Sarah’s Guidebook

Sarah
Sarah’s Guidebook

Walks and cycle paths

There is so much to discover on foot and on bike in this area, these are just a few of our local suggestions...
Popular places to visit include Fremington, Instow and the Puffing Billy near Torrington. Locations further afield include Meeth Reservoir and Croyde.
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Tarka Trail
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Popular places to visit include Fremington, Instow and the Puffing Billy near Torrington. Locations further afield include Meeth Reservoir and Croyde.
Car park available from Landkey. Nice options of easy to moderate walks, fantastic views from the very top for miles!
Codden Hill
Car park available from Landkey. Nice options of easy to moderate walks, fantastic views from the very top for miles!
Beautiful beach with walk to Putsborough - lovely coffee shop at the end, approx. 6 miles, there and back.
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Woolacombe Beach
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Beautiful beach with walk to Putsborough - lovely coffee shop at the end, approx. 6 miles, there and back.
Beautiful woods, with picnic spot and river to play in for the children.
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Eggesford Forest
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Beautiful woods, with picnic spot and river to play in for the children.

Sightseeing

Beautiful visit for all ages - often family trails through the school holidays. Would recommend checking their website for all events!
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RHS Garden Rosemoor
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Beautiful visit for all ages - often family trails through the school holidays. Would recommend checking their website for all events!
Lovely local beach with ferry to Appledore in summer - tides dependant. Instow Arms, The Glorious Oyster, The Boathouse and Johns of Instow all on main road.
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Instow Beach
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Lovely local beach with ferry to Appledore in summer - tides dependant. Instow Arms, The Glorious Oyster, The Boathouse and Johns of Instow all on main road.
Beautiful local town, great day out - VERY steep!
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Clovelly
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Beautiful local town, great day out - VERY steep!
Hartland Abbey and gardens has been featured in many BBC programmes including Sense and Sensibility and Malory Towers. They have donkeys , peacocks and sheep - as well as the Old Kitchens Tea Room for afternoon tea.
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Hartland Abbey
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Hartland Abbey and gardens has been featured in many BBC programmes including Sense and Sensibility and Malory Towers. They have donkeys , peacocks and sheep - as well as the Old Kitchens Tea Room for afternoon tea.
Lundy island is just three miles in length. It is owned by the national trust and a visit can be spectacular. A multitude of wildlife including puffins, dolphins and seals often visible. https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/day-trips/
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Lundy
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Lundy island is just three miles in length. It is owned by the national trust and a visit can be spectacular. A multitude of wildlife including puffins, dolphins and seals often visible. https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/day-trips/

Family activities

Lots to do for children of all ages, here are a few ideas come rain or shine!
Brilliant family day out - with both activities inside and outside. Separate area for under fives also. Best to make a whole day out of this!
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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Brilliant family day out - with both activities inside and outside. Separate area for under fives also. Best to make a whole day out of this!
Great family day out - indoor and outdoor activities available. Would recommend on a nice day to get maximum use!
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The BIG Sheep
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Great family day out - indoor and outdoor activities available. Would recommend on a nice day to get maximum use!
Fantastic restaurant for breakfast and/or soft play area for children with additional outside play area and tractor rides
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Quince Honey Farm
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Fantastic restaurant for breakfast and/or soft play area for children with additional outside play area and tractor rides
Lynton and Lynmouth - seaside towns. Lynmouth offers a pebble beach, with park at the bottom. Shops and restaurants visible with historic past.
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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway (Top station)
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Lynton and Lynmouth - seaside towns. Lynmouth offers a pebble beach, with park at the bottom. Shops and restaurants visible with historic past.
Locally owned zoo, approximately 40 minutes drive
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Exmoor Zoo
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Locally owned zoo, approximately 40 minutes drive
Local attraction for children with play areas
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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
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Local attraction for children with play areas
Fab house and gardens with walks and play areas for children, check out their website for daily activities, especially during the holidays!
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National Trust - Arlington Court & Carriage Museum
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Fab house and gardens with walks and play areas for children, check out their website for daily activities, especially during the holidays!
Indoor and outdoor tennis centre
Tarka Tennis Centre
Indoor and outdoor tennis centre
Buy a glass bottle and fill it up with fresh pasteurised cows milk - even add your own flavours for a milkshake!
The Milkiosk
Buy a glass bottle and fill it up with fresh pasteurised cows milk - even add your own flavours for a milkshake!
Privately owned gardens with beautiful wisteria arch, lake and tea gardens.
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Marwood Hill Gardens
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Privately owned gardens with beautiful wisteria arch, lake and tea gardens.
Surfing lessons - all levels welcome!
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Surf SUP Academy - Westward Ho! North Devon
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Surfing lessons - all levels welcome!
Brand new leisure centre with swimming pool and indoor ski slope!
Tarka Tennis Centre
Brand new leisure centre with swimming pool and indoor ski slope!

