Places to go

Appledore

Across the water from Instow lies the quaint fishing village of Appledore, now playing host more to the arts world than fishing boats. From the water the houses look like they have all been painted to reflect the creative nature of the town. Appledore is packed with lovely shops and galleries bursting with art and pottery and interesting local fair.

Instow

This picturesque riverside village lies at the mouth of the River Taw and the River Torridge. Instow has an inshore estuary sandy beach and at extreme tides, it seems as though you can walk across to the opposite village of Appledore but it’s not advisable. It is a much loved area with artists, as the light and the scenery sets the perfect canvas. It is also very popular amongst water sports enthusiasts, with Instow sailing club based at the entrance to the village. During the summer you can take the ferry from Instow's 17th Century quay across to Appledore.

Hartland

Hartland has some of the most stunning coastal paths in the UK and on any day of the year, whether in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, the walk will provide wonderful scenery. From the cliffs you will see a wealth of coastal wildlife and usually you can watch seals basking on the rocks.

Hartland Abbey can be found across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the wild Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove.

Hartland Abbey is the lived-in family home of the Stucley family. Although it was built in the 12th century, remaining as a monastery for 400 years and passing through the female line three times, it has never been sold.

Welcombe

Welcombe is a popular holiday destination and many visitors return year after year. They grow to love the spectacular scenery and peaceful surroundings whilst enjoying the beauty of being close to the attractions in both Devon and Cornwall.

The village sits across a deep valley which leads a meandering stream to the cliff edge at Welcombe Mouth where it ends in a pretty waterfall. St Nectan's Church looks over the northern corner of the valley while The Old Smithy Inn lies on the south.

Bude and North Cornwall beaches

Bude on the North Cornwall Coast is a charming little seaside resort. Its beaches are perfect for family days out, as well as for the more adventurous surfers and kite-surfers, who will love the long sandy beaches along the coastline. Enjoy a relaxed days fishing on the Canal, or simply watch the sun set over the breakwater. In gales the Atlantic waves break right over the top, so stand well back in winter!

A few miles north of the town is Sandymouth and Widemouth Bay, nearly two miles of sand at low water backed by pebbles and geologically fascinating cliffs. Rock outcrops provide pools for the children to explore.

Lundy Island

The island can be reached by ferry and helicopter, sailing from Ilfracombe and Bideford to this offshore retreat teeming with fabulous wildlife and even has a pub & restaurant for you to recover from the climb up the hill!

Clovelly

The cobbled, traffic-free coastal village has been lost in time, the main road of this world famous fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, meander its way down past whitewashed cottages, to its eventual climax as it finally meets the sea and a beautiful traditional West Country harbour.

Great Torrington

Great Torrington is an ancient market town with many interesting shops, master butchers and bakers, offering quality local produce. It is surrounded by soft rolling farmland. An ancient settlement sits perched on a cliff top which drops down to the River Torridge below. The historic landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson wrote his classic novel “Tarka the Otter” in the 1920’s.

Great Torrington today has become well recognised as an important heritage centre for the history of the 17th century. The community and people in the town can often be seen dressed in costume for re-enactments, festivals and celebrations. There is plenty to do and see; RHS Rosemoor, Dartington Glass Factory and outlet shop, the Plough Arts Centre and the 1646 Experience are all worth a visit.

Barnstaple

In the old market town of Barnstaple, you will find plenty of charming shops, cinema, a 700-seat theatre and a museum. The traditional markets, held since 1855 in the Pannier Market Hall, provide variety and interest throughout the year, featuring local produce, local craft, and antiques and collectables on different days of the week. The fresh produce from butchers, bakers and delicatessen shops in the adjacent Victorian arcade has drawn praise from the likes of Rick Stein, for quality and taste. Next to both, the vibrant pedestrianized high street features a full range of shops, from the classic quality of the local department store "Banbury's" to the boutiques catering for everyone from the youngest surfer to the most adventurous walker.

