South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of 46 AONB’s around the country.
Designated in 1960, it is one of 46 AONB’s in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and managed through local Partnerships on behalf of the nation. It’s special qualities include rugged coastline, sandy beach, secretive estuaries, patchwork of countryside and historic villages.
With five estuaries supporting wildlife, businesses and recreation, their deep and secretive characters provide plenty of time to canoe, fish, sail or stand up paddle board – we have plenty of contacts in the area. 79% of AONB is managed by farmers supporting rich biodiversity through a range of habitats from coastline, estuaries and marine environment, Slapton Ley being one the key nature reserves in the area.
Its rugged coastline forms 60 miles of the South West Coastal Path and with over 200 miles of rights of way throughout the area, there is plenty of opportunity to escape the crowds on the coast. As well as Dartmoor National Park to the north, it is a long lived in landscape from the dramatic granite Tors of Dartmoor and picturesque villages.
Here are our top ten suggestions to do in the area:
Climbing at Dewerstone – with an outdoor activity provider
Crab fishing at Dittisham – and great ice creams at the Anchorstone Café
Castle Ferry Dartmouth – taking the small ferry from Dartmouth to the castle
Canoe from Totnes – and have dinner at Tuckenhay at the Maltsters Inn
Take a boat from Dartmouth – to visit Agatha Christies House at Greenway
Climbing at Dewerstone Rock – we can book this in advance for you with different providers.
Horse Riding on Dartmoor – near Widecombe in the Moor
Having an ice cream – at the Winking Prawn Café on North Sands in Salcombe
Climb Hay Tor Rocks – on Dartmoor
Start Point Lighthouse – and walking part of the South West Coastal Path
Stand up paddling boarding – in Kingsbridge