Wow, where does the time fly! Here at Devon Farm Holidays, we cannot quite believe that it is already September. Although we are sad to see the summer months of June, July and August head off into the sunset we know that Devon is a spectacular place to enjoy autumn. So much so that we thought we would share with you some of the wonderful things you can do in Devon this autumn.
If there is one thing that we all love about Autumn, it has to be the colours and where better to see the stunning reds and oranges then on a woodland walk. Devon is blessed with an abundance of beautiful woodland walks including Halson Nature Reserve which is managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust and located near Great Torrington. The lovely walk has paths through woodland and meadows and has a pretty river where you might just get the chance to spot an otter! Another brilliant woodland walk is Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth. These woodlands are run and maintained by the National Trust. The pretty woodland covers a valley which opens out onto the moors of Dartmoor. For those of you who might be heading towards Okehampton then the Abbeyford Woods is another excellent choice. This wood is maintained by the Forestry of England and is the perfect destination for an autumnal walk. There are lots of routes and there is a beautiful river where you could lay out a blanket for a picnic. Finally, if you find yourself in East Devon then head over to Holyford Woods. It is a local Nature Reserve and is located in a picturesque valley near Seaton. There are lots of walking routes available and plenty of wildlife to spot along the way.
Dartmoor & Exmoor
Dartmoor and Exmoor are two beautiful National Trust spots at any time of the year but there is something quite magical about them both in the Autumn time. As we hit September both areas turn from beautiful greens to stunning purples and oranges. The views are spectacular and very picturesque, plus with the huge range of walking routes to enjoy there is endless fun on these interesting moors. Once done exploring, there are lots of pubs dotted around Dartmoor and Exmoor which are just perfect for warming up your toes and digging into some delicious local produce.
The National Trust still has many sites open in Devon during the autumn period including Arlington Court in North Devon which is open throughout September and October. It is a beautiful National Trust site with a beautiful house and grounds. A particular interest in the estate is the Carriage Museum in the old stables. For those of you who are in the South Devon area then Coleton Fishacre is another brilliant National Trust site to visit. Currently, they have kept the house closed but the beautiful gardens, cafe and shop are open throughout September and October. The garden itself is RHD accredited and has beautiful viewpoints out to sea. In addition to these two beautiful National Trust Houses, there are lots of others that are open during September and October while many others keep their grounds open all year. For more information on these sites click here.
As Autumn rolls in so does the waves and the Coastlines of the South West become a surfers paradise. North Devon is renowned for its surfing beaches including the likes of Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe. Although we all love a summer beach day, the surf can lul in the summertime however autumn calls for bigger swells with the added benefit of warm waters! However, if surfing is not your thing the beaches make for beautiful walks and lots of them will be dog-friendly this time of year.
We hope you have enjoyed today’s blog and if you are thinking about booking an autumn trip away be sure to look at our accommodation. Both our self-catering cottages and bed and breakfast accommodation sites are nestled away in the Devonshire countryside. They are all very private, comfortable stays and many have fireplaces that are perfect to snuggle up to after a day in nature.