5 ways to cool off this summer in South Devon

Published: Wednesday 27th Jun 2018

Written by: Kirstie Elias

When the sun doesn’t stop shining and everything is hotting up what better place to be than in glorious South Devon. If you are looking for some ideas on how you can cool down, then look no further than some of our 5 suggestions below:

1. Head to Dartmoor

Driving inland away from the refreshing sea breezes you get along our beautiful coastline can seem a little bit crazy but if you are looking for somewhere to cool off Dartmoor could be the answer. Here, there are plenty of opportunities to swim in the River Dart, where you will find the water temperature cooler and the scenery spectacular …plus you have the bonus of not having to get sand out from between your toes! Our favourite place is Spitchwick, near Ashburton, which has a safe swimming area and plenty of grass to enjoy a picnic. For the more adventurous you can jump into the water from varying heights of the adjoining cliff face.

2. Surf the waves

Why just dip your toes into the sea when you can get right out into the waves and learn to surf! There’s nothing more exhilarating than learning a new sport and surfing is one that will leave you refreshed and cooled off. We are lucky to have Bantham Beach, a great surf spot here in South Devon. Listed in the Lonely Planet Guide as one of Europe’s best beaches, it’s natural topography makes it an ideal spot to enjoy some surfing, whatever your ability.  There is a surf school based on the beach where you can hire surf boards and wetsuits or if you want tuition they offer a variety of lessons for all ages.  

Bantham Surf Academy http://www.banthamsurfingacademy.co.uk/

3. Take a boat trip

Being out on the water away from the crowds will help you find that fresher, cooler air and here in South Devon there are ample opportunities to find a boat trip to hop aboard. For a relaxing river cruise take the Dartmouth to Totnes trip down the River Dart and enjoy the magnificent buildings of the Britannia Royal Naval College and Agatha Christie’s Greenway Estate along the way..  Or why not head to the historic fishing port of Brixham and book a fishing trip where you can catch your own tea …there’s nothing better than fresh mackerel on the BBQ!

Dartmouth Rail & River Cruises https://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/tours/dartmouth-river-cruiseFun Fish Trips https://www.funfishtrips.co.uk/

4. Go Underground

Did you know that the English Rivera is one of the 120 worldwide UNESCO Global Geoparks?  It’s made up of 30 geosites across the bay one of which is Kents Cavern in Torquay, a series of prehistoric caves which are the perfect place to be to cool off in hot weather. As you walk through the labyrinth of caverns you’ll be surrounded by 400-million-year-old rocks and some spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. It’s one of the most important Stone Ages sites in Europe so well worth a visit.

Kents Cavern  https://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/

5. Find a good drinking spot

Sometimes when the weather is baking hot the only option is to admit defeat and find yourself a bar or pub to relax in … and what better place to be than in South Devon. With an abundance of bars and pubs with outstanding sea or river views and outdoor areas you are certainly spoilt for choice here. One of the most amazing spots for enjoying a drink is the Cary Arms in Torquay. Sitting on the edge of the sheltered Babbacombe Bay it has amazing views stretching out to sea – the drive down to the pub is not for the faint hearted but well worth it for the experience. Further along the coast in Shaldon is The Ness, an imposing Georgian pub with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the views of the Teign Estuary. If you are on holiday with your furry friend, then it won’t be a problem bringing them to this pub as they welcome dogs both in and outside. 

Cary Arms https://www.caryarms.co.uk

The Ness http://theness.co.uk

Kirstie Elias
Kirstie Elias



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