Everywhere we look there is Spring. Crocuses are blanketing our woodland floors and daffodils are springing up on the edge of every pathway. It’s the time of year to get outside, blow away the cobwebs and sit in beer gardens basking in the first of the year’s warm sun.
There is no better place in the UK than Devon at this time of year. There are long stretches of coast to blast your face with salty air. Quiet woodlands to stroll and listen to nature waking up. And miles of moorland waiting to be explored. Here are our favourite spots to spend some time in Spring in Devon, collected just for you!
Far from the madding crowd, East Prawle has no phone signal or 3G. But does have miles of coast to tramp, tons of hidden beaches to scramble to and a cracking pub to eat and spend an evening in. The campsite here sits on top of the cliffs and has cracking views of the sea falling away to the horizon – best served at sunset with friends.
Spring at Borough Woods, Ilfracombe
If bluebells are your thing, head on down to Borough Woods in Ilfracombe in Spring time. The vast, ancient woodland turns blue as far as the eye can see, and wood sorrel, early purple orchids and golden saxifrage peak through the gaps, making this a nature lovers dream.
Dartmoor is at its absolute best in Spring. It’s when the hills turn green and the ground dries so that your boots don’t get lost in the squelch. There are many options at Cadover; walk down the river and take your chances on the rope swings over calm pools. Or head out onto the tors and through the newly purple heather.
Within this 140 acre nature reserve, on the edge of Dartmoor and by the River Teign, is one of Britain’s best displays of daffodils and rare butterflies. You can walk for hours in this beautiful area which is currently managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust.
Tiverton Castle’s walls are fringed with colourful spring flowers, hordes of scented climbers, a beautiful apple orchard and an impressive kitchen garden. Of course, this green space comes to life as the weather starts to get better, and a stroll around these grounds, built in the 12th century, are romantic and relaxed. Walks are available through woodland area and all the way down to the River Exe.