Not many can surpass the scenic variety of Devon. The county sits between the Bristol and English Channel's, two dramatically contrasting coastlines. Marking the end of the North coast are the high cliffs and red sandstone plateaus of Exmoor, and inland loom the massive granite peaks of Dartmoor National Park. Much of Devon land is rural, dotted with market towns and villages with thatched cob cottages. Both coastlines are complimented by picturesque seaside resorts, making Devon a popular holiday attraction.
The East Devon and Dorset coast, known as the Jurassic Coast, is England's only Natural World Heritage site. Its outstanding geology provides a near complete record through 185 million years of Earth history. The East Devon coast displays some of the oldest rock formations, fossils and cliffs, dating back to the Triassic period.
Devon has long been associated with English mariners, and was the birthplace of two notorious Elizabethan seafarers, Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir Francis Drake, who circumnavigated the world between 1577 and 1580, was born in Tavistock. His home, Buckland Abbey, is now owned by the National Trust. Use the links below for more information on the county. Alternatively, search for a district, town or parish within Devon.
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The Winsford Trust came into being in 1999 when the local community led by the Winsford Hospital League of Friends, formed a committee in partnership with Age Concern Torridge, to secure the ownership and development of the building for the benefit of the community.
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Information and news from government departments including Health and Social Care, Environment, and Leisure and Culture. Search for jobs and local services, make payments, apply for housing benefit, view licensing applications and report problems online.
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Devon's official tourist information site. Find things to do in Devon, what's on, restaurants, itineraries, areas to visit and leisure activities.
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The National Trust protect and open to the public historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments, forests, beaches, farmland, islands, archaeological remains, castles and nature reserves. Plan days out and holidays, walks and educational excursions. Plus details of how to become a member or get involved with charity work.
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Torrington 1646 - Where history is brought to life!
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Find out where to buy or order quality local food, from organic meat, farmhouse cheeses and homemade fudge to seasonal vegetables, preserves and locally grown chillis. With information on local Farmers' Markets.
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