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24 Things Everyone Misses When They Move From Devon

Nowhere in the whole of the UK is as magical as Devon.

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1. Being able to pop down to the beach whenever you want for a bit of surfing, rock pooling, and boozing it up on the sand.

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2. Going to Dartmoor at night and being able to see actual stars in the sky.

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3. Hearing some proper West Country accents.

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4. The wonderful food.

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Did you know Devon is full of celebrity chefs? We've got Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gary Rhodes, Michael Caines etc.

5. Hanging out by the Quay in Exeter with a cold cider and a scone.

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6. And knowing how to do cream tea properly. The cream is like the butter, and jam goes on top! COME ON, PEOPLE.

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7. Surfing! Or, if you're not good at surfing, watching surfers instead.

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8. The glorious weather that's slightly better than the rest of the UK.

Except for the fact that we get the worst storms, too.
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Except for the fact that we get the worst storms, too.

9. No matter where you are, always being able to find an adorable pub with a bunch of local ciders on tap.

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10. And pubs that let dogs in, too.

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11. There always being something cider-related going on.

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And it never feels like heavy drinking because cider's just fruit, so it's probably good for you.

12. And good farmers' markets.

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Even if it means we can't afford to eat anything but gourmet chorizo for the next month.

13. Not getting bored when driving from A-to-B.

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It's more like driving through an Enid Blyton book.

14. Pretending you're in a murder-mystery novel, like Hound of the Baskervilles when it's foggy, or And Then There Were None when you're on an island.

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15. Spending a weekend hanging out in Torbay – it's the English Riviera, don't you know.

Just don't go expecting to see Clooney around, he's probably at the proper Riviera.
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Just don't go expecting to see Clooney around, he's probably at the proper Riviera.

16. Pronouncing all the town names like Totnes, Ilfracombe, and Teignmouth. Oh, and pronouncing the exclamation mark in Westward Ho!

17. Adorable cafes filled with cake and scones, and tea in actual teapots.

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18. Proper fish 'n' chips, like actually fresh out of the sea, covered in grease, and deep-fried for your dining pleasure.

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19. The beautiful scenic railways, and ACTUAL STEAM TRAINS, so you can stand on the platform and tearfully wave a hankie just like they do in old movies.

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20. Being able to tell people that Harry Potter is totally based on a bunch of places around Devon. This is Gandy Street, AKA Diagon Alley...

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21. Being able to spot actual wildlife, not just mangy urban foxes.

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22. Exploring streets like this, which you can appreciate for both the history and how good it looks on Instagram.

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23. Even if you're just wandering around the countryside, you're never too far away from some beautiful ruins.

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24. And last but not least, having your own flag and being SO PROUD.

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Plus it's better than Cornwall's.