12 Cool Date Ideas to Try in Devon
Couple on top of Haytor, Dartmoor | © Jenny-Bee/Flickr
If you’re bored of standard date night activities and are looking to spice up your weekends with your other half, then you’re in luck. If you’re in Devon that is. Here is a round up of 12 fun date ideas for those of you visiting, or living in, the mighty county of Devonshire.
Okay so there’s no ‘plane’ part, but you can explore South Devon and the South Hams by steam train, river boat and bus all for the price of £25. Start your journey in Paignton, Dartmouth, Kingswear, Totnes or Torquay and hop on your steam train, boat or bus to visit each pretty town and coastal village, stopping for G&Ts and cream teas along the way. Perfect!
The Gnome Reserve
This one is a little out there, but the Gnome Reserve
is a kitsch and fun afternoon out. Wander the garden, take pictures with the gnomes and enjoy the gorgeous flowers. Wearing a gnome hat as you wander isn’t compulsory, but great for your Instagram story.
Get together to learn how to cook properly at River Cottage HQ in Axminster. All the cooking courses at RCHQ are hands on and cover anything and everything from butchery, to foraging, and shoreline fishing.
Lying 12 miles from the Devon coast, Lundy Island feels a world away from the humdrum of real life and is an unforgettable day trip from the mainland. Although the island is only three miles long and half a mile wide, there is a hugely diverse range of things to do, from wildlife spotting to climbing. If you would like to stay longer, there are options for accommodation.
Go on a wine tasting tour
There are a surprising amount of vineyards in Devon and most of them offer wine tastings and guided tours of their grounds. If you’re a couple that are into cheese then a visit to Sharpham Wine and Cheese must be put to the top of your list. You can take part in a cheese and wine tasting session before taking your time to wander the sloping vines which eventually reach the River Dart.
Sharpham Estate, Totnes, +44 (0) 1803 732203
Who needs a bunch of flowers when you can have a whole garden? This Royal Horticultural Society garden in Devon
is truly beautiful, and a calming way to spend a day together. But this place is more than a garden and has so many places to explore that you’ll want to come back again and again.
Waterfalls are pretty beautiful and beautiful places make for great date locations. Whether you’re visiting the Whitelady Waterfall and Devil’s Cauldron at Lydford Gorge, hiking up the cliffs to the top of the manmade Canonteign Falls or heading to Becky Falls, you are in for gorgeous woodland strolls and stunning views.
The village of Clovelly which clings onto the side of the cliff is one of Devon’s greatest attractions. The steep hill and cobbled stones mean that residents must drag their shopping up and down the streets in sleighs and there are no vehicles at all. Stroll all the way to the harbour and indulge in a pint and a pastie before taking the long slog back up to the top.
Self-guided tour of Riverford Field Kitchen
Riverford Field Kitchen prides itself on fresh organic veg and a fresh organic farm. You can take a self guided tour of the farm, with an MP3 in tow, and learn all about how the place works. If nothing else, it’s a beautiful walk with a really good café at the end, and food is always a winner on dates!
Wash Farm Bungalow, Buckfastleigh, +44 (0) 1803 762074
Whether you are intrepid or sedate, there really is a walk on Dartmoor for every fitness or enthusiasm level. Hike across what feels like Middle Earth to Yes Tor, amble through the woodland near Cadover Bridge, or scramble to the summit of Hay Tor for epic views and some proper bonding time.