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5 tips to escape the crowds in Devon this summer 2021

Children running down quiet lane to escape the crowds in Devon this summer

Everyone is longing for the perfect getaway right now and, let’s face it, you deserve it. Devon has always been a popular UK holiday destination and 2021 will be no different. However, can it offer you the quiet holiday you are craving? The good news is that the answer is yes! If you want to escape the crowds in Devon this summer here are our top tips:

Walk South West Coast Path

View across fields towards coast at Little Dartmouth in South Devon
Little Dartmouth

Pick up the South West Coast on the North or South Devon Coast to walk through some of the most breathtaking scenery and idyllic rural villages on the coastline. 

One of our favourite stretches is between Dartmouth and Slapton Ley where you will see plenty of wildlife along the way.

Start at Dartmouth Castle and head towards Stoke Fleming where you can find refreshment at The Green Dragon Pub or Radius 7 before wandering on past Blackpool Sands towards Strete and Slapton Sands

If you make it as far as Torcross there are plenty of places to pick up a sandwich, a pint of Devon’s best brew or even a Devon cream tea.

Here’ some more recommended coast walks in South Devon.

Go paddle boarding on the River Dart

Paddle boarders on the River Dart at Dartmouth

The River Dart is one of the top places to go paddle boarding in Devon. Hire boards from either Dartmouth or Totnes and paddle your way along the meandering banks of this watery wildlife haven.

Find out more about the best places for water sports in Devon.

Visit a National Trust estate

White Georgian style house - Saltram House near Plymouth
Saltram House near Plymouth

There are some stunning National Trust places in South Devon, and many will be open with controlled visitor numbers. 

Off the beaten track are the sub tropical gardens of Coleton Fishacre and riverside walks of Greenway.

Nearer Plymouth there’s acres of space to explore at Saltram where you can walk and cycle routes around the estate.

Find out more and book your visit to a National Trust property in Devon.

Find Devon’s quieter beaches

View of Slapton Sands beach and Start Bay in Devon
Slapton Sands beach

Avoid the busy holiday hot spots of Torquay and Paignton and head south of the River Dart to the beaches of the South Hams

This is where you’ll find long stretches of sand at Bantham and Slapton Sands as well as lesser known beauty spots like Beesands and Mill Bay. There’s also the remote bay of Blackpool Sands where limited parking restricts the numbers on the beach. Just get there early on sunny days to secure your space.

There are also plenty of beautiful places to stay by the sea in Devon.

Find lesser known places to visit in Devon

White grapes on vine

When Devon attractions reopen there’s no doubt they will be busy with visitors this summer. If you want to find a quieter day out and escape the crowds in Devon then try some of these suggestions:

  • Book a tour of the vineyards at Sharpham Estate
  • Climb England’s highest waterfall at Canonteign Falls
  • Go wild swimming at Haytor Quarry on Dartmoor, Sugary Cove in Dartmouth or the River Avon.

Book a 2021 holiday in Devon

Book the ultimate escape with us this year. We have holiday cottages in South Devon for couples looking for a romantic getaway, families and guests with pets.

Get in touch to discuss your perfect hideaway or search our collection of Dartmouth holiday cottages.

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