Fiona’s guidebook

Fiona

Fiona’s guidebook

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Award-winning Woolacombe Beach is widely recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Located on Devon’s north coast, between Croyde and Ilfracombe, the 3-mile sandy beach is popular with surfers and families looking for a traditional seaside experience. Since 1848, the beach has been in the private ownership of Parkin Estates (3rd generation) who continue to manage and invest in the resort. Previously it was owned by the Chichester family for over 800 years. Woolacombe beach has excellent services including daily cleaning and beach hut rentals. Lifeguards operate on the beach which is popular for kayaking, walking, swimming and kitesurfing as well as surfing. The village of Woolacombe lies at the northern end of the beach, and has plenty of seaside shops, cafes, restaurants. Overlooked by the South West Coast Path and edged with sand dunes, Woolacombe Beach has superb views to Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel. During WW2, the beach was used to train the US Army in amphibious landings as part of the Normandy Landings. There is a stone memorial to the soldiers on the grassy headland at the north end of this golden sandy bay.
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Woolacombe
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Award-winning Woolacombe Beach is widely recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Located on Devon’s north coast, between Croyde and Ilfracombe, the 3-mile sandy beach is popular with surfers and families looking for a traditional seaside experience. Since 1848, the beach has been in the private ownership of Parkin Estates (3rd generation) who continue to manage and invest in the resort. Previously it was owned by the Chichester family for over 800 years. Woolacombe beach has excellent services including daily cleaning and beach hut rentals. Lifeguards operate on the beach which is popular for kayaking, walking, swimming and kitesurfing as well as surfing. The village of Woolacombe lies at the northern end of the beach, and has plenty of seaside shops, cafes, restaurants. Overlooked by the South West Coast Path and edged with sand dunes, Woolacombe Beach has superb views to Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel. During WW2, the beach was used to train the US Army in amphibious landings as part of the Normandy Landings. There is a stone memorial to the soldiers on the grassy headland at the north end of this golden sandy bay.
A key component of North Devon's golden coast, Saunton Sands is a long straight sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a popular beach with surfers and families due to the long stretch of water perfect for swimmers and surfers and it is much more suited to beginners and intermediate surfers than the northern Croyde Bay. Robbie Williams is a fan of Saunton Sands using it for his Angels video. There are a range of food outlets toilets and beach shops easy disabled access. Saunton is currently the only beach in North Devon to have a Landeez all terrain wheelchair.
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Saunton Sands
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A key component of North Devon's golden coast, Saunton Sands is a long straight sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a popular beach with surfers and families due to the long stretch of water perfect for swimmers and surfers and it is much more suited to beginners and intermediate surfers than the northern Croyde Bay. Robbie Williams is a fan of Saunton Sands using it for his Angels video. There are a range of food outlets toilets and beach shops easy disabled access. Saunton is currently the only beach in North Devon to have a Landeez all terrain wheelchair.
There is something for everyone with its picturesque historic harbour of quaint pastel coloured houses, 14th Century chapel perched on Lantern Hill and Damien Hirst’s statue Verity standing guard at the entrance surrounded by dramatic clifftop scenery and is directly on the South West Coast Path. With its stunning beaches and coves including the famous Tunnels Beaches, great eateries, numerous art and craft galleries, independent shops, activities and attractions galore it truly is the perfect destination from which to also explore North Devon and Exmoor.Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station Covering part of the north Devon coast, Ilfracombe has celebrated nearly 180 years as a lifeboat station. The two lifeboats carry out a wide variety of shouts and four Medals for gallantry have been awarded.
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Ilfracombe
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There is something for everyone with its picturesque historic harbour of quaint pastel coloured houses, 14th Century chapel perched on Lantern Hill and Damien Hirst’s statue Verity standing guard at the entrance surrounded by dramatic clifftop scenery and is directly on the South West Coast Path. With its stunning beaches and coves including the famous Tunnels Beaches, great eateries, numerous art and craft galleries, independent shops, activities and attractions galore it truly is the perfect destination from which to also explore North Devon and Exmoor.Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station Covering part of the north Devon coast, Ilfracombe has celebrated nearly 180 years as a lifeboat station. The two lifeboats carry out a wide variety of shouts and four Medals for gallantry have been awarded.
Lynton and Lynmouth are situated within the Exmoor National Park, surrounded by magnificent scenery, often known as ‘Little Switzerland’, the area is a walker’s paradise. The pretty village of Lynmouth sits at sea level, following the River Lyn down to the sea, whilst Lynton sits higher, full of quaint narrow lanes and independent shops to explore. To learn more about the area, visit the Lyn and Exmoor Museum and discover more about the devastating 1952 Lynmouth flood, call into the newly refurbished Lynmouth Pavilion or take a trip on the famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway opened in 1890, believed to be the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world connecting the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and providing stunning coastal views. A beautiful riverside walk leads to Watersmeet, the meeting place of the East Lyn river and Hoar Oak, a dramatic river gorge and ancient woodland, a haven for wildlife with breathtaking views, a tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings, managed by the National Trust. For a unique coastal walk, follow the path from Lynton to the iconic Valley of Rocks, which boasts dramatic rocks, stunning scenery and has the highest sea cliffs in England and intrepid goats! There are two public car parks in the valley, adjacent to a tea room and the cricket club.
