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Join us on this Summer escape to Devon, Dorset & Hampshire - staying at the 3* Devon Hotel, situated on the edge of Exeter.
Our tour explores the coastal towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis and the seaside resort of Sidmouth in Devon. A highlight of the trip for many will be the ride on the iconic Seaton Tramway through the glorious Axe Valley to Colyton before we head back along the Devon coast to our hotel .
A morning departure from the Essex area making our way South - stopping for some free time in the delightful city of Winchester en route. Upon arrival, settle into the hotel and enjoy a three course evening meal and meet your fellow travellers.
After breakfast, we shall make our way by coach to Bridport - a thriving, quirky and cultural market town with a rich rope-making heritage and a fantastic antiques quarter. Bridport is well known for its huge variety of small and independent shops, where you'll find unique fashion, fantastic food and drink and individual gifts you won't find anywhere else.
Bucky Doo Square is the town's heartbeat with regular music and performances being enjoyed during the acclaimed Saturday market. With stalls and producers visiting from around the local area to sell unique gifts and delicious food and drink. Saturday is a great day to visit, with not just one but three markets in town. After free time in Bridport, we shall re-board the coach for the short journey to the quaint and stylish seaside town of Lyme Regis - well known as one the best places on the Jurassic Coast to hunt for fossils.
It’s also gaining a reputation as a foodie’s paradise with numerous seafood bars, bistros and restaurants to choose from. A trip to Lyme Regis wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around the iconic Cobb harbour. On a clear day and you will be rewarded with some of the finest views along the coast. Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons brought fame to the area in the 1980 film adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront you will find Town Mill - a unique mix of a working watermill, art galleries and creative artisanal businesses. Back at the hotel, enjoy a three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After breakfast – we shall board the coach and make our way to the beautiful Devon coastal town of Sidmouth. Situated in the middle of spectacular countryside Sidmouth is home to beautiful beaches, stylish eating places and great shopping, offering everything from unusual gifts, designer clothing and lifestyle goods. After time to explore and purchase lunch, we shall make our way by coach to Seaton where we have included a trip on the Seaton Tramway to Colyton.
The Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley. You will travel through 3 miles of unspoilt countryside alongside the River Axe estuary, through two nature reserves giving unrivalled views of the abundant bird life. There will be free time in Colyton before we rejoin the coach for a scenic drive along the Dorset coast. . Back at the hotel, enjoy a three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall bid farewell to our hosts and take a leisurely drive back to the Essex area, driving through the beautiful New Forest and stopping at one of the pretty New Forest villages. There will be time to purchase lunch and stretch your legs before we continue our journey back to the Essex area.
On the edge of the city of Exeter, the Devon Hotel is set in an elegant Georgian building, originally a manor house, which oozes warmth and charm. Situated adjacent to our hotel bedrooms you will find our renowned Carriages restaurant, Lounge & Bar. All hotel rooms boast Sky television including all Sky Sports channels & en suite facilities. The hotel offers a state of the art fitness suite, air conditioning and luxury accommodation.