Benefits of a Devon Weekend Break in Autumn

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a reinvigorating Devon weekend break. Before the snow and frost strike, there’s still plenty of time for an autumn adventure with a Devon weekend break. Get a taste of the scenic splendour and foodie feasts that Devon offers over a jam-packed weekend.

So, what are the benefits of a Devon weekend break? And what can I get up to during my getaway?

Refresh your Senses on the coast

Devon is home to two very different coastlines with a total of 77 beaches. That’s a lot of days out at the sea. As a general guide, the northern coastline has rugged cliffs and rocky seas while the south is all green hills and calm shores. We know which one we prefer for a wet and wild autumn wander.

If you are in the mood for some sea gazing on your Devon weekend break, there are some stunning options. Woolacombe is a regular feature on ‘the UK’s best beach’ lists, Blackpool Sands is a popular family-friendly option or head to Bigbury-on-Sea for paddle boarding and other water sports.

Taste of the West Award

Fill up in a Foodie's Paradise

There are two reasons why foodies flock south for Devon weekend breaks. Firstly, the local produce and regional specialities. The most famous local dish would be the cream tea, a must-try in Devon at any time of the year - just remember to add the clotted cream first. The Devon pasty may be overshadowed by neighbouring Cornwall, but it is still worth a try - recognized by the top crimping and oval shape. And if you’re a fan of an English breakfast, seek out Groat’s Pudding in the traditional pubs around Dartmoor.

Secondly, the fine dining experiences are second to none. Where local produce is of such high quality, Michelin Star chefs will inevitably follow. There are a range of award-winning restaurants to try (our very own 2 AA Rosette restaurant at The Horn of Plenty included). For the finest food with the best views, it’s got to be Devon.

Warm up at a Traditional Pub with a Local Beer

While the village of Beer does lie within Devon’s borders, we’re talking about the copious amount of local ales all over the county. Hunt down your new favourite independent brewery just in time to enjoy over the holiday season. Whatever your beer of choice, IPAs, stouts or lagers, there’s a local microbrew for you.

If you’re overwhelmed by the options during your Devon weekend break, we’ve got a few top picks up our sleeve. Dartmoor Brewery, with the wild and rugged moors to inspire its flavours, is the highest brewery in England. New Lion Brewery experiments with limited-edition beers and has a fierce community spirit in its home town of Totnes. Otter Brewery, one of the more well-travelled beers, has an eco-friendly focus with the protection of the Devon countryside in mind at all times.

Hound Tor, Dartmoor

Get into the Spirit of Halloween

While Halloween today is mostly about chocolate, a Devon weekend break will reintroduce you to the spirit world. Devon is chock full of legends, myths and tales of ghosts, ghouls and feisty spirits. Most famously, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by Dartmoor legends to write The Hound of the Baskervilles, introducing Devon’s ghostly tales to the rest of the country.

If you enjoyed Sherlock Holmes’ famous case, make a stop at Hound Tor - the rocks are said to have been hunting dogs once upon a time. At Bowerman’s Nose, find the rock formation that was once a hunter who annoyed some witches (so the story goes). There are also plenty of places to go ghosthunting. From Berry Pomeroy Castle, which has had more than its share of ghost sightings, to poor Kitty Jay’s Grave.

Embrace Nature on an Autumn Walk

Autumn is the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and discover stunning scenes during your Devon weekend break. Two rugged coastlines, two areas of moorland and many wildlife-rich reserves make this a great county to explore on foot. Amble through red and yellow splendour, uncover the secrets of neolithic stone circles and marvel at England’s tallest cliffs.

Your Devon weekend break wouldn’t be complete without exploring one of these great walking spots. Wistman’s Wood looks like something from a fairy tale with twisted, gnarled old oak trees. Head to Lydford Gorge to see the Devil’s Cauldron whirlpool and the 30m-high White Lady waterfall. And a walk through Teign Gorge starts at the last castle to be built in England

autumn fountain and pergola

Cosy up at The Horn of Plenty

To complete the perfect Devon weekend break, cosy up at the end of each day in The Horn of Plenty. Indulge in peaceful comfort, taking in stunning views of the Tamar Valley with our AA Rosette and Gold Taste of the West award-winning restaurant for indulgent but relaxed fine dining.

Published on Monday 30th October 2023 / By Brock Horning