15th December 2020

21 Reasons to visit North Devon in 2021

After what can only be described as a whirlwind of a year, we are planning to make the most of 2021 and embrace everything 2020 has taught us. 

After a year of cancellations, postponing, and ‘maybe next year’ now is the time to embrace our new normal and make 2021 better than ever. 

Take a read of our 21 reasons to visit our cosy corner of the world in 2021.

1 . Time Together

Now more than ever is the time to cherish moments together and what better way to do that by booking a holiday to spend quality time together. Forget alarms, work emails, and the endless washing up as you escape the everyday rush and simply enjoy time together. 

2. Hockings Ice Cream

One thing that 2020 hasn’t ruined (luckily) is Hockings Ice Cream! If you don’t know what we’re talking about look for the queue on any North Devon beach and it will more than likely lead you to this delightful treat. Originating in Appledore this creamy goodness is a must for your North Devon break. 

 3. Glorious Gardens 

Enter a whole new world as you find peace and tranquility in a wonderful North Devon garden. From the 65 acres at RHS Rosemoor to the stunning quaint displays at Marwood Hill Gardens. Breathe in the fresh air and submerge yourself in a world of beauty, you can guarantee you will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

4. South West Coast Path 

Starting in Somerset and stretching over 630 miles to Dorset, the South West Coast Path is a must for everyone. Whether you’re after a leisurely stroll or invigorating hike this coastal path offers a range of walks to suit everyone’s desires. One thing that remains throughout is the breathtaking views and stunning scenery that you are treated to throughout. Grab your boots and a sense of adventure - the south west coastal path is ready and waiting! 

5. Marine Drive 

Situated in between award-winning Woolacombe and Putsborough beach, this Marine drive is the perfect spot to take it all in. Starting at Woolacombe the marine drive offers fabulous views over the bay. Pack a picnic and enjoy the stunning landscapes from the comfort of your vehicle but fear not if you want to feel the sand beneath your toes there are easy access points down to the beach from here. 

6. Make up for lost time

2020 has been a year of cancellations, postponing, and ‘how about next year’ well the wait is over, 2021 is here, and let’s make up for all the woes of 2020. 

7. Rejuvenate the mind and soul 

Take time out of your busy schedule and treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence - a spa day! Whether it’s a 30-minute massage, pamper day, or spa weekend it’s guaranteed to leave you feeling completely refreshed. 

8. Sea Swims 

Embrace all of nature's wonderful elements as you take a dip in our clear ocean waters, if it’s an icy dip in winter or summer cool off, it’s bound to feel great. Wild swimming isn’t about comfort and room temperature it’s about exhilaration and feeling alive. 

9. Clovelly 

Classed as the UK’s most instagrammable village, Clovelly is perfect to get that perfect photograph or just a quaint afternoon out. 

10. Tarr Steps 

Situated in Exmoor, Tarr Steps is a beautiful spot for a light walk or invigorating walk this is a perfect spot. Starting with a stunning bridge formed out of rocks, this walk follows the river throughout and is perfect for a morning or afternoon walk. 

11. Barnstaple Museum 

If you don't want to travel far then look any further than the Barnstaple Museum, just a short walk from The Imperial Hotel. The Barnstaple Museum has just undergone a yearlong refurbishment adding a huge new extension to the local attraction which reopened in October 2019. The new extension provides high-quality temporary exhibition spaces, an improved tea-room, a museum shop, and better access, including a lift. Meanwhile, it will be bringing more collections out and gathering local stories around North Devon for their new social history gallery.

12. Fish & Chips by the seaside 

Is there anything better than tucking into salty chips, battered cod mushy peas, and curry sauce? This is one of life’s finer delights and what better way to indulge than the stunning south west coast? 

13. Lundy Island 

Forget beach hopping, it's all about the island hopping. Discover North Devon’s hidden secret, Lundy island. Explore the mile-long island and immerse yourself in the natural wildlife including seals and puffins. With only 27 residents on the island, it is the ideal relaxing day trip. 

14. Devon Cream Tea 

You simply cannot visit Devon without sampling one of the most well-known cuisines - the Devon cream tea. Whilst our neighbours in Cornwall believe it’s jam first, we strongly believe cream first is the way to go. Whatever way you want it served it’s a must, find a quaint tea shop in one of our many picture-perfect towns and tuck into homemade scones, strawberry jam, and lashings of clotted cream - delicious! 

15. Appledore 

This seaside town of Appledore offers the perfect light stroll around a classic English town, venture up hidden lanes, and discover quaint cafes, serving everything from hot chocolates to fresh locally sourced fish and chips. 

16. Retail Therapy 

Make the most of time away and enjoy a spot of retail therapy, whilst Barnstaple High Street offers fantastic retail shops you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice with our selection of independent shops. Hidden down cobbled streets you’ll find an abundance of hidden gems just waiting for you to discover. If unique boutique homeware and furniture is what you fancy then Just Trio is a must for you, stretching across 2 floors you'll find it hard to resist not buying the whole shop. If you’re looking for a gift to take back home pop into Bazaar, this cosy shop is tucked away in Gammon Walk and is one to try. 

17. Lee Bay

Lee is a tiny village tucked away on the coast, roughly two miles west of Ilfracombe. Bordered on three sides by rolling Devon countryside it opens up to the Bristol channel. Lee Bay is a refreshing change from other beaches as it remains untouched by the hand of time. At low tide in the height of the summer, it remains a tranquil spot with many rock pools and a small sandy beach. For people who like to hike, there are multiple splendid walks that stem from Lee village. Most are well signposted and vary in type and length. A rewarding way of experiencing the natural outstanding beauty of the area. 

18. Kayaking 

Why not try something new on your next holiday and explore the stunning North Devon coastline by sea. Take to the water and make your way around the hidden coves, beaches, and breathtaking coast. 

19. Doggy Heaven 

Not only is North Devon a paradise for humans but we know it’s a hit with our beloved 4 legged friends too. With most cafes, pubs, and local attractions being dog friendly and the miles and miles of golden sands awaiting them, it’s waggy tails guaranteed.

20. Yoga in the sand

Claimed as the most popular form of exercise in 2020, yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise ever and we know why. This refreshing exercise will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day, plus why not make it that even more special and enjoy it on the golden sands of our beaches. 

21. The Royal & Fortescue Hotel 

With all that North Devon has to offer there is no better place to retreat to after a busy day exploring than The Royal & Fortescue Hotel. Situated in the heart of Barnstaple our boutique hotel offers the perfect base for your next getaway. With our cosy lounge, bustling bistro, and very own cocktail bar this really is the perfect destination for your next break.