No Staycation To Devon Is Complete Without A Cider Mill Tour
At last, summer is looming on the horizon and we can start to plan our holiday months and think about dusting off our sunny outfits. On certain days in summer in the UK, it can make you question the need to book a holiday abroad in order to bask in the warm weather. But as temperamental as English sunshine is, we urge you to make the most of it whilst you can!
If you’re not planning a trip abroad this summer, why not think about a staycation? The UK has embraced domestic holidays during the past two years, and there aren’t many more stunning places to visit than the south-west, particularly our home county of Devon.
Planning your staycation in Devon
We don’t blame those wishing to visit our neck of the woods – from magnificent beaches to historic towns and national parks, we have something for everyone, including cider. No visit to Devon can be complete without a visit to one of the region’s leading cider mills. According to Plymouth CAMRA, there are 33 real cider producers to be precise. Whilst you can’t experience them all during your stay (extra kudos for giving it a go), you can pay a visit to, in our humble opinion, the leading cider mill in Devon – Sandford Orchards.
A trip to Sandford Orchards would certainly be worth it, not least because you can join us for a Tour and Tasting where we’ll take you behind the scenes at our Cider Works so you can see first-hand how our award-winning cider is made. If that isn’t enough to compel you, how about we add a dash of history into your visit as well; our cider mill is the oldest working in the whole of the UK and its story spans several centuries – come and see it for yourself by booking our cider tasting tour.
How to get to our Cider Works
Why not make a real day of it by weaving your visit to our cider mill into a wider activity, say a bike-ride or a country walk? If you’re an avid cyclist, hit the 46.6 mile Exe Estuary Cycle Path – River Exe loop that takes in the beautiful Exmouth coast, the Exe Estuary and parts of Exeter city before looping around into Crediton. Or, if you’re staying in the north of the county, the Barnstaple to Crediton ride takes in ancient river valleys, sights of the scenic Tarka line railway and is known colloquially with locals as the ‘back route’ into Crediton.
If the mere thought of hopping onto a bike and cycling dozens of miles exhausts you, don’t worry, there’s a number of buses that transit though Crediton, or you could get a GWR train into the town.
Either way, visitors never leave Sandford Orchards disappointed, whether it is the chance to visit a cider mill that is dripping with Devonian history, to sample our collection of ciders or to visit the Cider Works shop to take home your favourite ciders and juices straight from the source. The Tour & Tasting, which take place between 6pm – 8.30pm, combines all of the above into one memorable visit, complete with a tasting flight of ciders, a pizza dinner and a Q&A with the Sandford Orchards team. Our Tour & Tasting dates sell out quickly, but you can still book for the summer tours in July and August for you and your group.
Wherever you’re staying in Devon this summer, a trip to Crediton and Sandford Orchards is a must for any itinerary. And if you haven’t booked a visit to these parts, what are you waiting for?!