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Lynton and Lynmouth
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Lynton and Lynmouth are situated within the Exmoor National Park, surrounded by magnificent scenery, often known as ‘Little Switzerland’, the area is a walker’s paradise. The pretty village of Lynmouth sits at sea level, following the River Lyn down to the sea, whilst Lynton sits higher, full of quaint narrow lanes and independent shops to explore. To learn more about the area, visit the Lyn and Exmoor Museum and discover more about the devastating 1952 Lynmouth flood, call into the newly refurbished Lynmouth Pavilion or take a trip on the famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway opened in 1890, believed to be the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world connecting the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and providing stunning coastal views. A beautiful riverside walk leads to Watersmeet, the meeting place of the East Lyn river and Hoar Oak, a dramatic river gorge and ancient woodland, a haven for wildlife with breathtaking views, a tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings, managed by the National Trust. For a unique coastal walk, follow the path from Lynton to the iconic Valley of Rocks, which boasts dramatic rocks, stunning scenery and has the highest sea cliffs in England and intrepid goats! There are two public car parks in the valley, adjacent to a tea room and the cricket club.
Combe Martin Bay offers a safe place for many activities and all ages. With some of the best rock pools in the area, there’s lots to discover on the beach. You can hire kayaks and paddle boards in the village, exploring in the safe water of the bay. Sea fishing is also popular from the bay, with course fishing nearby too. There’s an informative museum highlighting the village’s heritage. And of course, you can just relax in the sun on the beach and watch the sun go down over the horizon in the evening.
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Combe Martin
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Combe Martin Bay offers a safe place for many activities and all ages. With some of the best rock pools in the area, there’s lots to discover on the beach. You can hire kayaks and paddle boards in the village, exploring in the safe water of the bay. Sea fishing is also popular from the bay, with course fishing nearby too. There’s an informative museum highlighting the village’s heritage. And of course, you can just relax in the sun on the beach and watch the sun go down over the horizon in the evening.
Simonsbath is a small village in the centre of Exmoor. The large Simonsbath House was the original residence of John Knight’s family, who farmed Exmoor in the 1800’s and built farmsteads and divided the moor into plots with stone walling, most of which we still see today. The River Barle passes through the valley, rising only a few miles to the west at Pinkery Pond. Pinkery Pond was also built by by John Knight, but it is not certain for what reason. There are signs of a canal or leat going towards Simonsbath from the pond, but it was never completed. There is a sawmill that the National Park restored and is now used to cut sessile oak for signs and gates. It is powered from a leat getting water further upstream of the river. On the other side of the road is Boevey’s tearooms. There is a good-sized car park where several good walks start from.
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Exmoor
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Simonsbath is a small village in the centre of Exmoor. The large Simonsbath House was the original residence of John Knight’s family, who farmed Exmoor in the 1800’s and built farmsteads and divided the moor into plots with stone walling, most of which we still see today. The River Barle passes through the valley, rising only a few miles to the west at Pinkery Pond. Pinkery Pond was also built by by John Knight, but it is not certain for what reason. There are signs of a canal or leat going towards Simonsbath from the pond, but it was never completed. There is a sawmill that the National Park restored and is now used to cut sessile oak for signs and gates. It is powered from a leat getting water further upstream of the river. On the other side of the road is Boevey’s tearooms. There is a good-sized car park where several good walks start from.
The surfing capital of North Devon with great family facilities and a vibrant, friendly atmosphere, the pretty village of Croyde is one of North Devon’s most renowned seaside locations. Due to its excellent surf, beautiful scenery and vibrant village feel, Croyde is a wonderful place to visit if you’re interested in watersports, particularly surfing. In fact, it is known as a surfing mecca, in the south west, so wherever you are in the village, you’ll find numerous places to hire equipment and arrange lessons. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not explore the coast with an exhilarating coasteering session, or book yourself onto a rockpool ramble to discover more of our marine wildlife. The beach, which is an impressive feature, forms the middle section of a trio of beautiful sandy beaches and is flanked by those at Saunton Sands and Woolacombe Sands, both of which are popular with surfers and families and regularly top polls of Britain’s best beaches. Not just about the surf While Croyde is primarily known for its perfect surfing conditions and for being part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty more going for this pretty village than just the coast. Croyde is home to a number of nature trails and walks as well as several wonderful pubs, many of which have thatched rooves and encapsulate the traditional imagery of a Devonshire pub.
