Top reasons to get away this Autumn to Devon and Exmoor

With the summer holidays already feeling like a distant memory, autumn is the perfect time for a relaxing break or treating the kids to a half term break...

Are the summer holidays already feeling like a distant memory? Or did you struggle to get away? Need a relaxing break or fancy taking the kids away for a half term break? Then, discover here why autumn could be the perfect season to take time out and enjoy a much needed break away in Devon.

It can be argued that North Devon is a fabulous destination to visit all year round, so why is it so special in autumn?

1. Get Exploring

I think most people agree that North Devon already boasts some of the most spectacular unspoilt scenery in the country, but combined with the vibrant colours of autumn, when the leaves change colour, it really is something quite special. A brisk stroll along a much quieter beach, and you can really appreciate how amazing the beaches really are.

With temperatures much lower, those more challenging hikes seem much easier to achieve. Simply wrap up warm, and explore the many picturesque trails that North Devon has on offer.

Try Heddon’s mouth, or exploring the woodlands at National Trust Arlington. The South West Coastal Path offers many routes, for all abilities and with stunning coastal views. A firm favourite for us is along Baggy Point.

Croyde Footpath
Explore the footpaths around Croyde in North Devon

2. Dog Friendly Beaches

Throughout the year, North Devon is a great place for those holidaying with their dog, and you’ll be amazed at how many places welcome dogs. However, in autumn, it gets even better. For those beaches that have restrictions in place over the popular weeks, you’ll find these are lifted, and you’ll have access to even more golden sands to explore with your four-legged friends.

The main beach at Woolacombe welcomes dogs from 1st Sept
(although, after the stream dogs welcome all year round)

3. Bigger surf

Now, the crowds have gone, the swell returns. North Devon is renowned for its excellent surf, and the swell and waves typically get bigger during the autumn months. The sea still isn’t that cold either, compared to other coastlines. Although, many of the surf schools are do close for the autumn, you'll still find some open, just remember to book in advance.

Find out more about surfing on the North Devon coast here

4. Cosy Fires

You won’t have to stumble far to find a pub with a big roaring fire and a menu packed with hearty meals. The perfect spot to cosy up and relax in front of the fire with a pint of local ale or a glass of wine. Alternatively, many self-catering cottages feature an open fire or wood-burner, so you can gather everyone together and enjoy a cosy night in after enjoyable days out exploring.


5. Festivals 

There’s still plenty going on to keep all ages entertained too. There is such a varied array of festivals taking place over the autumn months throughout the area. These include The Two Moors Way Festival, classical music (12th Oct to 21st Oct), Exmoor Dark Skies (from 14th Oct), a series of events aimed to celebrate Exmoor’s spectacular starry skies to Apple Festivals at RHS Rosemoor (it’s all the cider making season), to family fun events like the Cardboard Boat Regatta and Water Festival on Bideford Quay (18th Oct). You’ll also find many Halloween events taking place at the local attractions such as The Big Sheep and The Milky Way, plus bonfire nights.

Stunning autumn colours in the gardens at RHS Rosemoor

Looking for somewhere to stay? Then check out October Half Term cottages here