Alice's Guidebook

Alice
Alice's Guidebook

Local beaches

North Devon is spoilt with fantastic sandy beaches, rocky coves and coastal walks linking them together. Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe are the best for surfing, standing up paddle boarding and playing in the sand. Try wild swimming at Rockham, Lee Bay and little-known Grunters (tucked away next to Mortepoint). Visit Combe Martin if you enjoy kayaking.
Fantastic surfing beach - some say the best in UK. Park at the Downend carpark (7 minutes drive from property) and walk down the little path to the beach to avoid the busyness of the main village.
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Croyde Beach
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Fantastic surfing beach - some say the best in UK. Park at the Downend carpark (7 minutes drive from property) and walk down the little path to the beach to avoid the busyness of the main village.
Huge sandy beach, great for families and surfing. Great Cafe too.
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Saunton Beach
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Huge sandy beach, great for families and surfing. Great Cafe too.
Super family-friendly beach and cafe overlooking the sea.
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Putsborough Beach
Vention Lane
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Super family-friendly beach and cafe overlooking the sea.
Huge sandy beach, great for families and surfing. Lots of fantastic cafes and shops.
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Woolacombe Beach
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Huge sandy beach, great for families and surfing. Lots of fantastic cafes and shops.
Secluded pebbly beach along coastal path from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe.
Rockham Beach
Secluded pebbly beach along coastal path from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe.
Cute grey sand beach and rock pools. Walk along the smuggler’s path through and under natural rock features.
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Lee Bay
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Cute grey sand beach and rock pools. Walk along the smuggler’s path through and under natural rock features.
Traditional Devon village by the sea. Good for fishing, Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
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Combe Martin
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Traditional Devon village by the sea. Good for fishing, Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
Beautiful shelly cove near Woolacombe. Great beach cafe - in the evening try their award winning Sri Lankan curry. Take a bottle of wine and watch the sunset.
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Barricane Beach
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Beautiful shelly cove near Woolacombe. Great beach cafe - in the evening try their award winning Sri Lankan curry. Take a bottle of wine and watch the sunset.
Golden sand beach revealed at low tide. Explore around the rock formations and pools. Less crowded than Woolacombe main beach, great for surfing on the incoming tide.
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Combesgate Beach
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Golden sand beach revealed at low tide. Explore around the rock formations and pools. Less crowded than Woolacombe main beach, great for surfing on the incoming tide.

