Top 10 picnic spots in North Devon

Find the perfect place to picnic in North Devon.

Find the perfect place to picnic in North Devon. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Looking to have a picnic in North Devon? Here’s our guide to 10 top spots to spread your picnic blanket...

If you’re looking for North Devon picnic spots – look no further.

What better way to enjoy a sunny day, than to pack up some sandwiches, cakes and scotch eggs, and head out for a summers walk?

Whether you want to gaze at the sea, dine in gladed woodlands or spread your picnic blanket in rolling fields, here are our top 10 choices for picnic spots in North Devon.

Witslandpound Reservoir, near Blackmoor Gate

This tranquil lake is surrounded by conifers, and makes the perfect spots for a peaceful picnic in the heart of North Devon. Wander around the still lake and find the perfect spot to sit down and take in the view over some sandwiches.

Coddon Hill, near Barnstaple

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Park at the bottom near Bishops Tawton and take the short walk to the top of Coddon Hill to rewarded with the most spectacular, sweeping views across North Devon. Here you can sit in lush green fields and admire the vistas of Barnstaple and Exmoor.

Instow Beach

Did you know one of the best places to view the sunset in North Devon is Instow beach? Set up a romantic picnic at dusk and watch the glorious colours emblazoned across a scene of bobbing boats at the mouth of the estuary. Hocking’s ice cream optional for dessert.

Spekes Mill Mouth

A 20 minutes amble from Hartland Quay you’ll find the beautiful Spekes Mill Mouth, with a tumbling waterfall and long, curving beach. Climb the sandy steps to the beach and watch the surfers navigating the reef break over a flask of tea and cake.

Eggesford Forest, off A377

A picnic area awaits you at Eggesford Forest, where you can eat your lunch amid the trees, and enjoy their cooling shade. There are a number of walks through the forest to burn off your lunch – perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Torrington Commons

The commons was given to the people of Torrington in the 12th century, and has been remained unspoilt ever since. Visitors can walk 20 miles of footpaths, and choose from wild flower meadows, woodland, or the banks of the River Torridge to set up their picnic.

Victoria Park, Bideford

Looking for a family-friendly picnic area? Victoria Park is the perfect place, with benches, expanses of lawn, plus a shallow open air pool and adventure playground for the little ones.

Barricane Beach, Woolacombe

Slip away from the tourist-hub of Woolacombe, and you’ll find the beautiful, secluded cove of Barricane Beach. Popular with surfers, you can bring your own food, or even enjoy one of the infamous curries in the summer evenings from the café.

Braunton Burrows

Set up your picnic among the network of sand dunes – you’re bound to find a secret spot in Braunton Burrows. Park at Sandy Lane, or venture down to Crow Point where you can admire the wildlife, spot birds in the estuary and enjoy some peace.

Watermouth Bay, near Ilfracombe

This secluded bay is a peaceful spot to get away from it all. You can walk down to the harbour and look out over the water while you share a French stick. And you can even enjoy a spot of fishing as well – maybe you’ll catch your own dinner?

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