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Hector Seymour

Welcome to the “Devon and Cornwall Guide”

Welcome to the Devon and Cornwall Guide “About Us” page!

I am absolutely delighted to have you here.

About Us

My name is Hector, and I’ve been happily calling Devon my home for over 25 wonderful years now. From the moment I first set foot in this special corner of England, I was completely captivated by its picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and the warmth of its people.

After more than two decades living in this region and exploring its every nook and cranny, I decided it was time to create the Devon and Cornwall Guide. I wanted to share my insider knowledge and deep love for this place to help others make the most of their visits here.

On this website, you’ll discover my handpicked recommendations on the very best things to see, do, eat, and enjoy across Devon and Cornwall. I’ll point you towards dazzling white sand beaches, thundering coastal waterfalls, quiet country towns and villages, and more.

You’ll also find guides to major attractions like stately homes, castles, museums, and galleries. I’ll let you know about spots off the beaten path – hidden gems that only the locals know about. And I’ll provide itineraries and guides to help you plan everything from a jam-packed weekend getaway to a relaxing two week holiday.

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Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate my tips on hiking, cycling, surfing, and getting out on the water. Foodies will love my suggestions for the top restaurants, cafes, farmers markets, and food producers. And anyone looking to soak up local history and culture will find heaps of recommendations on this site.

I’ll also keep you up to date on festivals, events, seasonal activities, and more across Devon and Cornwall. There’s always something wonderful happening in this vibrant region, and I want to help you experience it all.

While I’ve lived in Devon for over two decades, I’m still always exploring and uncovering new gems. So the Devon and Cornwall Guide will be constantly evolving as I add new destinations, activities, and insider tips. Be sure to check back regularly to see what’s new.

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My goal for this website is to provide you with all the information and inspiration you’ll need to plan an unforgettable trip to this beautiful corner of the UK. Whether you’re coming for a long holiday, a quick weekend, or even just a day – I hope the Devon and Cornwall Guide will open your eyes to the many charms of Devon and Cornwall.

I want every visitor to fall in love with this special place just like I did. From winding country lanes to rugged coastlines, cosy pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants, there is so much magic to experience here.

23 things you did’nt know about Devon and Cornwall

I want you to learn as much as you can from this website, so to get started, here are 23 things you might not know:

  1. Double Coast: Uniquely, Devon is the only English county with coastlines on both the English Channel and the Irish Sea/Bristol Channel.
  2. Jurassic Jackpot: Exmouth, Devon, marks the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching 95 miles.
  3. Witchy End: Heavitree in Exeter holds the grim record for the last English town to execute someone for witchcraft.
  4. A Royal Ride: The scenic Dartmoor National Park was once a favorite royal hunting ground, enjoyed by monarchs like Henry VIII.
  5. Literary Legend: Daphne du Maurier, author of “Rebecca” and “Jamaica Inn,” found inspiration in the dramatic Cornish moors.
  6. Giant’s Playground: Bodmin Moor in Cornwall is dotted with mysterious megalithic stone structures, remnants of a prehistoric civilization.
  7. Engine Innovation: Dartmouth, Devon, is home to the world’s oldest preserved working steam engine, built by engineer Thomas Newcomen.
  8. Sixteen Sides of Awesome: A La Ronde in Devon is the unique 16-sided house, a National Trust property that’s a marvel of architecture.
  9. Narrowest Street: Exeter’s Parliament Street holds the title for the narrowest street in the world, squeezing in at just 64cm at its tightest point!
  10. Tin Treasures: Cornwall was once a major source of tin, and its mining history is evident in preserved mines and mining villages.
  11. Global Gin: Plymouth is home to the Plymouth Gin Distillery, the oldest working gin distillery in the world, boasting a long and flavorful history.
  12. Pilgrim Provisions: Jacka Bakery in Plymouth, the oldest bakery in the world, provided biscuits for the Mayflower on its voyage to America.
  13. Dog Days: The Jack Russell Terrier breed is believed to have originated in Devon, making it a fittingly dog-friendly destination.
  14. Castle Curious: Castle Drogo in Devon is a bit of a time traveler, being the last castle built in England, completed in the 1930s.
  15. Dramatic Dialect: Both Devon and Cornwall have their own unique dialects, with distinct pronunciations and vocabulary.
  16. Surfing Sanctuary: Cornwall boasts some of the best surfing conditions in Europe, attracting surfers from all over the world.
  17. Artistic Inspiration: From J.M.W. Turner to Barbara Hepworth, artists have long been drawn to the beauty and drama of Devon and Cornwall.
  18. Exclamation Mark Extravaganza: Westward Ho! near Barnstaple in Devon holds the distinction of being the only place name in the UK with an exclamation mark.
  19. The Eden Project in Cornwall is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Over 1,000,000 visitors come each year to see the impressive biomes.
  20. The Cornish language died out in the late 18th century before experiencing a revival in recent decades. There are now several thousand fluent speakers.
  21. Cornwall has the mildest climate in the UK thanks to the Gulf Stream. Exotic plants like palm trees can grow there.
  22. The wild horses of Dartmoor in Devon are completely untamed and roam freely through the national park.
  23. Poldark, the hit BBC television series, is filmed in Cornwall. Key locations include Charlestown Harbour and Porthcurno Beach.

Let me know if you need any other details on these fascinating facts! I’m happy to share more about the rich history, culture, and natural beauty of Devon and Cornwall.

Keep in touch with us

Thank you for visiting! I’m delighted to share my insider tips on exploring stunning Devon and Cornwall. Please reach out with any questions as you plan your travels. I’m always happy to help however I can.

I regularly post photos from my travels across Devon and Cornwall on my Facebook page. Be sure to follow along there for even more inspiration on making the most of your time in this beautiful region. You have now read all about us, what can you tell us about you?

Welcome again to the Devon and Cornwall Guide! I can’t wait to help you discover the magic and wonder of Devon and Cornwall.

All best wishes,

Hector