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NORTH & DEVON EXMOOR

2012

Inspiration for the perfect escape


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Welcome to The Guide 2012, the official tourism publication for North Devon and Exmoor. In this issue you’ll find holiday tips and inspiration whatever your budget or style, plus plenty of features to whet your appetite for a North Devon adventure.

Editor: Laura Holt Publication Manager: Susan Marshall Design: Carl Middleton Neat 01271 817 220 Printing: The Westdale Press 02920 662 600 Advertising: David Allan 01237 426 427 Membership: Hailey Jones 01237 426 417

Subscribers will notice that this year the format of The Guide has changed. During 2011 we asked what you look for in a holiday destination, listened to your feedback and redesigned The Guide to do exactly that, to guide you to the best that the area has to offer. We invited national journalists, travel writers and magazine editors to write about what they love about the area, giving you genuine unbiased inspiration for your next holiday. And we’ve packed The Guide with really useful holiday information, such as sat nav codes, rainy day ideas, perfect picnic locations and more. This is a publication that we hope you enjoy reading cover to cover, and continue to enjoy on holiday. Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts. See page 113 for more information. Laura Holt, Editor guide@northdevonplus.co.uk PS: A huge thank you to our advertisers. Their continued support has helped to make The Guide the success that it is.

Contents

48 Myths & Legends

90 Living The Outdoor Life

North Devon is full of folklore, legends

Local boy Chris Farris gives a surfers

and odd historical facts, as historian

guide to North Devon, whilst Vicky Power

Peter Christie explains.

discovers mountain biking on Exmoor.

52 Four Legged Friends

98 Leisurely Pursuits

The Times Jim Soar and his dog

• Jeremy Ellwood, associate editor of Golf

Alfie discover that North Devon is

Monthly Magazine - plays four of North

canine heaven.

Devon’s finest golf courses and discovers

64 Stylish Escapes

character, variety and history at every turn.

Whether you are looking for a rural

• Graham Sleeman gives an anglers guide

cottage, luxury beach front villa, or a

to the best North Devon fishing spots.

boutique hotel, you’ll find it in North Devon, as the editor explains.

76 Food for a Feast Martin Dorey, star of the BBC2 series One Man and his Camper Van goes in

90 04 Happy Kids, Happy Days

search of foodie delights.

84 Glorious Gardens The Telegraph’s Jane Newdick explores

Journalist Andrew Coley and wife Lin let their kids take charge of a week long

the verdant history of the gardens of

North Devon.

holiday in North Devon.

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With so much to offer, how do you find the perfect place for your holiday. We guide you through the key areas plus share visitor tips on the perfect places to go.

34 Intrepid Explorers Travel Writer Simon Heptinstall shares some of North Devon’s best kept secrets.

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109 Vouchers 112 How to book 114 Map of the North Devon area

Published by: North Devon+. North Devon+ provides a primary focus for regeneration, tourism and business development across Northern Devon. North Devon+ is a not for profit organisation, funded through a combination of private membership and local council funding. 01237 426 426 info@northdevonplus.co.uk www.northdevonplus.co.uk

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Does North Devon deliver when it comes to keeping the kids entertained? Journalist Andrew Coley, his wife, Lin, and children, Harriet, eight, and Evie, five, head to North Devon for a family holiday, and let the kids take charge‌

Bradley aged 11, jumping sand dunes on Croyde beach.

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lthough the journey along the Atlantic Highway to Bideford is fairly short, we did not escape the questions of are we there yet? How many more miles? And is it time for lunch. A stop at the retail outlet shopping centre, Atlantic Village put an end to all three questions as we settled down to lunch and to plan our itinerary for the week. It’s amazing what you can come away with when you are not even shopping, especially when you find a bargain, so a few t-shirts each, some shoes for the girls, and a new backpack later we headed towards Westward Ho! for an afternoon on the beach. While the girls explored the rock pools and splashed in the sea, Lin and I relaxed on the beach. Westward Ho! is a family friendly beach and a popular venue for surfing lessons, although we weren’t feeling brave enough for the challenge that day! With the weather indecisive, we headed to Dartington Crystal, to see the world famous glassware made by hand. The glass, with which the blowers work, is heated up to 1,400 °C and allowed to cool to 1,100 °C to be worked into some very distinctive designs.

