South Devon Stories
Fascinating history, stunning landscapes and a breathtaking national park, south Devon is packed with character and charm.
Journey into south Devon and discover picture postcard scenery, craggy moorland landscapes, attractive villages and a UNESCO recognised coastline. Walk in Agatha Christie’s footsteps, follow in the trail of the Pilgrim Fathers and stroll the beautiful expanses, each representing a walk through time.
Beginning in Exeter, jump onto the train and admire the gorgeous scenery as it winds its way along the English Riviera to Torquay. On arrival in Torquay you will be met by your ‘Agatha Christie’ expert guide for a guided walk along the ‘Agatha mile’ before heading to Dartmouth, where you will catch a steam ferry across to Greenway, her much loved former home. It is also possible to do this as a self guided walk and visit should you prefer. There will be a stop for lunch at Mitch Tonk’s Torquay or one of Dartmouth’s many restaurants.
Tonight will be spent back in Torquay with dinner at the Michelin starred Elephant Room.
This morning a knowledgeable local guide will lead you on a walking tour of Torquay. Setting off on foot allows the chance to uncover some of the town’s best kept secrets as well as lesser-known points of interest.
Pause for a light lunch at an acclaimed seafood restaurant overlooking the tranquil inner harbour before heading inland to the wilds of Dartmoor. This vast stretch of landscape offers plenty of opportunities for exploring and it’s always possible to find space away from the crowds.
Led by a guide, breath in the clean air and marvel at the unique beauty that Dartmoor offers. Lose yourself in stories or myths and legends, get closer to history by visiting ancient standing stones or bask in the sun under the protection of a statuesque granite tor. All the while making way for the ponies and livestock that call this swathe of land home.
Spend the night on Dartmoor at a luxury hotel, complete with a spa and AA Rosette restaurant.
After a scenic drive across Dartmoor it’s back to the coast for a kayaking experience in the south Devon UNESCO Global Geopark. The bay is home to a stunning array of marine wildlife with plenty of coves ripe for exploring from the water. For those preferring to remain on dry land, hire a headset and take a walking tour along one of the many trails. Both are perfect ways to learn why this area was endorsed by UNESCO.
From here it’s south, onto Dartmoor for lunch overlooking the glorious river Dart which is a hive of activity all year round.
Back down to Slapton Sands, site of the ill-fated Exercise Tiger before heading to Salcombe, where the afternoon could be spent gin making or sailing out to sea to soak up the sights from the water.
Tonight will be spent at an idyllic luxury retreat with sweeping sea views along the south Devon coast.
Today begins with the Mayflower 400 Tour, a trail following in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers ass they made their final preparations to set sail for America. The final stop is the site where the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have stepped aboard the Mayflower, waving a final goodbye to England in 1620.
Led by an experienced local guide, the tour will also expose Plymouth’s cultural side.
Be treated to a freshly prepared lunch by the water before departing back to London.
Mayflower 400 provides an opportunity for group visits, FITs and international tours to England.
Rain or shine, Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. Explore the waterfront, shop ‘til you drop or experience world-class events.
Think of Somerset and what comes to mind – stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider? World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and Arthurian Legends. There is more! Much more.
Choose from a range of local tour guides including Select South West Tours and Unique Devon Tours.