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Bed and Breakfasts in Devon

Lush pastures in a latticework of flower-decked lanes; stunning beaches set in a rugged coastline. All kept guard over by the lowering Dartmoor – bleak and isolated at its heart, with its ten tors standing defiantly against the elements, Devon’s national park is surrounded by thatched villages nestling in valleys alongside streams and waterfalls. Visit the Museum of Dartmoor Life, at Okehampton.

Exeter is Devon’s vibrant county town, dominated by the twin towers of its gloriously ornate cathedral. Then southwest to the ‘English Riviera’ – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – and their semi-tropical gardens and fine beaches. Paignton Zoo is world-renowned.

Devon is home to great gardens. Arlington Court, set in a wooded valley, Bicton Park and Rosemoor are just a few. Back to the south coast, and after a drink in the art-deco wonderland of Burgh Island it’s on to Plymouth Hoe and the ghosts of the Pilgrim Fathers, Drake and Raleigh. The National Marine Aquarium is Britain’s biggest and Europe’s deepest. Nearby, Mount Edgcumbe Park is another of Devon’s garden gems.

Around, or across, the moor to another beauty spot – Clovelly, set on the South West Coast Path, and on to Bideford, with its medieval bridge – all 24 arches of it. Ilfracombe, Lynton and Lynmouth take us to the edge of Exmoor.

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