25th February 2021
Plan your 2021 summer staycation today...
UK staycations top the list of people's post-lockdown travel plans - so if you’re looking to visit us in North Devon this summer, consider adding these activities to your itinerary. As we know, pre-booking is essential in this new norm, so be inspired and start planning your summer staycation today!
We recommend that you also do your own research on each attraction before visiting so that you feel comfortable and confident in their own COVID-19 procedures and prevention measures.
Recently voted the ‘most instagrammable’ place in the UK. World-famous for its cobbled streets, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. Enjoy stunning views of this traffic-free fishing village built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, with beautiful whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers.
Take a trip to Appledore, a small fishing village in North Devon, during your stay at The Royal Hotel. The harbour, once filled with traditional fishing vessels, now shares its space with beautiful yachts offering trips to visitors up and down the estuary. A leisurely walk through the village will reveal rows of brightly painted fisherman's cottages stacked together along narrow streets and courtyards.
Westward Ho! is a Victorian coastal town, with over two miles of golden sand that has the prestigious Blue Flag award for facilities and water quality plus places to eat, things to do, great shops, amazing walks and wonderful nature.
Why not venture a little further to Cornwall - we are perfectly located to explore both Cornwall and Devon.
Bude is a little town with big possibilities. Ramblers, riders, surfers and swimmers flock to our sunny, spotlessly clean beaches (all rated as Excellent under new European standards) and wild coastline. However, a little-known secret is that Bude’s also fabulous for secluded golf courses and brilliant sea and coarse fishing.
In this quaint town of Boscastle, has many activities it is full of history and heritage with historic houses, castles, museums and world heritage sites, but if you prefer the more active options there is surf schools, boat trips, cliff top walking, cycling take your pick...
The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and in, recent times as becoming attractive to day-trippers, there are many beaches in the area, for surfers, Trevatwith and Bossiney are the main attractions.
(The only place in the UK with an exclamation mark in its name). It’s also a long expanse of sand, but it's mixed with a pebble ridge so there's plenty of non-sandy places to dry off after a swim in the sea. What makes Westward Ho! special is the abundance of traditional seaside attractions on offer, such as arcades, food outlets and fun for all the family. Visit here for a full family day out alongside your time in the waves.
Mouthmill Beach (Near Clovelly, North Devon)
Follow a delightful woodland walk to access this pretty isolated cove with its smuggling heritage. The exact site of the former mill at Mouth Mill is uncertain but the remains of an old limekiln, whose limestone and coal would have been brought in via boat, is still visible.
The best time to visit is low tide to appreciate the striking natural formation, Blackchurch Rock. It’s a place people come to explore rather than relax, although there's an inviting grassy area above the seawall should the tranquillity of the cove take you off your feet.
Peppercombe (Near Bideford, North Devon)
Access to the unique red cliffed beach is another exciting North Devon adventure - to reach the sea you'll need to walk through Peppercombe Valley. This delightful walk through a myriad of flora and fauna is a roughly one mile steep descend down the wooded cliff, followed by the same steepness coming back up.
Yet we'd highly recommend the effort to discover one of the quietest and most secluded beaches North Devon has to offer! Backed by striking red sandstone cliffs, the beach is the perfect place for peaceful picnics, rock-pooling, walking and wildlife spotting - a world away from the stresses and strains of life, a try solitude.
The Tarka Trail is a key path through North Devon, following the route of a disused railway line that starts in Braunton and ends in Mid-Devon. It's an easy path for both walkers and cyclists to enjoy. Walk the riverside paths to see highlights such as the nature reserve outside Braunton, Fremington Quay, Instow with its beach, Bideford, Torrington, and beyond into the heart of Devon for those who really wish to spend all day hiking. The trail can be found just a short distance from our hotel, for easy walks at any time.
Sauntering along the footpath from Westward Ho! you are following a piece of history, this was once the route of the railway that ambled peacefully along the cliff path and will have proffered stunning views. You cannot help but embrace the sheer beauty and ruggedness of the coastline, breathing in the sea air and feeling the soft breeze against your face. You are enveloped by the powerful sea on one side, which is intertwined with lush, green, pastures bordering the cliffs and cattle the peacefully graze.
South West Coastal Path - Instow to Westward Ho!
This easy walk along the section of the coastal path allows for plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wide range of plants and birds inhabiting the grassland and dunes of the Taw/Torridge Estuary. Starting from the Royal Hotel you are in the middle of this wonderful easy walk whether you head in Instow direction follow the old railway trackbeds along the Tarka Trail to Instow a small town where the Taw and Torridge meet. Or alternatively, cross the Torridge and follow it up the other side to Appledore and Northam Burrows.
At Rosemoor Gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. Around every corner, there's a lovely surprise. The gardens are home to plants from around the world. Looking to escape the world and enjoy nature? Then Rosemoor is the place to visit.
*Pre-booking is essential
Hartland Abbey has beautiful gardens and grounds alongside the historic house. Dating back to 1157-1539 it includes a ‘Ladies Walk’ through woodland to the 18th century Walled Gardens. Here vegetables and fruit are grown and rare plants are found beside summer perennials and shrubs. The Abbey welcomes visitors from the end of March until October. From the house, it’s just a mile's walk to the Atlantic Coast, through a wild and rugged route.
Garden lovers will want to visit for the National Trust parkland that surrounds Arlington Court. From traditional fruit and veg gardens to beautiful flower beds, it’s easy to lose yourself with a casual wonder.
Follow your feet to experience the best garden of all - the North Devon countryside. Go on a mini-hike along natural walks that take in ponds, woods and open fields possibly full of deer!
*Pre-booking is essential
North Devon Wake Park
Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The stunning lake is situated in the beautiful fields of North Devon and is accompanied by a wooden clubhouse, undercover decking and luscious grassed areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy the charming setting and take on an enjoyable and entertaining activity.
Wake Park has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark.
*Booking is essential.
Walking on Waves (Surf School)
Walking on Waves offers surf lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s your first time getting into a wetsuit or you’re an all-seasons board rider, we can introduce you to surfing, improve your riding or fundamentally rebuild your surfing skills. Based at Saunton Sands.
*Booking is essential. Private lessons only (of up to 5 people)
Exmoor adventures provide a range of award-winning outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, stand-up paddleboarding, tree climbing, orienteering and team building activities across North Devon, West Somerset, Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.
*Booking is essential.
These are only some of the things you can do in North Devon, but every day here is unique and special, with so much to do and take in, no two days are the same.