Devon is thatched cottages, cream teas, sand in your shoes and wetsuits drying in the sun (yes, this is one of England's sunnier spots). As for the coastline to the east, it's World Heritage-class and famous for fossils: you can't miss them. Patchwork pastures and cowparsley'd lanes - Devon on a summery day really is an idyll. To the north you have the surfing beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde, to the south, the old-fashioned English Riviera, headed by Torquay. If you prefer to shun the crowds, there's room for all on wild Dartmoor.