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Stay at: North Hayne Farm Cottages Self catering character stone cottages with children’s farm, free donkey rides, games room and play barn. www.northhaynefarmcottages.co.uk 01769 550 807 Stay at: Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks Stay in superb accommodation where the fun never stops with loads of FREE activities, entertainment day and night, kids clubs and high energy indoor and outdoor sports! Sea view camping and touring. www.woolacombe.com/ndg 0844 7700 378

Having watched these experts at work, with the children fascinated by the activity going on around them, we moved onto the visitor centre where Harriet and Evie delighted in some rather messy glass painting. There are lots of creative activities that you and your family can try out at Dartington but they do recommend calling to book during busy periods on 01805 626 242.

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Day two, and it was off to Abbotsham and the Big Sheep. Sheep shearing demonstrations and breed talks were interspersed with goes on the bouncy pillows, pony rides and the twister roundabout. We were then entertained by Roxy the sheepdog working with the Indian runner ducks, which are used to help train new sheepdogs. After an excellent cup of coffee and alfresco lunch, the girls returned to the twister, while Lin and I relaxed in the shade. Although they had still not tired of the roundabout, we headed off to the mini tractor area, where they tried their hands at making their way around a circuit. This was followed by a trip to the livestock shed, to see sheep, rabbits, puppies, piglets, ferrets and goats. The final feature of the day was the sheep racing. Although we failed to back the winner, it was fun to see the sheep racing down the course.

Bottle feeding the lambs at the Big Sheep, Abbotsham.


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With day three came the sunshine so we headed for the third attraction on our list - The Dinosaur and Wildlife Park near Combe Martin. Thirty acres of stunning gardens promised amazing animals, life sized dinosaurs and more. The park did not disappoint. Our arrival coincided with one of the hourly dinosaur shows, and the girls were amazed to find themselves face to face with a life size animatronic t-rex. We spent the morning exploring the gardens and meeting the animals before watching the sea lion show. The park has a whole range of animal encounter experiences which can be booked on arrival or in advance by calling 01271 882 486. Afternoon day three and we arrive in Woolacombe, where we planned to spend a few hours on the beach. With a Blue Flag status and a wealth of restaurants, colourful shops, arcades and cafés, the place has a real holiday vibe about it. Perfect for rock pooling, and with safe shallow swimming, the beach is popular with families. Lin and I were soon to be found stretched out on the golden sand while the girls explored and paddled in the sea. We then headed over the Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park where we had booked Harriet a session on the Woolacombe Wave. This state-of-the-art surfing simulator generates a thin sheet of water just a few inches deep that flows over a stationary wave so you can surf in complete safety. Kitted out in a board and wetsuit and given tips by the instructor, Harriet spent a happy hour soaking us all. An hour on the Woolacombe Wave costs £20, call 0843 2080 377 as booking is recommended especially at peak season.

Join in: Milky Way So much fun all in one place and all for one great price! With five major rides and loads of great live shows we have something for the whole family, whatever the weather. www.themilkyway.co.uk 01237 431 255 Stay at: Hidden Valley A stunning camping and touring park set in a beautiful wooded valley, close to Devon’s best beaches. www.hiddenvalleypark.com 01271 813 837 Join in: Butlins Butlins has so much to do and for the family to enjoy. Come on holiday for the day to Minehead. www.butlins.com 0845 0704 795

North Devon’s longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster. The Cosmic Typhoon at The Milky way, Bideford.

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Day four, and we were starting to appreciate that the kids were in charge and it was off to The Milky Way. First stop was the Clone Zone, an alien theme exploration involving a degree of physical exertion from those entering the tunnels of the ride. Next on the list was the Cosmic Typhoon, the main rollercoaster at the park. In my youth, I had no qualms about such things. Now, in my more mature years, my enthusiasm has dimmed somewhat and it was with some trepidation that Harriet and I joined the queue. However the ride was fine. Only one drop causing me to shut my eyes. Lin meanwhile took Evie on the Big Apple coaster more suited for the younger ones. With lunchtime approaching, we headed to the outdoor play area for zip wires and climbing frames followed by a quick round of mini golf, before lunch in the café. The call of the indoor play area was next on the cards, with its slides, climbing frames, ball pools and dodgems. The kids were having so much fun that we had to herd them outdoors again in time for the falconry display. This was my favourite part of the day, as we were shown the flying skills or otherwise, of some fabulous birds of prey.

