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Greentraveller Guide to the East Devon AONB

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Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:27 on Thursday 10 January 2013

As part of our celebration of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller Guide to the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

This Guide is the latest of our online destination platforms for specific protected areas in the UK, including other National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch.

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The view across to Branscombe Mouth. Photo: East Devon AONBThe view across to Branscombe Mouth. Photo: East Devon AONB

In this Greentraveller Guide to East Devon AONB, we've chosen the best green places to stay in the area, from cute and cosy B&Bs with views of the Jurassic Coast, to luxury self-catering pads and family-friendly yurts hidden in the Axe Valley. Our team of travel writers has scoured the AONB for great places to eat and drink too - you're guaranteed to find local, seasonal food at all the tearooms, cafés and pubs that we've listed.

We've also included lots of places to visit in the AONB, from beautiful English country gardens and wildlife reserves, to family-friendly days out at adventure parks and animal sanctuaries, plus we've listed lots of walking and cycling routes throughout the AONB. You'll also find all the info you'll need on travelling to and around the AONB by public transport.

Here are a taster of what you'll find in our latest Greentraveller destination guide:

Upcott HouseUpcott HousePlaces to stay

Upcott House  An Arts and Crafts house overlooking Lyme Bay, the recently renovated Upcott is beautifully furnished to the highest eco standards. A wood burning stove, period features throughout, a baby grand, and sparkling sea views from the gorgeous grounds.
>> Self-catering in East Devon

Holyford Yurts Spend some time under canvas at this yurt camp hidden in the stunning Axe Valley. Hot water is solar powered and guests are free to help themselves to the owners' organically grown vegetables - or you can have homecooked meals delivered to your terrace each evening!  >> Yurts & camping in East Devon

Willow Tree Café. Photo: Paul MilesWillow Tree Café. Photo: Paul MilesPlaces to eat

Willow Tree Enjoy freshly-baked scones topped with lashings of cream at this lovely tearoom in Sidmouth. Low beamed ceilings, friendly staff and a relaxing atmosphere. >> Tearooms & cafés in East Devon

Otterton Mill Café This shop, housed in a working mill, sells breads, cakes and scones, all of which are made with flour milled on the premises. They also sell a mouth-watering selection of food from local artisan producers, such as smoked meats, pates, cheeses, preserves and chocolate. >> Buying local in East Devon

Beer Quarry Caves. Photo: Paul MilesBeer Quarry Caves. Photo: Paul MilesPlaces to visit 

Beer Quarry Caves Head below ground to explore a warren of man-made caverns. 72 acres of Beer stone caves are accessible to the public and informative guides will regale you with incredible stories about the history of the caves. >> Caves & adventure parks in East Devon 

Burrow Farm Garden This ten-acre private garden was carved out of an abandoned clay quarry, and the result is a stunning garden of traditional English planting and lush lawns. There’s a tearoom, too. >> Gardens in East Devon

Donkey Sanctuary While away an afternoon in the company of thousands of retired donkeys and mules. These friendly old things love being fussed over and will enjoy a good walk with you through the surrounding rolling countryside. >> Animal sanctuaries in East Devon

Things to do

Wildlife watching in East Devon. Photo: Paul MilesWildlife watching in East Devon. Photo: Paul MilesGo bird watching With so much marshland, forest, and with four major rivers in East Devon, there is plenty of wildlife watching to be done. Spot lapwings, warblers and otters from hides along the estuaries, or hop on a tramway and view from up high; wildlife enthusiasts will be richly rewarded in East Devon.
>> WIldlife watching in East Devon

Tackle the East Devon hills on an electric bike East Devon is crisscrossed with quiet country lanes and car-free paths, but it can be steep! If you fancy two-wheeling in a more leisurely manner, why not hop on an electric bike? >> Cycling in East Devon 

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