As a mum of two kids who bounce off the walls without fresh air, I know going into lockdown – again – is going to have many parents worried. So I have put this post together with Devon families in mind to give you ideas for places you can go and let the kids run off steam during the national lockdown.

Please stay local and do not travel to Devon if you do not live here.

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If you are thinking ahead to the Easter school holidays and wondering what Devon attractions are going to reopen from 12 April, take a look at my post about Easter in Devon.

Exercise in lockdown

Everyone is being asked to stay home during lockdown. Exercise is among the few reasons you can leave home.

Please follow the latest Government guidance and stay local for your once daily exercise. This can be taken:

  • in parks
  • at beaches
  • in the countryside
  • in forests
  • in public gardens (free or paid)
  • in the grounds of heritage sites
  • and at playgrounds.

Always keep two meters away from people not in your household or bubble. Adults can exercise with one other person not from their household. This does not include children.

Here is the full lockdown guidance.

Places to go in Devon in lockdown

Below are some suggestions for places to go in Devon if they are local to you. The Government says you should not make unnecessary travel from your area, town or village.

All the places listed below are outdoor spaces run by organisations who have looked at the latest government guidance and will be opening to the public with COVID-safe measures in place. Booking may be necessary and I have mentioned where this is the case.

Get some fresh air and exercise at these outdoor places in Devon:

  • Bicton Park Gardens, East Devon – open daily to members. Become a member on the website.
  • Dartington Estate, Dartington, South Devon – open daily. No need to book.
  • National Trust grounds and gardens at Saltram, Killerton and Knightshayes – book your visit in advance for Killerton and Knightshayes.

Please note that this list has been updated in line with information available online. Some outdoor places may be able to open but have not yet issued information about this. I will be updating this list as I spot or receive information.

More places in Devon where you can exercise

In lockdown the Government advice is to avoid unnecessary travel so please stay local to you. Below are some suggestions for places that you might be able to go or may spark a new idea for somewhere to exercise close to home.

Please do your bit and exercise in line with Government guidance. If you do arrive somewhere and it looks busy go back another time. Also check what facilities will be open before you arrive.

Parks and playgrounds in Devon

Playgrounds will remain open in lockdown. I have put together a list of some of the larger adventure playgrounds that you can visit for free.

Local playgrounds and parks can also remain open in Devon. Check your local council’s website for the latest information.

Devon nature reserves

Nature reserves are open in lockdown including East Devon nature reserves, South Devon nature reserves and North Devon nature reserves.

South West Lakes

The trails around South West Lakes are open to people who live locally for their daily exercise. You can go fishing but there will be no safety cover on the lakes.

The cafes at Roadford, Wimbleball, Stithians, Siblyback and Argal are closed.

For more information visit the South West Lakes website.

Devon cycle trails

Cycle trails are another place to get outdoor exercise in lockdown. 

Here’s where you’ll find them: 

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust sites

Berry Head Nature Reserve and Cockington Country Park in South Devon will remain open.

For more information check the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust website.

Devon beaches

I know we’ll be walking at our local beach if the weather allows. Here’s some of our favourite beaches on the south coast of Devon and the best beaches in North Devon. Find your closest for exercise in lockdown.

Please check whether toilets and other facilities are open before you travel.

South West Coast Path

There’s so many coast walks to enjoy in Devon. Check out the Flip Flops or Wellies blog for plenty of walks in East Devon.

We have recently done the walks from Gara Rock to Mill Bay in Kingsbridge, at Berry Head Nature Reserve in Brixham and Little Dartmouth to Dartmouth Castle.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is open for walks across the moors and around the tors. For the latest information about what’s open check the Dartmoor National Park website.

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor car parks are open. For the latest updates, including what facilities are open check the Exmoor National Park website.

Haldon Forest Park

The walking and cycle trails of Haldon Forest will be open during lockdown. Find out more about the facilities available.

Stover Country Park

The walking and cycle trails at Stover Country Park are open but the visitors centre is closed. Find out more on the Devon County Council website.

Can you recommend any other places in Devon where families can get fresh air safely during lockdown?

Other lockdown resources for Devon families

Here are some other posts here on Devon with Kids that you may find useful during lockdown:

Would you like to share any suggestions for things to do with kids over lockdown? Or do you know of anywhere I can add to my list of outdoor places in Devon that are open? Comment below or get in touch.