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Cofton is a village on the south-east coast of Devon, that overlooks the vale of Haldon. It is just a five-minute drive from the town of Dawlish in the south or a twenty-minute drive to the city of Exeter to the north. A holiday village and a campsite are both located in Cofton, making it a popular place for tourists to visit.
Just two miles from Cofton, the beach at Dawlish Warren offers one and a half miles of sand. Birdwatchers come here to see the wildfowl and wading birds that flock to the estuary of the River Exe. Other attractions include the Pirates Cove Adventure Golf course, whilst more serious golfers will go to the 18-hole Warren Golf Course. Sporty types will also be attracted to the various watersports on offer, whilst children can enjoy the amusement arcade and ride on the go-karts.
Less then 30-minute drive away from Cofton, located outside Exeter, this theme park offers over 60 rides, live shows, a zoo and many other attractions set in an area over 100 acres in size. Over 75,000 square feet of covered play areas make this an attractive venue for families, even in bad weather.
The more active tourists can try kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing at Exe Adventures, located less than 5 minutes drive from Cofton. The popular “Pub Paddle” experience, allows the visitor to kayak to a pub for lunch and then try paddleboarding. Booking ahead is strongly advised.
The Babbacombe Cliff Railway allows visitors to travel down to the beautiful Oddicombe Beach and then back up again. Tourists in need of refreshment can try the Cary Arms or the Three Degrees West café by the beach. Babbacombe Model Village, set in 4 acres of garden, is just a short walk away.
Just over 30 minutes drive from Cofton, via the A38, is the National Trust owned Buckfast Abbey. Founded in the 11th century, the Abbey still hosts Benedictine monks today. Tourists can visit the church and the gardens. The monks are self-sufficient and visitors can purchase their farm’s produce: fudge, honey and Buckfast Tonic Wine.
Located in Torquay, this four-star hotel looks out onto Corbyn beach. Whilst decorated in Victorian style, guests can enjoy the modern comforts of a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, spa and sauna.
Each lodge has a television in every room, a kitchen and a large living/dining area. Outside, visitors can enjoy a 4.5-metre decking area, that comes with comfy patio furniture and a hot tub. Amelia’s Café is just a short distance away.
A selection of two and three-bedroom holiday homes are available, ideal for a self-catering holiday. Guests are provided with free access to an indoor swimming pool and gym.
This 18th-century guest house provides visitors with a complimentary breakfast, served in a dining area that overlooks the sea. All rooms have a flatscreen television, free internet, fridge and microwave. The Blenheim is dog friendly.
Arguably the best time to visit Cofton is in June or September when prices are cheaper, but the weather will still be warm and the average rainfall is comparatively low. The most popular time to visit southern Devon is in the months of July and August where temperatures in the low twenties (degrees Celsius) can be expected, but this is also when prices are higher and the main attractions are busier.
Cofton is easy to get to by car. Motorists need to leave the M5 at Junction 30 and turn onto the A379, following signs for Dawlish. After about 10 miles, visitors then turn left into the village. Alternatively, tourists can take a train directly from Birmingham to the nearby station at Dawlish. The nearest airport is at Exeter.
Most tourists will stay up to a week in Cofton, enjoying the local beaches and coastal based attractions. Those wishing to use Cofton as a base to explore the rest of southern Devon will want to stay longer.
Cofton is conveniently located, as it is in walking distance of the coast, but just off the A379. This makes it ideal for holidaymakers who want to spend all day at the beach and for those who want to visit other attractions in the area. Easy access to an A road should be prized in Devon, which according to a survey by international travel experts Inrix, has the slowest traffic in the country.