4th August 2020

Why we love September

September is one of our favourite months, the weather is still warm, everything is a little less busy and you get a more relaxed break.

This is why September is one of our favourite months...

1. Stunning beaches

Whether you’re looking for secluded coastal walks, beautiful beaches or characterful pubs with a seaside view, Devon’s coastline can provide it all. Take advantage of the area’s fantastic beaches such as Saunton, Westward Ho!, and Woolacombe (just to name a few).  

Whatever the weather, the coastline in Devon is always worth exploring….

Spend long summer days lounging under the sun, playing sports by the tide, learning to surf and walking hand in hand in the sunset. If surfing is something you wish to try, check out Walking on Waves at Saunton Sands - as our hotel guests, you’ll receive up to 30% off lessons.

2. Enjoy a hockings ice-cream 

A visit to North Devon is not complete unless you visit one of Hocking’s distinctive yellow and red vans and enjoy an ice cream.

If you ask any North Devon holidaymaker, they will certainly tell you that Hocking’s is the best ice cream they have ever tasted. No one can quite put their finger on why Hocking’s is above the rest. Maybe it’s the classic cone done extremely well (don’t forget to add the Flake), perhaps it brings back childhood memories of chasing vans down the street, or it could be the West Country ingredients used in a family recipe that’s been developed since 1936?

Hocking’s vans can be found in beautiful locations around North Devon: Appledore, Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe, Torrington and Westward Ho! - and other spontaneous places throughout the summer. 

There’s no better feeling than sitting on a bench or on the beach to watch the waves whilst enjoying a classic ice cream cone.

3. Explore Exmoor National Park 

Visit Exmoor and discover one of Britain’s hidden treasures. Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, the views at Exmoor are simply breathtaking. Fast-flowing rivers provide excellent spots for fishing, while after dark, the national park is a dark sky reserve making it an idyllic location for stargazing.

Soak up the fresh air, admire the scenery, and recharge with a relaxing North Devon break. The variety of Exmoor’s landscape makes it a wonderful place to visit during your countryside break. 

4. Admire the picturesque villages 

The fascinating history, natural beauty and varied landscape have helped create a plethora of palaces in Devon which are striking in their character and appearance. 

Ranging from rocky and windy walkways to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, North Devon is one of the prettiest areas you can visit.  Our top picks include the historic town of Clovelly, the beautiful towns of Lynton & Lynmouth and spectacular Morthoe. 

5. Gardens

We have a wide variety of beautiful gardens to explore. They come in all shapes and styles, all offering something different but each with a familiar feeling that you are visiting a garden that is loved and cared for. 

Whether you are looking to spend a couple of hours strolling around a flower garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor or a whole day walking through woodland. Many gardens also have play areas for children and cafes or shops/garden centres making them a great place for fun and relaxation for the whole family. 

See the full list of our must-visit North Devon gardens here.

6. Foodie hotspot

There are plenty of unmissable places to eat and drink in North Devon, making it the perfect place for a foodie escape. With popular food festivals hosted throughout the year, as well as many incredible restaurants and pubs available all year round, Devon has earned the respected reputation of a foodie hotspot. Ranging from beachside cafes, country pubs, seafood eateries, cream teas and delicious restaurants. 

7. Bask in the glorious weather

Warm weather doesn’t just happen in the summer months, with September highest temperature recording at 35 degrees. Who doesn’t love soaking up some vitamin D? Take a road trip and discover why Devon is a family favourite, windows down, blue skies stretching ahead of you and your hair dancing in the summer breeze, September breaks don’t get better than this.