Lindsay’s guidebook

Lindsay

Lindsay’s guidebook

Sightseeing
A picturesque traditional fishing village built on a steep hill. Post and shopping is delivered to the villagers by sled! Entry is via the visitor centre and there is a charge. You can wander down the steep cobbled streets and explore the passageways and quaint shops. If you are less mobile there is a landrover to drive visitors up and down. If you are planning to walk back you you will want to save a bit of energy! Donkey rides are available at the visitor centre. Watch out for special events such as the East Fudge Hunt and the September Lobster Festival.
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Clovelly
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A picturesque traditional fishing village built on a steep hill. Post and shopping is delivered to the villagers by sled! Entry is via the visitor centre and there is a charge. You can wander down the steep cobbled streets and explore the passageways and quaint shops. If you are less mobile there is a landrover to drive visitors up and down. If you are planning to walk back you you will want to save a bit of energy! Donkey rides are available at the visitor centre. Watch out for special events such as the East Fudge Hunt and the September Lobster Festival.
Lundy Island is a great place to go walking, learn about local history and watch wildlife. It's particularly famed for its seal colony and puffins. You can book a day trip to Lundy from Bideford Quay. Bring your sea legs as the crossing is sometimes a little rough!
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Lundy
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Lundy Island is a great place to go walking, learn about local history and watch wildlife. It's particularly famed for its seal colony and puffins. You can book a day trip to Lundy from Bideford Quay. Bring your sea legs as the crossing is sometimes a little rough!
Beautiful little fishing village. A 5 minute drive or 12 minute cycle from Atlantic Lookout. Bring the children and go crabbing on the sea wall or enjoy coffee and cake in one of the lovely cafes. Wander the tiny lanes and find the independent gift shops. If you get the timing right there is a small chain ferry that runs between Appledore and Instow. Boat times can be found at www.appledoreinstowferry.com. It doesn't run if the weather is inclement. If you are visiting in mid September don't miss the Appledore Book Festival which always boasts an impressive line up of both nationally famous and local authors.
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Appledore
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Beautiful little fishing village. A 5 minute drive or 12 minute cycle from Atlantic Lookout. Bring the children and go crabbing on the sea wall or enjoy coffee and cake in one of the lovely cafes. Wander the tiny lanes and find the independent gift shops. If you get the timing right there is a small chain ferry that runs between Appledore and Instow. Boat times can be found at www.appledoreinstowferry.com. It doesn't run if the weather is inclement. If you are visiting in mid September don't miss the Appledore Book Festival which always boasts an impressive line up of both nationally famous and local authors.
Beautiful village on the opposite side of the estuary from Northam. Fantastic place to watch the sun set. Enjoy a walk on the beach and an evening meal at one of the several good restaurants/ pubs. Parking can be tricky. Please be aware that the 'cricket club' car park is operated by ANPR cameras and they are very quick to issue fines if you overstay your ticket. If you get the timing right there is a chain ferry boat from Instow to Appledore and back which is fun. Boat times can be found at www.appledoreinstowferry.com (it doesn't run if the weather is inclement)
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Instow
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Beautiful village on the opposite side of the estuary from Northam. Fantastic place to watch the sun set. Enjoy a walk on the beach and an evening meal at one of the several good restaurants/ pubs. Parking can be tricky. Please be aware that the 'cricket club' car park is operated by ANPR cameras and they are very quick to issue fines if you overstay your ticket. If you get the timing right there is a chain ferry boat from Instow to Appledore and back which is fun. Boat times can be found at www.appledoreinstowferry.com (it doesn't run if the weather is inclement)
The South West coast path runs all around the coast from Somerset all the way through Devon and Cornwall and back into South Devon and beyond. You can pick this up very easily in Westward Ho!. This section is pretty flat and well paved for walking or cycling.
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South West Coast Path
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The South West coast path runs all around the coast from Somerset all the way through Devon and Cornwall and back into South Devon and beyond. You can pick this up very easily in Westward Ho!. This section is pretty flat and well paved for walking or cycling.
Lovely cafe on the Tarka Trail. Great place to hire bikes from and cycle in either direction along the estuary enjoying beautiful views.
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Fremington Quay
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Lovely cafe on the Tarka Trail. Great place to hire bikes from and cycle in either direction along the estuary enjoying beautiful views.
