Anna’s guidebook

Anna
Anna’s guidebook

Garden / nature

This is a magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes, set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. They also have a lovely cafe which you can visit for free (but paying for the gardens are worth it). See here for opening times and entry prices: https://www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk/opening-times-and-entry-prices.html
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Marwood Hill Gardens
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This is a magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes, set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. They also have a lovely cafe which you can visit for free (but paying for the gardens are worth it). See here for opening times and entry prices: https://www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk/opening-times-and-entry-prices.html

My favourite beaches

Mortehoe is a lovely little village on the cliff edge, walking distance (up hill!) from Woolacombe. There is a magic little beach called the Grunta - tricky to find but absolutely worth the fairly steep climb down, however check that the tide is out before making the trek down and be careful with dogs and children on the path, some of the cliff edge is not fenced!
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Mortehoe
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Mortehoe is a lovely little village on the cliff edge, walking distance (up hill!) from Woolacombe. There is a magic little beach called the Grunta - tricky to find but absolutely worth the fairly steep climb down, however check that the tide is out before making the trek down and be careful with dogs and children on the path, some of the cliff edge is not fenced!
Lovely village - try to seek out the secret beach through the rock path (only when the tide is out!!). Pub in Lee is called the Grampus. It's quaint and cosy but I think unfortunately at the moment they are only serving drinks outside in the garden
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Lee Bay
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Lovely village - try to seek out the secret beach through the rock path (only when the tide is out!!). Pub in Lee is called the Grampus. It's quaint and cosy but I think unfortunately at the moment they are only serving drinks outside in the garden

Great walks

Here I've listed a couple of my favourite walks: The walk to Baggy Point is fantastic. You can park in Putsbourough or at the very end of Marine Drive, and then climb up the hill from Puts. beach and follow the path to Baggy Point. All of the coastal walks are stunning. A good place to start off is Mortehoe - you can walk to Lee Beach where you pass through Bennets Mouth. At Lee Beach don't miss the secret and quiet second beach (if the tide is out) by passing through the rocks. You can also reach it by going up the hill, through a gate and following the cliff edge until you see steep steps down.
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National Trust - Baggy Point
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Here I've listed a couple of my favourite walks: The walk to Baggy Point is fantastic. You can park in Putsbourough or at the very end of Marine Drive, and then climb up the hill from Puts. beach and follow the path to Baggy Point. All of the coastal walks are stunning. A good place to start off is Mortehoe - you can walk to Lee Beach where you pass through Bennets Mouth. At Lee Beach don't miss the secret and quiet second beach (if the tide is out) by passing through the rocks. You can also reach it by going up the hill, through a gate and following the cliff edge until you see steep steps down.

Neighbourhoods

A scenic roundtrip drive via Saunton is: From Woolacombe go via Braunton towards Saunton. Follow the coast road to Croyde which is a nice stop off place for pub and cafes. Return via. Georgeham via the back lanes to Woolacombe
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Saunton
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A scenic roundtrip drive via Saunton is: From Woolacombe go via Braunton towards Saunton. Follow the coast road to Croyde which is a nice stop off place for pub and cafes. Return via. Georgeham via the back lanes to Woolacombe

Food scene

Book to guarantee a table Separately, the S&P fish Shop, Ilfracombe does a good lunch and you can buy fish there. https://www.sandpfish.co.uk
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Relish Bar & Bistro
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Book to guarantee a table Separately, the S&P fish Shop, Ilfracombe does a good lunch and you can buy fish there. https://www.sandpfish.co.uk
The closest decent fish & chippy
Mortehoe Fish & Chip Shop
The closest decent fish & chippy
A cosy pub with good food - Georgeham
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The Rock Inn
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A cosy pub with good food - Georgeham
Great for takeaway lunches (especially the burgers!)
Gobblebox Woolacombe
3 South Street
Great for takeaway lunches (especially the burgers!)
The best local fish and chips - Braunton
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Squires
1 Exeter Rd
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The best local fish and chips - Braunton
Takeaway only now - Barnstaple
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Block
12-14 Butchers Row
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Takeaway only now - Barnstaple
In Woolacombe
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The Beach House Restaurant
3 West Rd
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In Woolacombe
Good takeaway lunches, coffees and cakes for walks (on marine drive).
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The Porthole
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Good takeaway lunches, coffees and cakes for walks (on marine drive).
In Mortehoe
Miss Fea's Cafe
In Mortehoe
In Braunton
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The Siam Bistro
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In Braunton
Great coffee and breakfasts and deli - Croyde
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The Stores
1 St Mary's Rd
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Great coffee and breakfasts and deli - Croyde
If you want delivery..
Woolacombe Bay Pizza Co
12 South St
If you want delivery..
An extensive menu - Croyde
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Blue Groove
2 Hobb's Hill
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An extensive menu - Croyde
Have not tried it..but new restaurant opened by Devon Michelin star chef - Ilfracombe
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Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
54 Fore St
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Have not tried it..but new restaurant opened by Devon Michelin star chef - Ilfracombe