Devon is one of the most diverse counties in the united kingdom, It has everything you could think of… and a little more! It really is mother natures playground, a unique landscape including bustling cities, some of the countries best beaches, quaint market towns and rolling green hills. We believe the best activities in Devon are to be enjoyed from the air. We offer hot air balloon rides near Exeter and hot air balloon rides North Devon, these locations are both equally spectacular.
With two coastlines, two national parks and the abundance of areas of outstanding natural beauties hot air balloon rides in Devon are the perfect addition to your Devon holiday or a new way to enjoy your home.
There are few better places to explore from 3000ft than the Devon countryside. With 360 degree views you are spoilt for choice. Whether you are looking for a romantic trip with your partner or a family day out to remember. Enjoy the rolling hills, chocolate box villages and historic cities sandwiched between beautiful beaches on our hot air balloon rides Devon.
Two of our most memorable balloon flights of 2021 took place in Devon. Here is a little story of each.
One early morning last august we flew Michael and his family from Willand just to the East of Exeter in our Bath Gin balloon. We met the family at our launch site, Digger Land, around 7am. The children were extremely excited and we got them involved with the set up and inflation of the balloon which they loved.
Flying over the beautiful Devon countryside was second to none, a peaceful flight with a gentle breeze and gorgeous blue Skys meant you could see into the distance for miles. We flew over Tiverton, looking down at little houses gave a different perspective of this town.
We had a gentle landing, with the basket resting on its side which the family found hilarious, check out the photo evidence below! John the land owner walked up the hill into the field to meet us. He told us he had spent most of his life living in Africa which happened to be where Michael and his family originate.
He was over the moon to see the balloon landing in his field and even more excited to show us his homebuilt museum of all his African memorabilia in one of the barns. A lot of his collection was very familiar to the family, in particular the childrens toys, such as little bicycles and cars made of wire and scrap metal. This was a particularly touching moment, able to watch Michael and his wife show their kids what they used to make and play with when they were children themselves. We always say every flight is unique and one of a kind and we love these moments. Only on a Devon hot air balloon ride would this be possible! Thank you again John for your lovely cups of tea!
Another very memorable flight was launching from Powderham Castle, which resides by Star Cross. Powderham banks onto the river exe and is a deer estate with a spectacular castle, which is still used as a family home, but you can also visit and have a look around. It's ground are beautiful and green, you are able to see the lovely deer and even stop for a lovely lunch at their cafe.
We launched from the estate on a clear blue day and flew directly over the castle. It was a truly awesome site, we climbed higher and our track adjusted to take us over and along the river exe, leisurely moving towards Exeter city centre. We flew straight over Exeter city centre and got a wonderful view of Exeter Cathedral and the historic high street. We flew on and yet again the landscape changed to the green rolling hills of Devon.
We landed after around 90 minutes of flight time in a lovely field, in a truly rural area. However our crew found us no problem and we packed our lovely balloon up. For Fly Away Ballooning and our guests this was a truly magical flight in which we were able to see not only stunning coastal views, but also the hustling city and the serene green countryside.
This is why we, at Fly Away Ballooning, passionately believe that our flights are one of the best things to do in Devon!
If you are looking for some R&R or a romantic break for two then we know Devons best kept secret. Its called The Nap located at Langabridge Farm, it is a luxury holiday cabin in North Devon. Situated in a rural location on a peaceful farm, you are sure to feel truly relaxed leaving the rush of life behind.
Perhaps combine your stay in The Nap with a hot air balloon ride from the farm. Simply wake up in the cabin, stroll out the door and we will be there ready for your balloon flight. Hot air ballooning is a symbol of a simpler time, the sport that has defied time and technology so if you are looking to get away from your hectic schedule maybe you should travel in the same way. Our Exclusive hot air balloon flights are the perfect romantic experience and once you’ve booked we do all the organising for you, so you can have a truly memorable experience. We think it’s the best place to stay in Devon.
Our Exeter balloon rides launch from one of two locations, either from Digger-land on the outskirts of Exeter. Or from Winslade Park in Clyst St Mary on the road to Exmouth, which has a beautiful house and grounds that we fly from.
We carefully choose our launch sites so you get the most spectacular Devon views. If you are visiting Devon for a holiday and would like us to enquire with your hosts about launching from your accommodation please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to make that happen.
Contact us to discuss our hot air balloon rides Exeter and our hot air balloon rides north Devon.
All our balloon experiences are Carbon Neutral allowing you to be sure that the beautiful countryside you fly over is not damaged by our balloon rides Devon.