North Devon is abundant with things to do and see and Hele Valley offers you an ideal holiday location for everyone, who will delight at the legacy of its unspoiled environment. The sheer beauty of the countryside and the seascapes, the rich mixture of high moors, wooded valleys, miles of unspoilt golden beaches and rugged cliffs, the character of the people and the tradition and the romance of the area make it simply irresistible. There is so much to do in North Devon that you will have to return to do what you missed out on from your first visit. Whatever your pleasure, there is something for everyone from exploring quaint thatched fishing villages, watching the sun set on a golden sandy beach, learning to surf, take a round of golf on one of our championship courses, discover miles of undulating sand dunes, treat the children to a farm park, visit national trust houses and explore haunted mansions, take tea in famous art and sculpture gardens, have a bet on sheep racing or just book a pleasure boat trip to Lundy Island.
Whatever you do, North Devon has everything to offer. We offer a wide selection of tourist information leaflets in the Hele Valley Reception Area where you will find our fully trained staff will be happy to help with your holiday enjoyment.
Lee Bay is a small village on the North Devon coast near Woolacombe. The village of Lee Bay lies at the foot of what is known locally as the Fuchsia Valley. Lee Bay has a pub, a shop, a church and a gift/craft shop operating from the old schoolroom adjoining the church. The beach is delightful at low tide with lots of rock pools to explore and a stretch of sand giving good bathing. The famous Tarka Trail also goes through Lee Bay. The Gate House Garden - An organic garden just 4 minutes’ walk from the bay, with 2 patio areas, a vegetable garden and an ornamental garden. Free entry, open most days but best to phone and check beforehand on 01271862409.read more...
Westward Ho! is known for its surfing seas and the long expanse of clean sand backed by a pebble ridge and grasslands which extends for about three miles.
With seaside shops and a range of food outlets, Westward Ho! is a popular family beach with a blue flag status.
RNLI Lifeguard service is available from May to September and the beach is popular with windsurfers, surfers and swimmers. Dogs are permitted from October to April on the whole beach, and all year round at the Northam Burrows end. There is ample car parking and disabled parking close to the beach.
The wonderful surf that runs on to Westward Ho! draws surfers from miles around, and with designated surfing areas the beach caters for every activity. The surf is also home to wild sea bass, attracting anglers from all over the country. Equipment for bathing, surfing and angling is available from local outlets.
The Pier House - The only seafront bar and bistro in Westward Ho!, exceptional views and a friendly atmosphere, perfect for drinks or dinner.
Tea on the Green - Top rated café on Trip Advisor. Open Wednesday to Sunday. A small family run tearoom with a sea view that won’t disappoint. Call 01237429406 to reserve a table.
Royal North Devon Golf Club: England’s oldest course. Call 01237473817 for more information.
Clovelly is set into a steep hillside and is one of the most famous villages in the world.
Clovelly has a single cobbled High Street which winds its way down the 16th century hillside cottages to the ancient Clovelly harbour.
Jana Edwards runs Clovelly Village Tours. She is full of information about village history and traditions, and an enthusiastic guide for interested visitors. Join one of her tours and you’ll gain valuable insights into what makes Clovelly such a unique place to visit in North Devon. She loves sharing her knowledge, and you are bound to leave enlightened and enthused.
Judging by the Trip Advisor comments, taking a Clovelly Village Tour is a ‘MUST’.To book your tour call Jana on 0797 413 4701 or email email@example.com
A day when your camera should not be forgotten!
Appledore is a village situated near Bideford and is beaming with character.
There are some fantastic restaurants and pubs offering delicious fresh seafood dishes in the area.
Historically celebrated for its artists and craftspeople the village now boasts an Arts Festival and the Appledore Crafts Company. There are pleasant walks along the beach, south facing quay and along the river towards Bideford and Westward Ho!
Hubba Café & Craft - Paint ornaments or plates whilst enjoying a drink or some home cooked food, perfect for families.
Pleasure and fishing cruises on the Cheeky Monkey: a 20ft locally built boat, which sails 7 to 8 miles up the estuary. Call 01237476191 for more information and to book.
North Devon Maritime Museum - Open April till November. Tele: 01237422064. John’s Delicatessen and Café: Experience a taste of Devon through the delicious local West Country produce and friendly staff. Visit www.johnsofinstow.co.uk or call 01237425870.
