Great days out in the East Devon Countryside

Published: Saturday 23rd Nov 2019

East Devon boasts not just one but two AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to choose from if you’re looking to escape to the country for a change of scenery from city life: Blackdown Hills AONB and the East Devon AONB. One of our East Devon Countryside Cottages is the perfect place to hang your hat if you’re keen on walking, cycling or just generally exploring all that the outdoors has to offer.  The Blackdown Hills AONB is a stunning place where you’ll find many wildlife sites, amazing viewpoints, heritage places and more. The perfect destination if you’re staying in one of our pet-friendly Devon cottages with your four-legged friend. Look out for events throughout the year including mushroom forays and apple days.

If you enjoy taking a step back in time, Blackdown Hills is home to two airfield heritage centres: Dunkeswell and Upottery. Or, head to Blackberry Camp, near Honiton or Hembury Hillfort, near Payhembury, where excavations have revealed Iron Age and Roman occupation. For those seeking easy accessibility (wheelchair and limited mobility), it’s worth noting that Dunkeswell Airfield is on a flat terrain with ample parking spaces nearby and plenty of even, tarmacked surfaces.

For entertaining the family and keeping the children occupied, Wildwood Escot is a great family day out in the middle of the Devon countryside. Get lost in the maze, be in awe of the animals, fly through the air on the 40 metre zip line, imagine how life used to be in the authentic Saxon Village, enjoy the walkthrough woodland adventure and woodland trails. Meet the Wildwood wolves, lynx and wildcats and watch the otters and red squirrels.

If a theme park is more your style, head to the award-wining Crealy: the biggest family theme park in Devon with over 60 rides and family attractions.  Enjoy live entertainment shows, indoor and outdoor rides and much more for a fun-filled family day.

For art and craft lovers, don’t miss the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.  It’s an award-winning public art gallery with a stunning exhibition area and regular workshops in an attractive Grade II-listed town house which was formerly the home and studio of the artist Thelma Hulbert.

Calling all sporty types looking for a change-of-scene getaway in one of our East Devon Countryside Cottages: explore the Exe Estuary Cycle Trail. It’s just over 16 miles long and stretches from Exmouth right around the Exe Estuary to Dawlish. It’s a flat and easy cycle and offers stunning views along the estuary as well as passing through pretty villages.