Posted September 22, 2015
South Devon is one of the most scenic and beautiful places to live in the UK, so whether you have your own children or you foster a child in Devon, there are plenty of places of discovery where they can learn, play and enjoy themselves. With so much on offer, you’ll never have a dull moment and you will be able to provide your foster family with a childhood packed full of outdoor adventures!
One of South Devon’s most attractive offerings is its beautiful coastline full of picture perfect beaches, many of which are award winning for their high water quality and clean open stretches of sand. One beach we can highly recommend, especially if you have younger children who love a paddle and to build sandcastles, is Bantham Beach. This beach is part of a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has won several awards for its cleanliness. If you’re keen for a little more adventure and you have older foster children, a visit to South Milton Sands offers surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving around the various reefs and shipwrecks. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the dolphins and seals who regularly visit.
South Devon has a lot more to offer than just beaches though. There are plenty of other beautiful outdoor locations to explore, such as the Becky Falls Woodland Park. There is a slight entry fee (£7.95 per adult and £6.95 per child) but it is definitely worth it. Walk through enchanting woodlands and gaze in awe at the majestic waterfalls or take part in the fun activities for children which are all included in the ticket price! You might also want to go for a walk along The River Teign where you can see a variety of wildlife, from salmon to Kingfishers and otters!
If you get tired of exploring the wonderful outdoors of South Devon (which isn’t likely!), there are plenty of fun things to do in the area. A visit to Woodlands Family Theme Park will guarantee a thrill with their various ‘Watercoasters’, toboggan runs and other enjoyable rides. Alternatively, a visit to Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park offers you and your foster family a chance to see over 200 animals and enjoy over 60 different rides! If theme parks aren’t really your thing, you could take a visit to the Clip ‘n Climb where you and your foster child can challenge yourselves to the various climbing activities on offer.
South Devon has a very rich and interesting history and you will have plenty of opportunities to find out more about this beautiful place. A trip on the South Devon Railway’s Steam Train will throw you back in time as you pass through some of the most historic places from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. If your foster child is more of a water baby, a trip on the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer will be a real treat. You can catch the Paddle Steamer in Dartmouth and it will take you on a journey past Bayards Cove, Wartfleet Creek, Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles, the village of Dittisham and much more before returning to its starting point in Dartmouth. A visit to Dartmouth Castle, with a history dating back over 600 years, is sure to entertain your foster children as they look out at the stunning views from on top of the gun tower and imagine the battles of the past.
Any time spent exploring South Devon is time well spent. With so much natural beauty, fun activities and interesting history you will never have a dull moment. If you foster a child in Devon or you want to visit Devon with your foster child, make sure you take advantage of all the fun and fascination South Devon has to offer.