North Devon has a wide range of attractions on offer and we sampled just a few of them. Even with a fortnight’s stay, we could easily have kept our children entertained on a daily basis with no problem at all…

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Things to do for free! Plan ahead, suprise the kids

Rock Pooling: Discover anemonies, crabs, shrimps and fish in rock pools teaming with life. Check for low tide, then head for the beach with your prawning net. Ilfracombe Tunnels Beaches, Westward Ho! and Instow beach are particularly good for safe, shallow explorations. Paddle and Play: Visit Victoria Park in Bideford and let the kids explore the extensive playgrounds, or paddle in the shallow open air pool. • sat nav postcode: EX39 2QQ Crabbing: Take a line and bucket down to Bideford Quay, Appledore, Hartland Quay or Ilfracombe Harbour and introduce the youngsters to the joys of crabbing. • sat nav postcode: EX39 1QS

Treasure Hunting: Take the kids treasure hunting with a spot of geo-caching. A great way to explore the countryside and immense fun too. • www.northdevon.com/geo-cache

Sand Duning: Head for Braunton Burrows and spend the day in the sand dunes. Huge dunes, great sweeps of sand, sandy paths to explore and the perfect sun trap for a picnic on a summer’s day. Free parking too! • sat nav postcode: EX33 1LG Cycle the Tarka Trail: Pack a picnic and head out for a days adventure through the countryside. Level cycling with plenty of picnic spots and refreshment areas. Cycle to Instow and take a picnic on the sand dunes. Free Parking at Watergate Bridge near Torrington. • sat nav postcode: EX31 2AU Pick up the Tarka Trail Guide See northdevon.com for local stockists. 10

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Iron Bridge Camping, Hallsannery Family run campsite

Hallsannery Bideford North Devon EX39 5HE

Set in 20 acres of parkland, and just off the A386 1 mile from Bideford. Family run campsite, large pitches for tents & campervans only, close to the Tarka Trail. Stunning views over the river Torridge and surrounding countryside the perfect location for a relaxing family break. 50 pitches. Open July & August. No dogs. Fire pits for hire. From ÂŁ6.50 per adult per night. hallsannerycamping.com info@hallsannerycamping.com 01237 472135

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Rainy day ideas: Visit the Bees: Spend the day at Quince Honey Farm, in South Molton and discover the bees, leaf cutting ants, soft indoor play area and honey shop. • Tel: 01769 572 401 Reach for the Sky: Book a taster session on the climbing wall at Rock and Rapid Adventures of South Molton. Suitable from age seven upwards. You can sit back and enjoy a coffee while the instructors put your kids through their paces in the indoor facility. • Tel: 0333 6006 001

Paint your own Pottery: Waves, in Woolacombe, is a ‘paint it yourself’ ceramic studio and cafe with a wide selection of pottery to decorate. It’s easy for anyone from young children to grown-ups to create their own masterpiece. • Tel: 01271 871 360 Take in a Show: Visit the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple • Tel: 01271 324 242, or the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe • Tel: 01271 324 242 and take in a matinee performance, or book the kids into a workshop for an hour or two. Visit a Watery World: Ilfracombe Aquarium is an exciting, award winning, all weather educational attraction that provides a fascinating insight into the watery world around the coasts and waterways of North Devon. • Tel: 01271 864 533 Fun at Funderzone: Let the little ones blow of some steam at North Devon’s largest indoor soft play centre. Featuring four levels full of fun. Obstacles, tunnels, ball pools, cannons, rope bridges, log ramps, spider webs, punch bags and five slides. • Tel: 01271 328 328 Make a splash in the Surf: Book the family a morning of surf lessons with Surf South West. • Tel: 01271 891 200

Little Comfort Farm Holiday Cottages A haven for children - and parents too! Tractor rides to the animal feeding and egg collecting. Blue flag, golden sandy beaches. Children’s playroom with crafts, activities and toys. The freedom of a traditional farm holiday - home cooked meals and a fishing lake too!

