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


This is countryside with small communities where the summer months are filled with garden fetes, church sales and country fairs watch out for their posters. Villages like Buckland Brewer, Parkham, Monkleigh, Littleham and Frithelstock are all worth a visit. So are their many friendly pubs and restaurants.

The small villages and hamlets to the west of Bideford must not be missed either. Just follow the A39 heading for Cornwall and discover them for yourself. At Horns Cross, a little further along the main A39, a lane darts off and takes you to the beautiful wooded valley of Peppercombe.

Back on the main road heading south is The Hoops Inn. This thatched 13th century hostelry no doubt saw famous seafarers like Sir Richard Grenville, who was born just a few miles away.

Bucks Mills is a seaside hamlet which time has left untouched. A leafy lane leads down to a car park from where the village is but a short walk. A cliff path leads to a rocky, but safe and secluded, beach.

Further along the coast is the jewel in Torridgesides crown the quaint village of Clovelly, which you must pay an admission charge to visit.

Then travelling further along the A39 at Bucks Cross, you will see a signpost pointing in the direction of Woolfardisworthy. Beneath this word in brackets is Woolsery. This is the shortened name by which the village is known today. It also distinguishes it from another Woolfardisworthy, which is many miles away, near Crediton. Woolsery has a pub, a post office, fish and chip shop, garage and a primary school. Just outside the village is the attractive Merry Harriers Nursery, a place with something to interest every keen gardener; it has a tea room too.

Also nearby is the Milky Way Adventure Park which welcomes thousands of visitors a year to its many outstanding features. These include regular birds of prey demonstrations, the Clone Zone interactive ride and Time Warp indoor adventure centre. Dont miss the ferret display and look out for the cuddling corner where you can get close to baby lambs.

Or maybe pay a very worthwhile visit to Brocklands Adventure Park, runner-up in the England For Excellence Awards 2001 and Quality Assured, Brocklands is a fun-packed value day out, whatever the weather.

And theres also The Big Sheep family entertainment park which provides a unique day out, whatever the weather.