The ancient market town of Holsworthy is situated amidst the rolling green hills of North Devon.
Every Wednesday there is a popular Pannier Market held, where locals mingle with visitors in the busy market square.
A variety of small shops cluster around the square, and there are several pubs, cafes and tea rooms nearby.
A vintage car rally is held every June.
St Peter’s Fair lasts one week and is held every July.
Holsworthy Museum is found in the Manor car park, just off market square. This little gem of a museum features displays about an era of bygone rural life.
Hartland is the largest parish in Devon, situated in the far north west of the county.
Twelve miles of spectacular coastline, breath-taking scenery, wonderful cliff top walks, beautiful secluded beaches, an abundance of rare flora and fauna and stunning starlit skies.
Do not miss the magnificent Hartland Abbey (pictured), built in 1157 - the last monastery dissolved by Henry VIII its steeped in history with beautiful gardens running down to the sea. The village has a thriving farmers market held on the first Sunday of the month from April to October.
Hartland Point - experience the dramatic Devonshire cliffs and coast at 350ft above sea level alongside the 1874 lighthouse and the Tense Rocks, and on a clear day see the spectacular views across to Lundy and South Wales.
Hartland Quay - built during the 16th Century Hartland Quay was a thriving harbour until stormy seas swept it away in 1887. Whilst there, visit the Hartland Quay Museum, which displays fascinating artefacts and documents from shipwrecks and smugglers. Free entry, open 11am-5pm Easter week until October half term.
Hartland Abbey - Take a step into history inside the Abbey where you can see documents from 1160, early photographs, furniture and much more. Outside explore the 50 acres of gardens, full of gorgeous plants and wildlife, which lead right down to the sea. Hartland Abbey also has some claims to fame as a film location for Sense and Sensibility, The Shell Seekers and The Antiques Road Show. Visit www.hartlandabbey.com or telephone 01237441234/441496.
The village - a timeless rural gem packed with history and heritage, offers many local shops, tea rooms and pubs to explore.
Great Torrington is sited on the top of an inland cliff, which provides extraordinary views of the valley and River Torridge below. It is a vibrant community and people in the town, proud of their heritage, can often be seen dressed in costume for re-enactments, festivals and celebrations.
The Nearby attractions of the RHS Garden Rosemoor and Dartington Crystal make Great Torrington a great place to visit and why not stop for a hearty lunch in the town centre at the Plough Arts Centre - the gift shop is not to be missed.
Dartington Crystal - Watch glassmaking and engraving live with the factory experience and delve into the heritage and history of Dartington Crystal at the visitor centre. Open Daily. The factory experience is only available Monday to Friday. Call 01805626242 or visit www.dartington.co.uk for more information.
RHS Garden Rosemoor - Visit the 65 acre garden whatever the season to enjoy the beauty of woodland walks, hand planted gardens and history. Open daily: March to October. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor or call 01805626810.
Torrington Heritage Museum- A small friendly museum that reflects the diverse history of this ancient market town. Admission is free. Open April till December, Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Visit www.torringtonmuseum.org.uk or call 01805 938008. The Pannier Market - built in 1842 and refurbished in 1999, a general market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays. Also contains 12 shops, a workshop and a café.
Georgeham is a small and quiet village situated near Woolacombe; a great place to visit if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of busier areas.
There is a small shop, a pub and a church to visit.
The Kings Arms Georgeham Pub, rated very highly, fantastic food and friendly staff.
Take a fantastic 1.2 mile walk to Putsborough, and then continue along the 3 mile beach to Woolacombe.
The Rock Inn - A fantastic pub in a beautifully peaceful area; a great outside setting to enjoy a drink or some food on a summer’s day.
Braunton is situated between Ilfracombe and Barnstaple.
It is a pleasant village which connects through to Croyde Bay.
Braunton Burrows is a quiet beach which makes for a great day out for the more peaceful minded person. There are some great pubs and restaurants in Braunton, with Squires restaurant being the most famous of them all serving up the best fish and chips you may ever try, highly recommended. Braunton is a great location to start off on the Tarka Trail (you can buy a map in our reception for £1) as there is a local bike hire shop and it is very easy to join onto the trail from here. Saunton Sands - With a long stretch of golden sand backed by magnificent dunes, also dog friendly all year round.
