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As the clock struck midnight yester eve, South Devon closed the doors to what was an epic year. Weather wise, we were treated to powdery knee deep snow, and just months later, an endless summer heatwave. We basked in balmy waters, played on beaches that rivalled the Caribbean, and were treated to an array of textbook sunsets. Various festivities peppered the region’s calendar, all of which were positively thriving (Crabfest, Salcombe Regatta and Candlelit Dartmouth to name just a few). The deep rooted passion for food pulsed through the region, as did the love of watersports and outdoor pursuits. Needless to say, 2018 was pretty special!

South Devon is a hive of activity year-round, and regardless of whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family break, or a special celebration with friends, we want your break to be full of both amazing adventures and simple pleasures. We’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list, highlighting some of the best things to do in South Devon this year…

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Your South Devon bucket list: Things to do in South Devon in 2019

Explore hidden and secret coves
With over 90 miles of coastline to explore, South Devon enjoys an enviable selection of beaches, from empty stretches of white sand, to shingled shores and quiet coves. Be sure to spend a little time exploring the undiscovered side of the region, here are a few hints and tips on where you might find a few secret spots!

Wild swimming
Boasting some of the best bathing waters in the UK, you will find many wild and wonderful swimming spots throughout the region. With a choice of rivers, estuaries and coastline, there are countless opportunities to make a splash, and we urge you to jump in. For our favourite locations, read our article on wild swimming in South Devon.

Watch the sunset
One of our favourite things to do (year-round!), is to stay at the beach until the sun drops, and watch the sky light up in hues of red, pink and orange. Nothing beats the simplicity of a sunset swim, later tucking into dinner on the beach, or roasting marshmallows over the barbeque. Little ones will love the novelty of staying out until dark, rolling into bed with salty hair and sandy toes.

Wildlife safari
The coastline of South Devon is a hive of wildlife, so if you really want to get up close and meet the locals, book yourself onto a wildlife safari. Our friends at Sea-N-Shore run popular slow rib rides, where you can enjoy an estuary wildlife spotting trip. Keep your eyes peeled for a vast selection of birds, seals, dolphins and plankton.

Go crabbing
A favourite pastime amongst both children and adults is the classic British seaside activity of crabbing. Lucky for us, boasting harbourside towns and a varied coastline, South Devon has some of the best crabbing spots in the country. Equip yourself with our ultimate crabbing guide and you will be pulling in those mighty clawed crustaceans in no time at all.

Cream tea
No trip to the West Country is complete without tucking into a sumptuous cream tea. The team at Coast & Country Cottages adore feasting on a traditional cream tea, so much so, we’ve collated a list of where to find the best afternoon tea in Devon! Regardless of where you choose to eat, be sure to enjoy your scones the Devon way… cream first, then jam!

Take a hike
From spectacular coastline to woodland trails, riverside rambles and rolling countryside, the region is home to a myriad of walking routes that crisscross the region. What’s more, South Devon is proudly a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and often referred to as a walking wonderland. Download our walking guide and plan an adventure, why not tread a path you haven’t walked before?

You will find the calendar of South Devon positively busy, with events such as Crabfest, Salcombe Regatta and Candlelit Dartmouth populating the calendar year-round. This year also welcomes an exciting summer music festival held on Blackpool Sands beach, Tunes on the Sands, hosting both major national and international artists! For the finer details on individual events, read our article on what’s on in South Devon in 2019.

Step back in time
Steeped in history, South Devon is home to a mecca of historical landmarks and ancient stories. From National Trust Properties, to towering castles, iconic lighthouses and the remnants of a village that surrendered to the sea, be sure to lose yourself in tales of old.

Hire a boat
One of the best ways to explore the region is by water, so why not hire a small motor boat for the day, or the duration of your break. With both coastline and estuaries to navigate, spend your days finding beaches that can only be reached by boat, swimming in secluded bays, and finding waterside eateries such as the Crabshell Inn.

If you haven’t already done so, book your 2019 South Devon break, and join us as we journey into what is shaping up to be a very exciting year ahead!

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