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Green Travel Guide to the East Devon

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Words by Paul Miles.
Artwork for Green Traveller's Guides by Tina Smith and Mark Edwards.

Foreword by Chris Woodruff, Manager of the East Devon AONB Partnership

The 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 Green Traveller 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.

What our writer discovered in East Devon
 

A magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, East Devon is home to a spectacular 28-mile stretch of coastline, part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Southwest Coast Path. The landscapes of this area boast wooded valleys, vast swathes of heathland, breathtaking cliffs and pretty inland villages and towns. Days spent wildlife spotting, exploring a 2,000-year old underground quarry, or hunting for fossils among different geological strata on the beach, can be ended by pedaling through quiet towns to dine on sumptuous local produce. The range of fantastic accommodation on offer ranges from an Elizabethan manor house to a cliff-top caravan park.

Stay, Eat, See & Do

Our pick of places across East Devon

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  • 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