Dare we say it? Is summer here? Well, it certainly seems as if it’s on its merry way, with the Met Office now predicting a six-week heatwave for Devon. Absolute bliss, if this is indeed the case!
If you are on holiday in Exmoor or Dartmoor over the next month and a half, you’re probably wondering what to get up to while in the area, so we thought we’d compile a list of brilliant activities to keep you busy and out and about in the sunshine.
Keep yourself active in the gorgeous Devon countryside by walking or cycling the Drake’s Trail, a network of routes between Tavistock and Plymouth that will take across the western edge of the region through wooded valleys and across open moorland. Points of interest include Crowndale Farm near Tavistock which is where Sir Francis Drake was born and the amazing Burrator Reservoir.
On between July 11th and 13th, the Tiverton Balloon Festival will see over 30 balloons take to the skies, with a fire and light show taking place on Friday and Saturday, choreographed to music along with a lantern procession and fire jugglers! There’s also the Devon Food Festival, bumper cars and a comedy night so you’ll find plenty to entertain you.
3. Go crabbing!
One of the best ways to spend your time in Devon – whether you’re young or just young at heart – is to go crabbing. All you need to get to grips with this fantastic pastime is a bucket, a net, a crab line and some bait (we hear crabs are particularly partial to squid or bacon!), and there are some great places in south Devon to do so. Stoke Gabriel is a great choice, as is Dittisham where you can crab right off the pontoon along the River Dart, and Wembury, which Bill Oddie declared was his favourite place for rockpooling in the UK.
4. Wild swimming
Not an activity for the faint of heart, wild swimming has become increasingly popular in recent years, with lots of hardy folk taking to the rivers, lakes and waterfalls in the Devon countryside for a bit of a dip. If you fancy trying it out in a river, head to the woods and Double Waters where the Walkham and Tavy meet – it’s often quiet so you should be able to splash about in peace. There’s also a brilliant river pool in the woods near Castle Drogo that’s about 1.5m deep, with three plunge pools as well.
In the area? Pop along to Two Moors Festival HQ and say hello!