Set into steep hillside, backed by enchanting woodland, is the coastal village of Clovelly.
With a single cobbled high street running through the heart of the village, there’s something magical about Clovelly. Whitewashed wattle and daub cottages line the street, showcasing pretty gardens at the front adorned with fuchsias and geraniums.
The Clovelly Estate is protected from development and maintains many traditions today. This makes visiting the area like stepping back in time. No traffic is allowed through the village, as such all shopping and deliveries are made using sledges, which can be seen beside many of the cottages. Historically, donkeys were used to transport goods throughout the village. Though this is no longer practised, Clovelly is still home to some adorable resident donkeys. If the thought of a steep walk down to Clovelly Harbour fills you with dread, fear not. There’s a land rover service to take you back to the car park. Clovelly harbour and beach
To find out more about Clovelly’s fascinating history, pop into the Visitor Centre. Here, you can watch a short film exploring the area’s heritage. Throughout the year, you can take part in Clovelly’s more unusual events, such as Lentsherd (pronounced Lanshard). This old custom takes place on Shrove Tuesday and sees people dragging clattering tin cans tied to string, through the cobbled streets. Don’t worry, they have pancakes, too. For Easter, families will love the fudge hunt, which sees people gathering fudge stones for a prize. Foodies will enjoy Clovelly Herring Festival and the more unusual Seaweed Festival. If you’re feeling creative on your holiday, Clovelly is home to some fantastic arts and crafts courses.
“Set into steep hillside, backed by enchanting woodland, is the coastal village of Clovelly.”
If you’re dining out in the village, pay a visit to the Red Lion Hotel. Overlooking the picturesque harbour, the hotel restaurant serves an elegant menu with a twist, designed with seasonal local produce. Try the Clovelly fish cakes or local crab mousse with Japanese rice crackers. For a light lunch or traditional Devon cream tea, check out The Cottage Tea Rooms. Sit outside for a spectacular coastal view.
Just a short distance from Clovelly is the coastal town of Hartland. With a pretty high street and a selection of traditional pubs, it’s worth stopping by for lunch or a pint of local ale. The Wreckers Retreat bar on Hartland Quay is hugely popular among locals and visitors, due to its unrivalled views over the rugged Devon coastline. If you’re an avid rambler, you may wish to walk to Hartland along the world-famous South West Coast Path. The route is 10 miles long and passes rocky bays, beaches and ancient woodland. There’s also an 11-mile route to the seaside resort of Westward Ho!.