Food scene

There are great places to eat from award winning fish and chips, lively bar-restaurants and cafes in the village, just 2 minutes stroll from the property. Croyde has very popular family restaurants, whilst Instow offers superb seafood with amazing views. Try a Sri Lankan curry watching the sunset on Barricane beach.
Super little sandy cove near Woolacombe. Delicious Sri Lankan curries are served in the evenings that you can eat on the beach watching the sunset. If you’re lucky, you may find a pink cowrie shell.
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Barricane Beach
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Super little sandy cove near Woolacombe. Delicious Sri Lankan curries are served in the evenings that you can eat on the beach watching the sunset. If you’re lucky, you may find a pink cowrie shell.
Bustling restaurant and bar 1 minute walk from property. Good value food, great atmosphere, live bands.
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SQ Bar and Restaurant
3 Exeter Rd
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Bustling restaurant and bar 1 minute walk from property. Good value food, great atmosphere, live bands.
In our opinion, the best fish and chips in Devon, 2 minutes stroll from the property.
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Squires
1 Exeter Rd
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In our opinion, the best fish and chips in Devon, 2 minutes stroll from the property.
Attractive thatched restaurant and bar. Very popular, especially for their roast dinner carvery.
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Williams Arms
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Attractive thatched restaurant and bar. Very popular, especially for their roast dinner carvery.
Great family-friendly restaurant in Croyde. Has a playground in the beer garden.
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Billy Budds
12 Hobb's Hill
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Great family-friendly restaurant in Croyde. Has a playground in the beer garden.
Popular restaurant/bar in Croyde.
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The Thatch
14 Hobb's Hill
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Popular restaurant/bar in Croyde.
Super Thai restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the property.
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The Siam Bistro
4 Caen St
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Super Thai restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the property.
Excellent cafe in converted train station along the Tarka Trail cycle path. Bicycle hire available.
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Fremington Quay
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Excellent cafe in converted train station along the Tarka Trail cycle path. Bicycle hire available.
Amazing sea food restaurant with incredible views out to sea and Lundy island. Watch the sunset relaxing in the first floor balcony bar.
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The Boathouse, Instow
Marine Parade
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Amazing sea food restaurant with incredible views out to sea and Lundy island. Watch the sunset relaxing in the first floor balcony bar.
Great food, great views.
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Instow Arms
Marine Parade
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Great food, great views.
Very popular restaurant in Woolacombe with a surfing theme.
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The Red Barn
Barton Road
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Very popular restaurant in Woolacombe with a surfing theme.
Cool cafe with great breakfasts and healthy juices.
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Wild Thyme Cafe - Event & Hog Roast Catering
Caen Field
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Cool cafe with great breakfasts and healthy juices.
Great family friendly pub restaurant in Croyde with children’s play area.
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The Manor House Inn
39 St Mary's Rd
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Great family friendly pub restaurant in Croyde with children’s play area.
Great cafe serving delicious food overlooking Saunton sands beach. Sit on the balcony and enjoy the view.
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Beachside Grill
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Great cafe serving delicious food overlooking Saunton sands beach. Sit on the balcony and enjoy the view.
Funky cafe in Croyde.
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Blue Groove
2 Hobb's Hill
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Funky cafe in Croyde.
If you fancy a quick lunch then Roots serves Middle Eastern food which is delicious.
Roots Braunton
1 Exeter Rd
If you fancy a quick lunch then Roots serves Middle Eastern food which is delicious.
This is our nearest cafe and it has developed into a lovely little restaurant too. it has a lovely menu and does a fabulous cream tea and freshly made croissants. if the sun is shining you can escape to the back courtyard garden.
The Worx
8 The Square
This is our nearest cafe and it has developed into a lovely little restaurant too. it has a lovely menu and does a fabulous cream tea and freshly made croissants. if the sun is shining you can escape to the back courtyard garden.
Wonderful street food near Croyde beach
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Biffen's Kitchen | Street Food Van
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Wonderful street food near Croyde beach

