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The Culture That is Devon

Oct 29, 2007
Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, and Dorset and Somerset to the east. It is unique among English counties, in that it has two separated coastlines, on the English Channel and Bristol Channel branches of the Atlantic.

Although Devon is the official county name, Devon and Devonshire are commonly used interchangeably in general use, with Devonshire often indicating a traditional or historical context.

With over 350 kilometres of coastline, one of the best ways to enjoy Cornwall & Devon is by walking the South West Coast Path Britains longest National Trail.

You are never far from the sea, from historic fishing villages to sophisticated resort towns and over 400 beaches to choose from.

Devons green attractions are unrivalled follow a nature trail go watching for batching or bug hunting. Walk the coasts stunning footpaths or cycle from sea to sea.

Wander round picturesque towns and cities, browse craft centres displaying local pottery, paintings, and jewellery or visit the host of historic houses and gardens just waiting to be explored.

Whether it is celebrity chef Rick Stein at Padstow, or the local fish sellers on the beach at Beer in Devon, you are always close to good food, cooked to perfection.

With more on offer than scones, clotted cream and pasties, Cornwall & Devon are extremely popular for their seafront cafes, specialist restaurants and friendly bistros using local produce fresh from the markets. Sample the local cheeses with a glass of farmhouse cider or chilled wine and you will be in gourmet heaven.

Devon is also a fantastic venue that caters for every occasion, you can shake off the pounds in a gym then chill out with a luxurious beauty treatment, treat that special one in your life.

Unspoilt, uncrowded and wild in places, Cornwall & Devon are full of beauty. The mild climate brings spring flowers bursting to life with warm sunny days long into autumn.

Fill your day with a walk on the moors, lunch in a village pub, or an afternoon spotting wildlife in wooded valleys and perhaps an evening at the Minack Theatre, perched on the cliffs of Cornwall.

Conquer the challenge of Cornwalls highest peak, Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor or follow the 65 kilometres of the Two Moors Way linking the two National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

You can if you are up for it, sail the coastline, jump on your surf board or simply paddle in the clear waters of sheltered coves, either way, Devon is a water babies paradise.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Rental SiteDevon
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