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Majestic tors, hidden coombes, rivers tumbling over mossy stones, wild ponies, quaint coastal villages and market towns, plus beautiful sandy beaches…you’ll find all of these in this stunning county, and there’s no better way to explore all that it has to offer than by renting a campervan or motorhome in Devon.
Your time, your schedule…with a camper van or motorhome holiday in Devon
Devon is such a large county that restricting yourself to accommodation in a hotel will limit what you can see and do. Campervan hire in Devon will give you the opportunity to explore much more of the county without worrying about getting back to your hotel at night.
Unlike hotels, where you have all the usual rules about the time for checking in and out, when the restaurant will (or won’t) serve food, where to put muddy walking boots and if you can bring your dog, choosing to rent a vw camper van in Devon through Campervan means that you decide where you want to be and when. What’s more, with Campervan we can find the most suitable motorhome that will enable you to bring your four legged best friend along for the adventure.
The other benefit of hiring a campervan or motorhome in Devon is that you can plan your budget more effectively, as you can cook for yourself or opt to eat out and you’ll also get to plan how much fuel you need to buy to drive from one place to the next. Many campsites have comprehensive facilities but you can also choose to stay somewhere more basic if you prefer something a little more secluded.
Hiring a campervan in Devon
Whether you’re travelling by yourself or with family or friends, we’ll have the perfect campervan hire in Devon or motorhome rental for you. Some come with all the gadgets such as TVs and DVD players but there are also options for those who want to just relax and enjoy some peace and quiet away from their busy lives. It will be your cosy but comfortable base that will take you wherever you want to go and the perfect place from where to set out on your adventures, yet providing you with a warm and dry place that allows you to sit and enjoy the views (with that all important cuppa) on rainy days.
So much to explore on your campervan holiday in Devon
Devon is the fourth largest county in England, with two spectacular coastlines – the more rugged north coast and the gentle south coast – plus two atmospheric and beautiful moors, Dartmoor and Exmoor. It has two major cities, Plymouth and Exeter, both with plenty of culture, attractions and shopping. The west of the county borders with Cornwall and the eastern border is shared with Somerset and Dorset.
With so much to explore in your rented campervan or motorhome, it’s a good thing that Devon has the longest road network of any county in England. It’s easy to get around, but do allow time for crossing the moors as there are speed limits in place, due to the livestock and ponies that live on the more open stretches.
Devon’s north coast
Is great for hiking and surfing and it is also possible to catch a foot passenger ferry over to Lundy Island, the largest island in the Bristol Channel and a wildlife reserve as well as being a marine conservation zone. A wonderful day trip, the island is owned by the National Trust and offers a microcosm of British history, having probably come under attack during the Viking raids on Devon.
The south coast offers discoveries galore to be made in your campervan. Home to sandy beaches and famous fishing villages and harbours, including Brixham, Salcombe and Dartmouth, it also boasts the English Riviera, comprising the popular resorts of Torquay and Paignton. The area has been popular for holiday makers since the Victorian era and was made even more popular by crime writer, Agatha Christie, who had a home there and which is open to the public.
In your campervan it’s easy to reach the maritime city of Plymouth, close to the Cornish border. Plymouth is famous for its Hoe, Barbican (part of the original ancient town), Citadel and large bay, known as Plymouth Sound. Sitting at the mouth of the River Tamar and facing the Atlantic, Plymouth is a regular host for international sailing events. In addition to Naval ships and submarines returning to port, you might well spot dolphins and basking sharks out in the bay if you take a boat trip around the Sound or over to Mount Edgcumbe on the Cornish side. The National Marine Aquarium is based in Plymouth and it was the final port from where the Mayflower set sail to found the colonies of New England and also from where Sir Francis Drake set sail to attack the Spanish Armada.
Exeter, Devon’s capital city, has an ancient history, and was once a major Roman settlement (Isca). Famous for its beautiful cathedral and highly regarded university, the city has excellent shopping, a plethora of restaurants and an excellent museum. It’s an easy journey in your campervan or motorhome, just off the M5.
Moor fun with campervan hire in Devon
Hiring a campervan in Devon gives you access to two of the UK’s most beautiful moors. Dartmoor is a walker’s paradise and it is full of ancient settlements (hut circles, burial cists and stone rows) as well as vast areas of open moorland, hidden ancient forests (such as Wistman’s Wood) and tors with their individually identifiable granite outcrops. Park your campervan at any one of a number of spots and set off. Discover enchanting villages tucked into valleys, complete with granite churches and cosy pubs. Swim in Dartmoor’s rivers (refreshingly cool!) at Tavy Cleave, Grenofen or Hunter’s Pool. Recommended books about places of interest on Dartmoor include Dartmoor 365 by John Hayward and the Dartmoor Tors Compendium by J Collingwood. Named after the River Exe, the smaller Exmoor straddles Devon and neighbouring Somerset.
Part of the moor was a former ancient royal hunting forest and there are remains of ancient settlements dating back thousands of years. Follow hidden trails through coombes down to the sea, or walk across open moorland with sweeping views and open skies. The book Lorna Doone by Richard Blackmoor, published in 1869, is a romance based on a group of historical characters who lived on Exmoor in the late 17th century and will give you a good background into the history of the moor.
A campervan packed full of Devon delights
One of Devon’s most popular treats is the rich Devon fudge made from clotted cream. It is well known for its tasty beef and also seafood, which is readily available throughout Devon but particularly along the coast where there is a roaring trade in crab sandwiches in season.
Devonshire Cream Teas are a ‘must have’ whilst in Devon – but as it’s Devon and not Cornwall, remember to put the clotted cream on first, followed by a big dollop of strawberry jam. Markets towns, such as Tavistock, run regular farmer’s markets, with plenty of local produce to enjoy on your holiday – or to take home with you.
Kids can go places in a rented campervan in Devon
There’s oodles of fun for kids in Devon, including outdoor activities, such as sailing, riding, rock climbing and kayaking as well as a whole heap of attractions. A few examples include Morwellham Quay, Dartmoor Zoo, National Marine Aquarium, Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary, Woodlands Family Theme Park and Crealey Theme Park.
Festivals are more fun in a camper van
There are several regular events and festivals in the county throughout the year, so why not plan your vw camper van hire in Devon around one of them? Events include the International Fireworks Championships, Dartmouth Food Festival, BMAD Motorbike Festival, International Agatha Christie Festival, Brixham Pirate Festival and the Dart Music Festival, to name a few.
Powderham Castle hosts the hugely popular retro 80s festival Let’s Rock Exeter. With it’s maritime history, there are also several regattas in Devon throughout the summer.
Campervan Hire Devon
Devon has 2,590 square miles to explore, so start planning your holiday in a rented campervan or motorhome with Campervanhire.com today.