Food scene

We are spoilt for choice with local produce in North Devon, I would recommend booking, especially during the peak seasons.
5* food and service - booking advised!
Hunters Inn
5* food and service - booking advised!
5* gastro pub with Michelin star aims! Local food, check menu online to see if appeals! Beautiful pub inside and out.
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The Farmers Arms
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5* gastro pub with Michelin star aims! Local food, check menu online to see if appeals! Beautiful pub inside and out.
Beautiful restaurant in own grounds, previously owned in conjunction with Michael Caines.
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Kentisbury Grange Hotel
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Beautiful restaurant in own grounds, previously owned in conjunction with Michael Caines.
The BEST fish and chip restaurant - can eat in or take away! Would not recommend anywhere else, won best shop in country!
Pelican Fish Restaurant
6 The Quay
The BEST fish and chip restaurant - can eat in or take away! Would not recommend anywhere else, won best shop in country!
Thai restaurant - locally owned and the very best!
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Morans Restaurant & Bar
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Thai restaurant - locally owned and the very best!
Chinese Takeaway - menu can be found online. Approx 5 mins for collection, will deliver.
The Power
1 Bickington Road
Chinese Takeaway - menu can be found online. Approx 5 mins for collection, will deliver.
Located on Barricane beach, just next to Woolacombe, 5-7pm every night in the summer only (so long as it's not raining!) freshly cooked Sri Lanken curries. Check out their Facebook page!!
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Barricane Beach Cafe
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Located on Barricane beach, just next to Woolacombe, 5-7pm every night in the summer only (so long as it's not raining!) freshly cooked Sri Lanken curries. Check out their Facebook page!!
Super place for breakfast with parking and direct access to the Tarka Trail equidistant to Barnstaple and Instow - play area for children and picnic spaces.
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Fremington Quay
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Super place for breakfast with parking and direct access to the Tarka Trail equidistant to Barnstaple and Instow - play area for children and picnic spaces.
The best local food and coffee shop - lots of lovely local produce, thoroughly recommended!
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Johns of Instow
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The best local food and coffee shop - lots of lovely local produce, thoroughly recommended!
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Westleigh Inn
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The Boathouse, Instow
Marine Parade
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Number Eight
8A Allhalland St
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Chichester Arms
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City/town information

Lovely historic city - beautiful train ride from Barnstaple. Stunning Cathedral and green in centre. Museum, cinema, and large leisure centre.
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Exeter
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Lovely historic city - beautiful train ride from Barnstaple. Stunning Cathedral and green in centre. Museum, cinema, and large leisure centre.

Adventure

Great adventure for older children and adults!
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North Devon Wake Park
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Great adventure for older children and adults!
Good activity on rainy days! Very close to barn, and nice coffee shop for adults.
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Air Extreme Trampoline Park
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Good activity on rainy days! Very close to barn, and nice coffee shop for adults.
Ilfracombe Princess - coastal and wildlife cruises - contact number: 01271 879727/07837 569667
Ilfracombe Coastal Cruises
3 The Quay
Ilfracombe Princess - coastal and wildlife cruises - contact number: 01271 879727/07837 569667
Local golf club with driving range, also offers restaurant - nice Sunday lunches, booking advised.
Portmore Golf Park
Local golf club with driving range, also offers restaurant - nice Sunday lunches, booking advised.
Listed as one of the best courses in UK - 36 holes available, booking recommended - 01271812436
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Saunton Golf Club
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Listed as one of the best courses in UK - 36 holes available, booking recommended - 01271812436
All levels and abilities fo clay pigeon shooting
North Devon Shooting Ground
All levels and abilities fo clay pigeon shooting

Rainy Days

On a rainy day, small and local cinema
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Scott Cinemas
77 Boutport St
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On a rainy day, small and local cinema
A nice activity located in Braunton
Paint a Pot
5 Exeter Rd
A nice activity located in Braunton
Lots of great productions - especially the pantomime at Christmas time!
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Queen's Theatre
100 Boutport St
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Lots of great productions - especially the pantomime at Christmas time!