Visit www.sauntonbeach.info Museum of British Surfing - a nationally registered charity preserving surfing heritage, celebrating current achievement and helping to shape the future of surfing in Great Britain.
Elliot Gallery - close to the centre of town with free parking and a ‘coffee nook’, the gallery features original art work, many of which are for sale. Summer opening: Mid-April till October.
Croyde Bay is a surfer’s paradise. The beach is one of the best in North Devon and boasts some of the best waves, if you are a keen surfer this is the place to visit.
There are surfboard hire shops near the beach which also hire out wet suits.
There is more to Croyde then just surfing though with the excellent pub called The Thatch. They offer great pub food, real ales and fine wines, with superb menus and a daily choice of black board specials, offering local fresh fish and farm produce from across Devon and Exmoor. They also have live entertainment in the summer months.
Croyde Deckchair Cinema - a pop-up cinema in the village hall with a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a documentary shown most Tuesdays during the summer, about Croyde local, Andrew Cotton, who currently holds the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed. Recent feature films are shown in the evening. Visit www.croydedeckchaircinema.co.uk Telephone 07583204601.
The Blue Groove Restaurant - a unique and sophisticated beach style restaurant that serves locally sourced home-made food. Open daily from 9am, visit www.blue-groove.co.uk or telephone 01271890111.
Barnstaple is the biggest town in North Devon and there is a wide variety of things to do here, including visiting their large shopping centre called Green Lanes.
There is also a leisure centre with plenty of things to do: swimming, football, gym, badminton, tennis, etc.
There are also historic sites to visit such as Arlington Court. Every Wednesday near Green Lanes the local markets open called the Pannier Markets.
There is a large bowling complex as well which also has a laser quest section. There is also arcade machines and fast food available, plus more, all of which makes for a great bit of family fun.
Queen’s theatre - located in the centre often showcasing fantastic local plays. Many local event’s throughout year such as North Devon Real Ale Festival, Elephant Day and North Devon Food Festival. Ask us about upcoming events.
Wide range of restaurants to suite all tastes and budgets, Giovanni’s Italian restaurant by the theatre is great for romantic meals and Boston Tea Party Café is unique, cosy and perfect for a coffee or lunch.
Broomhill Sculpture Garden - Art Gallery and Restaurant just 4.3 miles from Barnstaple.
A picturesque town set in the heart of North Devon with some great restaurants and walks along the river.
Burton Art Gallery & Museum – Located in central Bideford the gallery is open Monday to Sundays from June to October. Free admission.
Atlantic Village: Great for camping and hiking supplies.
Atlantis Adventure Park children play area includes an indoor play area, a pirate ship, crazy golf, rides and much more. Visit www.atlantisadventurepark.co.uk or call 01237478888 for more information. Open daily.
The Big Sheep: - A unique family day out including rides, sheep racing, live shows, barn animals, lamb feeding, an indoor play area and much more. Ask us for more information on seasonal events. A fantastic day out!
Bideford Quay - Enjoy a walk along the quay dating back to the 16th century, it was the 3rd largest in the country. As the port has been so busy over the years, it has had to be extended three times (in 1663, 1692 and 1890) and there have also been new trees planted and excellent facilities built, including the new Lundy ticketing office. The port is still regularly in use today with a ferry that regularly makes the fourteen-mile journey to Lundy Island and back.
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoiled.
Lundy is never crowded, even in the height of summer when up to five times a week, MS Oldenburg brings day-visitors who stay for a few hours. At all other times those who are staying in the 23 holiday properties and the residents have the island to themselves.
Discover Lundy In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain.
The particular character of Lundy derives from its varied terrain; on the west side, exposed to the Atlantic, there are high and rugged cliffs, on the east, sheltered from the prevailing wind, the coastline is gentler with grassy slopes, trees and many types of wild flowers. This contrast explains the rich diversity of the island's animal and plant life and its attraction to walkers, climbers and divers. People return time and again to the simple pleasures that Lundy affords; the sea is clear, the landscape spectacular, and at night, without competition from street lights, it is truly dark and the stars shine with unfamiliar brilliance.
Visit www.lundyisland.co.uk or telephone 01271863636 for bookings.
Do not forget your camera for this unforgettable experience!
Instow is a small village full of character. It is on the estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet, on the bank opposite Appledore.
There is a small river beach and sand dunes, home to some rare species of orchid including the pyramid orchid.
