7 places to visit in North Devon
5th July 2017
It’s thought that Barnstaple is the oldest borough in England, dating back to the 900s. But it was the Medieval period that most defined Barnstaple’s history. Barnstaple’s location and manmade quays helped the town to become a thriving trading centre and a base for enterprising merchants to do business with Europe, Ireland and the New World.
2 - Lundy Island
Lundy island is a 400ft granite outcrop, which lies 12 miles off the coast of North Devon. The rugged cliffs of the west coast are carpeted with maritime grass species and are home to important seabird colonies, including puffins. See landmarktrust.org.uk for more info.
3 - Great Torrington
Known locally as the Cavalier town, Great Torrington played a hugely significant role in the English Civil War (Battle of Torrington, 1646) and is recognized as an important heritage centre.
4 - Combe Martin
Little hangman near Combe Martin is said to be the tallest sea cliff in mainland Britain, measuring around 750ft.
5 - Westward Ho!
Westward Ho! Is a picturesque coastal village whose name derives from the Victorian novel by Charles Kingsley. It is the only place in Britain with an exclamation mark in its name!
6 - Lynton and Lynmouth
Lynton and Lynmouth offer a unique experience for all, situated on the North Coast of Devon noted for its high sea cliffs, within the Exmoor National Park, its breath taking natural beauty and unspoilt landscape is a must see! This is a perfect place to access the inner moor, visit historic houses, inspiring gardens, catch glimpses of the majestic red deer and the wild Exmoor ponies.
7 - Clovelly
World famous for its cobbled, traffic-free street, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. The stunning views, peaceful tranquility and cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port.