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Beyond the city

Beyond the city

Beyond Exeter itself there is a huge range of diverse and exciting places to visit and things to do. From walking on Dartmoor to trying a new water sport on the beautiful beaches in both North and South Devon, there really is something for everyone.

The city of Exeter is surrounded by award winning countryside and has a UNESCO world heritage coastline on its doorstep. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or have a passion for adventure, there's more than enough to keep you occupied.

The Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage Site. Covering 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to Dorset, it displays 185 million years of the Earth's history.

With many locations for fossil hunting, there are also visitor centres situated along the coast to find out more about the history of this protected area.

Highlights include the stunning landscape at Studland Bay near Swanage, Chesil Beach near Portland and West Bay near Bridport; all have their own unique beauty and interesting history for you to explore.

› Jurassic Coast 

Devon is famous for its spectacular countryside and nothing encapsulates this better than the scenic hills of Dartmoor National Park. It is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. Perfect for day-long walks, cycles or even a relaxing drive to find a small country pub.

› Dartmoor National Park

Similarly, Exmoor National Park offers stunning landscapes on the highest cliffs in England and also boasts the highest tree in the country. With almost 250 species of bird and over 1000 different flowering plants and grasses, and Europe’s very first International Dark Sky Reserve, there is a world of wonder and amazement to be found.

› Exmoor National Park

The English Riviera may be most famous for its award-winning beaches and exotic palm trees, but it has much more to offer than just seaside holidays. It has more attractions than any other resort in the UK and is also a Global Geopark. Getting out on the water is what visitors love to do, and there is a great selection of boat trips and tasty local food and fresh fish to enjoy. Torquay is the birthplace of crime writer Agatha Christie, and the whole resort is the location for a packed programme of all year events and festivals including the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

› English Riviera

Spanning a region of rural and coastal Devon, much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Hams stretches as far as the edges of Dartmoor and features one of the most beautiful lengths of coastline in the UK between Torbay and Plymouth.

Rivers, moorland, coasts and the sea offer a range of activities including canoeing, walking and sailing, while heritage fans will love local attractions such as Totnes Castle and The South Devon Railway. A range of arts and food festivals contribute to the region's rich cultural scene, and for the nautically inclined the coast has a big tradition of sailing regattas.