14 Things To Do In South Devon Autumn 2022

Devon is beautiful in the autumn, with russet-coloured leaves scattered about the countryside, brisk yet refreshing breezes coming across the sea – all without the crowds of summer!

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See What Devon Has To Offer This Autumn

If you’re looking for a relaxing, secluded UK staycation this year, why not try South Devon in the autumn?


1. The Granite Way

Approx. 50 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

See all the beauty of Devon in autumn with a walk or a cycle along the Granite Way, along the edge of Dartmoor.

The route is 11 miles long, taking around 1-2 hours to cycle and 4-5 hours to walk.

It’s ideal for families, with easy to moderate difficulty and plenty to see along the way, from Okehampton Castle to the Meldon Viaduct.

Find out more about the Granite Way

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2. Shopping in Princesshay Shopping Centre

Approx. 30 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

What’s a holiday without a little retail therapy?

If you’re missing the hustle and bustle of the city while on your South Devon holiday, take a trip to Exeter and see what Princesshay Shopping Centre has to offer.

With over 60 shops, including high-street retailers like Next, Zara, Lush and Molton Brown, you’re sure to find your must-have ‘souvenir’.

If you’re feeling peckish while out and about in Exeter, there are plenty of places to eat, such as Wagamama, Nando’s, and Slim Chickens.

Or, you can wait till you return to the Langstone Cliff Hotel, and enjoy some locally sourced Devonshire cuisine at our on-site Lincoln Restaurant.

Find out more about Princesshay Shopping Centre

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3. Golf at Dawlish Warren Golf Club

Approx. 10 mins walk from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

How about some light exercise while enjoying some spectacular views across the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve?

Guests at the Langstone Cliff Hotel can take advantage of reduced Green Fees at the neighbouring Dawlish Warren Golf Club, so why not start your South Devon staycation with a round of golf.

As the only true links course in South Devon, the 18-hole course Dawlish Warren Golf Club offers challenging greens to golfers of all abilities.

Find out more about Dawlish Warren Golf Club

4. Devonshire afternoon tea

At the Langstone Cliff Hotel

A holiday in Devon would be incomplete without a true Devonshire afternoon tea.

With a selection of the nation’s favourite sandwiches, scones, bite-sized cakes, mini desserts and your choice of tea or coffee, the afternoon tea at the Langstone Cliff Hotel is unbeatable in Devon.

If the weather’s looking sunny, take your afternoon tea on the Verandah, or if it’s chilly, seek shelter inside the hotel.

If you don’t fancy a whole afternoon tea, we also offer Devonshire cream teas – your choice of tea or coffee, scones, clotted cream, and jam.

The only other question to ask: jam or cream first?

Find out more about our afternoon tea

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5. Exeter Cathedral

Approx. 30 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Step back in time and immerse yourself in some of Exeter’s rich history.

Exeter Cathedral is a great day out for the whole family, with a history dating back to 1050, and plenty to see, from the Gothic stone vaulted ceiling to their medieval astronomical clock.

It’s a fantastic place to spend a few hours, and just a few minutes walk from Princesshay Shopping Centre, so why not enjoy a day out in Exeter during your South Devon trip?

Find out more about Exeter Cathedral

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6. Pavillion Amusements

Approx. 10 mins walk from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Take the kids out for a classic British seaside activity: an amusement arcade!

While away a few hours at Pavillion Amusements in Dawlish Warren on the slot machines, small children’s rides, claw machines, and fun games for the whole family – who can resist the 2p machines?

Pop over on a Saturday or Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm to treat the kids to a free face painting!

Find out more about Pavillion Amusements

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7. Kent’s Cavern

Approx. 35 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Step into the Stone Age at Kent’s Cavern in Torquay!

Take a tour of the caves to see what life was like for humans thousands of years ago, and other life in Britain millions of years ago!

If it’s not raining, you can continue your day out with their Woodland Trail, spotting local wildlife and seasonal plants, with activities available for kids of all ages.

Find out more about Kent’s Cavern

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8. Take in a show

Various distances from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Enjoy a night out at the theatre and take in a show at one of the many fantastic theatres in South Devon.

Whether you’re in the mood for a musical, craving some comedy, or seeking some Shakespeare, there’s bound to be a show for you at our nearby theatres:

Find out more about theatres in South Devon

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9. Exeter Racecourse

Approx. 22 mins drive from Langstone Cliff Hotel

If you’re after a bit of excitement, head on over to Exeter Racecourse!

There are usually 6 or 7 Race Days in the Autumn.

  • 2022 Dates to be confirmed – Visit the Exeter Racecourse Website for details of upcoming events.

Find out more about Exeter Racecourse

10. Powderham Castle

18 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Set in a spectacular deer park by the River Exe, Powderham Castle has over 600 years of heritage for you to discover during your South Devon staycation.

Powderham Castle is also dog-friendly, so you can book a dog-friendly room at Langstone Cliff Hotel and enjoy a holiday away with your four-legged friend!

Enjoy a tour of the castle, the grounds and the deer park (dogs not permitted in the deer park), and grab a bite to eat at their Courtyard Cafe.

Find out more about Powderham Castle

11. Fish and chips by the sea

Various distances from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Fish and chips is a must during your South Devon seaside holiday.

Luckily, we have plenty of experience in that particular area, and we know the best places to get your chippy fix.

Whether you want to tuck into cod and chips by the sea, or enjoy a vegetarian fish and chips, we’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to.

Find out more about the best places to get fish and chips in Dawlish

12. Dartmouth Food Festival (21st – 23rd October 2022)

Approx. 1hr 10 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Dartmouth Food Festival is one of our highlights of the year!

Over 120 local food and drink suppliers get together to feed the masses, hosting cooking contests, demonstrations, and plenty of other activities for kids and adults alike.

Taste the best the South West has to offer at Dartmouth Food Festival weekend!

Find out more about Dartmouth Food Festival

13. International Agatha Christie Festival (10th – 17th September 2022)

Various places in Torquay, approx. 35 mins drive from the Langstone Cliff Hotel

Did you know that Agatha Christie, famed author of over 60 world-famous detective novels, was born in South Devon?

Torquay is certainly proud to be known as the birthplace of Agatha Christie, and plays host to the annual International Agatha Christie Festival, around her birthday on 15th September.

One for book-lovers and bibliophiles, the festival features fascinating talks, exhibitions, panel discussions, film premieres, theatrical performances, and readings of Agatha Christie’s most beloved works.

Find out more about the International Agatha Christie Festival

Langstone Cliff Hotel Lincoln Bar

14. Enjoy a local pint with a view

At the Langstone Cliff Hotel

After a long day exploring all South Devon has to offer, you’ve deserved a drink!

Join us at the Lincoln Bar at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, and enjoy your favourite tipple, or sample some local beverages, like our Otter Brewery beer, from Devon’s Blackdown Hills, West Country Gold cider from Moles Brewery, made from 100% English apples, or Badlake Gin, distilled right here in Dawlish.

We also have a selection of guest ales on tap, so you can enjoy ales from across the South West.

Feel free to enjoy our spectacular sea views from the Lounge, Verandah Room, Drawing Room and The Poolside Room as well – with a pint in hand, of course!

Find out more about the Lincoln Bar


There’s plenty to do in South Devon this autumn, whether the weather is shining bright or drizzling – you can be sure of an unforgettable, enjoyable holiday in Devon at the Langstone Cliff Hotel!

Don’t forget: a trip to Devon isn’t just for the summer!