Colder, Darker Nights? Why Not Get Out and Explore!

Explore the darker nights with our top tips!

Autumn is officially here, which means that the nights are drawing in, the temperatures are starting to drop, and the time may be right for some to head back indoors to the cosy comfort of a nice warm fireplace, curled up with a hot chocolate and a blanket. For those with a more adventurous side, it’s time to wrap up warm and explore the great outdoors on your very own nighttime adventure!

From spooky nighttime walks over halloween to sitting in your courtyard with a fire pit, toasting marshmallows with the kids, the night is really nothing to be afraid of, and we at Fresh Escapes think it’s something to embrace! Our team have put together some of our favourite things to do when the temperatures drop and the skies turn dark, which we hope will inspire you to wrap up in a coat and scarf (and maybe even a bobble hat!) and get outdoors this Autumn

No coat? No worries!

If you’re not one to wrap up warm in a coat (or you’ve left it at home and you’re exploring Devon for the next three days without one!) then don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Why not stay in the comfort of your own courtyard or garden with a fire pit – a great way to warm up without the need for thick clothes!

If you’ve not felt the thrill of sitting around a fire pit on a cold autumn night, toasting marshmallows and telling stories yet, then where have you been?! It’s a fantastic way to get the whole family or a group of old friends together, whether you want to tell stories of old or try to spook your friends out with ghost stories… muahahaha

If the property you’ve chosen doesn’t have a fire pit but you’d still like to embrace this idea, don’t worry! You can buy relatively inexpensive options and set up in a forest or woodland, and embrace the magic there! And for kids whose bedtime may be a little before dark, why not set off a little earlier and make your fire pit adventure a sunset spectacular – the South West has some amazing views to take in as the sun sets over the coast and countryside

Fire Pit on Autumn Night
Evening at Broadsands Beach in Torbay Devon

explore the Coastal sights at night

Now we’re not about to suggest people take a dip in the dark – our climate may be mediterranean in summer, but it’s certainly not warm enough for that on a cold winter’s night! But exploring our dramatic coastline and the beautiful colours of the nightlife lights is a great way to see the area from a new perspective

Coastal connoisseurs are sure to be delighted by the bright lights of Torbay, the drama of the Plymouth coastline or the sea vistas from Lands End in Cornwall. Wherever you decide to base yourself, the south west has some of the most dramatic coastline. Our Operations Manager Will even enjoys the coast at night when things are a little more dramatic, with choppy seas and swaying palms offering a poetic juxtaposition to the calm through the day. If you do decide to get out and stroll along the promenades though, be careful and be sure to take a coat and a pair of gloves… the sights are stunning but the winds can be cold!

Spooky Halloween Trails

Guys and ghouls of all ages… get ready to embrace your inner spirit with some spooky goings on this Halloween!

This time of year is known for its spooky goings on, and whether you’re one of our younger guests or getting away on a couple’s getaway, there’s absolutely going to be something to get those senses tingling!

We’ve discovered a fantastic tour which you can take in the day before getting out for an moonlit stroll to top things off – the perfect warm up to your night of ghoulish fun! Why not book onto the Ghosts, Myths and Legends of Devon Tour by Unique Devon Tours. Whilst it may seem a little pricey, it’s great for family groups who want to find out a little about Devon whilst embracing the spirited side, and is also a great way to see some of the county’s most haunted hotspots

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Couple Walking in dark night on Halloween
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embrace beautiful autumn colours

Maybe you’re not a late night owl, but you love some fantastic views, and don’t mind getting up a little early… Devon has some of the best sunrises and sunsets around, and they’re a great photo opportunity too!

Devon has two contrasting but equally beautiful coastlines, that run along its North and South borders. These not only provide for miles of award winning beaches in the summer, but also provide for some great photo opportunities in the Autumn and Winter months. We particularly recommend staying south for sunrise, with some beautiful views along the South West Coastal Path or from Dartmoor National Park, and then exploring the North Devon coast for sunset – there’s some great spots for photo opportunities with your loved ones.

We know this isn’t technically a tip for when things get dark, but we think it’s a great way to explore either end of the darker nights, and it’s one of our favourite things to do too!

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