Gemma's Guidebook

Gemma
Gemma's Guidebook

Sightseeing

We love to walk our dog here as it’s quieter than most beaches.
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Northam Burrows Country Park
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We love to walk our dog here as it’s quieter than most beaches.
Great for rock pooling, swimming, surfing and much more.
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Westward Ho!
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Great for rock pooling, swimming, surfing and much more.
Crabbing, take the Summer passenger ferry to Instow, walk the cobbled streets and look at the colourful fishermans cottages & enjoy the restaurants & cafes.
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Appledore
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Crabbing, take the Summer passenger ferry to Instow, walk the cobbled streets and look at the colourful fishermans cottages & enjoy the restaurants & cafes.
A lovely estuary beach with sand dunes and a selection of great eateries. The beach is dog friendly.
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Instow
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A lovely estuary beach with sand dunes and a selection of great eateries. The beach is dog friendly.
A beautiful fishing village that's worth exploring.
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Clovelly
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A beautiful fishing village that's worth exploring.
Lundy is a magical little island, MS Oldenberg sails from Bideford Quay & Ilfracombe. Tickets can be bought on Bideford Quay.
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Lundy
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Lundy is a magical little island, MS Oldenberg sails from Bideford Quay & Ilfracombe. Tickets can be bought on Bideford Quay.

Activities

Local activities we’ve tried and tested for you!
I had surf lessons here when we first moved to Devon, they’re so friendly and offer lots of lessons and hire of boards and wetsuits etc.
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The North Devon Surf School
5 Pebbleridge Rd
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I had surf lessons here when we first moved to Devon, they’re so friendly and offer lots of lessons and hire of boards and wetsuits etc.
Great for the kids and it has a free shallow outdoor pool for paddling.
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Victoria Park
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Great for the kids and it has a free shallow outdoor pool for paddling.
Worth a visit to see which exhibitions are on. The cafe does great French food.. try the galettes
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The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum
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Worth a visit to see which exhibitions are on. The cafe does great French food.. try the galettes
The Tarka Trail is a lot of fun to explore, hire a bike, trailer and all the accessories you could need and explore the long flat route. Lots of eateries along the way! Our fave route is Instow to Fremington Quay and back.
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Tarka Trail
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The Tarka Trail is a lot of fun to explore, hire a bike, trailer and all the accessories you could need and explore the long flat route. Lots of eateries along the way! Our fave route is Instow to Fremington Quay and back.
Hire a bike, trailer, tandem etc and head towards Instow or Torrington.. plenty of places to eat and drink along the way.
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Bideford Bike Hire
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Hire a bike, trailer, tandem etc and head towards Instow or Torrington.. plenty of places to eat and drink along the way.
A day of fun inside and out for kids of all ages, run by a local eco friendly family
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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A day of fun inside and out for kids of all ages, run by a local eco friendly family
Try wake boarding or bounce on the aqua park with your friends or the kids.. a lot of fun!
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North Devon Wake Park
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Try wake boarding or bounce on the aqua park with your friends or the kids.. a lot of fun!
Great indoor fun for all ages
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Air Extreme Trampoline Park
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Great indoor fun for all ages

Food scene

Great pizza right near the beach and all cooked to order.
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Pig and Olive, Westward Ho!
1 Pebbleridge Rd
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Great pizza right near the beach and all cooked to order.
A great place to eat with amazing views
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Pier House Wedding Venue North Devon
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A great place to eat with amazing views
Our favourite place for coffee, hot chocolate, lunch and homemade cakes
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The Coffee Cabin
22 The Quay
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Our favourite place for coffee, hot chocolate, lunch and homemade cakes
Great food and great views
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Instow Arms
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Great food and great views
You can’t come to North Devon without trying our local Hockings ice cream, unless you’re Vegan! Their vans can be found everywhere.
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Hockings Dairy Cream Ices
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You can’t come to North Devon without trying our local Hockings ice cream, unless you’re Vegan! Their vans can be found everywhere.
Morans is great for a grown ups night out or a tasty meal or a few cocktails at the bar. Take the kids to the all you can eat Sunday buffet
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Morans Restaurant & Bar
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Morans is great for a grown ups night out or a tasty meal or a few cocktails at the bar. Take the kids to the all you can eat Sunday buffet
Fine dining for adults only, we highly recommend the food, wine & service. It's run by a Husband (Chef) & Wife (Waitress) Team.
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Number Eight
8A Allhalland St
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Fine dining for adults only, we highly recommend the food, wine & service. It's run by a Husband (Chef) & Wife (Waitress) Team.
The best Sunday carvery around
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The Thatched Inn
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The best Sunday carvery around
We love eating here! Great food and great views.
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The Royal George
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We love eating here! Great food and great views.
Our favourite Chinese take away.
Yumee
Our favourite Chinese take away.
Fine dining for adults only, we highly recommend the food, wine & service. It's run by a Husband (Chef) & Wife (Waitress) Team.
Memories Restaurant
8 Fore St
Fine dining for adults only, we highly recommend the food, wine & service. It's run by a Husband (Chef) & Wife (Waitress) Team.
A top quality cafe for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Rock Pool Café
2 Golf Links Rd
A top quality cafe for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Shopping

These are some of my favourite places to shop
My favourite local shop for gifts and goodies
Everything Westward
51 Bath Hotel Road
My favourite local shop for gifts and goodies
My favourite local shop for home wares, especially their Reed diffusers
Josie's Interiors
10 Cooper St
My favourite local shop for home wares, especially their Reed diffusers
My favourite place to shop, fill your own tubs with oats, nuts, rice etc or even washing up liquid and shampoo. Lots of vegan food and fresh bread.
Nature's Nutrition
45 Mill St
My favourite place to shop, fill your own tubs with oats, nuts, rice etc or even washing up liquid and shampoo. Lots of vegan food and fresh bread.

Neighbourhoods

Such a pretty little fishing village with lots of places to eat, drink and shop.
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Appledore
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Such a pretty little fishing village with lots of places to eat, drink and shop.
A great dog walking beach but I wouldn’t paddle in the water. Great eateries, deli, cafe etc and most welcome dogs.
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Instow
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A great dog walking beach but I wouldn’t paddle in the water. Great eateries, deli, cafe etc and most welcome dogs.
A beautiful cliff side village which is worth a visit, the steep cobbles are not for the faint hearted though.
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Clovelly
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A beautiful cliff side village which is worth a visit, the steep cobbles are not for the faint hearted though.