Autumn is a beautiful time for a UK staycation and East Devon is the dream destination. Enjoy mild weather, uncrowded beaches and stunning autumn scenery. East Devon is a nature & wildlife paradise, with both Exmoor & Dartmoor within easy distance and our gorgeous Areas of Natural Beauty. As the woodlands take on a rustic glow, it is the perfect time to get out and explore, so we have put together the best places to visit in the UK in autumn.
Exmoor– One of our favourite autumn spots is Tarr Steps in Exmoor National Park. You can park on site and a gentle stroll leads down to the ancient clapper bridge. For a short circular walk from the bridge, just follow the orange way marks. There is also a more challenging circular walk from Dulverton to Tarr Steps. The wooded Valley comes to life in the autumn, with beautiful orange hues, fungi and moss covering the landscape.
Dartmoor– If you’re heading to Dartmoor, Fingle Bridge is a must see. The 17th century stone arch bridge reaches over the River Teign. For a moderate walk, start from Castle Drogo following the signs to Hunters Path towards Fingle Bridge, the path leads through the upper woodland following the river. Stop at Fingle Bridge Inn for lunch and refreshments before heading back along the other side of the river. For a light stroll, park at Fingle Bridge and cross the bridge to pootle up the river as far as you like and back, whilst rustling in the autumn leaves.
A La Ronde– Near Exmouth, you will find this quirky 18th-century, 16-sided house with fascinating interior decoration and collections, collected by two eccentric sisters on their travels around Europe. The outside gardens and meadow are beautiful in the autumn colours, with many of the flowers still blooming in September.
Killerton House– This is one of the National Trust’s largest estates, covering 6400 acres. Explore the house, gardens, woods and parkland that come alive in the rich colours of Autumn.
East Hill Strips & Fire Beacon– This historic and iconic hillside towers over East Devon. It is a long, narrow ridge forming the watershed between the Sid Vale & Otter Valley. There are many access points, one starting from the top of Core Hill Road where there is a small space to park cars. Walk up the path to the left, leading up to the top of the Hill. There are many paths from here, looking over the stunning Sid Valley and out to sea.
Haldon Forest– A beautiful forest to explore, on foot, bike or Segway! There are 3500 acres of woodland to explore, whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience. Those with limited mobility can hire a ‘Tramper’, an off-road mobility vehicle, to explore the beautiful scenery. There is a gorgeous thatch pub, not far from Haldon Forest called The Cridford Inn, well worth a visit for their fantastic roast dinner!
We look forward to welcoming our new and returning guests this Autumn. We still have some brilliant availability for your Autumn getaways. It is the perfect time to visit, whether you want a relaxing holiday by the seaside, or exploring the stunning walking routes on your dog friendly holiday, there is something for everyone in East Devon.