Sandymere Beach is the closest beach to the apartment. There are several miles of beautiful golden sand. You can drive across Northam Burrows and park right behind the Pebble Ridge for very quick beach access. The pebbles are actually very large stones that were placed there to prevent coastal erosion. There is a walkway over them but take care with young children so they don't hurt themselves. At high tide the sea comes right up to the pebbles, at low tide it's quite a walk down to the sea.
Sandymere
Sandymere Beach is the closest beach to the apartment. There are several miles of beautiful golden sand. You can drive across Northam Burrows and park right behind the Pebble Ridge for very quick beach access. The pebbles are actually very large stones that were placed there to prevent coastal erosion. There is a walkway over them but take care with young children so they don't hurt themselves. At high tide the sea comes right up to the pebbles, at low tide it's quite a walk down to the sea.
take a wander to the sea pool in Westward Ho! and enjoy a sea dip out of the waves. Great for children. Not recommended at high tide or when there is big swell. The pool is not lifeguarded.
Westward Ho! Sea Pool
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take a wander to the sea pool in Westward Ho! and enjoy a sea dip out of the waves. Great for children. Not recommended at high tide or when there is big swell. The pool is not lifeguarded.
Slightly more off the beaten track. Another beautiful North Devon Beach. Shale rather than sand. This beach has RNLI cover in high season.
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Sandymouth Bay Beach
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Slightly more off the beaten track. Another beautiful North Devon Beach. Shale rather than sand. This beach has RNLI cover in high season.
Entertainment
Sheep themed family fun. Some small rides. Lots of animals and opportunities to pet them. Cheer on your favourite sheep in the sheep race! Great family fun for younger children. This is a great place to visit on any day but there is plenty of indoor space and a giant soft play area for if the weather isn't great.
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The BIG Sheep
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Sheep themed family fun. Some small rides. Lots of animals and opportunities to pet them. Cheer on your favourite sheep in the sheep race! Great family fun for younger children. This is a great place to visit on any day but there is plenty of indoor space and a giant soft play area for if the weather isn't great.
A small theme park with some fun rides. Great family fun.
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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A small theme park with some fun rides. Great family fun.
For more adventurous water lovers. The wake park offers wakeboarding on zip lines for all levels from complete beginners to world champions. There is also an inflatable assault course which is brilliant fun. Be sure to book in advance
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North Devon Wake Park
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For more adventurous water lovers. The wake park offers wakeboarding on zip lines for all levels from complete beginners to world champions. There is also an inflatable assault course which is brilliant fun. Be sure to book in advance
Great outdoor activity centre. You can book children into outdoor activity days and sometimes half days. Outdoor heated pool and lots of other outdoor activities. Pre booking essential.
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Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre
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Great outdoor activity centre. You can book children into outdoor activity days and sometimes half days. Outdoor heated pool and lots of other outdoor activities. Pre booking essential.
This fab shop is the premier place for kitesurfing kit. It is also the location for the FREE2HIRE bodyboard scheme that operates in Westward Ho! They have 6 adult and 6 kids wooden belly boards which you can book to use. Westward Ho! is the first village in the UK to ban the sale of polystyrene bodyboards because of their negative environmental impact. Every year thousands of polystyrene bodyboards are abandoned in the South West and they break down and do untold damage to marine environments. Definitely worth a visit!
Kitemare-Surf & Kite Shop
This fab shop is the premier place for kitesurfing kit. It is also the location for the FREE2HIRE bodyboard scheme that operates in Westward Ho! They have 6 adult and 6 kids wooden belly boards which you can book to use. Westward Ho! is the first village in the UK to ban the sale of polystyrene bodyboards because of their negative environmental impact. Every year thousands of polystyrene bodyboards are abandoned in the South West and they break down and do untold damage to marine environments. Definitely worth a visit!
Great rainy day fun! Houses a cafe overlooking the trampoline area. Booking essential.
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Air Extreme Trampoline Park
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Great rainy day fun! Houses a cafe overlooking the trampoline area. Booking essential.
A couple of minutes drive or a 15 minute walk from Atlantic Lookout. Westward Ho! is a great family destination. There are cafes and restaurants, a Hocking's ice cream van (local ice cream), gift shops, surf hire shops and a small entertainment arcade.
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Westward Ho!
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A couple of minutes drive or a 15 minute walk from Atlantic Lookout. Westward Ho! is a great family destination. There are cafes and restaurants, a Hocking's ice cream van (local ice cream), gift shops, surf hire shops and a small entertainment arcade.
