A picturesque coastline was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Devon. I could walk around for days, with small breaks for crab, crab sandwiches, oysters and, natuarlly, cream tea. My favourite spot was a secluded beach close to East Prawle, the Moor Sand Beach. The whole area around East Prawle is great anyway! You have to take truly miniature roads to get there and the whole place is only a few streets. And there's a pub called Pig's Nose on one of those streets!
If you ever choose to visit Dartmoor, don't miss the Haytor walk. There are hills, moorlands and granite tors. It's beautiful and it's green! Make sure to have cream tea afterwards. It's a traditional afternoon treat comprised of a pot of hot tea, freshly baked scones, homemade jam and clotted cream - local specialty, thick, fat and buttery. The tradition derives from Devon and/or Cornwall and the two counties have contradictory opinions on whether one should top a scone with jam first and follow with clotted cream (Cornwall) or start with cream and put jam second (Devon). Feel free to try both options. I personally think that it actually depends on the thickness of jam.
There's nothing better than a little house in the middle of nowhere and a morning coffee in a beautiful scenery. Dartmoor is a national park in Devon, famous for moorlands, granite tors and wildlife. If you like wild ponies and cream teas, you definitely should pay a visit!
Cornwall is beautiful, still wild and full of picturesque walks. It's famous for its dramatic views, charming fishing villages, abundant plants and mild climate (they even have palm trees!) - which makes it a perfect place for autumn or spring getaway. But, most importantly, Cornwall is delicious! Think fresh seafood: crab, lobster, oysters and all, beautifully paired with local, traditional specialites.
1. cream tea: a traditional afternoon treat comprised of a pot of hot tea, freshly baked scones, homemade jam and clotted cream - local specialty, thick and so fat that it would be classified as butter in the US. The tradition derives from Cornwall and/or Devon and the two counties have contradictory opinions on whether one should top a scone with jam first and follow with clotted cream (Cornwall) or start with cream and put jam second (Devon). Feel free to try both options. I personally think that it actually depends on the thickness of jam.
It won't be challenging to find cream tea, but I liked it best on a meadow with a spectacular sea view at Boscastle Farm Shop, close to a lovely fishing village of Boscastle. They also offer a vast selection of local produce: fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese, preserves, beers and ciders.
2. mussels at The Ferry Boat Inn, a charming pub in a just-as-charming fishing village by the Helford River. It's a bit tricky to get there and even trickier to park, but waterfront tables and mouth-watering selection of seafood will make it up to you (especially if you're not the one driving).
3. pasties: baked shortbread pastry filled with beef and vegetables or lamb and mint. They're everywhere, but I highly recommend Pengenna Pasties. They have three locations, in St. Ives, Tintagel and Bude. You'll find a queue in front of each shop and delicious, filling pasties inside.
4. fresh lobster, oysters or a crab sandwich at Fresh from the Sea in Port Isaac. It's a pleasant little restaurant where you can also buy fresh fish. They have their own fishing boat, so the name is not even slightly exaggerated. They will serve you the daily catch and it will be absolutely scrumptious.
The Isle of Wight is famous for its spectacular landscapes. Dramatic white cliffs, secluded beaches, charming bays and azure waters were loved by Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria - you can visit her summer residence and final home, Osborne House.
It is located in the English Channel, separated from mainland Great Britain by the Solent. You can get there by a ferry from Portsmouth. The island isn't very big and I would definitely recommend it for a weekend trip. Rent a charming cottage and do nothing but picturesque walks with many pub-stops on the way.