Autumn in Devon

If you love rosying your cheeks with a crisp breeze, toasting your toes by an open fire and sipping on a glass of bubbles in a luxury retreat, then we think you’ll fall head over heels for autumn in Devon. 

A Sea of Gold, Copper and Bronze

Synonymous with this magical season, the annual transformation of the county’s trees is quite the sight to behold. Dazzling onlookers with a sea of gold, copper and bronze before floating leaves to the ground, this spectacular flourish is one of our favourite things about autumn. For a beautiful walk in the wilds crunching leaves underfoot and with multi-coloured canopies above, head to Abbeyford Woods, Bellever Forest, Teign Gorge, Haldon Forest or Avon Valley Woods.

Feast and Forage

A season of rich harvests, autumn offers the best of all worlds for foodies and foragers. For the winers and diners, Devon’s multi-awarding winning collection includes Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, the Michelin star Mason Arms in Knowstone, and the Seahorse in Dartmouth. Or for those who like the more organic approach, you can join the Ground Up cookery school for a day of foraging in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. Explore the wide variety of foods, from country to river to sea, and fall in love with the county’s authentic taste sensations this autumn. 

Autumn Festivals

From Dartmouth’s Food Festival held each October to pumpkin and apple harvesting days, there are always lots of fun festivals taking place throughout autumn in Devon. Browse the fantastic events taking place near your luxury retreat and get involved in local celebrations. For something a little frightful, Halloween events for kids and big kids alike take place all over the county - read some of our favourite spooky South West tales first. Of course, there’s always Bonfire Night activities to look forward to as well, when jaw-dropping firework displays liven up the night and send myriad colours exploding across the night sky. 


As much as we love summer for its warm sunshine and long evenings, there is something irresistible about autumn. With crowds long gone, the county’s gardens, castles, beaches and footpaths free up, meaning you can often enjoy truly beautiful locations all to yourself. For a long walk surrounded by beautiful scenery, the Dart Valley Trail never fails to inspire, while reccies of Dartmoor National Park always produce more gems, like Becky Falls and Wistman's Wood. For more ideas, have a read of some of things we think you think you should see around Dartmoor, or head to the coast to tread footsteps along empty beaches.

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