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Top 10 Devon and Cornwall by John Plumer

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Things to Avoid

1. School Holidays, Weekends and Bank Holidays

With its beaches and outdoor activities, the region is popular with families, so the best bathing spots and top sights attract throngs. The summer break – between late July and early September – sees the biggest crowds, the least accommodation and the highest prices. Weekends and bank holidays also get uncomfortably crowded. Expect to queue up to visit sights and restaurants. Hotels and B&Bs often require a minimum of two- or three-nights’ stay at weekends.

2. Feeding Seagulls and Ponies

Heed the notices not to feed seagulls, even inadvertently from discarded takeaway containers. Seagulls can get very aggressive, particularly in the nesting season. Eating ice creams or fish and chips ...

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