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Croyde Bay
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The surfing capital of North Devon with great family facilities and a vibrant, friendly atmosphere, the pretty village of Croyde is one of North Devon’s most renowned seaside locations. Due to its excellent surf, beautiful scenery and vibrant village feel, Croyde is a wonderful place to visit if you’re interested in watersports, particularly surfing. In fact, it is known as a surfing mecca, in the south west, so wherever you are in the village, you’ll find numerous places to hire equipment and arrange lessons. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not explore the coast with an exhilarating coasteering session, or book yourself onto a rockpool ramble to discover more of our marine wildlife. The beach, which is an impressive feature, forms the middle section of a trio of beautiful sandy beaches and is flanked by those at Saunton Sands and Woolacombe Sands, both of which are popular with surfers and families and regularly top polls of Britain’s best beaches. Not just about the surf While Croyde is primarily known for its perfect surfing conditions and for being part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty more going for this pretty village than just the coast. Croyde is home to a number of nature trails and walks as well as several wonderful pubs, many of which have thatched rooves and encapsulate the traditional imagery of a Devonshire pub.
Situated right at the centre of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and incorporating Braunton Burrows, the largest sand dune system in England, Holidays in Braunton offer cosy cottages, fabulous food, stunning beaches and fresh air aplenty. Make Braunton your UK holiday destination any time of the year for family fun, a romantic getaway, weekend break, surfing trip or just a taste of the great outdoors! The Visit Braunton website has all the tourist information you need whether you are planning a hotel stay, B&B, camping, caravanning or a stay in a quaint Devon holiday cottage. We have holiday accommodation listings including holiday cottages, hotels and bed and breakfasts, what's on and where to go, transport information and details of all our fabulous pubs, cafes and restaurants. ... and don't forget to pop in and visit us at The Museum & Information in Braunton for any information or advice about the local area once you arrive.
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Braunton
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Situated right at the centre of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and incorporating Braunton Burrows, the largest sand dune system in England, Holidays in Braunton offer cosy cottages, fabulous food, stunning beaches and fresh air aplenty. Make Braunton your UK holiday destination any time of the year for family fun, a romantic getaway, weekend break, surfing trip or just a taste of the great outdoors! The Visit Braunton website has all the tourist information you need whether you are planning a hotel stay, B&B, camping, caravanning or a stay in a quaint Devon holiday cottage. We have holiday accommodation listings including holiday cottages, hotels and bed and breakfasts, what's on and where to go, transport information and details of all our fabulous pubs, cafes and restaurants. ... and don't forget to pop in and visit us at The Museum & Information in Braunton for any information or advice about the local area once you arrive.
Steeped in history, yet with a modern edge that sets it apart from some of its neighbouring towns, Barnstaple is a must-visit during a holiday to Devon. You’ll find stylish bars, great restaurants and big-name retailers on this high street, along with some wonderful independent shops and a bustling Pannier Market, all sites that combine to give the town a fantastic unique energy. Widely thought of as the “capital” of North Devon, the historic market town sits central to the popular region, with fantastic transport links connecting it to the rest of the county - and the rest of the country.
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Barnstaple
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Steeped in history, yet with a modern edge that sets it apart from some of its neighbouring towns, Barnstaple is a must-visit during a holiday to Devon. You’ll find stylish bars, great restaurants and big-name retailers on this high street, along with some wonderful independent shops and a bustling Pannier Market, all sites that combine to give the town a fantastic unique energy. Widely thought of as the “capital” of North Devon, the historic market town sits central to the popular region, with fantastic transport links connecting it to the rest of the county - and the rest of the country.
BIG fun and BIG smiles await you at North Devon’s top family attraction! Rides to thrill, adventures across the park, seeing the animals up close, hilarious live shows, events and more, to give you the best family day out in North Devon! We’ve got everything to keep the whole family entertained from the little ones to the grandparents! With EWEtopia, our large indoor play area, we guarantee you all weather fun and if the weather stops any of that, we will give you a free ticket to come back another day!
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The BIG Sheep
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BIG fun and BIG smiles await you at North Devon’s top family attraction! Rides to thrill, adventures across the park, seeing the animals up close, hilarious live shows, events and more, to give you the best family day out in North Devon! We’ve got everything to keep the whole family entertained from the little ones to the grandparents! With EWEtopia, our large indoor play area, we guarantee you all weather fun and if the weather stops any of that, we will give you a free ticket to come back another day!
If you’re looking for family attractions and things to do in North Devon or North Cornwall, The Milky Way Adventure Park is a great choice! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have fun on the gravity rider donut slide, explore the maze and experience fantastic outdoor displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre. Pilot a Cyber Scooter and shoot lasers on Ziggy's Blast Quest, giggle on the Droid Destroyer Dodgems, leap around with the family on the Jumping Jupiters and kick back on the Milky Way Railway - there's something here for everyone!
