Chagford in Devon ticks your boxes. The Exeter / Exmouth areas would also mean you have a train station nearby. We all know surfing is the coolest sport on the planet, with Devon home to not just the National women's champion Lucy Campbell, but also big wave legend Andrew Cotton. Lundy Island, owned by the National Trust, is a jewel in the crown of our perfect stretch of the Bristol Channel. And that's generally a good thing, right? The Government has announced which parts of the country face the toughest restrictions once lockdown ends. Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. Both counties have a wide range of things to do, so starting with Devon, here are the biggest and best attractions of these neighbouring counties. For example there is Weymouth’s Jurassic safari that consists of a ‘scenic drive’ and at the top of the list is the Dorset waterpark that can facilitate for more than just children with a lot more to offer than just your standard slides. There is 95 miles of breath-taking coast to explore and you can go back in time as you are exposed to the 185 million years of life on earth. I was going to say east Devon too. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. Sherborne:Two good primary schoolsAmazing secondaryTwo swimming pools and a third 5 minutes away (all owned by the independent schools but open to the public)Lots of activities for kids locallyGood high street- Waitrose, Sainsbury's and lots of independentsCommunity feel45mins to the coastDrop dead gorgeous (two castles and an abbey for starters)It's pretty special- but the house prices do reflect that. Our. Another attraction is the vast amount of zoos dotted around; one of the most popular of these is the Exmoor Zoo that lies in the north of Devon. Yesterday we reported that Devon (and Dorset) had been voted the most popular counties in the entire UK in a major survey of 42,000 people.. Brownsea Island - just a load of trees. Many tours are on offer and they all come from a varying point of view. Dorch is good- lots of stuff on in the Brewery Quarter, pleasing schools and closer to the coast than Sherbs. Roseg990 Tue 24-Nov-20 19:42:06. In one of the most enticing cities in Devon lies the Royal Albert Memorial museum. The Jurassic Coast offers a mesmerising experience with amazing views that can be seen on guided tours and walks with the option of fossil hunts as well. The Holy Trinity Church is one of the more well-known religious buildings as is the Wimborne Minster. Countless churches are in and around Dorset, with many being worth a look. I don't see anyone surfing in Dorset - they don't even know the meaning of the word "stoked"! The two were neck-a-neck in a national popularity poll, but Devon is clearly superior! Sore throat? To think boycotting to my DS wedding is too far? Hi all - looking for a town on the South coast to move to and build a family. Chagford in Devon ticks your boxes. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Our fair county features in a song by popular Noughties rockers Feeder. Proof, you say? While Devon boasts the graceful and dangerous Beast of Exmoor, Dorset's best effort in the mythology department is the "Mer-Chicken" - a half chicken, half salacious bearded manwoman with very long legs. Schools are great in Corfe Castle and two good secondary schools, but traffic is a major issue especially if the ferry is out of action as it was for all of this summer. The neighbouring counties were voted joint first with a 92% approval rating in the survey by international market research and data analytics company YouGov. Damien Hirst's Verity, which graces the pier at Ilfracombe, pipped Anthony Gormley's Angel of the North to the title by half a metre - but that's enough! DP and I fancy a change, luckily we have friends all over the UK and work remotely so can pretty much go wherever we fancy. Lots of nice villages in those areas too. The word ugly is thrown around a lot these days, but compared to Devon's the beaches in Dorset are exactly that! I have lived in/near some lovely villages in that area. Some of the castles that are definitely worth a visit include Berry Pomeroy and of course Powderham. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. Most villages/towns will fulfil your criteria while being within easy reach of Exeter. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Dorset! Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Budget? Can we now finally get rid of 'Do they know it's Christmas'? I live in Okehampton which is the nearest town and after moving here from London I love it and would never go back to a city. Whilst you might be happy to drive to a secondary school, having teenage DC in a school where the majority of their friends live some distance away and where they can’t easily get to them on public transport is going to mean either isolated DC or you having to do a lot of drip offs and pick ups. Sherborne and Wells are two of my favourites but there are lots of places that would fit your bill (lucky you). But surely we are better than Dorset too? I'm down there quite often.. Top of the league table were … This Bradworthy attraction is home to more than 2,000 gnomes owned by artist Ann Atkin. Putsborough is the near end of Woolacombe beach in this photo, Andrew Cotton hits big waves around the world, Exeter Chiefs celebrates winning the Aviva Premiership Trophy during the Aviva Premiership Final between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27.