Classic Days Out
Explore South Devon where much of its landscape is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty or cross over the famous Tamar bridge into neighbouring Cornwall. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for pure escapism or family fun this area has plenty of great driving roads to experience and wonderful places to explore. Visit the coastal towns of the English Riviera, or travel along the coast to Salcombe, Dartmouth, Plymouth or maybe Looe. Travel inland and explore towns such as Totnes, Ashburton, Modbury or Kingsbridge. Be inspired by the beauty of Dartmoor National Park. Your choices are endless with many places within easy access from our base near Ivybridge on the main A38 Devon Expressway.
Here are some great ideas for your classic day out. Towns, villages and attractions, places we have found or have been recommended to us, places with great driving roads and wonderful scenery. Remember to wave to other passing classic car drivers - they will be waving to you! And be warned, your classic will attract many an admirer who will probably want to talk about your car.
South Hams Tour
The South Hams has many wonderful towns and villages waiting to be explored, with beautiful landscapes, quality local food, culture and scenic beaches.
Our suggested driving tour will incorporate the picturesque market towns of Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth, whilst you travel along the breath taking
coastline of Start Bay and experience some of the county’s most beautiful countryside. We hope this drive down country lanes and coastal roads in this
stunning region, will give you a real feeling of escape and relaxation.
click here for our full South Hams route plan.
Dartmoor National Park
Driving through Dartmoor National Park's landscape is dramatic and inspiring with truly breathtaking views.
From its striking granite tors to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather covered moorland to tucked away
villages and hamlets. It is a land of contrasts - so come to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Dartmoor but take care to
avoid the many sheep and ponies who share the moors.
Explore the quirky, market town of Totnes surrounded by beautiful countryside; set on the River Dart with a Norman castle
standing guard over the town. It has a market on a Friday and Saturday. You’ll find a bohemian feel mixed with eccentricity,
great independent shops and cafes.
Enjoy the wonderful countryside views as you drive to the coastal town of Salcombe. Restaurants, cafes and
bistros adorn the narrow streets and don’t forget to try at least one of the many delicious flavours of
Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream!
Bigbury on Sea
Bigbury’s most famous landmark is Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach. However, when the tide is in you can still reach the island by hitching a ride on the popular and unique ‘sea tractor’ Bigbury on Sea beach has good facilities including a café that specialises in selling organic and local food. Its ‘surf ‘n’ turf is one of the best in the area and makes good use of locally sourced ingredients to create a delicious platter that everyone will enjoy.
Whether you come for the culture and history or just to enjoy the beach and the sea, Looe has plenty of choice. Looe has one of the largest fishing fleets on the Cornish coast and this means that the fish you eat in the many good restaurants is as fresh as you can get. Away from the restaurants, hungry mouths can enjoy fish and chips whilst sat on the quayside or sample a filling Cornish pasty from one of several traditional local bakers.