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6 weeks of heat for Devon!

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.

1. Drake’s Trail

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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.

2. Tiverton Balloon Festival

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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!

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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

Lots of water in Devon!
Lots of water in Devon!

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!

Two Moors Festival Prague trip: In pictures

We’ve just come back from a lovely trip to the beautiful city of Prague and thought you might like to see what we got up to while away. We had a brilliant time – we got up at the crack of dawn to beat the tourists to the Charles Bridge, ate all sorts of delicious food (including deep-fried cheese!), climbed all the way up to the castle and back down again, saw lots of people touring the city on Segways, went to see The Magic Flute at the Estates Theatre, played with a Don Giovanni puppet at the National Marionettes Theatre and saw lots of incredible buildings and gorgeous cherry blossom.

Highly recommended as a place to visit! We hope you like our pictures.

Have you been to Prague? What did you see?