Braunton, North Devon EX33 2NJ E: info@littlecomfortfarm.co.uk T: 01271 812414

www.littlecomfortfarm.co.uk

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Apartments overlook Combesgate Beach.

Combesgate House, Mortehoe

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

Two very spacious four bedroom apartments. Superb position overlooking Combesgate Beach at Woolacombe, adjoining Coastal Footpath. Sleep six or eight. Reduced rates May/June for smaller parties.

With over 40 Free activities they’ll never get bored… indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, kids and teen clubs, dazzling entertainment, pitch and putt and so much more! There’s a superb selection of accommodation and great camping and touring plus a NEW Surfing Simulator, NEW high ropes course, climbing wall, ten pin bowling or paint your own pottery, which is great fun for all ages. Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

Virginia Sprason combesgate.fsnet.co.uk combesgate.house@virgin.net 01562 883 038

Keep the kids entertained day or night as the fun never stops whatever the weather!

North Cliff Hotel

Ruda Holiday Park

A friendly welcome awaits you and your family at North Cliff. With local activities including walking, riding, tennis and putting. We’re ideally located for plenty of family fun and games. With the South West Coast Path on our door step and the remarkable Valley of Rocks a beautiful two mile walk, there’s plenty to do for all the family. A great base for families to explore N Devon!

northcliffhotel.co.uk North Walk, Lynton, Devon EX35 6HJ 01598 752 357

Shoot down the 230ft waterslide at our Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool. Learn to surf at Croyde Bay - our Blue Flag beach. With FREE kids’ clubs, live family entertainment and more - the excitement never ends! Unwind with a stay in our fantastic caravan or lodge holiday homes. Seven nights from £199 and three or four nights from only £126.

www.parkdean.com 0844 381 9121

Holiday Home Hunter

Rock Cottage, West Down

We have homes right by the beach with many equipped for family holidays providing toys, books, DVDs, games and even Playstation, Wii, and WiFi. Most have facilities to rinse wet suits and provision for board storage.

Charming cottage full of character with oak beams and inglenooks. Garden. Parking. Quiet village close to beaches. Ideal for exploring Exmoor & Tarka Trail. Three bedrooms. Sleeps five + cot.

See individual properties for full details. Specialising in contemporary seafront properties, we provide over 40 self catering holiday homes in Woolacombe & Mortehoe.

www.holidayhomehunter.co.uk info@holidayhomehunter.co.uk 01271 870 067

Pretty cottage in West Down village.

Newhouse Farm Holiday Cottages

Skern Lodge

Perfect for that out of season break, our nine cottages, two with four-poster beds and some with wood burning stoves, can sleep between two and ten people. Enjoy our heated swimming pool and games room. Excellent rural countryside walks, with abundant wildlife. Weekly tariff £250 to £1685. Open all year. Devonshire Heartland.

newhousecottages.com Witheridge, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8QB info@newhousecottages.com 01884 860 266

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Come for the day – energetic, challenging, exhilarating Adventure Days, for unaccompanied children 9 years and upwards or bring the adults along too. Come and stay – safe, secure, exciting Easter and Summer Camps where kids gain independence, try new things and meet new friends. For unaccompanied children 11 years and upwards or bring the whole family. www.skernlodge.co.uk 01237 475 992

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Tel: 01769 572401 info@quincehoney.co.uk www.quincehoney.co.uk EX36 3AZ

Visit Beeworld our renowned live exhibition of mechanical beehives opened by you the visitor. Big indoor soft play area for when the kids have learnt enough and Mums and Dads want to eat in the CafĂŠ while the children play and watch the

tropical ants go about their business. Buy some honey in our Shop stocking a wide variety of honey-based products.

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www.ilfracombeaquarium.co.uk

Tel: (01271) 870846 Prime selection of peaceful family accommodation set in acres of tranquil grounds with swimming pools, golf course and fishing. Cottages scattered along the Tarka Trail; within easy reach of North Devon’s Extensive surfing and family beaches. Families benefit from discounts at local attractions and activities.

