There are certain things that you need to avoid in Devon to make your vacation a truly amazing one. Fortunately, you wont have to discover what those are firsthand. Simply put, to protect yourself from hassles and problems, just remember the things listed below.
Avoid Going during School Holidays, Weekends, and Bank Holidays
The biggest crowds in Devon usually appear during summer break, between the end of July and early September. Almost all beaches have a huge crowd during such days. Due to that, it becomes almost impossible to get an accommodation. If you do manage to get one though, you will probably end up paying a high price.
Weekends and bank holidays are also synonymous with crowded beaches, restaurants, and other places of leisure. This is when seaside cottages in Devon and other local accommodation is at a premium. Hotels and establishments that offer bed and breakfast often demand a minimum stay of two or three nights during weekends.
Dont Feed the Seagulls and Ponies
Heed Devons warnings not to feed the seagulls. To avoid inadvertently feeding them from discarded food containers, make sure to properly dispose of those. These birds can get aggressive, most especially during nesting season. When there are seagulls around, make sure not to eat in the open because they might suddenly attack you.
It is illegal to give food to the ponies on Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor (their caretakers are the only ones allowed to feed them). Human food is unhealthy for the ponies, and it also drives them to stray off the moor. When they ended up on the road, they might cause vehicular accidents.
Dont Drive during Saturdays
Saturday is Devons changeover day, it is when people living or staying in holiday homes on a per-week basis either move in or out. As a result, trains and roads can become crowded, and heavy traffic is guaranteed.
Avoid Rush Hour
Rush hour can put a lot of stress on drivers and cyclists. In Plymouth, Exeter, and Truro, the traffic slows down and country roads tend to get too congested. Avoid being on the road between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and again between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Avoid Minor Roads, Especially at Night
Aside from preventing you from seeing the beauty of Devon during the night, narrow roads could put you in danger if you are driving a car. Coastal roads are usually dark. It is also possible for stray ponies and sheep to suddenly appear and cause an accident.
Some Places in Devon that You Need to Stay Away From
Even a relatively tranquil place like Devon has places that would be best to stay away from. It is advised to avoid going to Kingsteignton, Plymouths Union Street and Swilly, Exeters Beacon Heath and Wonford, Torquays Ellacombe, and Barnstaple.
If the locals advice you to stay away from a certain place or to refrain from doing certain things (other than the ones mentioned), then it is best to heed their warning. You will surely enjoy your vacation in Devon more if you follow their rules and advice.