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Moving to Devon

A Great Quality of Life

Working for Devon County Council will give you the opportunity to live in 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.

For hundreds of miles of footpaths and cycle trails visit www.exploredevon.info  

Our south coast boasts the ‘English Riviera’, of Torbay, the much sought-after South Hams area and the fascinating Jurassic coast along to the east of the county. This offer opportunities to participate in a variety of watersports from sailing to kite surfing. 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.

 

Transport Links

The county is well linked to the rest of the UK and overseas, including

Air : Exeter International Airport lies just a few miles east of the city and has flights to a number of different locations around Europe and the Mediterranean and was ranked as the happiest airport in the word in a 2018 survey.

Rail : Devon has good, regular rail links to the rest of the country. There are major routes from Barnstaple and Plymouth that connect to Exeter St David’s station, which is only two hours away from London and has links to many other major cities.

Road : Our road network provides ready access across the county, with longer journeys made easier by main roads including the M5, A30, A38 Devon Expressway North and South Devon Link Roads.

A free journey matchng website offers you the opportunity to find people travelling the same way as you https://www.traveldevon.info/drive/carshare-devon/

Cycle : Devon has a fantastic network of cycle routes which can be used to get to work or for using trails in leisure time, with trails to suit every level of cycling experience and ability, through the county’s great scenery. Explore Devon (www.exploredevon.info ) to search for cycling trails across the county.

 

Cities

Exeter

The Cathedral city of Exeter is Devon’s county town. The historic centre and quayside of the city are very popularwith plenty of restaurants and bars to visit and enjoy. A 2018 report has named Exeter as one of the ten fastest growing cities in the UK in terms of both jobs and population.

 Plymouth

Britain’s ‘Ocean City’, Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and boasts a spectacular waterfront. The city is home to Britain’s National Marine Aquarium and has a broad variety of concert venues and nightlife. It is easy to travel to Dartmoor and Cornwall from the city and there are also ferry links to northern France and Spain.

 Barnstaple

To the north of DartmoorNational Park and to the west of Exmoor National Park and this vibrant town is en route to the surfing beaches of North Devon. A thriving market town, it also has many independent boutique shops.

 

Housing

If you are looking to rent or buy a property in Devon you will be spoilt for choice.  From the lively cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Barnstaple to the market and coastal towns dotted throughout the county, you will find a mix of new build houses, period townhouses and waterside apartments. For those looking for a quieter retreat the villages and hamlets offer traditional cottages just a short commute away. Cranbrook, a new town on the outskirts of Exeter, offers low carbon living.

House prices vary greatly across Devon, to see the latest average house prices visit www.landregistry.gov.uk

To find out more about buying or letting a property visit:

 

Raising Your Family in Devon

Devon is a safe and secure place to bring up a family with excellent education opportunities from pre-school, through school, to further and higher education, including the world-class Universities of Exeter and Plymouth .

Devon’s Early Years and Childcare Service ensure there is sufficient high quality early years, childcare and children centre provision available and accessible to all families with young children. To find out about your entitlements and what support is available to help you balance your work-family life commitments view https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/early-years-and-childcare

Across the board, from Early Years to GCSEs, pupils in Devon schools are doing better than their counterparts, both nationally and regionally.

 

Devon’s Economy

Devon has a growing economy and is home to a number of world-class international companies and successful SME businesses alongside higher employment levels than the UK average.

With excellent transport links and communications, the county is well placed to attract innovative businesses. The world class universities offer research and development opportunities which in turn support and nurture Devon-based start-ups and entrepreneurs. Devon offers great value for its businesses with lower than UK average rent and business rates and competitive labour costs.

Devon is consistently ranked the best place to live in England by the likes of Country Life magazine and it offers a unique lifestyle that combines culture, breath-taking scenery and opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. The county deserves to be acknowledged as one of the best places to live, work, invest, learn and visit. More information can be found at www.investdevon.co.uk