With summer winding down and autumn soon upon us, we’re eager to see what Devon has in store this October. Whilst the luscious green landscape turns into an iridescent palette of amber and gold, you’ll need to dig out your thick socks and knitted jumpers and prepare for the crisp days to come.
Autumn is the season of rich colours, slow cooked foods and outdoor adventures. It’s about salty dogs and muddy puddles; chilly strolls and cinnamon rolls; toffee apples and carving pumpkins. It’s about stepping back and breathing in the fresh sea air whilst soaking up the last of the summer rays.
Whether you’ve been waiting for the summer crowds to disperse, or counting down the days until October half term with the family, October is the perfect time to holiday in East Devon and here’s why…
With miles of stunning coastline from Lyme Regis through Sidmouth to Exmouth, East Devon welcomes a wealth of uncrowded beaches which take on a new wild beauty through the autumn and winter seasons. Whether you want to find a tranquil spot to read your book or enjoy a flask of hot chocolate with the sand between your toes, you will be spoilt for choice.
Dogs on beaches
With a range of dog friendly beaches to choose from year-round, East Devon is the perfect playground for you and your four-legged friend. Best of all, from the end of September, all of our beaches welcome dogs with no restrictions. Meaning your pooch can race across the sand and have a well-deserved dip in the sea after a long walk.
Wilderness walks & cycle trails
There’s no better sound than walking through autumn leaves. Whether you’re in search of a golden forest or the famous south west coast path, East Devon has spectacular walks for all the family. For inspiration, why not check out ‘Our Favourite Pub Walks in Devon’ and treat yourself with a hearty feast to finish.
If biking is more your vibe, why not try the stunning Exe Estuary cycle path from Exeter to Exmouth. Or, if you’ve heard of the hype over E-bikes, why not experience one for yourself from Jurassic Paddle Sports in Sidmouth, these top of the range bikes will have you flying over the hills!
As the winds pick up and the winter swells roll in, Devon attracts surfers from across the country in autumn. With the warm south west weather and the ocean still mild after summer, it’s not as cold as you’d think!
With an abundance of farms and a rich coastline, Devon boasts some of the best fresh produce in the country. With the restaurants usually quieter in autumn, it is the perfect time to indulge in delicious food and drink at some of the ‘top restaurants in Devon’. Or if you’d prefer to serve up a feast from the comfort of your own holiday home, try shopping for ingredients at the local farmers markets and artisan deli at Darts Farm.
Half term fun
Now the kids are back at school, October half term is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate their new school year than a holiday to the coast. October half term is a great week for the family to enjoy all the above and more, with many attractions putting on family fun events. Why not even host your own family pumpkin carving competition, we’d love to see your attempts!
We have a range of self-catering accommodation along the East Devon coast and countryside; from luxury town centre apartments to dog friendly holiday cottages. So, whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat for two or a reunion with the whole family, we have a home from home for everyone to enjoy their October in Devon.