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January Days out in Devon

From fishing villages to fish and chips on the beach, treks on Dartmoor terrain and rides on the Dartmouth steam train; there’s so much fun to be had in Devon, even during the cooler months!

Here are our favourite ways to spend a January day.

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GO OUTDOORS

Nothing blows away the cobwebs like a wintery walk. Wrap up well, grab a flask of something warm and prepare for some crisp coastal air. Where will you go? With Dartmoor National Park, stunning beaches and the scenic South West Coastal Path all on your doorstep, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s the perfect way to let off steam and build up an appetite before a cosy afternoon in a local pub.

The River Dart Country Park is also a great day out for the whole family with an assault course, adventure playground, low rope course and mini zip wire to get you warmed up!

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 JOIN THE LOCALS

A trip to the South West wouldn’t be complete without a traditional cream tea – of course, served with the jam on top when in Devon! With so many eateries serving this tasty treat, we’d find it impossible to choose a favourite, however Angels Tearooms at Babbacombe has got to be a firm contender!

Likewise, a blustery beach walk wouldn’t be complete without good old-fashioned fish and chips to warm you up. You’ll be spoilt for choice with so many award-winning takeaways and restaurants nearby in Babbacombe, Torquay and Brixham. You’ll just have to try them all!

The villages of South Devon are also the perfect place to find unique arts and crafts, gifts and locally produced food and drink. Don’t be shy, the locals love a good chat!

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TRY NEW MEANS OF TRAVEL

Forget the car and discover Devon via a different route! If you’ve brought your bike, then Torquay Harbour to Paignton Harbour is a popular route for cyclists which offers beautiful sea views and may pitstop opportunities for coffee or an ice cream! Without stops, it takes roughly 30 minutes from harbour to harbour. If that’s not quite challenging enough for you, then you could make a day of it and cycle from Babbacombe to Brixham. At approximately 11 miles, the route can be broken down into sections and on a clear day boasts a view of the Jurassic Coast.  

Alternatively, you could take a trip back to the age of steam to enjoy the six-and-a-half-mile trip along the former Great Western Railway line between Paignton and Kingswear on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. It’s our favourite way to take in the beautiful Devon countryside and see it from a completely different angle. You can even see the train from the park!

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME

Babbacombe Model Village is a great day out for the whole family. The children will feel like giants as they marvel at the tiny village, and the adults will be able to reminisce at the humorous representation of British life over the last 6 decades. The village is sits in 4 acres of award-winning gardens which are lovingly cared for all year round.

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