Devon Scene

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

All watersports, especially surfing, are hugely popular in North Devon. Here, Trev Toes Lumley, from Eyeball Surfcheck, provides a guide to the best local surf breaks

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Whether you are a local or a visitor, you can be sure of the best advice at North Devon's Tourist Information Centres (TICs). TICs are run by friendly, experienced staff who know the local area really well and often have extra knowledge you won't find in guide books. The centres don't just provide information, they also offer a wide range of services, and are able to help you with:


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For a welcome that's always warm and for memories that will never fade - you can't beat North Devon. Golden beaches, safe bathing waters, rolling countryside, pretty villages, excellent shopping centres and friendly folk await you.

Use our online guide to discover top towns and villages, plan family days out with the What's On Guide, visit stunning beaches and find out a bit more about local history.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Drive around from the Burrows and you will arrive at the thriving fishing village of Appledore, with boats bobbing on the River Torridge. The village offers a splendid range of shops, hotels, pubs and galleries.

Atlantic Highway (A39)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Take the A39 trail out of Bideford and it will lead you through a land of rural charm and coastal beauty which defies description. Be sure to pay a visit to all the picturesque villages along the way


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On the banks of the River Taw, Barnstaple is the bustling ‘capital’ of North Devon


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The waterfront is the focal point of Bideford’s appeal to the visitor. Last year the whole area was upgraded to match the new Quayside development, even to the extent of planting new trees more in-keeping with the environment beside the river.

Bradworthy & Holsworthy

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Holsworthy is in the heart of the North West Devon countryside. Not to be missed is market day on a Wednesday when the Square is filled with colourful market stalls.

Braunton & West Down

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Leaving Barnstaple via the main road to Ilfracombe, you will come across Braunton and Saunton Sands. West Down – a beautiful village that nestles in the North Devon hills – is also worth a visit.

The dramatic view from the coast path above Clovelly Harbour illustrates one of the reasons why this village is so unique.

Combe Martin - Spectacular scenery

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Don’t be tempted to walk the whole of Combe Martin’s main street in one go. It’s said to be the longest village street in the country – and, at two miles, who would argue?

Croyde - picture perfect

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

With a beach that is one of the best around for swimming, surfing, fishing or simply lying in the sun, Croyde is a very popular holiday area.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Straddling the border of North Devon with Somerset, the Exmoor National Park is a haven from the pressures and noise of modern-day living. It is the home of the red deer, the famous ponies, soaring buzzards and remote villages.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Edged with one of the loveliest and most dramatic stretches of the South West Coast Path, Hartland has a host of interesting features and is a major attraction for artists and craftspeople.

Ilfracombe - Victorian Uniqueness

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Family-friendly Ilfracombe has all you need for a great holiday – including a state-of-the-art theatre with summer shows for everyone.

Instow - charm and character

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Instow and Westleigh are two holiday villages full of charm and character. It was the Victorians who first discovered Instow and turned it into a holiday destination.

Lundy Island

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lundy isn’t just a name you hear on the radio shipping forecast — it’s a great little island you can see from many points off the coast of North Devon — and it’s so simple to reach by sea.

Lynton and Lynmouth - picturesque

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

L ynmouth nestles at the foot of imposing cliffs, some 500 feet below Lynton. This area offers some of the steepest hills and twistiest roads the county has to offer.

Woolacombe and Mortehoe

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Woolacombe is many miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day living. Its beautifully kept, three-mile stretch of golden sand has won both the Blue Flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards. Its pedigree as a Blue Flag Beach has been confirmed again this year.

South Molton - ancient market town

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The ancient market town of South Molton is a centre for the local agricultural community. For the visitor, it’s the gateway to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.

Tarka Trail - Follow the Otter

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You can walk or cycle along a safe track that was once the railway line skirting the Taw and Torridge rivers and their estuaries, enjoying vistas of water, fields and woods. Isley Marsh is an RSPB nature reserve where you will see great flocks of wading birds and wildfowl flying in to feed on the estuary mudflats.

Torrington - the Cavalier Town

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Great Torrington is known as the Cavalier Town in recognition of its brave attempt to support the King in the Battle of Torrington in 1646 during the English Civil War.

West Down

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

West Down is a pleasant village, set about four miles inland from the North Devon coast. The busy market town of Barnstaple is just nine miles away.

Westward Ho!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Charles Kingsley loved Westward Ho! He wrote much of his famous book of the same name there, and his statue stands on the quay at Bideford.

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