• www.woolacombe-cottages.co.uk • info@woolacombe-cottages.co.uk •

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With so much to offer, how do you find the perfect place for your North Devon holiday? We guide you through the key areas plus share visitor tips on the perfect places to go‌

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Exmoor, an area rich with varied and inspiring landscapes. Visit Exmoor National Park and you’ll discover one of Britain’s hidden treasures. Dulverton is the setting of part of R. D. Blackmore’s classic novel ‘Lorna Doone’. The castle at Dunster stands guard over the town’s medieval buildings and the busy village and port of Porlock provide stunning views and the opportunity to rest before climbing the breathtaking coastal route. At the very heart of Exmoor is Exford, the perfect base for exploring the historic and remarkable Tarr Steps. On the coast the picturesque twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth or ‘Little Switzerland’ will charm you. It might be a steep walk from the beautiful harbour of Lynmouth to the charming cafe’s and shops of Lynton, but the ingenious water powered cliff railway can take you up the 500 foot cliff effortlessly.

Dunster Castle (National Trust) provides panoramic views over the countryside and moorland.

Hartland and Clovelly: Peace, tranquillity and breathtaking views. On the western tip of North Devon you’ll find Hartland with some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Britain. Hartland is the perfect retreat for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Further along the coast is the historic village of Clovelly, untouched for centuries. Its cobbled streets and flower strewn cottages tumble down 400 feet to a 14th century fishing harbour.

Clovelly has three fishing vessels still working the harbour.

Stay at: Channel House Hotel Nestling on the lower slopes of North Hill with far reaching views of the sea and hills of Exmoor. www.channelhouse.co.uk 01643 703 229

Stay at: Ruda Holiday Park A family park with direct access to Croyde Bay, our Blue Flag beach, plus a choice of fantastic facilities. www.parkdean.com 0844 3819 121

Stay at: Devon Lodge Parks For luxury accommodation set in outstanding locations from coast to woodland, contact us on 0800 085 39 83 for details of our three prestigious lodge parks, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

Stay at: Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks Four award-winning Holiday Parks with spectacular coastal scenery, superb accommodation, sea view camping and touring plus an excellent range of activities for the whole family. www.woolacombe.com/ndg 0844 7700 378

Stay at: Trimstone Manor The Manor to which everyone can become accustomed – acclaimed Tyme Restaurant, Three Star Hotel and lovely Self Catering Cottages. www.trimstone.co.uk 01271 862 841 Stay at: Hele Valley Holiday Park You need the Perfect Holiday, we have the Perfect Place. Join us to relax and unwind at our award winning Holiday Park. www.helevalley.co.uk 01271 862 460

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Ruby and Tarka Country: Rolling hills, lush valleys and miles of patchwork farmland. Step into the heart of North Devon where you’ll find Tarka Country little changed since Henry Williamson wrote his famous novel Tarka the Otter. Barnstaple, North Devon’s oldest and largest town sits at the centre of the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile route with 31 miles of off road cycleway. Heading south the market town of Great Torrington has a huge amount of history, having played an important role in the Civil War. Holsworthy in the heart of Ruby Country boasts one of the busiest and largest livestock markets with a frequent farmer’s market. The pretty town square comes alive every Wednesday as visitors enjoy mingling with local people and farmers. Hatherleigh is a historic market town of thatch and cob cottages dating back to the 16th century, the perfect place to experience rural Devon life. Visit on market day and you’ll feel you’ve arrived in the real Devon.

Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore: A magnet for cyclists, ramblers and a gateway for activity. Make Bideford your base and you’ll have the very best in pubs, music and restaurants to satisfy every palate. Visit the Pannier Market or wander through the traffic free lanes, you’ll find Bideford is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy, with dozens of independent retailers, craft and antique shops. Stroll along the quay and admire the expansive waterfront, or visit the fortnightly farmers market. Grab the outdoors life with a trip to family friendly Westward Ho! The beach is fronted by a two mile long stretch of sand, and backed by traditional bucket and spade shops, tea rooms and restaurants. At the mouth of the River Torridge sits pretty Appledore. This quaint village offers a number of galleries and local crafts and hosts regular art festivals.

