In England’s west country, Devon is a holiday favourite with sensational contrasts and variety.
In the south are the gentle resorts of the English Riviera, the fossil-riddled cliffs of the Jurassic Coast and long estuaries with beautiful waterside towns.
Inland are the ancient wildernesses of Dartmoor and Exmoor, places of legend and folklore, where wild ponies graze and run free.
And then there’s the rugged north coast, all rocky headlands, generous sandy beaches and rolling surf . But wherever you go you can’t leave without indulging in tea and scones with Devon’s luxurious clotted cream.
The largest and least-inhabited open space in southern England, Dartmoor is as mysterious as it is visually breathtaking.
This wilderness is suffused with stories of headless horsemen, ghostly beasts and pixies, and has been inspiring artists and writers for centuries, most notably Arthur Conan Doyle when he wrote the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Giving the landscapes their incomparable ambience is the granite, which bursts through the surface at the summit of Dartmoor’s tors (hills), the highest points in Southern England.
Granite has been sculpted into a multitude of monuments around Dartmoor going back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, all standing the test of time for the durability of this stone.