I’m taking you off-piste, which is exactly what Devon is all about. It’s not a city, it is an inspiration. Creativity can be found in surprising places.
Dismantle your concept of a skyline. Devon is defined by coastlines, undulating hills, craggy tors on windswept moors, bare-faced sheer drops to shipwrecking rocks, a dual aspect outlook across the Channel or the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, a night sky shot with stars.
The south of the county is defined by long esplanade beachfronts, sailing, sophistication, Drake’s port city of Plymouth, and historic Exeter. Dartmoor, with its free-roaming ponies, deep, wooded valleys and steep, rocky outcrops, divides south from north Devon, an altogether wilder affair; Exmoor dominates much of the coastline, giving way to surf-bashed beaches and plunging cliffs. The lifestyle is calm, inspirational and active.
The people here are unique too. Devon entices those with an independent spirit, a confidence of mind and the desire to do things a little differently. There is an entrepreneurial buzz. Devon has developed a distinct progressive and digital culture, as those tired with a clone like existence elsewhere come here to be unique, be who they want to be and to really shine.
Everyone, it seems, owns a pair of wellies. Our commutes feature rogue pheasants and our traffic jams tend to be tractor or cow related. When we’re not working, we’re usually outside, taking advantage of the natural surroundings: walking, surfing, climbing, cycling.
Creativity springs up unexpected, for the finding. And that’s what makes Devon so rewarding: the genuine sense of discovery. There’s open space and room to think, inspiring landscapes and down-to-earth people. It’s grounding, and so very refreshing.
There’s a freedom here. It is very, very special indeed.