, try our new sharing plates at the Blue Tiger Inn. Ilsington Hotel, Ilsington Village, Nr Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9RR Telephone: 01364 661452 Email:

Bovey Castle Dartmoor


Pitt Farm Ottery St Mary


North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 8RE T: 01647 445000 E: Bovey Castle is history, excitement, glamour & adventure. This is a place where you can live out your dreams then put your feet up! Prices: B&B £144.50£374.50 pppn. Rooms: D60, T55, S4, F13, G3 ES128. @ >Ò≈˙ pZÔ Q t« <

Fluxton Farm Ottery St Mary

Fairmile, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1NL T/F: 01404 812439 E: Accommodation in 16th Century thatched farmhouse. Convenient for Exeter, coast, moors. Overnight or longer stays. Farmhouse breakfasts.

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The Oaks Tiverton

Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton


Bolham, Tiverton EX16 7RA T: 01884 252777 E: Luxury boutique hotel on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. Comfortable, spacious en-suite bedrooms with spectacular countryside views. B&B Single from £85, Double from £110 per room. D18, T2, G5, ES18 >Ò≈˙Z Ô @ Q t<

F: 01404 814843 17th century farmhouse in lovely open countryside. Ideal for walking/touring. Cat lovers paradise. Large garden. Dogs very welcome.

Puddington, Tiverton EX16 8PE Tel: 01884 860005 Warm friendly welcome awaits in our spacious bungalow. Ideal for touring or simply relaxing. Enjoy fantastic views from the garden. Ensuite rooms. Children very welcome. Open all year (except Christmas).

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Hotels,B&Bs, B&Bs/Self Hotels, Self Catering Best Western Tiverton Hotel Tiverton C1

Blundells Road, Tiverton EX16 4DB T: 01884 256120 F: 01884 258101 E: Set in 2 acres, friendly hotel with excellent facilities on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, 69 bedrooms and 7 conference suites. Location: Exeter International Airport 25 miles. Bristol Airport 45 miles. Tiverton Parkway, Rail Station 7 miles. D10 F59 G32 ES69. B&B from £40-£89 pppn >Ò«Ô <t≈˙ @Z Q

The Horn of Plenty Tavistock


Gulworthy, Tavistock, Devon PL19 8JD T: 01822 832528 This Country House Hotel, overlooking the Tamar Valley, has been thrilling guests for 40 years with outstanding food and accommodation. Prices: From £95 per room Rooms D10 >Ò≈˙ZÔ Q ES t <


The Two Bridges, Princetown, Dartmoor PL20 6SW T: 01822 890581 E: Nestling beside the West Dart River in 60 acres of private grounds at the very heart of the Dartmoor National Park. The hotel has 33 individually furnished en-suite rooms, all bathrooms refurbished.

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Dartmoor Lodge Ashburton


Chagford TQ13 8JN T: 01647 432282 Country house luxury and fine dining excellence in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.

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Peartree Cross, Ashburton TQ13 7JW T: 01364 652232 E: Nestled on the edge of South Dartmoor, the Hotel is easily accessible from the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth. The friendly atmosphere of this family run business is proving popular with both commercial and leisure clients.


1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8BB T: 01822 613221 E: After a day sightseeing or shopping, you are assured of a good night’s rest in this warm and luxurious retreat. Spacious rooms with double and single and 4 poster beds with the latest in-room entertainment.

Open all year round | Modern and extremely comfortable single storey self-catering cottages ideal for families and couples wanting a quiet and relaxing break | Set in 5 acres of lightly wooded parkland with far reaching views Sleeping 2-6 | Pets welcome*


* In certain cottages

Two Bridges Hotel Princetown

Mill End Hotel and Restaurant Chagford B3

01395 233619 Exmouth Rd, Aylesbeare, Exeter, EX5 2LF 67

Self Catering Creedy Manor Crediton


Higher Thornwood Crediton, nr Exeter


Tedburn St. Mary, near Exeter, Devon EX6 6BE T: 01647 61129 Sue Edgar Beautiful Grade II listed 17th century thatched cottage in an acre of private gardens. Views towards Dartmoor. Quality accommodation including ground floor double bedroom and bathroom. Village shop, two pubs and pleasant walks nearby. 2 night stay from £275 for 2 people up to £400 for 7 people. 1 Unit. Sleeps 2 – 7 £500 - £900 per week >Ô @

Long Barn Farm, Crediton EX17 4AB Tel: 01363 772684 Email: Relax in stylish cottage apartments. ‘Home from home’ with a warm welcome. Convenient location in Devonshire’s heartland, 1 mile Crediton, Exeter 7 miles. Perfect base to explore whole county. Holidays / business. Suitable wheelchairs & group bookings. Longer winter stays. Picturesque estate lakes (carp fishing). Delicious food very locally, plenty to do and sample. 3 nights from £195. 4 nights from £250. Late offers – see website.

