The start of a new year means that Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, but there’s no need to wait if you fancy indulging your romantic side whilst you’re in the South West.
As one of the most scenic counties in the UK, there are plenty of places to see and activities to do if you want to spend some quality time with your significant other. Here’s our list of five romantic things to do in Devon.
Sharing a bottle of wine over dinner is a romantic staple, but why not take it a step further with a wine tasting? Located just next to the River Exe on Ferry Street, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in one of Europe’s famous wine towns when you step into the Pebblebed Tasting Cellar in Topsham.
At the cellar, you’ll be treated to samples of Pebblebed’s own range of wines, wines from other Devon vineyards and some traditional wines from around the world. If you’re feeling peckish after all the wine, you can also enjoy some local tapas or homemade pizza whilst you’re there to make the most of your visit.
A favoured haunt by many Exeter residents, The Old Firehouse is a must-visit when in the county’s capital. The unique three-floor venue is incredibly cosy, with a great selection of drinks, especially their range of ales and ciders. There’s also a quiz every Monday if you feel like getting competitive!
The pizzas served at The Old Firehouse are famous in Exeter for their rectangular shape, generous size and fantastic choice of toppings, including options for those with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan requirements. Frequenters of the pub often challenge themselves to finish one of these huge pizzas by themselves, but they’re the ideal size for sharing. You can even go half and half if you can’t agree on toppings!
If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Devon, the River Cottage cookery courses are a wonderful way to learn new skills with your significant other. Tucked away in a valley on the border of Devon and Dorset, River Cottage provides the ideal ‘staycation’. This 100-acre smallholding is so tranquil that it will be the site for three-day wellness retreats later this year.
River Cottage offers one, two, and four-day cookery courses that will develop your chef skills, as well as specialised courses that focus on vegetarian dishes and wild ingredients. If you only have one day, try the River Cottage Experience, where you will start the day on the farm foraging for your own ingredients, then learn to cure your own bacon and bake a farmhouse loaf, all before assisting the chefs in preparing the evening feast.
What is more romantic than an evening walk along the beach? Woolacombe Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in the county, with pristine sand and clear water. Near the beach is Woolacombe village, home to lots of cosy pubs and restaurants that serve delicious local food and drink.
If you and your partner enjoy watersports, the beach is famous for its surfing as well as canoeing. Even if you’ve never tried it, there are plenty of places along the beach where you can hire surfboards and canoes to give it a go together. If you’d prefer to stay dry, Croyde Deckchair Cinema isn’t far from the beach, where you can have a truly unique outdoor cinema experience.
Whilst you’re in a coastal county, you might as well make the most of it. When it comes to romantic things to do in Devon, a trip to Lundy may be the most memorable. Owned by the National Trust and the Landmark Trust, this island is only three miles long and lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic Ocean.
You can either visit the island for the day to explore, or you can even stay overnight at one of the 23 holiday properties. If you’re craving a little seclusion, Lundy is the perfect place; peaceful, isolated and breath-taking.
Devon is a beautiful place to spend quality time with someone special, and you’re sure to make some wonderful memories whatever you decide to do while you’re here.
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