Earlier on in the summer, England experienced the hottest day of the year. At this time, the weather was not only hot in Devon, but the sky and sea were such a deep blue that on the coast it felt more like being in the Bahamas rather than the UK. So like the rest of the locals and holiday makers I took full advantage of the weather and spent two days “chillaxing” by the water. I want to share with you two of the awesome places I visited in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which are also within a bus ride from Plymouth City Centre. This area is worth a visit on any sunny day when you don't feel like being super active but instead just chilling and enjoying the environment.
Dartmouth is a small tourist town located at the mouth of the river dart where it meets the sea and is surrounded by stunning natural views. It is also a quaint town with buildings dating back to the 14th century of which many were built in the 1600's and still open as shops today. When arriving the first thing you want to do is take a stroll along the embankment by the river watching the boats and ferries going up and down. There are plenty of places along the front to grab a drink, ice-cream or bite to eat and loads of benches to sit down and relax in too. From the river you can also take a car or passenger ferry to the Dartmouth steam railway where you can catch a steam train to Paignton and back.
Next whilst in Dartmouth you can walk around the historical town and take advantage of the variety of shops, art galleries and gardens it has to offer. Dartmouth Market is also a must for local produce and you can visit the museum if you’re keen to know more about the history of the place. Also to experience more of the history of the area you can either walk to the Dartmouth Castle from the embankment or catch a ferry there instead. It's just a great place to visit and get a feeling for an old historical town surrounded by natural beauty.
Wembury is a beautiful little beach fairly close to Plymouth which is great to chill at during a hot summer’s day. It is a short drive away with easy to access to the beach from the car park which is free with a national trust pass. The beach also has toilet facilities, a cafe and a shop located between the car park and the beach. It is a popular area to have a bbq and many visitors bring disposable bbqs with them. However if you forget your own refreshments during the day you can grab something from the shop including delicious local ice- cream or sit in the cafe which has outside tables that overlook the beach. When the sea is calm you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding and exploring the rock pools where you can find inhabitants such as crabs and other sea creatures. Surfing and kayaking are also popular at Wembury when the sea isn't so calm, as the waves can get quite big.
Wembury is also a great place to take coastal walks from, as you have fields with horses grazing on one side and beautiful sea views on the other. You can reach Wembury point on foot from the beach which has stunning views of the sea and coastline. The Wembury woods are also nearby to explore, where you can find plenty of wildlife.