Why Choose Devon?
Devon is the third largest county of England and often named as one of the top places to live. In 2009 it was voted the best county by County Life and in 2017 The Sunday Times listed Exeter as one of the Old Favourites as a place to live. As well as that, Chagford, Exmoor, Kingsbridge, Tavistock and Totnes were listed in the best places to live in the South West.
There are plenty of opportunities for living by the sea and it’s the only county with two coast lines, both having very different characteristics. The north has wide open beaches and great surfing, in the South there are calmer waters with estuaries and fishing villages along the coast.
It’s the 3rd largest county in area but only 11th in terms of population density allowing for a sense of space, both in the countryside, villages and within the smaller cities. The Council have looked to encourage international company relocation and it has higher employment levels than the UK average. The tourist industry is huge in Devon.
Exeter is renowned for its low crime rate, high quality of life and flourishing arts scene, which includes the Royal Albert Memorial Museum – the 2012 Museum of the Year- and the Exeter Phoenix arts centre.
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There are 7 grammar schools in the geographic county of Devon, but there are three different admission authorities involved in the admissions process: Devon County Council, Plymouth & Torbay. There is also a “bilateral” school – Westlands School in Torbay.
Tourism is big business in Devon, and so are second homes. You should check out the area out of season to see if you still like it when it’s quieter in the off season. Many job opportunities are seasonal and limited for skilled people.
The train from Exeter to Paddington is just over 2 hours. The M5 ends at Exeter. Most of North Devon is accessed bia the A361 and A377, the South by the A38 which is mainly a two-lane dual carriageway which runs between Exeter and Plymouth serving as a continuation of the M5 motorway.
Exeter Airport has a daily London City Flight - although you probably wouldn’t want to be commuting on a daily basis. That said it does fly to a few holiday destinations so avoiding the annual Gatwick horror - you’d be wise to choose your next holiday location based on where Exeter Airport has flights.
Things to Do in Devon
Britain’s longest footpath traces the north and south coasts of Devon, offering easy access to wild and windswept cliffs, secluded sandy coves and peaceful hamlets. There are plenty of pit-stops on route, and the regular bus network means you can dip in and out as you please.
Dartmoor is a 365 square-mile wilderness that takes you into a world of wooded glades, open moorland, 13th-century hamlets, stone-age ruins and country pubs.
Devon's capitol of Exeter has a Norman cathedral, a flourishing university, some pretty Georgian streets, a few Roman ruins and a 14th-century network of underground passages.
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