Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the end of August by the sea. The beach has to be my favourite place to be, it makes me feel calm and relaxed like no other place. Devon is somewhere I’ve been to lots of times on holiday as a child and, with my brother at university in Exeter, I’ve been quite regularly over the past few years. The East Devon coast is an area I’m very familiar with now and it was lovely to have a long weekend there before I started my new job this week. I wanted to do a photo diary post to share some of the photos I took and talk about some of my favourite places in East Devon.
We stayed in Exeter over the weekend because, as well as having a holiday, we helped my brother to move into his new uni house. The city itself is a lovely place to be and I can find my way around pretty well. The first place we went to was Exeter Quay, a picturesque area of the city with some great places to eat and drink overlooking the quay. We had brunch at Puerto Lounge and it was both delicious and reasonably priced, plus it got us ready for our first day at the beach.
The beach we went to first was Teignmouth, a sandy beach which sits right next to the town. It’s not the biggest beach, but it has a lovely, wide-ranging view of the East Devon coastline and it’s nice to have the amenities of the town so close by. We really relaxed and spent most of our time sat on the beach listening to the waves, and it wasn’t busy so was nice to have our own space on the beach.
We decided to have dinner by the sea before we went back into Exeter, and The View was the place we chose to eat. It was a lovely restaurant with friendly staff and delicious food, and as it was right on the sea front we could come straight off the beach. The sea views were amazing even from inside, so the restaurant certainly lived up to its name!
Whilst we were in Teignmouth, I wanted to go round to the nearby village of Shaldon, somewhere I’d been once before and loved. The village is one of the prettiest I’ve been to with colourful houses, a friendly pub and lovely estuary views. We had a wander around the village and climbed all the way up the huge cliff behind the village. Even though it was really steep, the panoramic views of the sea were stunning and it was definitely worth the difficult climb!
The last place we visited on the East Devon coast was Exmouth, a beach that I love. It’s a really sandy beach that stretches for quite a long way, so again plenty of room to find our own space. We were blessed with some brilliant sunshine whilst we were there and it really did feel like the last day of summer. It was nice to sit on the beach, have a walk along the water’s edge and enjoy an ice cream before the long drive back home.
If you’re planning a holiday in the UK this year, the East Devon coastline is definitely an area I would recommend. It has the perfect mix of sandy beaches and quaint towns, and isn’t too far to drive from most places either. I’m really glad I managed to have a few beach days this summer, especially in Devon as it’s somewhere I have always loved to visit.
To read about more of my adventures, take a look at my out and about category.