The Tarka Trail passes through Instow, providing an easy means for people to arrive by foot or on bike. This section of the Trail is also part of the South West Coast Path, offering longer walks along the coast.
Tapeley Park Gardens - Dog friendly Victorian design gardens full of rare and exotic plants and with beautiful views. Currently running a sustainability programme with many projects to see.
The Dairy Tea Rooms on site serves food solely from Tapeley produce. Open March to October. Call 01271860897 or visit www.tapeleygardens.com for enquiries.
The Boathouse Restaurant - provides stunning views of the Torridge River and Appledore, and has a seafood restaurant and bar area for eating. Reservations can only be taken for the seafood restaurant via 01271 61292. Visit www.instow.net/boathouse for more information and a sample menu.
Mortehoe is a small village just off from Woolacombe. It boasts some fantastic views and friendly pubs and restaurants, including a rare barrelled 13th Century Church and a nine hole golf course with amazing sea views of the Bristol Channel and Lundy Island.
Rockham beach comprises of the perfect combination for some fabulous hidden rock pools teaming with creatures waiting to be discovered, plus the beach is dog friendly all year round.
Visit tradition local pubs such as the Chichester Arms, Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant, Mortehoe Shellfish and The Ship Aground and mingle with the ever welcoming locals.
The Mortehoe Heritage Centre is based in the Cart Linhay building. It also acts as the local tourist information office. On the upper floor is a museum of the history of the most north-westerly tip of North Devon. The museum has displays about the local farming communities, the railway, and the numerous shipwrecks that occurred off the treacherous rocks around the nearby coast.
Leading from the centre of the village there are some beautiful walks through the country fields leading to the old lighthouse then over the cliffs before dropping down in to Woolacombe.
Spectacular coastal views, Don’t forget your camera!
There is truly something for everyone to do in and around Lynton & Lynmouth; arts & craft centre, kayaking, Lyn & Exmoor Museum, Lynmouth Boat Trips, putting greens, beaches, fish & chips, local cafe’s and pubs, a local art dealer shop (Maurice Bishop), surfing, rock-pooling and historic gardens, long country/coastal walks, traditional candle maker.
Take a stroll around the 2,000 acres of Watersmeet and Countisbury, a haven for wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls and walking to suit all abilities. Watersmeet is one of Britain's deepest river gorges, where the lush valleys of the East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water tumble together. Watersmeet House owned by The National Trust is the perfect spot to indulge in one of their gorgeous cream teas and don't forget to visit the shop for gifts or a little treat. Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway: The Unique Victorian Water Powered Lift.
No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon would be complete without a ride on the famous cliff lift enjoying spectacular views of the coastline. The Cliff Railway was first opened on Easter Monday in 1890.
Glen Lyn Gorge - Learn about the power of Water and the 1952 Lynmouth flood, open daily Easter to October. A small charge is payable and well worth it.
Lyn Model Railway - Perfect for both children and adults, free entry, open daily 11 – 4 (closed 1-2), Easter to October Exmoor Coast Boat Trips: - daily during summer (weather permitting) Phone Matt: 01598753207
Arts and Crafts Centre (Lynton) - Local traders from across North Devon selling unique hand crafted items (free entry)
Lyn and Exmoor museum (Lynton) - exhibits from Exmoor life over the last two centuries, including the 1952 flood and the Louisa life boat rescue, rumoured to be haunted!
Valley of rocks - Visit the goats and ponies, fantastic at Easter to see kids, climbing permitted at own risk, (road leads to Lee Abbey Tea Cottage and sheltered beach)
Don’t forget to take your camera, the views are spectacular!
Woolacombe beach has been voted one of Britain's best beaches and lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand has won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities.
Woolacombe itself is a lively village with great pubs, restaurants and places to stay. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to do away from the beach including an arcade. There's a friendly, laid-back atmosphere here which visitors are sure to enjoy.
The Red Barn is a popular restaurant which has great views of the sunset on those warm summer evenings, best enjoyed over a cold beverage.
Adventure sports - For an experience you’ll never forget
Hang-gliding – Fly Like A Bird www.flylikeabird.co.uk Call Sam Jeyes on 07875247389.
Surfing lessons - half days and full days; rental also available.
Coasteering for ages 12+. Book online at www.nickthorn.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01271871337.