Mazzard Farm Ottery St. Mary


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Park Hill, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6RP Tel: 01884 253200 Fax: 01884 254200 Email: MAKE A CASTLE YOUR HOME – 4 spacious, comfortable, self-contained apartments sleeping 2/4 in historic Graded I Listed building & 2 charming cottages sleeping 4/6 in Castle grounds. All modern comforts in medieval surroundings, beautiful walled gardens. Easy access to Dartmoor, Exmoor, Exeter, many local attractions and north/south coast beaches. The Castle is open to the public on Sun, Thurs & Bank Holiday Mon. 6 units, Sleeps 2, 4, 6. £310-£1,000 per week >Ô< t@


East Hill, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1QQ T: 01404 815492 Mazzard Farm holiday cottages – gorgeous, multiple award winning holiday cottages just off the Jurassic Coast in East Devon. The 6 cottages (sleeping 2 - 10) are high spec, contemporary barn conversions. Hugely child friendly.

West Middlewick Farm Tiverton


Nomansland, Tiverton EX16 8NP Tel: 01884 861235 Email: Small family run campsite on a traditional mixed working farm (established in 1933). Three large self catering log cabins with linen and towels provided. Log burner. Situated in their own private grounds. Panoramic views of Exmoor and countryside. Very central for touring or just relax on the farm. On the main bus route, three great food pubs within 2 miles. Log pods and B&B also available. Open all year. Price: Touring pitches from £8 per night, log cabins £300 - £860 per week ˙Q@ Ç

Self SelfCatering/Camping Catering, Camping & Caravanning Wonham Barton Tiverton


Bampton, Tiverton, Devon EX16 9JZ Clifford Williams & Anne McLean Williams T/F: 01398 331312


Comfortable farmhouse wing overlooking the Exe Valley; explore secretive Devon, Exmoor and coastlines; 300 acres, traditional shepherding, varied wildlife, country pursuits. 1 Unit. Sleeps 1-4/6. From £275 - £490 per week >ÒÔt˙ j@

Pine & Primrose Lodges Tiverton C1

Andrewshayes Holiday Park Axminster E2 Dalwood, Axminster EX13 7DY T: 01404 831225 Set in the East Devon countryside visit our four star family run holiday park, 10 minutes drive from the coast. Open Mar – Nov. Prices: From £14 per touring pitch per night; from £165 per static caravan per week. No. of pitches: 150 No. of static units: 80 >Ò≈˙pZÔ Q ) XÇ

Parkers Farm Cottages Dartmoor B4

Lower Ingrams, Loxbeare, Nr Tiverton, Devon EX16 8BY T: 01884 881362 Ron & Margaret Tidball Two spacious pine lodges. Comfortably furnished and well equipped. Ideal base for touring moors and coasts. Riding, golf and National Trust Properties nearby. Games room.

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Parkers Farm Cottages & Caravans, Mead, Alston Cross, Ashburton TQ13 7LJ T: 01364 653008 E: Friendly family run self catering complex with cottages and static caravans surrounded by beautiful countryside. Bar, restaurant and shop. Book before 31 January 2012 for 2011 prices

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Hawkchurch Country Park Axminster



Holidays and short breaks

01395 232431

Woodbury •Near Exeter • Devon • EX5 1HA

Hawkchurch, Axminster EX13 5UL Tel: 0844 272 9502 Superb tranquil setting surrounded by mature woodland affording shelter from the elements. Stunning views across the Axe Valley. Diverse selection of accommodation including beautifully appointed caravan holiday homes and a two-level camping and touring meadow with fantastic on-site facilities including children’s play area and restaurant. 293 camping and touring pitches and 4 caravans for hire. Prices: Camping from £10 per night; Touring pitches from £13 per night; Caravan holiday homes from £160 per week >Ò≈˙Z

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Set in a forest clearing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Forest Glade offers level, sheltered camping and touring pitches and self-catering holiday caravans. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, central facilities building, shop with take away and games room. WiFi available. Forest walks from the park. Riding, gliding and fishing nearby. Central for touring SW. Easy access to coast and moors.

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Public Visitor Centre Tel: 01884 277297 Mob: 07736258206 Email: Yarak is an independent specialist bird of prey centre comprising of 2 centres situated in Langford near to Cullompton. Yarak has built a new public visitor centre and will open its doors to the public for the first time in 15 years from Easter 2012. The public centre will be open from March until the end of November, 7 days per week. December and January weekends only, and closed all of February. People can view the birds at close quarters ranging from Kestrels to Eagles. There will be flying displays 2 - 3 times per day. Food and refreshments are available throughout the day. The private centre offers people hands-on experience days and courses that are separate to the public centre and are available to book throughout the year.

