There is a huge array of things to do and places to see in East Devon – far too much for us to cover on this page!

Whether you are looking for a relaxing break or adrenaline-fuelled adventures. There is a wide range of visitor attractions to enjoy, from historic houses and gardens, to action packed family theme parks.

From walking holidays and cycling adventures, to exploring historic sites or simply relaxing on the beach, you can discover a whole new world in this beautiful and unique part of England. 

There are many family attractions in the area, with lots to see and do, plus plenty of wide open spaces to enjoy!

 

Walking

A walk in nature ticks all the boxes, whether you want to clear your head with a peaceful stroll, a free activity for the family to enjoy or a simple way to improve your fitness in beautiful surroundings.

The Burrow is perfectly located for the two principal walks in East Devon. The South West Coast Path and the East Devon Way.  As we are situated right in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), every way you turn from The Burrow results in some incredibly beautiful walks and views. This is what the AONB themselves have to say about the area: “The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) landscape is characterised by intimate wooded combes, vast areas of heathland, fertile river valleys and breathtaking cliffs or hilltops.  It includes the East Devon section of the Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site – and is a living, working landscape shaped by many centuries of farming activity”

A good starting point is just to look at the local footpaths nearby to us, and try those. The surrounding countryside is all in an AONB (Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty), so you can’t go wrong really! A local footpath map can be found HERE, if you search by our postcode EX11 1QG, and then zoom in.

 

One of the biggest draws to the area, is the South West Coast Path (SWCP), which has been voted ‘Britain’s Best Walking route’ twice in a row, by readers of the Ramblers Walk magazine, and which regularly features in lists of the world’s best walks. It was also classed as “one of the world’s greatest walks” (Lonely Planet’s Great Adventures 2012).

The Coast Path is enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors to the South West every year. The sheer variety means there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands and steep coastal valleys where the going can be strenuous and demanding. Relaxation, challenge, tranquillity or inspiration – the choice is yours!

We are very lucky to be within 4 miles of the Jurassic Coast section of this walk. No matter how short your stay, the path should be on your “to do” list!

The East Devon Way Guide can be read online HERE, so is perfect to take digitally on your walk with you.

There are so many footpaths and lovely routes, straight from the doorstep, it is impossible for you to go wrong, if you just set out and choose any footpath you see on the way. Just pop in our postcode EX11 1QG to orientate yourselves on any online map. Here are some other walks our guests have enjoyed in the past though:

White Cross and East Devon Circular, near Ottery St. Mary

The Coleridge Link, Ottery St. Mary

The East Devon Way

Fire Beacon Hill, East Hill

East Hill Strips, East Hill

River Otter Walk, Ottery St. Mary/Tipton St. John

If you just like to ramble, then this website is great to help you along your way too (use our postcode EX11 1QG to orientate yourselves)

 

Cycling

 

With miles of National Cycle Network, open heathland and woodland trails, cycling is a fantastic way to explore the East Devon AONB.

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our unspoilt landscape, look at the wildlife and take in the stunning views at a slower pace. Prefer to go off road and faster? We have some great places for you too.

White Cross and East Devon Circular

Get to know this 12.6-km loop trail near Ottery St Mary, Devon. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 33 min to complete. This trail is great for birding, hiking, and mountain biking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are March through September. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas.

https://www.visitdevon.co.uk/sidmouth/listings-sidmouth/white-cross-and-east-devon-circular-walk/329189301/

National Cycle Network: Route 2

Also known as the South Coast Cycle Route. Off-road section between Axminster and Kilmington and traffic-free section, following quiet roads and a former railway line between, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/route-2/

The Buzzard Route

An opportunity to explore East Devon on this regional 80 mile circular route, around Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Woodbury. Some of the route follows the National Cycle Network Route 2 along the south coast of Devon.

https://www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/BuzzardWaymap.pdf

 

Bike Guide Devon

Offers a full range of guided rides, for all abilities, whether you want a regular riding group or a local expert to guide you around the area. Book a ride today!

https://www.bikeguidedevon.co.uk/ 

Off-Road Routes and Trails

 

Bridleways across the vast pebblebed heathland of Woodbury Common, Mutter’s Moor near Sidmouth and East Hill, on the outskirts of Ottery St Mary, offer a range of short and longer trails. See them HERE.

 Exe Estuary Trail

A fantastic cycling and walking route from Exmouth. Part of NCN route 2, the 16 mile trail runs along both sides of the Exe Estuary. Almost entirely traffic-free, wonderfully level route which forms part of the South Coast NCN No.2. The estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl, supporting thousands of birds.  RSPB reserves near Topsham and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve offer some of the best opportunities to view wildlife along the estuary.

https://www.exploredevon.info/activities/cycle/exe-estuary-trail/

 

 

Please ensure that when exploring, you adhere  to The Countryside Code