H2Outdoor offers kayaking, coasteering, high ropes, mountain biking, surfing, horse riding & wild swimming – visit www.h2outdoor.co.uk , email email@example.com or call 07789807424/01271871125.
Woolacombe Riding Stables- www.woolacombe-ridingstables.co.uk Beach and country rides available, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01271870260
Top Rated Restaurants & Cafes: Woolacombe fryer, GJ’s Dutch Pancake Bar, Barricane Beach Café.
Ask us for directions.
Spectacular coastal views, Don’t forget your camera!
Combe Martin has a huge range of activities on offer including walking, sea swimming, fishing, horse riding, cycling, surfing, clay pigeon shooting, sub-aqua diving or simply exploring. There are also plenty of tourist shops and a local beach to enjoy some sunshine.Kayaks are available to hire from Surfside Kayak Hire.
There is also a well-stocked museum and TIC which was set up by members of the Combe Martin Historical Society.
Village events include the week long carnival (usually second week in August) and the unique 'The Hunting of The Earl of Rone' over the four days of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
There is a safe sheltered beach with a mixture of sand and pebbles which is great for rock-pooling.
Combe Martin Wildlife Park features over 28 acres of naturally beautiful valley with cascading streams and waterfalls, woodland walks, tropical trees, plants and an abundance of indigenous wildlife. Experience close hand many amazing animals, life sized Dinosaurs and much more. A truly unique day out!
Adventure falconry offers a unique insight into the ancient art of falconry www.adventurefalconry.co.uk Intro to falconry £10 pp, Hawk Walks £45 (1.5h of interaction), half and full day hunts (£70/£140) Telephone: 07976555004, e-mail: email@example.com
Restaurants/Pubs - Visit traditional pubs such as the Pack of Cards or have a meal in the George and Dragon, locally known as Quackers or visit Black and White, the towns top Fish and Chip Shop on Trip Advisor.
Walks - Little & Great Hangman boast the tallest cliff in mainland Britain, walk the paths to Hunter’s Inn or try more challenging walks to Sherrycombe and Girt Down offering fantastic views.
Visit www.southwestcoastpath.com or ask us for suitable routes.
Don’t forget your camera!
Berrynarbor is a small village near Combe Martin which is full of character and is a must to explore.
The Berrynarbor Community Shop & Post Office is labelled by locals as ‘the heart of our village’ and is very popular with tourists as there is a wide range of local produce and gifts available to purchase. Complete with local chutneys, jams, honey, hams, a bakery, local ciders and more. Many of the gifts are created by local crafts people.
There is a famous pub in Berrynarbor, called Ye Olde Globe public house. The pub serves food, has well maintained gardens and has a large eating area for families. St Peters Church is in the centre of Berrynarbor and dates back to the 12th century and was listed as a Grade II building on 25th February 1965.
Recently the church bell was restored through donations raised by the village.
A short walk through the village reveals some stunning scenery, with North Devon’s finest beaches within easy reach.
There really is something for everyone.
A truly breath-taking place to explore and discover; natural beauty, stunning scenery & amazing plants & wildlife to an extent that some areas have been declared a Site of Special Scientific interest.
Exmoor Zoo is well worth a visit, if only to hold some wonderful animals (see leaflet in Reception).
Luxury Safari - Take advantage of private tracks and experienced drivers to greatly increase your chance of seeing the local wildlife, such as red deer and Exmoor ponies. Furthermore, take in the magnificent views of the coast, woodlands and valleys. Visit www.experienceexmoor.co.uk or telephone 01271889316/07854666800.
Dunster Castle and Gardens - Within the castle visit the supposedly haunted rooms, secret escape tunnels and see the magnificent collection of furniture and artwork. Visit the crypt to experience the ghost room and see the bats, or explore the archives. Additionally visit the gardens for a chance to see deer, birds of prey and a variety of other birds, or explore the surrounding village. The castle is open daily from 11am. Call 01643821314.
Knightshayes: A Gothic Revival House surround by acres of gardens and parkland. Explore the grand gothic rooms within the house or stroll round the walled gardens and woodlands, with the option of purchasing the produce. Opening times: The house is open daily from 11am, telephone 01884254665.
Explore a whole host of quaint Exmoor villages such as Porlock, Duvlerton and Simonsbath. Visit www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/explore-exmoor/towns-and-villages for more destinations and information.
A day when your camera should not be forgotten!