Attractions Attractions B4

Devon Guild of Craftsmen Bovey Tracey




An unforgettable day out! Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF Tel: 01626 832223 Email: Devon Guild of Craftsmen is the largest contemporary crafts centre in the South West exhibiting work by artists of national and international standing in the converted grade II listed Riverside Mill in a beautiful riverside location at Bovey Tracey. Includes Jubilee Gallery, extended Craft Shop and The Terrace cafĂŠ with rooftop seating. Annual programme of workshops, talks, events and exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am-5.30pm

A glorious garden in every season. Open daily except Christmas Day from 10am-6pm (5pm in Winter). Restaurant, Plant Centre & Gift Shop. Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH Follow us on 01805 626 800

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• summer camp • amazing maze • saxon village • woodland playgrounds • Bickleigh EX16 8RL T: 01884 855700 Wines to die for & views to kill 12 miles north of Exeter lies one of England’s best known vineyards. Terraced cafe, tours, tastings. 3 hectares & modern winery. For news/special events visit the website or email

Open Weds-Sundays April-Xmas.

Jack in the Green Nr Exeter

Abbotshood Farm, Greenway, Halberton, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7AE T: 01884 820728 E: On Grand Western Canal and NCN No 3. Free delivery/ collection available.

Rockbeare, Nr Exeter EX5 2EE T: 01404 822240 E: Voted 60th in the UK’s 2011 Top 100 Restaurants, the Jack is one of Devon’s original local food champions. Expect a crystal clear philosophy to serve only the fresh local produce. Suitable for any occasion and always exceptional value for money.

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Abbotshood Cycle Hire D1 Tiverton

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ABode Exeter Arundell Arms Aslema Guest House The Barn The Barn & Pinn Cottage Beaumont Bedford Hotel The Bendene The Blenheim Bookbinders Bovey Castle Braeside Buckerell Lodge Hotel Bulstone Hotel The Cary Arms Chatfield Chimneys Clock Tower Hotel Courtlands House Combe House Devon Dart Marina Hotel Dartmoor Lodge Devon Hotel The Devoncourt Drakes Farm House Exeter Court Hotel Eyre Court Hotel Fernside Hotel Fluxton Farm Fox & Hounds Country Hotel The Georgian Lodge The Grange Great Western Hotel Gypsy Hill Hotel Hartnoll Hotel Hayne Farm Heath Gardens Higher Coombe Farm Holiday Inn Express The Horn of Plenty Hotel Riviera

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City Coast Countryside

Hotels & Guest Accommodation


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City Coast Countryside

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Attractions, Eating Out & Shopping

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Travel to the Heart of Devon When you arrive in the region, local bus and rail services can get you wherever you need to go. We hope you find the information in this guide helpful, so you can relax and make the most of your time in the region.

...By rail Why not travel in comfort by train, a family-friendly option with main-line stations located at Tiverton, Honiton and Exeter. Companies operating in the area are First Great Western, Cross Country Trains and South West Trains. To plan your journey and to book tickets for all train operators, visit or call: 08457 484950. Once you are in the area, why not make use of the regular local train services, which run from all over the South West to Exeter. Exeter St Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Station is a 10 minute bus ride, or a 20 minute walk from the city centre. Exeter Central Station is a 5 minute walk to the High Street.

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Excellent road, rail and air links make the Heart of Devon conveniently close to the rest of the UK. Wherever you are, you are not far away from the breathtaking scenery of one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Eggesford Copplestone Crediton Exeter St Thomas Starcross Dawlish

Teignmouth Newton Abbot Totnes to Plymouth & Cornwall

Topsham Lympstone Exmouth

Torquay Paignton

For all your public transport information queries in the south west, contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website

Getting around by bus Leave the car behind and let someone else do the driving, so you can sit back and enjoy the wonderful scenery! There is an excellent local bus service in and around Exeter which connects most of the surrounding towns and villages, making it easy to explore by public transport. For information on scenic bus and rail routes throughout Devon, visit This map shows main services which operate at least hourly. There are also less frequent services to many other places. By road Choose the M5 for links from Bristol, Wales and Birmingham. The A30/A303 offers an alternative scenic route from London and the South East.

By air Exeter International Airport is located 6 miles outside of Exeter and offers excellent air links within the UK and overseas. t : 01392 367433



By coach National Express operate a service to Exeter from most UK towns and cities. t: 08717 818178

Where are you going? Need easy information to help you find your way? Wherever you want to be, there are lots of ways to make getting around Devon easy: • A fully interactive bus map showing routes and services across Devon • Ideas for great days out on the bus or scenic railways of Devon • Great money-saving tips for the bus or train • Access for all - information on accessibility and other available services For further information visit 15/11/11

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Located in the south west of England with the historic city of Exeter as its centre, the Heart of Devon stretches to the east along the Worl...

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Located in the south west of England with the historic city of Exeter as its centre, the Heart of Devon stretches to the east along the Worl...

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