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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If you’re looking for family attractions and things to do in North Devon or North Cornwall, The Milky Way Adventure Park is a great choice! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have fun on the gravity rider donut slide, explore the maze and experience fantastic outdoor displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre. Pilot a Cyber Scooter and shoot lasers on Ziggy's Blast Quest, giggle on the Droid Destroyer Dodgems, leap around with the family on the Jumping Jupiters and kick back on the Milky Way Railway - there's something here for everyone!
The small town of Instow is a great holiday destination all year round, located on an estuary where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet. It’s a peaceful and charming place to visit for the day or to stay for longer and is has long been a firm favourite with families for generations. Get energetic in Instow The popular Tarka Trail runs through Instow providing an easy way to explore on both foot or by bike. The trail is traffic free making it ideal for tiring out the kids and as it passes alongside the estuary, there are plenty of chances to spot wildlife and enjoy the breeze on a warm day. Alternatively, head down to the town’s beach, full of golden sand and large enough to accommodate everyone during the busier months, the beach area is perfect for building sandcastles, flying kites or just plain old relaxing. You can even introduce the children to traditions from your childhood by crabbing from the quay at high tide.
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Instow
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The small town of Instow is a great holiday destination all year round, located on an estuary where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet. It’s a peaceful and charming place to visit for the day or to stay for longer and is has long been a firm favourite with families for generations. Get energetic in Instow The popular Tarka Trail runs through Instow providing an easy way to explore on both foot or by bike. The trail is traffic free making it ideal for tiring out the kids and as it passes alongside the estuary, there are plenty of chances to spot wildlife and enjoy the breeze on a warm day. Alternatively, head down to the town’s beach, full of golden sand and large enough to accommodate everyone during the busier months, the beach area is perfect for building sandcastles, flying kites or just plain old relaxing. You can even introduce the children to traditions from your childhood by crabbing from the quay at high tide.
Everyone is welcome at Mullacott If you are an experienced rider, or you are a complete beginner we welcome riders of all abilities & ages. We also have no restrictions on age. Our fantastic horses & ponies are friendly and kind, whether you need a confidence giving hack around our 600 acre farm, or a gallop across one of the many beaches we have in the area, we have horses and rides to suit all. Beach Gallops The ultimate ride for the keen equestrian. This ride takes place on one of the fantastic beaches in our local area. The ride takes place entirely on the beach and surrounding sand dunes following bridleways. For this ride you need to be a confident rider comfortable at canter and gallop. Not so experienced? May we suggest one of our other rides? How about an hour hack around our farmland. We have 600acres to ride over with no roadwork. The only riding centre in the area to offer this for your safety. Farm rides and hacking Suitable for all abilities. We can also cater for large groups too. You can chose from either 1 hour or 1/2 hours duration. We can cater for mixed ability groups too. Plenty of escorts make sure that the experienced riders can trot and canter, nervous and novice riders receive plenty of help and can be led.. Feeling absolutely petrified?don't panic we can help you out. We can lead very small children and very nervous people with a walking escort. ​
Mullacott Riding Centre
Everyone is welcome at Mullacott If you are an experienced rider, or you are a complete beginner we welcome riders of all abilities & ages. We also have no restrictions on age. Our fantastic horses & ponies are friendly and kind, whether you need a confidence giving hack around our 600 acre farm, or a gallop across one of the many beaches we have in the area, we have horses and rides to suit all. Beach Gallops The ultimate ride for the keen equestrian. This ride takes place on one of the fantastic beaches in our local area. The ride takes place entirely on the beach and surrounding sand dunes following bridleways. For this ride you need to be a confident rider comfortable at canter and gallop. Not so experienced? May we suggest one of our other rides? How about an hour hack around our farmland. We have 600acres to ride over with no roadwork. The only riding centre in the area to offer this for your safety. Farm rides and hacking Suitable for all abilities. We can also cater for large groups too. You can chose from either 1 hour or 1/2 hours duration. We can cater for mixed ability groups too. Plenty of escorts make sure that the experienced riders can trot and canter, nervous and novice riders receive plenty of help and can be led.. Feeling absolutely petrified?don't panic we can help you out. We can lead very small children and very nervous people with a walking escort. ​
Located just 20 yards away from the Tarka Trail, Otter Cycle Hire provides bike hire for the whole family. Only 20 yards from the traffic free Tarka Trail cycle hire for all the family at reasonable rates. Take the riverside route to Barnstaple, watch the herons & other wildlife on the riverbank or the countryside route to Crow Point & the Burrows, a trip to the beach, sit & watch the boats & barges & have a picnic on the raised riverbank. For a longer ride join the second part of the Tarka Trail at Barnstaple & explore the upper reaches of the river Torridge as far as the Puffing Billy pub (21miles)
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Otter Cycle Hire
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Located just 20 yards away from the Tarka Trail, Otter Cycle Hire provides bike hire for the whole family. Only 20 yards from the traffic free Tarka Trail cycle hire for all the family at reasonable rates. Take the riverside route to Barnstaple, watch the herons & other wildlife on the riverbank or the countryside route to Crow Point & the Burrows, a trip to the beach, sit & watch the boats & barges & have a picnic on the raised riverbank. For a longer ride join the second part of the Tarka Trail at Barnstaple & explore the upper reaches of the river Torridge as far as the Puffing Billy pub (21miles)
We are a family run wildlife & dinosaur park set in a Combe Martin valley over 28 acres of spectacular gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty! Due to the natural terrain there are some fairly steep hills that might be challenging for people with mobility issues.
