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Devon is famed for its cream teas and picture postcard countryside. Thousands of tourists flock here from the big smoke every year to take a tranquil and rejuvenating break in the county which blows the cob webs away and restores some inner harmony. The county is blessed with having two separate coastlines, both offering different vistas and experiences for Devon holiday makers. Along with the sandy beaches, great surf and rock pooling opportunities; Exmoor Coast also boasts the highest cliffs in Southern Britain. These culminate in the Great Hangman, located near Combe Martin Bay. The cliff has a steep 250 metre cliff face.

People on their Devon Holidays will notice the names of Devon places start end frequently in ‘coombe/combe and Tor, that’s because Coombe means Valley or hollow whilst Tor is used as a name to describe the formation of rocks around moorlands, the frequency of these names is actually the greatest here than any other part of the UK.

There’s no getting away from green lanes when you hit Devon. You’ll be faced with a lot of roads. Roads that are narrower and windier than most other parts of the UK. In fact, people on their cheap family holiday could spend an awful lot of time in their car, waiting for tractors to pass or cows to cross the road, before getting to their holiday attraction of the day. This is all just part of Devon life; the county has more miles of road than any other county in England.

Why not see how many name places your family can count that include Tor or Combe when you are on your next holiday to Devon, it may just alleviate some of the frustration faced whilst stuck behind a tractor!

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