Tuesday, 9 February 2016

South Devon's top-ten romantic escapes for two

RESEARCH has revealed that South #Devon is among the nation's most romantic destination for lovers, with more than one in three citing its romantic appeal as their top reason for visiting and staying in the area.

The survey, conducted by Visit South Devon, asked more than 700 regular visitors what they most strongly associated South Devon with. The resounding response was romance, followed by recuperation retreats, foodie breaks, and beach escapes.

Sarah Stride, acting general manager for Visit South Devon comments: ‘South Devon is undoubtedly a beguilingly beautiful destination with many breathtaking beaches, bays, hidden coves, charming villages, wild walks, romantic restaurants, remote boltholes, and enchanting hotels.  You only have to take a walk along the coast to become swept up in the #romance of the location. 

‘However, not everyone has had the chance to be seduced by all that South Devon has to offer, so we've put together our top ten places for romantics to revel in, just in time for the #Valentine's weekend.’

1. Take a walk along Bigbury Beach, indulge in fresh seafood, then cross to Burgh Island to explore this iconic South Devon landmark.  Book a local cottage overlooking the island for an unforgettable escape from it all.

2. Take a walk through the Smugglers Tunnel at Shaldon and discover the dramatic beach on the other side. 

3. Take a trip to Noss Mayo and delight in the raw beauty of the peninsular and its isolated sandy beach.

4. Treat yourself and your beau to a spot of luxury in delightful Dartmouth.

5. Stargaze at Slapton Sands and Blackpool Sands in the stunning South Hams, both of which have dramatic dark skies.  Catch a shooting star, spot Start Point Lighthouse in the distance and listen to the waves as they wash up on the shore. 

6. On a bicycle ride for two, explore the scenery along the Exe Estuary trail, taking in Starcross and Dawlish Warren. Stop off at Powderham Castle Food Hall for a warming drink and a slice of something nice.

7. Get all steamy on the South Devon railway with a return trip for two from Totnes to Buckfastleigh. 

8. Choose a section of the South West Coast Path to explore and don't forget to pack a bottle of sparkling Sharpham wine, one of South Devon's finest.  

9. Head to Dartmoor, climb Hay Tor and spot wild ponies. 

10. Promenade your partner on Teignmouth Grand Pier and then take a trip to Teignmouth River Beach.  Cross the river Teign on the oldest ferry in the country and enjoy views of Dartmoor and trawlers as they return with their daily catch. 

Go Holiday news : www.govillasandcottages.co.uk

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