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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
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We are a family run wildlife & dinosaur park set in a Combe Martin valley over 28 acres of spectacular gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty! Due to the natural terrain there are some fairly steep hills that might be challenging for people with mobility issues.
One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens. FAMILY ATTRACTION – SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!
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Watermouth Castle
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One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens. FAMILY ATTRACTION – SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!
This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950's the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
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Marwood Hill Gardens
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This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950's the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
The formal Victorian Garden you see today was developed in the early 19th century and includes herbaceous borders, basket beds filled with colourful annuals, an attractive fountain surrounded by arched trellises, beds of seasonal planting and banks of colourful azaleas. On the top terrace is a conservatory used to grow a variety of plants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, countries Miss Chichester visited on her world tour in the 1920s.Explore the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, which houses one of the most significant collections of carriages in the country. The ground floor of the Carriage Museum is open daily, 11am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Visits are limited to ensure social distancing; entry is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering inside. Please bring one with you. Please note the Speaker's state coach is currently not on display due to COVID and conservation restrictions.
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Arlington Court
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The formal Victorian Garden you see today was developed in the early 19th century and includes herbaceous borders, basket beds filled with colourful annuals, an attractive fountain surrounded by arched trellises, beds of seasonal planting and banks of colourful azaleas. On the top terrace is a conservatory used to grow a variety of plants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, countries Miss Chichester visited on her world tour in the 1920s.Explore the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, which houses one of the most significant collections of carriages in the country. The ground floor of the Carriage Museum is open daily, 11am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Visits are limited to ensure social distancing; entry is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering inside. Please bring one with you. Please note the Speaker's state coach is currently not on display due to COVID and conservation restrictions.
Braunton Burrows, is one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. At the heart of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it is a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve. The Burrows is approximately 1000 hectares in size (one hectare roughly equates to the size of a football pitch!), divided between dunes (high ground) and slacks (low ground). Flanking the 3.5 mile long sandy beach of Saunton, the Burrows is privately owned by the Christie Estate although the public are welcome to use it. What makes Braunton Burrows unique is its rich diversity of plant and animal life, with 470 species of flowering plant (including 11 species of orchid alone). It is also home to a wide range of fauna – an abundance of insects that includes 33 species of butterfly, many nesting birds and 5 of the 6 reptile species found in the UK. Rich in natural history, the Burrows also has an interesting association with World War Two. It was chosen as the site to establish the Assault Training Center by the American army as it prepared for the D-Day invasion. Between 1943 - 1944, over 10,000 American GIs trained in the sand dunes and remnants of this era remain in the form of mock concrete landing craft and a bazooka wall. This heritage is celebrated with an annual D-Day event which takes place on Saunton Beach during the first weekend of June, involving living history groups and period vehicles from around the UK. Meanwhile, parts of the Burrows continue to be used by the Ministry of Defence, which still uses the challenging terrain to train personnel and test equipment.
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Braunton Burrows
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Braunton Burrows, is one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. At the heart of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it is a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve. The Burrows is approximately 1000 hectares in size (one hectare roughly equates to the size of a football pitch!), divided between dunes (high ground) and slacks (low ground). Flanking the 3.5 mile long sandy beach of Saunton, the Burrows is privately owned by the Christie Estate although the public are welcome to use it. What makes Braunton Burrows unique is its rich diversity of plant and animal life, with 470 species of flowering plant (including 11 species of orchid alone). It is also home to a wide range of fauna – an abundance of insects that includes 33 species of butterfly, many nesting birds and 5 of the 6 reptile species found in the UK. Rich in natural history, the Burrows also has an interesting association with World War Two. It was chosen as the site to establish the Assault Training Center by the American army as it prepared for the D-Day invasion. Between 1943 - 1944, over 10,000 American GIs trained in the sand dunes and remnants of this era remain in the form of mock concrete landing craft and a bazooka wall. This heritage is celebrated with an annual D-Day event which takes place on Saunton Beach during the first weekend of June, involving living history groups and period vehicles from around the UK. Meanwhile, parts of the Burrows continue to be used by the Ministry of Defence, which still uses the challenging terrain to train personnel and test equipment.
