North Devon Coast
The North Devon Coast stretches through several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Exmoor National Park and the Cornish border, and what a beautiful part of the world it is! If you go and explore you’ll see why these areas have been awarded this very special status and why so many people choose to take their summer holidays in North Devon.
It's fair to say that the North Devon coastline is a diverse landscape, with dramatic clifftops, secluded and rocky coves, vast stretches of golden sands, and some of the best surfing waters in the country. There are wildlife rich dune systems, like the one at Braunton Burrows which is the biggest in the UK, there are picturesque villages, and pebbly ridges; all ripe for exploring, waiting for you to go and discover your favourite part.
If you fancy a day on the beach, take your pick, but give yourself plenty of time because it's not an easy choice - the trouble is they're all very appealing. Ilfracombe still retains some of its Victorian charm, Croyde, Woolacombe, Putsborough and Saunton Sands are fantastic for surfing, kayaking and coasteering; if you like a quieter scene try Barricane Beach, especially when the cafe is there serving authentic Sri Lankan curries, or for a good mix of browsing and beach go to Instow or Appledore. Another place you really ought to see is Clovelly, a privately owned village where the cobbled main street leads down to the harbour, traffic free, just as it has been for donkeys years.
What you can't help noticing about the North Devon coast is that wherever you go, the air is so remarkably laid back; it's part of its lure.
All information correct at the time of writing