The Local Area
At Warcombe we are lucky to be surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside with a whole host of exciting and relaxing places to visit and things to do. Plan your perfect day out and let us help make your holiday a memorable one!
Popular with surfers all year round who come to ride the breakers of the Atlantic Ocean. North Devon has recently been declared the UK’s first World Surfing Reserve which we are incredible proud of! Watched over by RNLI lifeguards, bathing and swimming is safe between the flags. Avoid swimming at low tide and near the rocks toward the north of Woolacombe beach.
More than two miles of sandy beach are just perfect for sand castle building, sunbathing and walks by the sea. Bring the dog along too (left hand side only in the Summer season). Refreshments with a view are available at the Beachcomber Café at the northerly end of the beach which is also dog friendly.
This picturesque cove is tucked in between Woolacombe and Mortehoe Village. Famous for tiny cowries and other exotic sea shells brought in on the Gulf Stream, it is incredibly popular for watching the sunset. Safe for bathing and swimming, with rock pools to explore and more traditional sand at low tide. Enjoy a Sri Lankan curry from the Barricane Beach Cafe in high season. Bring a blanket and your own wine!!
Lee Bay is North Devon’s best kept secret, a delightful Devon village with a pretty shingle cove and many rock pools to explore. It is situated in an area known by the locals as ‘Fuschia Valley’. Lee can be accessed via the coastal footpath just beyond our woodland walk. Alternatively, you can drive down the lane but it is quite narrow! A steady stroll will take you around 25 minutes. Our staff will happily explain the route. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Grampus Inn in the village which is dog friendly and has a lovely beer garden or visit the quaint Old Schoolroom Craft Gallery.
Morte Point & Bull Point Lighthouse
With Lundy Island to the west and Hangman to the east, the Lighthouse at Morte Point, by Mortehoe was originally built in the 1870’s. Though rebuilt further inland after a landslip into the sea in in the 1970’s. Take a Tractor and Trailer Sarafi from Mortehoe Museum, very popular with the kids!
The historic harbour town of Ilfracombe is a ten minute drive away from Warcombe or a short bus ride from our gate. Visit the Victorian Tunnels Beaches and sea pool for a fascinating trip back in time. Take a stroll up Lantern Hill to St. Nicholas Chapel, dating back to 1321 and housing England’s oldest working lighthouse. Meet ‘Verity’, Damien Hirst’s huge bronze sculpture, towering over the sea. Various fishing and boat trips leave from the harbour, including Lundy Island day trips on the traditional MS Oldenburg
North Devon Beaches
Woolacombe Warrens & Downs
The 3,500 acre estate has attractive gardens, walks and Shetland ponies grazing in the parkland. The stables house the National Trust’s collection of horse-drawn carriages, some of which are available for rides from the house. The ground floor of the house and the garden are accessible for the disabled.
The interior of Arlington Court is a series of fascinating collections amassed by the late Miss Chichester. The Chichester family lived at Arlington for over 500 years, and Miss Rosalie Chichester, the last of her line, left the house to the National Trust. The house contains furniture dating from the 18th century, and displays of model ships, Biltson enamels, pewter, shells, snuff boxes, fans and costumes, all collected by the much travelled Miss Chichester.
North Devon Surf Scene
The local surf scene is excellent, particularly at Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde Bay. North Devon has just been awarded UK’s first World Surfing Reserve status. Whether you are novice or experienced, there are plenty of waves to chase! It is simple to hire good quality equipment in Woolacombe, Saunton or Croyde. See our Tourist Information section for details or ask at Reception. We are lucky to have a great choice of highly qualified instructors in the area for fun group lessons or one to one tuition, whichever suits you and your family.
For those who love scenic walking, a visit to Heddon Valley is a must. This National Trust managed area offers superb views and access to extensive footpaths and trails. Follow the river to Heddon’s Mouth Bay where it opens out and joins the sea. Exmoor National Park has so much to offer for those who enjoy the great outdoors.
Lynton & Lynmouth
No visit to this area is complete without a trip to our ‘Little Switzerland’, aptly named by the locals. A 30 minute drive through the spectacular Exmoor National Park will take you to these pretty linked villages, Lynton, which sits atop the hill and Lynmouth lying below at sea level. Both offer a delightful array of charming shops, cafes and tearooms and boast incredible views. Take a trip up and down via the famous water driven cliff railway which connects the two.
Marwood Hill Gardens
At Marwood Hill there are over eighteen acres of landscaped gardens with a large collection of trees, shrubs, herbaceous and alpine plants. The gardens were started in the 1950s by the present owner, Dr Smart. At that time they consisted of a neglected walled garden and its immediate surround. Over the years many new areas have been planted and new features added such as the Folly and the Scented Arbour. There is much of the botanic garden about Marwood Hill.
Visitors to North Devon often bring along their bicycles, and many of our camping families use them on the park. We are a very short distance from the access to the Tarka Cycle Trail for safe, off road cycling. You can also hire bikes locally, conventional pedal cycles or e-bikes, if you prefer. Our Reception staff can advise or see leaflets in our Tourist Information section.
North Devon Walking Holidays
Our luxury Camping Park enjoys direct access to the scenic South West Coast Path and is an ideal base for walking the spectacular North Devon coastline or exploring the rugged beauty of Exmoor National Park. The National Trust maintain the coastal footpaths and often arrange family days when everyone can partake in fun activities like sunset photography and rockpooling. They also offer volunteering days where you can join in and help to maintain the beauty of the area.