Things to Do in North Devon & Exmoor
North Devon is a great place to visit with some great scenery and some good beaches, including some excellent surfing beaches. There are some nice towns and villages to visit too, including the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly.
North Devon is divided into two by the estuaries of the River Taw and River Torridge.
North of the River Taw and Torridge are the big surfing beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Putsborough and Woolacombe. From Woolacombe there is good walking around Morte Point and Bull Point.
On this part of the coast there are beaches at Rockham Beach and further west at Lee Bay.
On the banks of the River Torridge is the pleasant village of Instow with its sandy beach, looking across to Appledore, a town well worth a visit.
Below the estuary is the huge surfing beach at Westward Ho! Further west is Clovelly and the headland at Hartland Point. Further south is a small beach at Hartland Quay.
Further west on the coast is Ilfracombe and the beach at Hele Bay. Further west again is the town of Combe Martin and Wild Pear Beach.
At the far east of the North Devon coast are the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, which are well worth a visit.
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
One of Britains breathing spaces
Right on our doorstep Exmoor National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles. A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.
Only 3 miles away a special place that enables you to get up close and personal! The zoo is always changing so no repeat visit is ever the same.
Recent exhibits such as caracal, puma, maned wolves, tapir, sand cats and the famous "Exmoor Beast" can be seen amongst the unique and rare smaller animals for which the zoo provides "natural" enclosures.
Intriguing Regency house
Delve into a house full of treasures and secrets
Discover the romance of carriage travel in a bygone age
Explore 3 gardens in one: kitchen, flower and pleasure grounds
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the working stables
Spy on lesser horseshoe bats with the bat-cam
Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Old Kitchen Tea room
THE WEST COUNTRY WAY
National Route 3
The bike route is approximately 250 miles, which starts from Bristol, and follows a well signposted route to Glastonbury and the Mendip hills, then to the North Devon coast, which leads into the Exmoor National Park down through Bratton Fleming and on to the North Cornwall coast and the finish at Padstow. 3 sets of hills, plenty of time to relax and lots of tourist spots you will want to visit again!
LYNTON & BARNSTAPLE RAILWAY
Woody Bay Station
Opened in 1898, and closed along with the rest of the railway in September 1935. Purchased by in 1995, what you can see today at the station is just the beginning of an exciting project to rebuild one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways; the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.
A two mile round trip through some of the loveliest countryside in North Devon, Woody Bay Station is the place to board the narrow gauge train for a journey back in time.
The premier town in North Devon
Great bars, great restaurants and big name high street shopping. But that's not what makes Barnstaple special. Not alone. That's done by the independent boutique shops within the town, the proud local food producers selling their delicious delicacies in the Pannier Market and, of course, the town's colourful history. It's this mix of new and old, of modern and traditional that's behind Barnstaple's charm.
There is much to do in and around the town for visitors of all ages. There is a honey farm where you can watch the bees working behind glass, a chocolate factory where you can indulge yourself and an award-winning museum. A town trail, if you have an hour or two to spare, will give you lots of information on the history and architecture of South Molton.
10.5mile circular walk
Bratton Fleming is excellent base for exploring Exmoor and the north Devon coast. A set of leaflets produced by the local footpaths group describes walks in and around Bratton Fleming, and some interesting history about the village and area. (They're free from the local shop, and well worth picking up.) Heres a long walk to warm up!
Franklyn House Bed & Breakfast, Bratton Fleming, North Devon, EX31 4TG