Tucked away in Southern England, Northern Devon offers anything from villages like Clovelly and Appledore to spectacular bays with fun for all the family such as Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, equipped with the perfect sandy beaches! There are cycle and walking paths, the Okehampton Castle and the 325 ft high Hartland Point to explore! You may even come across a Fulmar or Orchid, species the area is known for.
North Devon captured in beautiful watercolour
Clovelly is a small village in the Torridge district of Devon, England. It has a harbour and is notable for its steep pedestrianised cobbled main street, donkeys and views over the Bristol Channel.
Dartmoor National Park is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK. It's a landscape quite unlike any other, populated by lofty granite tors, mysterious hut circles and standing stones, ancient woodlands, sturdy clapper bridges, rushing streams, Dartmoor ponies, bustling tin-mining towns and secluded villages.
Arlington Court is a comfortable Regency manor built in 1820 and set in lovely Devon countryside near Barnstaple. The Stable Block is home to the National Trust's collection of 50 historic horse-drawn carriages, ranging from an ornate State Coach to a more practical Hansom cab. Whilst the interior of the house is crammed with a eclectic mix of period furniture and unusual items.
Okehampton Castle is a medieval motte and bailey castle in Devon. It was built between 1068 and 1086 by Baldwin FitzGilbert following a revolt in Devon against Norman rule, and formed the centre of the Honour of Okehampton, guarding a crossing point across the West Okement River.
Almost gull-like, this grey and white seabird is related to the albatrosses. The fulmar flies low over the sea on stiff wings, with shallow wingbeats, gliding and banking to show its white underparts then grey upperparts. They breed on cliffs, laying one or rarely two eggs on a ledge of bare rock or on a grassy cliff. Fulmars live up to 40 years in the wild.
Woolacombe is a seaside resort and is a popular destination for surfing and family holidays. Situated on the coast of North Devon, England, which lies at the mouth of a valley (or 'combe') in the parish of Mortehoe. The beach is 3 miles (4.8 km) long, sandy, gently sloping and faces the Atlantic Ocean near the western limit of the Bristol Channel.
Perched on a hillside on the rugged North Devon coast, the quaint fishing village of Appledore welcomes visitors to explore its attractive maze of winding cobbled streets lined with the prettiest of pastel-coloured houses, decorated with cheery hanging baskets and a scattering of lobster pots.
Orchids are the superstars of the wild flower world. The Green-winged Orchid is a short orchid of unimproved grasslands, mainly on chalky soils, although it can be spotted on banks, village greens and even in churchyards. It flowers in May or June; the flower spike carries a cluster of pinky-purple flowers (sometimes white) that give this orchid its name - the hood formed by the sepals is lined with green veins.
This picturesque harbour town is steeped in maritime history and remains one of the key working fishing ports in North Devon, reflected in the local menus. The working harbour dates back to the 12th century and is protected by a hill capped with the oldest functioning lighthouse in the UK. Walkers can negotiate one of the trickiest but most spectacular stretches of the South West Coast Path, climbing to 100-metre cliffs and dropping to little coves.
Hartland Point Lighthouse is a Grade II listed building at Hartland Point, Devon, England. The point marks the western limit (on the English side) of the Bristol Channel with the Atlantic Ocean continuing to the west.
Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers is a highly influential novel by Henry Williamson, first published in 1927. The life of a mischievous otter is traced from his birth to his epic battle with the leader of a hound pack. Williamson’s classic story has inspired a thriving tourism industry, but conservation is also the key to its success. The well-marked, 180-mile Tarka Trail winds through undisturbed countryside and is inaccessible by car.