Summer Fun in the Southwest

It's great to spend the summer living in Plymouth as there are so many great places to go and activities to enjoy outdoors. This is because Plymouth is not only on the seafront with beautiful views of the sea and the countryside but it is also close by to sandy beaches and the stunning national park Dartmoor. I want to share with you three of my most favourite activities to do outdoors in Devon & Cornwall.

Firstly - enjoying  Dartmoor.
The scenery is beautiful on Dartmoor and really unique making it feel like you've really left civilisation. It is truly calming and fascinating to see lots of animals roaming free on the moors including sheep, cows, Dartmoor ponies and rabbits which you can see just by driving across the moors. Most of the animals are owned by farmers but they are left to go where they please meaning they can walk out into the road whenever they want, so drivers have to be careful. This means you can get pretty close to the animals whilst you're still in the car but there are also  lots of designated areas where you can park up and walk around. The animals usually don't mind you being near as long as you're calm, respectful and don't frighten them.

Secondly - going fishing!
When you've visited one of the many harbours around Plymouth you see how many boats are moored here. So many people have boats that they use to go out into the sea to fish for mackerel and other local fish. It is a great experience to be sitting out on a boat chilling with some friends and  catching fish at the same time. But if you're new to fishing you don't need to know someone with a boat or hire one to enjoy this great experience, as there are many planned fishing trips from Sutton harbour by the Barbican. It's easy to book onto these and they'll provide you with all the equipment you'll need and guidance in what to do.

Thirdly - Surfing!!
Saving the best until last, surfing has to be the most enjoyable outdoor activity for me and Devon and Cornwall are two of the best counties for surfing in the UK. It is easy to get to local beaches where there is surf including Whitsand Bay and Polzeath in North Cornwall and Wembury Bay and Bigbury-on-sea in South Devon. If you have a car it is easy to travel to these places with a board however if you want to go by public transport many of these beaches have surf boards to hire for the day or surf schools where you can even get lessons. Of course it is pretty chilly but wet suits can be hired along with boards or if you fancy your own there are places in town where you can purchase one for quite a good price. Some of these beaches like Whitsand Bay can be fairly quiet compared to the popular tourist locations like Newquay, so you can enjoy the experience of surfing without feeling like your competing for every wave with fifty other people.