I wish everybody knew about this part of the world. With many people deciding to holiday at home in recent years people often ask in conversation where they should go. This is where I always recommend. I grew up as young child going on a caravan holiday near Sandy Bay. Playing cricket on the beach, splashing about in the water having a lovely time. I went back a couple of years ago and sometimes you can view places with rose tinted glasses. You have these magic memories and then years later it just disappoints. Exmouth was not that and for me only enhanced its reputation as the best holiday destination in the UK.
So why do I think it so good?
First of all it has the best beach. The beach is comparable to something you would find in the med. It is that good. The water is so clear and fresh you will not have and concerns about your children swimming in the sea. The atmosphere is wonderful and the local people are very friendly. There is plenty of things for children and young familys to do but there is also a good variety of places to eat out at night. The fish and chips there are just brilliant too.
There is no better place. I do not know why more people do not know about Exmouth. You must visit and honestly you will fall in love with it just like I have.
Exmouth.......a beautiful, sleepy seaside town set in the heart of Devon. I spent a good few years in Exmouth whilst studying at University and I have to say it is now one of my favourite places in the UK.
With it's long sweeping beach and quaint little town square, high street chains as well as smaller independent shops Exmouth has something for everyone. I spent many an evening in one of the vast amount of pubs (apparently Exmouth has the most pubs per square metre than anywhere else in the country! Could be just a rumour though!) and also one of the two clubs that the town boasts. Yes Exmouth is largely populated by the older generation however there is loads to do for all age groups and it is a short train ride from Exeter which is good if you get tired of the slower pace that Exmouth offers.
Exmouth is a lovely place to go for a short break as it provides the beach, the nightlife, shopping and a good base to go and explore further out. It may not be for you if you like action and adventure, but the perfect little getaway spot for those seeking relaxation in a friendly atmosphere.
Unfortunately the move of the University seems to have had a negative effect on the local business which is a shame, but every time I go there it still fill me with warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings that make me glad that I discovered this wonderful little town! Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a cheap UK short break this year.
If you ever decide to venture down to Devon and off the M5, then make the effort to head away from the usual routes to North Devon and explore the forgotten 'less' known villages in Mid Devon. To truly understand village life and how 'your business is everyone's business' then venture to a small village called Plymtree and its complimentary neighbours, Payhembury and Clyst Hydon. Each village is fairly unspoilt and it is simply the local residents who have developed a few modern estates. True, some are in poor taste, but if you can put that aside and place your walking boots on, then there are a number of footpaths that will take you cross-country and into the neighbouring villages. However, what you must explore when visiting the parish’s are the local pubs. The warm and friendly atmosphere with a small choice of well kept real ales inc., Bass and big helpings of good value no fuss food, all contribute to the atmosphere. These villages are places that should be visited even if it is just for a couple of hours. The three key features in them all, pub, post office and church, will slow you down and will give you a glimpse to a slow-going, but equally enjoyable way of life. You can find these three villages, just off the M5 at junction 28 for Cullompton, turn left at the top and head towards Honiton, you will then find signs to Plymtree about a mile and half down the road on the right. On reaching Plymtree there then should be signs to Clyst Hydon etc. The food at Clyst Hydon (The Five Bells) is a variety from your basic good food to ala carte, so there is an option there.
After visiting Devon several times and going to a number of different towns and villages I have to say that the surrounding area of Exmouth is definately worth a visit. I'm 24 years old and although this place is often looked at as a holiday for the elderly I can strongly disagree. I normally stay at a small caravan site called Ladram Bay, this is nice and has a lovely stoney beach. About 2 miles away you've got Budleigh which is a small but pleasant village, it has a few shops and pubs where you can get a good cooked meal for a small price. Around 5 miles away is Exmouth, this has got loads of pubs,I'm not quite sure how many. Most of them offer good food at a good price and to my boyfriend Gary's delight they all serve Stella on tap. The shopping centre is small but it has pretty much what you need.
Exmouth can be great fun for a family holiday, as it has practically everything that going abroad can offer..sand, sea, boat trips, dolphins if you're lucky....but unfortunately, this only rings true if the sun's out! In a nutshell, Exmouth wakes up around about May time...and then practically closes down at the end of September...but then, that is usually true for alot of seaside towns that rely heavily on tourists for a living. The town has all the usual shops that one would expect, eg:, Woolworths, Boots, W.H.Smith etc, an indoor market, some nice craft/ jewellery shops, plus an awful lot of charity shops as well. There are public houses galore..great for pub crawls...one only has to walk 5 paces to fall into the next stop! The night life is pretty limited...at the last count there was a grand total of 2 nightclubs, as I believe the third one has closed down, (but, don't quote me on that one). Weekend nights on the tiles can get pretty crowded, but all in all, theres never a great deal of trouble about, and most people tend to have an all round good night out. So, if you like the look of Exmouth for next summers break......pray for good weather..and you won't be disappointed......
Exmouth is situated about 12 miles off the m5 and therefore is very easy to find by car. It is like anywhere, if you get the weather it makes your holiday. There are lovely stretches of beaches and the sand is nice and golden with lovely rock pools for the children to go exploring. The scenery is also good with views over the English Riviera. We took a boat trip from the Docks accross to Torquay-It took about 1 3/4 hours but was well worth the trip. By car Torquay is 27 miles away and the pretty town of Paignton is just next door(about 2miles). Exmouth has a small town centre and looks pretty drab when it rains(but doesn't everywhere). It is a fairly small place but ideally situated for touring Devon with Lime Regis not far away. There are quite a few places offering food but beware after about 7.00pm your options are more limited as all cafe's have closed and alot of pubs have stopped serving food.