One of the best things about working for Devon is the opportunity to work and make a real difference to one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Devon is one of the largest counties in the UK, and the only one to have two coastlines. It has a wonderful variety of landscapes and activities to enjoy, and has good transport links to the rest of the country. By working for Devon, you will be supported to make a real difference to this beautiful and vibrant county.
Whatever your interests, Devon has something for everyone.
Devon’s two coastlines are made up of the South and North coasts. The south coast boasts the ‘English Riviera’ of Torbay, the much sought-after South Hams area and the fascinating Jurassic coast, with plenty of opportunities to participate in a variety of water sports. The north coast is beloved by beach lovers and surfers, with Woolacombe winning best beach in the UK multiple times and being ranked as the 4th best beach in Europe. Both coasts are encompassed by the South West Coast Path, and are much-loved by walkers of all levels.
In Devon we are lucky to have two of the country’s 15 National Parks. Dartmoor, with its high granite tors, ancient settlements and myths and legends makes up a sizeable part of South Devon, and in the north-east Exmoor rolls down to the coast before continuing into Somerset. Devon has a great variety of countryside, with rivers, hill ranges and forest. This makes the county a great spot for walking, mountain biking, wildlife watching and all kinds of outdoor activities. Visit Devon for inspiration about what to do and where to go, and Explore Devon the naturally active way.
Exeter – a vibrant city
The Cathedral city of Exeter is Devon’s county town, and is where County Hall is based. This exciting city boasts independent bars and restaurants. It is also home to the popular quayside which has plenty of bars and cafés to enjoy as well as opportunities to canoe, kayak and even paddleboard. The city centre is home to two shopping centres, Guildhall and Princesshay so if you fancy a spot of retail therapy then Exeter is the place for you.
A 2018 report has named Exeter as one of the ten fastest growing cities in the UK in terms of both jobs and population.
Devon has good transport links with the rest of the country. There are major rail stations in Plymouth and Exeter, with trains that can reach London within two-and-a-half hours. There are also connecting trains to the North of the county running from Exeter to Barnstaple.
The M5 Motorway runs to Exeter, and the Devon Expressway and North Devon Link Road provide excellent connections to the rest of the county.
Devon is also served by Exeter Airport, recently voted the happiest in the UK, and has ferry links to the continent from Plymouth.
There are also extensive cycle networks across the county, from Drake’s Trail to the Granite Way.