Why North Devon?

Why do we love North Devon, everyone’s answer is different. It’s the perfect place for doing what you love –  spending time with the family, walking the dog, eating out or celebrating with friends.

Our Golden sandy beaches are the perfect place for rock-pooling, swimming and surfing, dramatic coastlines, rugged moors and verdant valleys all waiting to be explored.

In the heart of North Devon you’ll find Tarka Country, little changed since Henry Williamson wrote his famous novel, Tarka the Otter.

Tarka the otter in Devon

Barnstaple is North Devon’s oldest and largest town, situated in the centre of the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile path with 32 miles of off road cycleway – you can hire bikes from many places along the route or simply explore on foot.

If you head southwards, you will come to the market town of Great Torrington which played an important role in the Civil War and is of great historical interest.

The market town of Holsworthy,  in the heart of Ruby Country, boasts one of the busiest and largest livestock and pannier markets in the country.

Hatherleigh is a historic market town of thatch and cob cottages dating back to the 16th century, the perfect place to experience rural Devon life. Visit on market day and you’ll feel you’ve arrived in the real Devon.

Bideford has some of the best pubs, music and restaurants – enough to satisfy every palate. Visit the pannier market or wander through the traffic free lanes, you’ll find Bideford is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy, with dozens of independent retailers, craft and antique shops. Stroll along the quay and admire the expansive waterfront, or take a stroll around the fortnightly farmers’ market. 

Grab the outdoors life with a trip to family friendly Westward Ho! The beach is fronted by a 2 mile long sandy beach, and backed by traditional bucket and spade shops, tea rooms and restaurants.

At the mouth of the River Torridge sits pretty Appledore. This quaint village offers a number of galleries and local crafts and hosts regular art festivals.

Woolacombe, with its miles of golden sand is recognised as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Head through Georgeham and you’ll find Putsborough, with great facilities, and a beach cafe that serves local produce.

Further around the coast you sits Croyde, a picturesque village dotted with thatched cottages and one of the region’s best beaches, the perfect place for families and surfers alike.

Each year, Woolacombe and Croyde plays host to several surfing competitions and every June, to Oceanfest, a 3 day surfing and music festival.

On the western tip of North Devon you’ll find Hartland which has some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Britain.

Further along the coast is historic Clovelly, untouched for centuries its cobbled streets and flower strewn cottages tumble down 400 feet to a 14th century fishing harbour.

Seekers of curious coastal charm will adore Ilfracombe. History is everywhere, from grand Victorian hotels to the old working harbour boasting some of North Devon’s best restaurants and cafes. If you have time catch a show at the Landmark Theatre.

For intrepid rockpoolers and crabbers, the pretty cove of Hele Bay begs to be explored. Nature lovers, walkers, cyclists and foodies unite in their love of Ilfracombe as the perfect place for exploring North Devon.

Combe Martin and its neighbour Berrynarbour are situated within the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Combe Martin sits at the very edge of Exmoor, surrounded by amazing coastal views, medieval field patterns, and bathed in a history of silver and tin mining.

Overlooking the sheltered Watermouth Cove you’ll discover Berrynarbour. With its quaint houses and floral displays you’ll understand why Beatrix Potter found it the perfect inspiration for her literary creations.

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