1 – Woodland Walks
As Autumn creeps in after the Summer, Devon woodlands are ablaze with colour. Walking through the woods and forests in Devon is a beautiful experience, and most are dog-friendly so your four-legged friend can join you too. Just remember your flask of tea!
2 – Quieter Beaches
Most tourists leave Devon at the end of the summer holidays in September and don’t return until the following July, leaving the county peaceful once again. The beaches are waiting to be explored, and on some occasions you can have the whole stretch to yourself.
3 – Food Festivals
Devon is well-known for its exceptional local produce. If you’re a foodie like us, Devon in Autumn is the place to be. Work your way around the county by going to all the food festivals. There’s Brixham Fishstock, Taste of the Teign, Abbfest Beer and Food Festival, Exe Mussel Festival and Plymouth Seafood Festival all in September and October brings Oktoberfest and Dartmouth Food Festival.
4 – Warm Weather
As a general rule the Autumnal weather in Devon is usually better than any other time of year. The rain falls less, the clouds part more and the sun usually has his hat on. The temperatures may be a little lower but at least it’s not raining, right?
5 – Better Surf
Devon is the only county with two coastlines, and in Autumn both the South and North coast are great for all abilities of surfers. With hurricane season in full swing in the Atlantic, it only seems natural that the bigger waves make their way to the Devon coastlines. Autumn means warmer water too after heating up over the summer, so you can leave your winter wetsuit at home!
6 – Dartmoor
Dartmoor is beautiful throughout the seasons, but during Autumn the bracken and gorse change from green to orange, the heather is making its final appearance and the Autumn light brings everything to live. No matter the weather, there’s always an adventure to be had on the moors.
7 – Foraging
Blackberries, sloes, ceps, chestnuts and more laden the hedgerows and woodlands. It’s a wonderful day out exploring beautiful places and perhaps stumbling upon a wild snack or side dish for dinner makes it even more exciting for all the family.
8 – Bonfire Night Celebrations
Bonfire night is no ordinary evening in Devon, every village and town have their own traditions. In Ottery Saint Mary, men and women run with flaming tar barrels on their backs through the streets. There’s mulled wine, candy floss and other late night treats available, what more could you want?
9 – Pub Culture
Pubs really come to life in Devon when the nights start drawing in and everyone comes together around a few pints inside, rather than on the beach. Most pubs have big roaring fires, sea views and menus filled with hearty home cooked food. The perfect place to relax with friends and family.