From its 28-mile coastline, all of which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Southwest Coast Path, to pretty inland villages and towns, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) of rolling hills, wooded slopes, estuaries and colourful cliffs is a mine of fascination.
Explore a 2,000-year old underground quarry, hunt for fossils among different geological strata on the beach, pedal through quiet country lanes to towns little changed since the 1950s and dine on great local produce that draws visitors from far and wide.
This Greentraveller guide to holidays in the East DevonAONB seeks out some of the best and greenest accommodation, from an Elizabethan manor house to a cliff-top caravan park, places that serve local food, from thatched pubs to Regency hotels and activities ranging from wildlife spotting to walking with llamas. We’ve done the hard work, saving you hours of research!
Chris Woodruff, Manager of the East Devon AONB PartnershipThe East Devon AONB is a fascinating area with a great variety of landscapes, habitats and wildlife found within a very compact area; we are sure that you will find plenty to suit your particular interests or needs. For further information about what’s going on within our AONB then why not visit our website: eastdevonaonb.org.uk. We hope that you enjoy your visit to East Devon.
The East Devon AONB Partnership is very pleased to support the development of these Greentraveller pages for our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as we eager that those businesses operating in a sustainable fashion within our area are given a higher profile in order to encourage them in their endeavours.
Chris Woodruff, Manager of the East Devon AONB Partnership
The East Devon Way is a 40-mile long route designed to pass through all the varied landscapes and habitats that make up the AONB
There are over 2,800 acres of heathland at the Pebblebed Heaths, all easily accessible on foot, horseback and bike
The AONB is rich with archaeological sites; the Farway bronze age landscape is considered to be the most important lowland burial landscape west of Stonehenge
The coastline from Exmouth to Lyme Regis forms the western end of England’s only natural World Heritage Site, known as the Jurassic Coast
East Budleigh, in the heart of the Pebblebed Heaths or The Commons, was the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh
The East Devon AONB has been recognised as a nationally important landscape since 20 September 1963
East Devon AONB, England
Map: Peter Lightfoot
This guide has been written & researched by Paul Miles.