The hills in the neighbourhood with their gorse-clad commons, form veritable happy hunting grounds to naturalists, teeming as they do with all kinds of curious and rare flora and fauna, while the numerous tumuli and the remains of the Roman forts on Dumpton, Hembury Fort, and Dunscombe Castle on Gittisham Hill will prove of the greatest interest to the antiquarian.
The geologist will find it a district that repays a search. The lovely panoramic succession of views, extending to the coast on one hand, to Dartmoor on another, and to the swelling uplands of Exmoor in another quarter, to be obtained from the hills around, charm and delight all. Both the artist and photographer will find many charming spots in the hills and dales of the neighbourhood.
The healthfulness of the vale of Honiton is proved by the low death rate and the absence of zymotic diseases. The new waterworks, recently constructed on St. Cyres Hill, ensure an ample supply of good, pure water. Honiton makes an excellent centre for excursions. During the summer daily excursions run to Seaton, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, etc.