Saunton golf club
Dog walking on Saunton Sands beach
Cycling on the Tarka trail
Kite surfing at Saunton Sands
The fishing lake at Eastacott Barton
RHS Rosemoor gardens
When asked what they love about North Devon and Exmoor, everyone’s answer is different. One thing is constant though: it’s the perfect playground for doing what you love. Whether it’s spending time with the family, enjoying the multitude of sports and activities available, eating out or celebrating with friends, to the people that live here, and visit here, North Devon and Exmoor really is the perfect place.
Golden sandy beaches perfect for rock-pooling, swimming and surfing, dramatic coastlines, rugged moors and verdant valleys all demand to be explored. Amazing attractions, great local food and drink and a wealth of cultural experiences await you in North Devon and Exmoor. We hope the details in this section of the website will help you enjoy the area.
Visit Exmoor National Park and you’ll discover one of Britain’s hidden treasures. Wherever you go in Exmoor there are new places to discover. Dulverton is the setting of part of Blackmore’s classic novel ‘Lorna Doone’. The castle at Dunster stands guard over the town’s medieval buildings and the busy village and port of Porlock provide stunning views and the opportunity to rest before climbing the breathtaking coastal route.
Step into the heart of North Devon where you’ll find Tarka Country little changed since Henry Williamson wrote his famous novel. Tarka the Otter. Barnstaple, North Devon’s oldest and largest town sits at the centre of the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile path with 32 miles of off road cycleway. Heading south the market town of Great Torrington has a huge amount of history, having played an important role in the Civil War. Holsworthy in the heart of Ruby Country boasts one of the busiest and largest livestock and pannier markets in the Country. The pretty town square comes alive every Wednesday as visitors enjoy mingling with local people and farmers. 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.
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.
For an award winning beaches visit Saunton Sands and Woolacombe; its miles of golden sand are 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 will discover Croyde, a picturesque village dotted with thatched cottages and one of the region’s best beaches and the perfect place for families and surfers alike. Breathtaking Saunton Sands is one of the great jewels in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been used as a location for many film, video and television productions.
On the western tip of North Devon you’ll find Hartland with some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Britain. Hartland is the perfect retreat for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Further along the coast you will find 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 Cafe’s. Culture abounds with the Landmark Theatre, catch a show and you could be anywhere, but step out onto the balcony at the interval and you could only be in Ilfracombe. For children who are 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.