Sightseeing

There’s lots to do if you want a break from the beach. Very popular are the headland walks of Baggy and Morte Point along the coastal footpath. If you keep a lookout you might spot seals or porpoises. The Braunton Burrows is the largest sand dune habitat in the UK and a UNESCO Designated Biosphere. Visit the picturesque traditional Devon villages of Instow, Clovelly and Lynmouth; or the Victorian harbour town of Ilfracombe. Take a boat trip out to Lundy Island, it’s spectacular.
Cycle path passing through Braunton along the estuary to Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford and beyond... Great cafes and views along the way. Bikes can be hired in Braunton, Barnstaple and Fremington Quay.
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Tarka Trail
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Cycle path passing through Braunton along the estuary to Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford and beyond... Great cafes and views along the way. Bikes can be hired in Braunton, Barnstaple and Fremington Quay.
Picturesque Devon village along the estuary. Amazing views of Appledore and out to Lundy Island. Amazing seafood restaurants.
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Instow
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Picturesque Devon village along the estuary. Amazing views of Appledore and out to Lundy Island. Amazing seafood restaurants.
National Trust headland. Great coastal walks with breath-taking views over Croyde and Putsborough/Woolacombe. Popular for coasteering and rock climbing.
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National Trust - Baggy Point
Moor Lane
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National Trust headland. Great coastal walks with breath-taking views over Croyde and Putsborough/Woolacombe. Popular for coasteering and rock climbing.
Brilliant coastal walk around the headland. Look out for seals on the Northern side.
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Morte Point
South West Coast Path
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Brilliant coastal walk around the headland. Look out for seals on the Northern side.
Victorian seaside town. Great restaurants, picturesque working harbour. Take a fishing trip or wildlife boating excursion along the coast. View the controversial statue ‘Verity’.
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Ilfracombe Harbour
10A The Quay
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Victorian seaside town. Great restaurants, picturesque working harbour. Take a fishing trip or wildlife boating excursion along the coast. View the controversial statue ‘Verity’.
Take a boat trip from Ilfracombe to Lundy island, a nature reserve with seals and seabirds.
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Lundy
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Take a boat trip from Ilfracombe to Lundy island, a nature reserve with seals and seabirds.
Beautiful village by the sea and Exmoor. Great for walking. Visit the museum to find out more about the flooding disaster. Check out the Victorian water powered cliff railway built in 1888.
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Lynmouth
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Beautiful village by the sea and Exmoor. Great for walking. Visit the museum to find out more about the flooding disaster. Check out the Victorian water powered cliff railway built in 1888.
Stunning valley running parallel to the sea. Magnificent views over to Wales. Spot the wild mountain goats and Exmoor ponies.
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Valley of Rocks
South West Coast Path
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Stunning valley running parallel to the sea. Magnificent views over to Wales. Spot the wild mountain goats and Exmoor ponies.
Traditional fishing village by the sea. No cars in the village - residents use sledges to transport groceries. Amazing views and excellent seafood.
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Clovelly
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Traditional fishing village by the sea. No cars in the village - residents use sledges to transport groceries. Amazing views and excellent seafood.
Where the moor meets the sea. Exmoor is beautiful with traditional Devon villages, pubs, ponies and amazing walks.
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Exmoor
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Where the moor meets the sea. Exmoor is beautiful with traditional Devon villages, pubs, ponies and amazing walks.
UNESCO Designated Biosphere reserve. Largest sand dune systems in UK. Amazing views over the sea and estuary. 5 minutes drive to car park.
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Braunton Burrows
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UNESCO Designated Biosphere reserve. Largest sand dune systems in UK. Amazing views over the sea and estuary. 5 minutes drive to car park.
Dramatic valley on the edge of Exmoor with spectacular views.
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Heddon's Mouth
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Dramatic valley on the edge of Exmoor with spectacular views.
Spectacular views across to Wales along coastal path. Visit the little steam railway.
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Woody Bay
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Spectacular views across to Wales along coastal path. Visit the little steam railway.
Incredible coastal walking with dramatic cliffs plunging into wild seas. Keep walking west to the waterfall.
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Hartland Quay
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Incredible coastal walking with dramatic cliffs plunging into wild seas. Keep walking west to the waterfall.
Attractive rocky bay near Ilfracombe.
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Hele Bay
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Attractive rocky bay near Ilfracombe.
Dramatic dunes meet the twin estuaries for the Taw and Torridge rivers. Amazing views of Appledore, Instow and out to Lundy island.
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Crow Point
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Dramatic dunes meet the twin estuaries for the Taw and Torridge rivers. Amazing views of Appledore, Instow and out to Lundy island.

Family attractions

There’s lots to do whatever the weather. There are range of family friendly theme parks and attractions, indoor soft play and adventure playgrounds. Visit National Trust properties and RHS Gardens. If you fancy a more active outdoor adventure there’s a huge selection from surfing, kayaking, cycling, climbing, fishing and riding on the doorstep.
Fun for all the family. Small theme park with rides, indoor adventure centre, archery and Merlin’s show (he was on Britain’s got talent)
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Mælkevejseventyrparken
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Fun for all the family. Small theme park with rides, indoor adventure centre, archery and Merlin’s show (he was on Britain’s got talent)
Theme park for younger children.
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Watermouth Castle
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Theme park for younger children.
Engaging mix of zoo, rides and dinosaur themed attractions.
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Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
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Engaging mix of zoo, rides and dinosaur themed attractions.
Great zoo, very popular with families and children.
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Exmoor Zoo
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Great zoo, very popular with families and children.
Theme park with soft indoor adventure playground.
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The Big Sheep.
Abbotsham Road
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Theme park with soft indoor adventure playground.
National Trust stately home and grounds.
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Arlington Court
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National Trust stately home and grounds.
Horse and pony riding on beach and coastal bridleways.
Roylands Riding Stables
Moor Lane
Horse and pony riding on beach and coastal bridleways.
Horse and pony riding centre.
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Woolacombe riding stables
Beach Road
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Horse and pony riding centre.
Popular surf lesson.
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Surf Saunton
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Popular surf lesson.
Popular surf lessons
The Little Pink Shop
7 Moor Ln
Popular surf lessons
Popular surf lessons
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Nick Thorn Surf Coaching
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Popular surf lessons
Popular surf lessons
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Woolacombe Surf Centre
Barton Road
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Popular surf lessons
Hire bicycles to explore the Tarka Trail.
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Otter Cycle Hire
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Hire bicycles to explore the Tarka Trail.
Small, but fun aquarium
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The Ilfracombe Aquarium
The Quay
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Small, but fun aquarium