There's plenty of free parking in front of St John's Church and in the main Hartland Square car park. We should point out that the Hub is not part of the official network of tourist information centres and therefore you can't buy transport tickets or book-a-bed-ahead, but instead is an informal, insightful and friendly tourist information point. Situated on the westerly coast of North Devon, the Hartland Peninsula is well worth exploring, with miles of inspiring clifftop walks, secluded beaches and marine wildlife to take in. If you’re away with the family, kids will love Hartland Point for its hidden lighthouse, zig-zag rock formations and legends of the many shipwrecks in the water below, whilst Hartland Quay offers dramatic coastline, bold geology and panoramas from Lundy Island to Cornwall. If it’s culture you’re after, Hartland Abbey boasts a fascinating historic family home (a former Augustinian monastery), whilst the award-winning gardens at Docton Mill offer a journey through several lovingly restored landscapes, and a highly acclaimed cream tea! About There's plenty of free parking in front of St John's Church and in the main Hartland Square car park. We should point out that the Hub is not part of the official network of tourist information centres and therefore you can't buy transport tickets or book-a-bed-ahead, but instead is an informal, insightful and friendly tourist information point. Situated on the westerly coast of North Devon, the Hartland Peninsula is well worth exploring, with miles of inspiring clifftop walks, secluded beaches and marine wildlife to take in. If you’re away with the family, kids will love Hartland Point for its hidden lighthouse, zig-zag rock formations and legends of the many shipwrecks in the water below, whilst Hartland Quay offers dramatic coastline, bold geology and panoramas from Lundy Island to Cornwall. If it’s culture you’re after, Hartland Abbey boasts a fascinating historic family home (a former Augustinian monastery), whilst the award-winning gardens at Docton Mill offer a journey through several lovingly restored landscapes, and a highly acclaimed cream tea!
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Hartland
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There's plenty of free parking in front of St John's Church and in the main Hartland Square car park. We should point out that the Hub is not part of the official network of tourist information centres and therefore you can't buy transport tickets or book-a-bed-ahead, but instead is an informal, insightful and friendly tourist information point. Situated on the westerly coast of North Devon, the Hartland Peninsula is well worth exploring, with miles of inspiring clifftop walks, secluded beaches and marine wildlife to take in. If you’re away with the family, kids will love Hartland Point for its hidden lighthouse, zig-zag rock formations and legends of the many shipwrecks in the water below, whilst Hartland Quay offers dramatic coastline, bold geology and panoramas from Lundy Island to Cornwall. If it’s culture you’re after, Hartland Abbey boasts a fascinating historic family home (a former Augustinian monastery), whilst the award-winning gardens at Docton Mill offer a journey through several lovingly restored landscapes, and a highly acclaimed cream tea! About There's plenty of free parking in front of St John's Church and in the main Hartland Square car park. We should point out that the Hub is not part of the official network of tourist information centres and therefore you can't buy transport tickets or book-a-bed-ahead, but instead is an informal, insightful and friendly tourist information point. Situated on the westerly coast of North Devon, the Hartland Peninsula is well worth exploring, with miles of inspiring clifftop walks, secluded beaches and marine wildlife to take in. If you’re away with the family, kids will love Hartland Point for its hidden lighthouse, zig-zag rock formations and legends of the many shipwrecks in the water below, whilst Hartland Quay offers dramatic coastline, bold geology and panoramas from Lundy Island to Cornwall. If it’s culture you’re after, Hartland Abbey boasts a fascinating historic family home (a former Augustinian monastery), whilst the award-winning gardens at Docton Mill offer a journey through several lovingly restored landscapes, and a highly acclaimed cream tea!
Food scene
Fresh food, locally sourced The Brasserie at The Carlton is the perfect setting to enjoy a meal, freshly prepared in our kitchen using some of the best local produce around. We are open to hotel guests and non-residents. Brasserie is a French term referring to an establishment where the food is good, but simple and served in a relaxed setting, which typifies the ambience of our in-house restaurant.
The Carlton Hotel
Fresh food, locally sourced The Brasserie at The Carlton is the perfect setting to enjoy a meal, freshly prepared in our kitchen using some of the best local produce around. We are open to hotel guests and non-residents. Brasserie is a French term referring to an establishment where the food is good, but simple and served in a relaxed setting, which typifies the ambience of our in-house restaurant.
Making chocolates with love in our kitchen, here in the beautiful seaside town of Ilfracombe, North Devon, we hand craft individual chocolates, novelties and bars in many amazing flavours. Chocolate treats for all tastes, from children's chocolate animals to timeless classics such as caramel, coffee, violet and rose through to trendy taste bud ticklers. A wide and ever changing range, we also cater for those with dietary needs including: gluten free, dairy free, vegan suitable, and even have a delicious No Added Sugar range.
