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Exploring North Devon

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Nestled along the rugged coastline of South West England lies North Devon, waiting to be explored. With its picturesque villages, stunning beaches and diverse landscapes, North Devon offers an unforgettable adventure for travellers seeking natural beauty and outdoor escapades.

Let North Devon be your sanctuary of relaxation and renewal. So pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and let the magic of North Devon whisk you away on a journey of discovery.

colourful houses at Clovelly

Exploring coastal villages

From the colourful cottages of Clovelly to the bustling harbour of Ilfracombe, each village has its own unique character and allure. Stroll along cobbled streets and browse local shops. Don't forget to visit Appledore, known for its maritime history and vibrant art scene. Or take a short drive to the charming village of Instow where sandy shores meet stunning views of the estuary. 

Woolacombe Beach

Beach Adventures

No trip to North Devon is complete without a visit to its breathtaking beaches. With over 50 miles of coastline, there's no shortage of sandy stretches to explore. Head to the golden sands of Woolacombe Beach, consistently voted one of the best beaches in the UK, for surfing, sunbathing and beachcombing, For a more secluded experience, venture to the hidden coves of Lee Bay or Combe Martin Beach, where dramatic cliffs meet crystal-clear waters. 

South West Coast Path at Westward Ho! Looking to Clovelly

Outdoor Escapes

North Devon's diverse landscapes provide endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. lace up your hiking boots and tackle the rugged terrain of Exmoor National Park, home to sweeping moorlands, ancient woodlands and coasteering waterfalls. Explore the Tarka Trail by bike or foot, tracing the route of Henry Williamson's famous novel through the scenic countryside and tranquil river valleys. 

children on slides at Milky Way

Family-Friendly Attractions

North Devon is a paradise for families, with a host of attractions to entertain visitors of all ages. Spend a day at The Big Sheep, a farm-themed amusement park offering sheep racing - animal encounters and indoor play areas. Or head to the Milky Way adventure park for thrilling rides, live shows, and interactive exhibits.



RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Gardens and Botanical Gems

Take a leisurely stroll through north Devon's beautiful gardens and botanical attractions. Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor, a stunning 65-acre garden featuring a variety of themed landscapes, from formal gardens to wildflower meadows. Explore the magical world of Gnome Reserve and Wildflower Garden; home to over 1,00 gnomes and a diverse array of wildflowers and plants.

Man wake boarding

Surfing and Watersports

North Devon's coastline is a haven for surfers, with world-class breaks attracting enthusiasts from around the globe. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to catch your first wave, beaches like Croyde, Saunton Sands and Putsborough offer ideal conditions for surfing, paddleboarding and kite surfing. 

Explore North Devon with Us


As Brend Collection guests you will receive numerous exclusive discounts to many local attractions when staying at one of our hotels, discover our exclusive discounts here.

There's no better place to call home than the Royal and Fortescue Hotel. Nestled in the heart of Barnstaple, just a stone's throw away from the bus and train stations, our hotel serves as the perfect base for your explorations. With our prime location, impeccable service, and commitment to excellence, we promise to make your stay with us an unforgettable experience. 

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