The Midsummer Motorhome and Caravan Event is perfectly situated for exploring the beautiful county of Devon.
Westpoint Arena is located only a short drive from the historic city of Exeter. Nestled in the heart of Devon, this is a beautiful Roman walled city seamlessly mixing old and new, where magnificent Gothic architecture and medieval underground passages combine with chic high street and boutique shopping, cultural venues and eateries galore.
SHOPPING IN EXETER
As the region's favourite place for shopping, culture and leisure, Exeter delivers some serious retail therapy. Not only can you enjoy an unforgettable shopping experience in a unique setting, but the city’s winning combination of chic boutiques and stylish shops alongside familiar big-name stores results in it being a true shopper’s haven.
Exeter shopping is split over five main areas and districts:
For more information on shopping in Exeter visit http://www.heartofdevon.com/exeter/shopping-areas
Exeter and its surrounding areas offer a number of historic attractions and places of interest, including:
St Nicholas Priory, a Tudor Home – adorned with quality replica furniture and painted in the bright colours of the period, St Nicholas Priory presents itself as the 1602 home of a wealthy family. The display of Elizabethan items from the city's collection, combined with the modern amenities, gives a fantastic insight into Tudor life
Tuckers Hall – one of Exeter's most significant historic buildings, dating back to 1471. Home to the Guild of Weavers, Fullers & Shearmen, who regulated the woollen cloth trade in Exeter, which made the city and county a wealthy centre for international trade.
EAST DEVON COAST
This area of coastline not only boasts a wealth of prehistoric remains – with the Jurassic Coast being considered the only place in the world displaying unbroken evidence of 185 million years of evolution – but much of East Devon is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are several local nature reserves to explore in this area.
Whether you fancy some fun in the sun at one of the area’s fabulous beaches, or to discover the many chocolate box towns and villages scattered along this unique coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
WALKS AND CYCLE ROUTES
Boasting some of the country’s most stunning countryside, Devon provides an idyllic escape complete with patchworked fields and rolling hills, shady woods and windswept moorlands – perfect for walkers and cyclers. Due to the variable nature of this area, a wide range of options is available for walkers including longer, coastal, nature, historical, urban and accessible.
East Devon Way – this 40-mile route links footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes to create a route that winds inland through gently undulating country to link Exmouth and Lyme Regis
South West Coast Path – in its entirety, the South West Coast Path National Trail is 630 miles long, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. You can either walk point to point or enjoy an array of circular walks. Visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southwestcoastpath and choose from over 60 designated routes
Blackdown Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Devon and Somerset border, the Blackdown Hills is a landscape of steep valleys, forest and farmland, laced with rivers and streams. The area offers excellent cycling, walking and riding with plenty of history from the Iron Age to World War Two
Exeter Green Circle walk – a 12-mile walking route around Exeter city providing something for everyone, from city pavements to country footpaths, historic buildings to green nature reserves.
If you prefer to explore on two wheels, there are nearly 150 miles of National Cycle Network in Devon with everything from leisurely rides through stunning countryside and tranquil waterways to exciting off road trails. A selection is listed below:
Haldon Forest – if you’ve never tried mountain biking before or you’re an experienced biker, there’ll be something to suit you at Haldon Forest Park. Just 15 minutes from Exeter, it covers 3,500 acres of woodland with cycle hire available. For more information visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark
Killerton Estate – situated near Broadclyst, the Estate has recently opened a brand new five kilometre circular route around the parkland running between Broadclyst and Killerton. For more information visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton/things-to-see-and-do/page-3/
Woodbury Common – nestled inland from the Exe Estuary, just north of Exmouth, Woodbury Common offers miles of permissive paths open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The area provides valuable habitat for plants and animals and offers spectacular views across the estuary
Blackdown Hills – this offers excellent on-road cycling via a network of mainly quiet roads. Enjoy the wonderful scenery and variable terrains ranging from challenging ascents to gentle countryside. Visit http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/Cycling.html
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Covering an area of 368 square miles, Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. Whilst many people visit the Park for its beautiful scenery alone, many also come for the 450 miles of public rights of way and abundance of walking and cycle routes, or to pursue other outdoor activities including horse-riding, climbing, kayaking and more. What’s more, Dartmoor was also the film location for the Spielberg blockbuster, Warhorse – chosen for its wonderful light and landscape.
Images are copyright Tony Howell, Tony Cobley and Exeter Cathedral
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