Getting Down and Devonshire
Devon rivals some of the best coastline in the world. With a clear calender and an open mind, the travelling surf adventurer can stumble on hundreds of hidden bays and solitary breaks.
If you’re after cliffsides and rolling hills, the stretch between Start Point and Plymouth on the south coast isn’t a bad place to start.
Surf in Devon
Aside from the slog to Cornwall, Devon is the best place for most surfers below the midlands to find decent conditions. Learners can get into beach breaks at Woolacombe (where I first got going in surfing!), Croyde and Saunton on the north coast, Bantham and a few hidden gems along the south.
Half way up the point between Croyde and Woolacombe is Baggy’s Surf Lodge and Cafe. Mike has nailed location, surf hire and guest facilities – it’s all properly geared up for the surfer. If you find yourself in the area, drop by for some food. Mike and his guys make a killer shepherd’s pie!
Adventure on the Moors
Devon is the third biggest county in England and it’s dominated by national parks. When you head inland, it’s nothing but countryside.
Incredibly, Dartmoor is the last public place in England that you can wild-camp. Miles of stunning, open moorland is open for you to explore and pitch up wherever you like (as long as you stay 100m away from the road and clean up after yourself).
Thanks to my good pal Paul King for the Dartmoor photos!
One of many quaint towns on the south coast, Totnes, is caught in a quirky bohemian twilight. Crystal workshops, organic cafes and gong showers are part and parcel for the hippy capital of the south.
Head to the Green Cafe opposite the town square for one of the best fry-ups going. For drinks, wander down to The Waterside Bistro, nestled against the River Dart. Locals and tourists mix together to make a vibrant, bubbling atmosphere.
If you hadn’t guessed, I love a bit of old Devon. If you’re out for surf, countryside adventuring or a taste of the local life, it’s worth a weekend…