Here at Riverside we’d definitely agree that North Devon is a pretty incredible area of England to explore. Our little county has it all when it comes to choosing your next staycation. And just to prove it, we’ve listed our top 10 places to visit whilst in North Devon.
You may not be able to travel to our picturesque part of the UK right now, but there’s nothing stopping you from daydreaming. So just incase this lockdown life has got you going stir crazy and itching to plan your next adventure, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve put together our list of top 10 favourite outdoor places to visit in North Devon. So sit back and relax as we ease your cabin fever and give you the run down of our ‘must-visit’ locations for North Devon.
Being only a five minute drive from our park, we couldn’t put this blog post together and leave a trip up to Exmoor off the list. Designated a national park back in 1954 Exmoor spans 267 square miles.
With its long history, gorgeous landscapes and stunning wildlife you can’t take a trip to North Devon without stopping off for a visit. Book on to a guided landrover tour to spot wild deer and the famous exmoor ponies. Plus don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the Exmoor Beast… who knows where he might be lurking.
Nestled into the rocks right along the tops of the North Devon coastline sit the beautiful sleepy villages of Lynton & Lynmouth. Almost the same place but not quite, Lynmouth is situated slightly lower down at the mouth of the River Lyn, whereas Lynton is perched high above, across the cliffs with stunning views across the area.
Both are tourist hotspots in the summer months, so we would suggest getting there early to beat the crowds. Once you’re there make sure to take a ride on the water-powered Cliff Railway that connects both villages and has been running since 1890!
If you’re after the perfect holiday snap to make all your friends, family and co-workers jealous, there’s no better place than the Vally of the Rocks. Situated 1-2km from Lynton, this dramatic landscape boasts some of the most spectacular views you’ll find in the county. Pair the views with this place’s unique history and you’ve got the recipe for one of the best places to explore in North Devon during your stay.
Keep an eye out for the feral goats that scale the steep slopes and fearlessly wander the rock faces.
North Devon’s beaches are some of the largest, unspoilt and memorable in the UK. We’re spoilt for choice here at Riverside. Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Croyde beaches are only a 30 min drive away. All are equally photogenic and award winning.
Looking for an activity to tier the kids out? Book them onto a beginners surf lesson. These are run on most beaches during the summer months. The clear blue waters make the perfect conditions for catching some waves whatever your level of experience.
If you’re into history and culture, the ancient fishing village of Clovelly is the place for you. Once owned by the Queen of England, this village’s history dates all the way back to William the Conqueror.
Get your hiking shoes at the ready. Clovelly has no vehicular traffic just donkeys and sledges. With its maze of steep cobbled streets leading down to the ancient fishing harbour you’ll probably be glad of a donkey ride to take the weight off your feet.
Ok so we might be cheating a little with this one. Pop across the boarder (into Somerset) and the sleepy village of Dunster awaits. This Anglo-Saxon settlement is well worth a visit. With the Castle and Watermill being owned by the National Trust, members will be able to explore the medieval castle for free!
Feeling adventurous? Why not hop on a boat and explore Lundy Island for a day. Lundy means ‘Puffin Island’ and you’ll definitely spot a few of those colourful birds on your travels. From diving and rock climbing to walking and sight-seeing there’s plenty to do on this little island. Boats leave from both Ilfracombe and and Bideford ports once a day during the summer months. The summer timetable runs from April to October.
Coming in at a whopping 180 miles long, the Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cycle paths around North Devon. Inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter, this figure eight route traverses unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and beautiful beaches. So grab your bike and saddle up, the Tarka Trail is a route not to be missed.
Arlington Court is the historical jewel in North Devon’s crown. This Regency house hides a hidden treasure trove of collections recently redisplayed to share the passions of the Chichester family. Other highlights include a hidden masterpiece by William Blake and the stunning Beauvais Tapestries. The gardens and carriage museum are also well worth a visit. Special displays include the gold Speaker’s State Coach on loan from the House of Commons and Queen Victoria’s pony phaeton.
When putting together a list of must-visit places in North Devon we couldn’t leave this little gem out. Particularly as its right on our own door step. The ancient market town of South Molton is only a 3 min drive from the park and about a 15 min walk.
The pannier market is held every Thursday and Saturday and will transport you back in time. The market hosts 70 local businesses selling a wide range of locally produced, great quality products. With regular special markets and events, and cheap all day parking, there’s something for the whole family at the Pannier Market and all under one roof.
These are just our top 10 places to visit in North Devon. However, there’s still loads of other things to see and do while you’re here. Check out the Local Area section of our website for more ideas. Now get planning. North Devon awaits!
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