Devon is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the northeast, and Dorset to the east.
The City of Exeter is the county town; seven other districts of East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, and West Devon are under the jurisdiction of Devon County Council; Plymouth and Torbay are each a part of Devon but administered as unitary authorities. Combined as a ceremonial county, Devon's area is 6,707 km2 (2,590 square miles) and its population is about 1.1 million.
Devon derives its name from Dumnonia, which, during the British Iron Age, Roman Britain, and Early Medieval was the homeland of the Dumnonii Brittonic Celts. The Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain resulted in the partial assimilation of Dumnonia into the Kingdom of Wessex during the eighth and ninth centuries. The western boundary with Cornwall was set at the River Tamar by King Æthelstan in 936. Devon was constituted as a shire of the Kingdom of England thereafter.
North and South Coasts of Devon
The north and south coasts of Devon each have both cliffs and sandy shores, and the county's bays contain seaside resorts, fishing towns, and ports. The inland terrain is rural, generally hilly, and has a low population density in comparison to many other parts of England. Dartmoor is the largest open space in southern England at 954 km2 (368 square miles), its moorland extending across a large expanse of granite bedrock. To the north of Dartmoor are the Culm Measures and Exmoor. In the valleys and lowlands of south and east Devon the soil is more fertile, drained by rivers including the Exe, the Culm, the Teign, the Dart, and the Otter.
Toursim in Devon
As well as agriculture, much of the economy of Devon is linked to tourism. The comparatively mild climate, coastline and landscape give rise to Devon as a destination for recreation and leisure in England, with visitors particularly attracted to the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks; its coasts, including the resort towns along the south coast known collectively as the English Riviera, the Jurassic Coast, and North Devon's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; and the countryside including the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.
When asked what they love about North Devon, everyone's answer is different. One thing is constant though, it's the perfect place for doing what you love. Be it spending time with the family, walking the dog, eating out or celebrating with friends, to the people that live, and visit here, North Devon really is the perfect place.
Things to do in North Devon
If your idea of a holiday is a relaxed pace of life, stunning beaches, quaint villages, unparalleled scenery, exciting water sports, good nightlife, excellent food and a friendly and welcoming environment, then North Devon is the place for you.
For the more energetic, the breathtaking expanse of Exmoor National Park offers horse riding, fishing, canoeing, as well as walking and cycling. This is the way of life on Exmoor and it's a way of life you might not want to leave behind.
Perfect no matter the time of year, North Devon will amaze you with it's endless variety in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has it's own special feel and you'll never be at a loss for something to do, from the summer festivals to the winter carnivals, there's always something going on in North Devon.
Devon has the benefit of having two glorious coasts to enjoy! Golden sandy beaches perfect for rock-pooling, swimming and surfing and dramatic coastlines are all waiting to be explored!
The gorgeous sandy beaches are family-friendly, safe and clean, with many of them holding the coveted Blue Flag award for cleanliness, it’s perfect for building sandcastles with the little ones!