GUIDE TO NORTH DEVON

With acres of countryside and coastline to explore and so much to see you won’t be disappointed with a visit to North Devon.

A 7 day ITINERARY for north devon

It’s not just beautiful beaches on offer, North Devon is home to some fantastic family attractions for all ages and wonderful walking routes to explore for all abilities.

A traditional Exmoor day out

There is so much to see on Exmoor, but a must-see when visiting North Devon is a trip to Lynton and Lynmouth. These two small towns joined by a funicular cliff railway, will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with traditional tea rooms, family-run gift and souvenir shops and plenty of places to walk and explore. Pop on your walking boots and wander along North Walk or take the short drive up to the Valley of the Rocks, a truly magical view, which is famed for its stunning views.

Top cafés to delight with tea and cake

A family day in Bideford

With boutique shops, an extensive history and picturesque views, a morning in Bideford will not disappoint. For lunch, make your way to one of the many cafés in Mill Street for a home cooked meal and then take the bus or car up to Atlantic Village where you’ll browse the larger outlet stores and grab yourself a bargain. Once you’ve had your retail fix, head to The Big Sheep, a family all-weather attraction. Spend the afternoon keeping the kids entertained while watching the sheep races and shows through the afternoon.

A scenic picture in Clovelly and Hartland

Spend a leisurely day in one of the last privately owned villages in Britain, Clovelly exudes charm and traditions. No cars are allowed in the village itself, instead, park at the Visitor Centre. The village does offer guided tours if you want to learn more, or feel free to wander down the steep hill and explore the shops, museums and eateries at your own pace. Enjoy lunch at one of the quaint cafes or if you prefer, head to the Red Lion at the bottom of the hill to soak up the pub atmosphere to enjoy a home cooked meal.

Later on, pay a visit to Hartland Point, just a short drive from Clovelly and enjoy the sunset across the Atlantic to your West. Also stop off at Hartland Abbey one of the counties other favoured heritage attractions.

Top beaches to enjoy

  • Westward Ho!
  • Croyde
  • Saunton Sands
  • Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe
  • Woolacombe

A thrill seeker’s dream in the heart of North Devon

With something for all ages, The Milky Way Adventure Park is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. Enjoy a selection of rollercoasters and rides, both indoor and out, live shows and entertainment, plus there’s a falconry display out on the lawn. You’ll find something to keep you busy whatever the weather.

On top of this the park has an indoor soft play area and two cafés selling a selection of items depending on your tastes. Alternatively, take a picnic and sit on the grass in the outdoor playground where your kids can zip wire, jump and explore! At the end of the day head to the gift shop to complete your day with a souvenir or two.

A walker’s paradise

Great Torrington has a lot to offer as a traditional market town. Head out of town to the Torrington Commons and you will find a walker’s paradise, or make your way down the hill and along the Tarka Trail past the Puffing Billy, the old station house and cycle hire. From here you can head towards Bideford on a flat path - perfect for walking and admiring the wildlife. If you want to walk or cycle the 11 miles into Bideford you can, otherwise there are a number of routes along the trail – just make sure you plan in advance so you can decide the distance you want to travel from your car in Torrington!

One for the foodies

A little further inland, you’ll find Quince Honey Farm in South Molton, home to the world’s largest exhibition of honey bees. The farm has eight rooms that make up Beeworld and it is here you can see their collection of honey bees up close and watch how they make and bottle their honey. Then after sampling their honey in the café you can enjoy the entertainment and soft play area. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop on your way out to get some honey to take home!

Burrows Country Park to one end of the beach.

If sitting on the beach all day doesn’t interest you then the family will love the entertainment and shops available. Spend some time in the traditional amusements where you can find hours of fun with a bag of coppers or visit the souvenir shops where you can pick up all the seaside gift delights you would expect.

Westward Ho! is also home to England’s oldest golf course, the Royal North Devon, known as the St Andrews of the South, so don’t forget your clubs!

Bucket and Spade Day

Before heading to the beach, stop in Appledore, a small traditional fishing village packed with traditional fishermen’s cottages and picturesque views across the river to Instow. The village has a number of shops, cafes and art galleries to enjoy.

Once you’re thoroughly tired out after your busy week, it’s time for a relaxing trip to the beach. North Devon is renowned for its beaches and has a number of great choices available to families of all ages. Our top choice would be to enjoy a day out at Westward Ho! as the town has a lot more to offer families than just its Blue Flag beach. The only place in Britain to have an exclamation mark after its name, Westward Ho! has a long sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge and also Northam

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