North Devon Towns and Villages
If you would like a change from the beach or the weather is inclement then you could maybe explore some of the nearby market towns and villages. North Devon has so many lovely places to see. Our own Mortehoe is a great start! The church of St Mary is a little gem with a fascinating history The village museum has lots of information about local history and shipwrecks with interactive exhibits. Entry is free. There is a small shop selling arts and craft, gifts and souvenirs.
Ilfracombe is only 5 miles away – a traditional Victorian seaside town with a good selection of shops, coffee bars and places to eat as well as galleries. Visit the famous Tunnels Beaches, hand carved in the 1820s, a real step back to Victorian Times. Walk up Lantern Hill to the intriguing St. Nicholas Chapel which houses England’s oldest working Lighthouse. Take a stroll around the historic harbour. There are lots of boat trips available – you can go on a fishing trip, seal spotting or visit Lundy Island. Say hello to magnificent Verity, a huge bronze sculpture, towering above the sea, created by the celebrated artist Damien Hirst.
A little further afield you have Barnstaple, Bideford and South Molton, bustling little towns with shops and traditional markets selling locally made artisan products. Make sure that you sample some local produce while you are here! The quaint coastal villages of Lynmouth, Porlock, Clovelly, Appledore and Combe Martin, all different and each with its own unique charm and character, are amongst North Devon’s many interesting and enjoyable places to explore.