Ilfracombe Chocolate Emporium
6 High Street
Making chocolates with love in our kitchen, here in the beautiful seaside town of Ilfracombe, North Devon, we hand craft individual chocolates, novelties and bars in many amazing flavours. Chocolate treats for all tastes, from children's chocolate animals to timeless classics such as caramel, coffee, violet and rose through to trendy taste bud ticklers. A wide and ever changing range, we also cater for those with dietary needs including: gluten free, dairy free, vegan suitable, and even have a delicious No Added Sugar range.
Our restaurants have a 2 AA Rosette award, with magical views over the Bay, which provides the perfect setting for the for the finest cuisine. From day break to starry nights, morning toast to evening champagne, feeding the soul comes very high up the list at Sandy Cove. Our chefs pride themselves in using local, seasonal produce sourced from the waters and pastures of Devon – seasonal, local, fresh, distinctive – simple values at the heart of all our menus.
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The Sandy Cove Hotel
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Our restaurants have a 2 AA Rosette award, with magical views over the Bay, which provides the perfect setting for the for the finest cuisine. From day break to starry nights, morning toast to evening champagne, feeding the soul comes very high up the list at Sandy Cove. Our chefs pride themselves in using local, seasonal produce sourced from the waters and pastures of Devon – seasonal, local, fresh, distinctive – simple values at the heart of all our menus.
Great food, dog friendly, great views. Evening music scene.
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The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill
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Great food, dog friendly, great views. Evening music scene.
​As its name suggests, The Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar serves freshly cooked, authentic Spanish tapas. Come and enjoy the warmth of our service and unhurried, relaxed style of dining. Children over 6 years old are welcome if booked in before 6.30pm. We are unable to cater for children under 6 years. All our food is freshly prepared using ingredients sourced and imported from all over Spain, including our fabulous Iberico Bellota meats and award winning cheeses, to create the most authentic tapas experience we possibly can. Great food with friends in a truly continental atmosphere, a glass of Rioja and good conversation. An evening to remember.
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The Terrace Tapas and Wine Bar
62 Fore St
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​As its name suggests, The Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar serves freshly cooked, authentic Spanish tapas. Come and enjoy the warmth of our service and unhurried, relaxed style of dining. Children over 6 years old are welcome if booked in before 6.30pm. We are unable to cater for children under 6 years. All our food is freshly prepared using ingredients sourced and imported from all over Spain, including our fabulous Iberico Bellota meats and award winning cheeses, to create the most authentic tapas experience we possibly can. Great food with friends in a truly continental atmosphere, a glass of Rioja and good conversation. An evening to remember.
Welcome to Wild Thyme Juice Cafe. You can find us in the UK's largest village: Braunton, North Devon. With our own in-house roastery you won't find better coffee in North Devon. We specialise in producing great home cooked food, smoothies, juices & tea. Come to Braunton and stop off for a fantastic breakfast from our vast all-day breakfast menu. We try to cater for all tastes. Our lunch time to early evening menu offers great home cooked food for those with either a small or large appetite. New Vegetarian & Vegan options, wheat and gluten free options too! Local Ale, Cider and a variety of fine wines are now available.
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Wild Thyme Cafe - Event & Hog Roast Catering
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Welcome to Wild Thyme Juice Cafe. You can find us in the UK's largest village: Braunton, North Devon. With our own in-house roastery you won't find better coffee in North Devon. We specialise in producing great home cooked food, smoothies, juices & tea. Come to Braunton and stop off for a fantastic breakfast from our vast all-day breakfast menu. We try to cater for all tastes. Our lunch time to early evening menu offers great home cooked food for those with either a small or large appetite. New Vegetarian & Vegan options, wheat and gluten free options too! Local Ale, Cider and a variety of fine wines are now available.
Squires Fish Restaurant & Take-away is located in the heart of Braunton. Originally established in 1969, the Squire’s family have spent over 50 years establishing a reputation for serving award winning fish and chips. ​ The longevity with which the Squire’s family have served the community and the legendary nature of it’s fish and chips, means Squires is almost synonymous with Braunton. ​ The building as it stands today, has been extensively adapted to accommodate the stylish 130 seat restaurant, set over two floors, offering an enjoyable dining out experience in a relaxing atmosphere whilst our take-away offers the opportunity to enjoy our award winning fish and chips in the comfort of your own home.
