North Devon Guide


North Devon is a pretty magical part of the world. It offers some of the most spectacular coastlines in the UK and gorgeous golden sandy blue flag beaches. For those of you who are keen walkers, this is paradise. From gentle estuary-side ambles to more challenging moor and woodland treks, North Devon has a walk for everyone. If, however, you prefer sight-seeing in the local towns and villages, there are history and chocolate-box views in abundance. Add a smattering of castles, English Heritage homes, National Trust houses and gardens, such as the nearby Arlington Court, and your days are filled to bursting.

Below are links to some of the places near us which you may like to take a look at. We also have a collection of leaflets and information packs for you to read during your stay. We have been to all of these local attractions and we can point you in the right direction, whether you are going by car, bike or local transport.
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Walk the Coastpath

See the natural beauty of the Coastline

Please see our specialised page for local walks on the Southwest Coast Path

The Southwest Coast Path passes just under a mile away from our door. The Coast Path is England's longest waymarked footpath and national trail. It runs for 630 miles, from Minehead in Somerset along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, culminating at Poole Harbour in Dorset. Voted as 'Britain's best walking route,' it originated as a path for the Coastguard to walk between the lighthouses, to check the cove for smugglers. Now the path is enjoyed by over 8 million people a year. The local sections of the path are some of the most beautiful and offer stunning geology, fauna and flora.
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Visit Exmoor Park

A paradise for cyclists and walkers

Exmoor National Park is truly breathtaking. It is home to the delightful native Exmoor ponies, the largest number of wild Red Deer in England and some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Great Britain. Exmoor offers something for everyone, with open moorland, ancient wooded valleys and a stunning Heritage Coast. There are over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways which make Exmoor a walkers paradise. There are also some of the best cycling routes in the country. The Southwest Coast path runs along the dramatic cliff tops and various adventure centres offer sea kayaking, sailing and a variety of activities.
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Visit Hartland Point

Stunning Sea Cliffs

Hartland Peninsula is certainly one of the most dramatic landscapes in the UK. It is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, with towering granite cliffs and stunning rock formations. It also boasts an array of rare fauna and flora as well as marine birds and animals. The South West Coast path runs directly along the peninsula offering incredible views and walks. Hartland is approximately 25 minutes drive from our guest house.
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Visit Lundy Island

An oasis for marine and bird life

Lundy Island is a place of outstanding natural beauty. It is three miles long and half a mile wide, lying 12 miles from the North Devon Coast. The ferry, MS Oldenburg, has scheduled sailings to Lundy up to four times a week from either Ilfracombe or Bideford. Both departure points are within 25 mins drive from our front door.
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Visit Saunton Sands

North Devon's Golden Coast

Saunton Sands is a three mile stretch of North Devon's fabulous golden coast.Backed by Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, it is a truly beautiful place. It is very popular with surfers, kite surfers, swimmers and walkers. The beach car park offers easy access to the beach as well as a restaurant, cafe, shop, surf shop and surf hire. This is one of our most favourite places in North Devon, and is approximately a 20-minute drive from us.
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Visit Clovelly Village

The beautiful historic fishing village

Clovelly is a historic fishing village famous for it's steep cobbled streets and timeless style. The village has been a feature of the North Devon coastline for over 900 years and includes a 14th-century quay. There is no vehicular access to the houses so deliveries are still carried by donkeys and sleds. It is a charming place suspended in time with beautiful views, which makes this a great day out, a mere 30 minute drive from us.
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Visit Barnstaple Town

Modern amenities with Victorian Style

Barnstaple is the Capital of North Devon, and is thought to be one of the oldest boroughs in England dating back to early 900's. Barnstaple thrived as a Medieval port with merchant ships trading local wool and pottery worldwide. In this period the town expanded and many of these features are still present to this day. The Victorian era brought further development including the historic Pannier Market which is still a major part of the town today. The town has a great selection of shops and restaurants to fill all of your needs whilst visiting. Barnstaple is the perfect place to stay from which to see the wonderful countryside of North Devon, including the beautiful beaches and glorious Exmoor.


Tapeley Park
Dartington Crystal
Rosemoor gardens
Marwood Hill gardens
Arlington Court
Lynton and Lynmouth
Valley of the Rocks
Heddons MIll Mouth
Dunster Castle
Dunkery Beacon - the highest point on Exmoor
Tarr Steps
Verity Statue - Ilfracombe