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Ten ways to avoid crowds on the English Riviera

There’s much talk in the media about social distancing and avoiding crowds at the moment as we’re in this quickly changing environment with Coronavirus (Covid-19).

We are still very much open for business down here on the English Riviera and unless Government advice changes, you’ll be able come and stay at The 25 and have just as much of an enjoyable time as you usually would.

However, if you need some ideas for ways to have fun that avoid some of the crowds you might find in some of the busier parts of the area then here’s my top ten tips for avoiding the crowds…

1. South West Coastal Path

With miles of stunning coastal scenery, why not get a breath of fresh air and explore the South West Coastal path? We’re just a 15 minute walk from the sea so you can be on the path pretty quickly. Alternately, you can drive, take a taxi, train, bus or ferry to another part of the path and walk back.

2. Cockington Village

This beautiful thatched village is a mile away and we can supply you with directions for an enjoyable circular walk there and back. Once there, you can explore the village, craft centre, woods and ponds with few other people at this time of the year.

3. Becky Falls / Canonteign Falls

Both of these water falls have lovely walks around them and plenty of photo opportunities.

Becky Falls is surrounded by ancient woodland on Dartmoor. Canonteign Falls is the home of England's highest man made waterfall.

4. Torre Abbey

Torquay’s best kept secret – you’ll find a museum, stately home, monastery and art gallery indoors, then you can explore the abbey ruins, well kept ornamental gardens and glass houses, including an Agatha Christie inspired poison garden outside. Torre Abbey is only a five minute walk from The 25.

5. Unique Devon Tours

Why not give our friend Alex Graeme a call and arrange a tour with him? He can run a variety of tours with just you and he’ll pick you up and take you round all day imparting his vast array of knowledge as you go. He can show you the delights of Dartmoor for instance where at times it feels like you are the only people for miles around.

6. Royal Terrace Gardens (Rock Walk)

If you’re feeling fit, just opposite the promenade in Torquay you can climb the steps up to the viewing platforms and enjoy stunning views over the harbour.

7. Berry Head Nature Reserve

Explore the Napoleonic defenses as well as remnants from the more recent World Wars up high on Berry Head. Enjoy the views and spot both rare birds and the sea life like sea lions and porpoise. You'll also find both the highest and smallest lighthouse in England!

8. Visit a Castle

There are numerous castles to visit in the area but two good choices might by Totnes Castle and Berry Pomeroy as they are both ruins so are technically outdoors. Berry Pomeroy is the ruins of a stately home, inside the ruins of a castle and very interesting. Both sites are owned by the English Heritage so good use of membership.

9. Netflix / Prime Video

Quite honestly, when your room here at The 25 is so lovely and comfy with all the facilities and extras we supply, why would you even want to leave? You could grab a drink and a snack from our honesty bar and enjoy a film or a box set on your Smart TV.

10. Exclusive use

If you really want to keep away from others, then why not book us for exclusive use? You can of course do this just for you and your partner, but if you want to make it more reasonable price wise per person then perhaps invite some friends too?

Whatever you choose to do over the coming weeks and months, make sure you stay safe. We look forward to seeing you back at The 25 very soon. And don’t forget, we’ve relaxed our usual cancellation terms so at present, if you make a booking then subsequently can’t make it, we’ll just re-book it for another date without you loosing your deposit.


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