Book surf lessons whatever level you are. Friendly, well run surf school.
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The North Devon Surf School
5 Pebbleridge Rd
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Book surf lessons whatever level you are. Friendly, well run surf school.
A sea pool with a difference and worth a trip along the Atlantic Highway to Cornwall. 92 metres long and very deep in places. Have a sea water swim without the waves. Always open, but not recommended 2 hours either side of high tide.
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Bude Sea pool
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A sea pool with a difference and worth a trip along the Atlantic Highway to Cornwall. 92 metres long and very deep in places. Have a sea water swim without the waves. Always open, but not recommended 2 hours either side of high tide.
City/town information
Barnstaple is the largest local town, and boasts a thriving pannier market. It has a good high street and several large supermarkets. There is a small museum which is interesting for adults and children alike. There are several bars, cafes and restaurants.
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Barnstaple
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Barnstaple is the largest local town, and boasts a thriving pannier market. It has a good high street and several large supermarkets. There is a small museum which is interesting for adults and children alike. There are several bars, cafes and restaurants.
A pretty riverside town with supermarkets and several independent gift shops. Worth a wander around.
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Bideford
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A pretty riverside town with supermarkets and several independent gift shops. Worth a wander around.
Just over an hours drive, Exeter is the county capital. It has a beautiful old cathedral situated on a lovely green. There is also Exeter Quay which has independent shops, restaurants and cafes where you can pass an enjoyable hour or 2. You can also find river based watersports to book such as kayaking and SUP as well as Clip n Climb which is great safe indoor climbing fun for children in particular.
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Exeter
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Just over an hours drive, Exeter is the county capital. It has a beautiful old cathedral situated on a lovely green. There is also Exeter Quay which has independent shops, restaurants and cafes where you can pass an enjoyable hour or 2. You can also find river based watersports to book such as kayaking and SUP as well as Clip n Climb which is great safe indoor climbing fun for children in particular.
Food scene
This is a local favourite cafe, serving delicious cakes and drinks! Booking in advance is highly recommended!
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Tea On The Green
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This is a local favourite cafe, serving delicious cakes and drinks! Booking in advance is highly recommended!
Popular cafe serving lovely cakes and snacks.
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Tea By The Taw
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Popular cafe serving lovely cakes and snacks.
Upmarket deli selling an amazing array of food. Enjoy a takeaway coffee or sit down for a snack in the cafe.
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Johns of Instow
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Upmarket deli selling an amazing array of food. Enjoy a takeaway coffee or sit down for a snack in the cafe.
Upmarket deli and cafe selling an amazing array of food to take home. Enjoy a coffee to take away or sit down for a hot snack.
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Johns Of Appledore
7 The Quay
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Upmarket deli and cafe selling an amazing array of food to take home. Enjoy a coffee to take away or sit down for a hot snack.
Great pub. Good range of food. Highly recommended. Best to book in advance if possible
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The Pig On The Hill
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Great pub. Good range of food. Highly recommended. Best to book in advance if possible
Delicious coffee, cakes and snacks
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The Coffee Cabin
22 The Quay
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Delicious coffee, cakes and snacks
Gourmet dining and great views! Booking recommended.
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The Royal George
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Gourmet dining and great views! Booking recommended.
Traditional pub serving good pub food.
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The Thatched Inn
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Traditional pub serving good pub food.
Amazing gastro pub. Gets rave reviews. Booking is essential.
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The Farmers Arms
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Amazing gastro pub. Gets rave reviews. Booking is essential.
Lovely Thai restaurant. Great range of authentic thai food.
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Morans Restaurant & Bar
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Lovely Thai restaurant. Great range of authentic thai food.
Lovely bar and restaurant with panoramic views from the upstairs balcony. A great place to enjoy a sunset drink. Quite pricey for a meal!
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The Boathouse, Instow
Marine Parade
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Lovely bar and restaurant with panoramic views from the upstairs balcony. A great place to enjoy a sunset drink. Quite pricey for a meal!
Nice pub/restaurant in Instow.
The Wayfarer Inn
Nice pub/restaurant in Instow.
This isn't just a wedding venue and is a stunning location for a nice meal or a sunset drink on the terrace overlooking the water.
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Pier House Wedding Venue North Devon
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This isn't just a wedding venue and is a stunning location for a nice meal or a sunset drink on the terrace overlooking the water.
Family friendly pub with quirky upstairs area
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Instow Arms
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Family friendly pub with quirky upstairs area