North Devon - Natural Beauty
Most people visit North Devon in the summer time due it's award winning beaches. But even away from the seaside, the area offer's a wealth of stunning scenery not to be forgotten.
Watersmeet is now managed by the National Trust and justifiably attracts large numbers of visitors, especially in the summer. This Victorian fishing lodge is now run as a tea shop - nestled in a picturesque setting. Visitors are rewarded with delightful river and woodland scenes as well as a wide range of birdlife, including Dippers and Tree Creepers.
Valley of Rocks
Valley of Rocks is a small vale, just outside the village of Lynton, that is kept back from the cliff edge by a protective wall of rocky hills. The valley which was probably created during the Ice Age has spectacular weathered rock formations with names such as ' The Devil's Cheesering', Castle Rocks' and 'Ragged Jack'.
Lynmouth is a popular but quaint harbour that nestles quietly beneath it's towering cliffs providing visitors with a romantic escape from the outside world. The village has been a popular resort since the coming of the railways, when most visitors reached it via Lynton and the Cliff Railway.
The Exmoor National Park
The Exmoor National Park provides excellent hiking opportunities across coastal land, hills, moors and woods. Lucky visitors might get a rare glimpse of wild Red Deer or the native Exmoor Pony but all will sample the diversity of it's flora, fauna and plentiful wildlife. With unlimited footpaths and bridleways the national park is ideal for walkers & horse riders.
Lundy Island is three and a half miles long and half a mile wide and rises steeply from the Bristol Channel. It is owned by the National Trust. A day trip to Lundy from Ilfracombe or Bideford, is also a cruise, a chance to enjoy the beautiful North Devon coastline. Famous for its seabirds, including a few breeding pairs of the puffins which gave the island its name (Norse for Puffin Isle) Lundy also offers a wealth of other animals and plants on the island and in the waters around it.
Clovelly is built on a 400ft cliff on the North Devon coast and is one of the most famous villages in the world. The single cobbled high street winds its way down the hillside through traditional whitewashed cottages and eventually meets the fishing harbour.