Dulverton and Tarr Steps

Unique, rural, historic and host to traditional pubs, tearooms and great craft shops. Work off lunch with a long riverside walk, or stop off at the Royal Oak in Withypool on the way back.

Further along the River Barle, north-east of Dulverton, is one of the wonders of Exmoor; Tarr Steps, a footbridge over the river dating back to 1000BC and rightly considered to be Britain's oldest and longest stone clapper bridge. You will also find a beautiful pub with great beer and food; especially try the cream tea!

Braunton, Saunton and beyond

This part of the North Devon coastline provides some of the best beaches in the world! Swim, Surf, Kiting and one of Devon’s best championship golf clubs at Saunton.

The village of Braunton, the largest village in England, or so it claims, is the gateway to North Devon's Golden Coast. The spectacular beaches of Saunton and Croyde with their golden sands, safe bathing and excellent surfing are only a few miles away.

Braunton offers a wealth of surf shops, delicatessens, bakers, gift and craft shops.
Climb to Braunton Beacon at the top of West Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of Braunton Great Fields, one of the few remaining examples of medieval strip farming and the Braunton Burrows nature reserve.

The Tarka Trail, a 180 mile long network of paths linking the North Coast with Dartmoor, passes through the village and can be cycled safely along the estuary to Barnstaple and on to Torrington. In the opposite direction on foot the trail joins the South West Coastal Path along the coastline to Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Lynton and Lynmouth.

Saunton Golf Club hosts a magnificent 18 hole, 100 year old, championship-standard links course and is a must for any visiting golfers.

Saunton Sands stretches as far as the eye can see. It is backed by Braunton Burrows which is now the centre of over 3000 hectares that have been formally recognised by UNESCO as Britain's first new-style Biosphere Reserve.

Woolacombe, Putsborough and Mortehoe

Woolacombe’s spectacular golden sandy beach and clean waters stretch 3 miles along to Putsborough in the southern corner of Woolacombe bay. The beaches have been awarded with both the Blue Flag and Premier Beach Seaside Award, and are extremely popular amongst the locals.

The village is flanked by the dramatic headlands of Baggy Point and Morte Point, both offering breathtaking walks at any time of the year.

The village of Mortehoe, sheltering in the lee of Morte Point, is a pretty stone built group of buildings mentioned in the Domesday Book, featuring several pubs and tea rooms, a 13th Century church and Heritage Centre recounting the area’s rich maritime history.

North of the village and reached only on foot, is Rockham Beach lying at the base of the 100 ft cliff, an ideal location for a peaceful day on the beach – rarely crowded even in the height of season.

Croyde and Georgeham

Croyde is a popular hot spot of North Devon, a famous beach, pubs, restaurants, surf shops and clotted cream teashops. This is the trendy part of North Devon with superb sandy beaches and a village full of life and charm. It is the young surfing community that has fuelled Croyde’s popularity

Ilfracombe

This old Victorian seaside town with its attractive harbour is seeing somewhat of a renaissance. Kiss Me Quick hats still compete for attention with Damian Hirst’s harbourside bistro and restaurant and the extraordinary architecture of the Landmark Theatre. In an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe nestles amongst the rugged cliffs of the North Devon coast surrounding this charming natural harbour.

Combe Martin

Lively holiday town, good pubs and claiming to have the longest High Street in England. The beach at Combe Martin is a mix of sand and pebbles and has a large number of rock pools which is a great attraction for children. There are a number of small secluded bays worth exploring within a short walk of the village centre - Wild Pear Beach, Sandy Cove and Newberry Beach. There are some stunning coastal walks heading east over Great Hangman Hill.

Lynton and Lymouth

Lynton and Lynmouth both offer a unique holiday experience for all, situated on the North Coast of Devon noted for its high sea cliffs, breath taking natural beauty and unspoilt landscape. Make sure you see both towns, i.e. Lynmouth at the bottom of the hill and Lynton at the top, connected with an historic Victorian cliff railway. Rapidly becoming the cultural festival centre for North Devon with the Two Moors (classical music), Folk, Food, Walking and Comedy festivals between spring and autumn.