Devon - Coast To Coast
Delightful Devon is probably best known for its two coastlines – from the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast in the South to the award-winning beaches, so beloved by energetic surfers, in the North. The historic market town of Tiverton sits at the heart of the county and is the perfect base to explore Devon with the wonderful, unspoilt scenery of Exmoor National Park within easy reach. This brand-new tour takes you on a wonderful exploration of this most scenic of counties - coast to coast - and features a nostalgic ride on England’s longest heritage railway plus a visit to the historic Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - From your chosen joining point our feeder vehicle will take you to your designated interchange point where your holiday begins. Head Southwest with suitable refreshment stops en-route to arrive at your hotel in Tiverton with time to freshen up before dinner. 3 or 4 nights with breakfast and dinner.
Day 2 – 3 (or 4) - At leisure with two included excursions. There is also an optional excursion on the 5-day tour.
West Somerset Railway & Scenic North Devon
The West Somerset Railway is a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway, full of fascination with a nostalgic ride that will take you back in time through lovely countryside. Board the train in Bishops Lydeard, then sit back and enjoy view of the gently rolling Quantock hills as well as over the Bristol Channel as an historic locomotive (may be steam or diesel) takes you on the 20-mile scenic journey to Minehead with all its seaside charm. Then it’s back on the coach for a gloriously panoramic drive over Porlock Hill along the coastline line to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Picturesque Lynmouth seems worlds away from modern living with its rows of charming fishing cottages and shops that cluster around the pretty harbour of gently bobbing boats. Lynton perched high above, is a vibrant Victorian village retaining a quaint mix of times present and times past. The two are elegantly connected by the Cliff Railway (fare not included – approx. £3 one way in 2020), the highest and steepest fully water powered Victorian railway in the world! Head back to Tiverton through Exmoor keeping an eye out for those delightful ponies on the way!
Bicton Park & Sidmouth
It is the turn of South Devon today as you head to Bicton Park, set in the picturesque Otter Valley. Bicton Park is one of Britain’s most beautiful historic gardens and combines 18th century tranquility with modern facilities all year round on 63 acres of Grade 1 listed gardens and parkland. Its centrepiece is the formal Italian Garden with its fountains, lake, flowerbeds and ornamental trees. Other special areas include the American Garden, Stream Garden and Rose Garden as well as the historic Palm House and 19th century glasshouses. Enjoy an included cream tea plus a 25-minute trip on the Bicton Woodland Railway, a great way to view the parkland. Then drop into the stately resort of Sidmouth, a seaside town like no other, for a slice of old England with its Regency history, award-winning beaches, majestic red cliffs and elegant buildings.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION (5-Day only)
Barnstaple & Ilfracombe (Cost £15 pp)
Head to Barnstaple, regarded as North Devon’s central town and social heart due to the wide range of amenities it offers. You can enjoy the charm and friendly atmosphere of one of Britain's largest indoor markets at Barnstaple’s famous Pannier Market. Largely unchanged in over 150 years, the historic market has a wide range of stalls, with everything from fresh local produce, flowers and crafts, to prints and pictures, fashion and much more. Continue to popular Ilfracombe, a favourite with holiday makers since the 1800s thanks to its stunning coastline and beaches. It is a haven for foodies and is home to a host of attractions including the award-winning aquarium as well as Damien Hirst’s controversial sculpture, Verity, on the pier at the entrance to the harbour.
Return Day - After a leisurely breakfast - all aboard for the journey back to interchange and onward to your hometowns.Back to top
Best Western Tiverton Hotel
The Best Western Tiverton Hotel lies on the edge of the market town of Tiverton in the heart of the beautiful mid-Devon region. Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks are both on the doorstep. Maintaining high standards and excellence in quality is second nature to the Best Western Tiverton Hotel. They proven that going that extra mile during their annual Best Western quality assurance assessments really does pay off. Their hard work and dedication to cleanliness and quality of both guest rooms and public areas has gained them the Best Western International Quality Award. A global recognition of excellence given to only a few selected hotels throughout the world, this award shows that they take pride in offering the high levels of excellence in quality and brand standards guests expect. Free WiFi throughout the hotel, tea/coffee making in all rooms. Lift services all floors.