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Squires
1 Exeter Rd
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Squires Fish Restaurant & Take-away is located in the heart of Braunton. Originally established in 1969, the Squire’s family have spent over 50 years establishing a reputation for serving award winning fish and chips. ​ The longevity with which the Squire’s family have served the community and the legendary nature of it’s fish and chips, means Squires is almost synonymous with Braunton. ​ The building as it stands today, has been extensively adapted to accommodate the stylish 130 seat restaurant, set over two floors, offering an enjoyable dining out experience in a relaxing atmosphere whilst our take-away offers the opportunity to enjoy our award winning fish and chips in the comfort of your own home.
Situated in the very heart of Braunton At One offers a relaxed informal all day cafe; in the evening we offer a more refined dining experience. Our daily specials board that reflects the seasonal local produce our Chef Dan sources, he devises a varied menu to suit all tastes. We hope you enjoy your dining experience with us.
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At One
3 Caen St
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Situated in the very heart of Braunton At One offers a relaxed informal all day cafe; in the evening we offer a more refined dining experience. Our daily specials board that reflects the seasonal local produce our Chef Dan sources, he devises a varied menu to suit all tastes. We hope you enjoy your dining experience with us.
The Blue Ball is a traditional coaching inn dating back in parts to the 13thcentury, with low ceilings, blackened beams, stone fireplaces and a timeless atmosphere of unspoilt old world charm. The Inn is set 900 feet above sea level, amidst rolling hills just on the edge of the moor. Its not driven by technology but by traditional hospitality and a passion for its surroundings. Exmoor is a truly all year round destination with its contrasting seasons that appeal in Autumn, Winter, Summer and Spring. It is a superb base for walks, with some of Britain's finest landscapes and a choice of seven circular walks through stunning countryside that all start from the Inn. So why not escape the crowds, the hustle and bustle, enjoy a comfy bed, a hearty breakfast, you can relax, unwind and leave your car parked up until the day you depart. You'll receive a friendly welcome with good beer and hearty food, the Blue Ball offers tradition at its best. You can take tea, enjoy a pint or study your maps while toasting your toes on one of our roaring log fires. Our en-suite rooms are comfortable, homely and charmingly decorated with cotton bedding, huge fluffy towels a few mod cons like WIFI, tea trays, hairdryers and TV's. Breakfast is included.
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The Blue Ball Inn
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The Blue Ball is a traditional coaching inn dating back in parts to the 13thcentury, with low ceilings, blackened beams, stone fireplaces and a timeless atmosphere of unspoilt old world charm. The Inn is set 900 feet above sea level, amidst rolling hills just on the edge of the moor. Its not driven by technology but by traditional hospitality and a passion for its surroundings. Exmoor is a truly all year round destination with its contrasting seasons that appeal in Autumn, Winter, Summer and Spring. It is a superb base for walks, with some of Britain's finest landscapes and a choice of seven circular walks through stunning countryside that all start from the Inn. So why not escape the crowds, the hustle and bustle, enjoy a comfy bed, a hearty breakfast, you can relax, unwind and leave your car parked up until the day you depart. You'll receive a friendly welcome with good beer and hearty food, the Blue Ball offers tradition at its best. You can take tea, enjoy a pint or study your maps while toasting your toes on one of our roaring log fires. Our en-suite rooms are comfortable, homely and charmingly decorated with cotton bedding, huge fluffy towels a few mod cons like WIFI, tea trays, hairdryers and TV's. Breakfast is included.
Family-friendly surfer bar-grill for all-day comfort food and real ales, plus live music on Fridays.
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The Red Barn
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Family-friendly surfer bar-grill for all-day comfort food and real ales, plus live music on Fridays.
Located in what was originally the stables, the Wreckers Retreat Bar serves locally sourced food and ales all year round from 11.00am daily. Recently refurbished and full of character, the bar features memorabilia charting the history of Hartland Quay, the many films and TV shows filmed here over the years as well as details of some of the shipwrecks in the area over the centuries. Dogs on leashes are welcome – when accompanied by well behaved owners! Lunch is served from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, dinner from 6.00pm with last sittings at 8.30pm. There is a small snack menu served on weekends and during school holidays from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. During the busy season, it is advisable to book in advance for our indoor tables and for the moment, we won’t have a roast available on a Sunday. As usual, outdoor tables are on a first come, first served basis and not bookable.
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Hartland Quay Hotel
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Located in what was originally the stables, the Wreckers Retreat Bar serves locally sourced food and ales all year round from 11.00am daily. Recently refurbished and full of character, the bar features memorabilia charting the history of Hartland Quay, the many films and TV shows filmed here over the years as well as details of some of the shipwrecks in the area over the centuries. Dogs on leashes are welcome – when accompanied by well behaved owners! Lunch is served from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, dinner from 6.00pm with last sittings at 8.30pm. There is a small snack menu served on weekends and during school holidays from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. During the busy season, it is advisable to book in advance for our indoor tables and for the moment, we won’t have a roast available on a Sunday. As usual, outdoor tables are on a first come, first served basis and not bookable.