Over Christmas holiday we had the pleasure to explore the Devon county of England. Southwest to London, it was a three-and-a-half-hour journey by car, where we stayed in a rural cabin in a small village of Cheriton Bishop. The drive through the village — on the single lane road — to the cabin reminded us of our drive to the barn in North Wales. However, the trip was entirely different. We spent a relaxing four days in Devon exploring different parts of the area, as well as enjoying our time glamping.
The Cabin, Cheriton Bishop
The forest green cabin was small and cozy, and our favorite part was cuddling up to the fireplace each night. In the morning, we were visited by cute small birds feeding on peanuts in the front of the cabin.
A clan of funny chickens pecked on our glass door demanding food, “bwok…bwok, bwok, bwok, bwok…” We couldn’t resist their funniness, so we stole some of the peanut feed from the birds and fed it to our chicken friends. Of course, this only encouraged them to visit us daily, but we didn’t mind.
Besides the birds and chickens, we shared space with two sheep, Rosie and Nibbles. They were also amusing, but they were more reserved than the chickens.
The solitude and quietness of the cabin made us realize how much we want to live like this. We definitely enjoyed the getaway and appreciated the stargazing out there where we saw the stars clearly and made a wish to a shooting star.
Teignmouth Town and Beach
Because Devon encompasses beaches, fossil cliffs, and moorland, we decided to explore the natural terrain. Known as the English Riviera, we decided to explore the coastline. On Christmas Eve, we visited the small town Teignmouth, known to be the “Gem of Devon”.
Though cold and windy, it was a peaceful walk along the coast path. I was surprised by the black sandy beach, which added to the dark ambiance of the day.
Jurassic Coast, Exmouth
On Christmas Day we visited the Jurassic Coast in Exmouth. These fossil cliffs reveal the history of Earth. It’s literally a walk through time, as the layers of the sedimentary rock convey a record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This 95-mile stretch of coast extends between Exmouth (East Devon) and Studland Bay (Dorset).
Though we only walked a small section of the Jurassic Coast, it was still fascinating to learn about it and to see the massive fossil in front of us. We strolled above the cliffs for as long as we could before the sunset.
Our last visit in Devon was to Exeter. This ancient city dates back to the Roman era and is known as the “capital” of Devon. We only spent the day here sightseeing before heading back to London, but what really caught my attention was the cathedral.
A visit to Devon revealed a different side to England, and we enjoyed the time spent. If you’re looking for a picturesque scenery, some time out with nature, or to simply explore what they call the English Riviera, then Devon and its coastline can provide that for you. It’s worth a visit, and I suggest completing the visit with glamping makes it even better!