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A village grown from a manor estate and a medieval church

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Mortehoe centre

Set above the world-famous Woolacombe beach, Mortehoe is a tranquil village with country pubs, shops and spectacular walks.

Its idyllic location on the South West Coast Path means Mortehoe is hugely popular with walkers. For some fresh air and spectacular views of the North Devon's coast, try the walk to Morte Point. The wonderful thing about this route is its versatility. Though stretching for 4.6 miles, the walk offers remarkable views of the coast almost immediately. So there are ample opportunities for a short stroll along the heathland. For a more challenging jaunt, take the 6-mile route to Bull Point Lighthouse. Morte Point is a prime area for wildlife spotting, with resident seals popping up from the water.

South West Coast Path

As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mortehoe’s incredible landscape also has a unique history. To discover tales of smuggling and shipwrecks, visit Mortehoe Museum.

Mortehoe is the perfect spot for surfers, due to its proximity to the beaches of Woolacombe, Putsborough and Croyde. For a beach day, Mortehoe is just a 4-minute drive from the golden sands of Woolacombe and Barricane. Barricane is a beautiful secluded beach, perfect for family days out. The Barricane Beach Café is hugely popular among locals and visitors, serving a lunchtime menu and delectable Sri Lankan dishes in the evenings. A further 15 minutes down the coast, you’ll find Croyde. With its open beach attracting surfers from all over the country, this is a popular holiday destination.

“Mortehoe is a quaint, traditional village overlooking one of North Devon’s most beautiful beaches.”

In the village centre, you’ll find three old pubs, The Smugglers Rest, The Ship Aground and the Chichester Arms. The Ship Aground has a delightful view over the village square and sits in a sunny position, perfect for enjoying a pint of local ale. The Chichester Arms is a firm favourite when it comes to food, especially Sunday lunches. In the heart of the village, seafood fans should definitely visit Mortehoe Shellfish.

In Woolacombe, you’ll find the Red Barn. Since opening in 1965, this eclectic surf-inspired pub has served tasty, hearty meals, overlooking the sea. Try one of their famous Red Barn burgers or North Atlantic cod in crispy beer batter. If you’re seeking a place to dine and watch the sunset, the Red Barn is the place to be.

While you’re there

Kings Arms

A cosy family pub where you can always get a lovely meal.

Rockham Beach

There’s quite a steep path and set of steps down to the beach but it's worth it.

Putsborough Sands

A gorgeous and unspoilt beach perfect for lazy days on family day trips.

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