Combe Martin: Valleys, waterfalls, pathways and secret coves. Situated within

the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Combe Martin and its neighbour Berrynarbor, are simply beautiful. With the longest street of any village in the UK, Combe Martin sits at the very edge of Exmoor, surrounded by amazing coastal views, medieval field patterns, and steeped in a history of silver and tin mining. Overlooking the sheltered Watermouth Cove you’ll discover Berrynarbor. With its quaint houses and floral displays you’ll see first hand why Beatrix Potter found the area the perfect place for inspiration.

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Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel & Tyme Restaurant

Located next to three miles of golden Blue Flag sandy beach and breathtaking countryside there is a superb choice of accommodation with sea view caravan Holiday Homes, Luxury Lodges, Apartments, Farmhouses and cosy Cottages plus great camping and touring. With so many free activities and facilities on your doorstep you’ll never want to leave the Park! Four award winning Holiday Parks with spectacular coastal scenery, superb accommodation and an excellent range of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

17th C Manor House set in beautiful grounds. Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

Rock Cottage, West Down

Dairy Cottage & Beech Barn

Set in 15 acres of farmland at Bagbeare, Dairy Cottage (two bedrooms) and Beech Barn (two bedrooms) are detached, furnished to a high standard and extremely well equipped. Both lounges have vaulted ceilings and log burners and the kitchens include a washer/dryer, dish washer, fridge freezer and microwave. Short breaks available. Quiet and peaceful location.

selfcatering-devon.com Bagbeare, Thornbury, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 7DF griff.bagbeare@virgin.net 01409 261 437

Charming cottage full of character with oak beams and inglenooks. Garden. Parking. Quiet village close to beaches. Ideal for exploring Exmoor & Tarka Trail. Three bedrooms. Sleeps five + cot.

Pretty cottage in West Down village.

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17th C Manor House set in beautiful grounds.

Middle Lee Farm

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Five cottages sleeping two to six, with gas/ electric heating, set around a courtyard in beautiful gardens. Five mins walk from Berrynarbor village and near to coast path. Games area and fields. Small dogs welcome. Ample parking. Prices include bed linen, towels and gas/electricity. Prices from £220 to £670. Open all year. www.middleleefarm.co.uk email: middleleefarm@gmail.com Middle Lee Farm, Berrynabor, Ilfracombe Devon EX34 9SD 01271 882 256

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Trimstone Manor Self Catering Cottages & Tyme Restaurant

As we manage several apartments in the same developments in some places we can accommodate larger family groups together by booking two or three apartments under one roof. This enables groups to holiday together but with the benefit of their own family space. See individual properties for full details. Specialising in contemporary seafront properties, we provide over 40 self catering holiday homes in Woolacombe & Mortehoe.

A beautiful Manor House in North Devon, set in 44 acres of landscaped gardens and countryside, within minutes of secluded coves and many fine sandy beaches such as Woolacombe Bay, Saunton Sands and Croyde. Also within easy reach of Ilfracombe, Exmoor and the famous North Devon coastal path. Trimstone.co.uk Trimstone, Nr Woolacombe, Devon EX34 8NR 01271 868 051

Trimstone Manor Self-Catering Cottages are converted from a Mill and are set around a sheltered courtyard adjoining Trimstone Manor. The Cottages are fully furnished to a good standard and offer a variety of sleeping arrangements to suit most needs. We provide everything you need for your self-catering holiday except towels. Trimstone.co.uk Trimstone, Nr Woolacombe, Devon EX34 8NR 01271 868 051

Harbour Views Apartment, Ilfracombe

Luxury holiday apartment, open all year with spectacular harbour and sea views. Sleeps 4-6, king, twin en-suite, sofa bed, family bathroom. Fully fitted kitchen, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher. Digital TV, DVD, linen included. Weekly prices from £250 to £680. Short breaks available out of high season. Reserved parking, non-smoking, no pets. Harbour Views, from our windows.

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Ilfracombe: Seaside fun and centuries of heritage and tradition. Seekers of curious coastal charm will adore Ilfracombe. History is everywhere, from grand Victorian hotels to the old working harbour boasting some of North Devon’s best restaurants and cafe’s. Culture abounds within the Landmark Theatre, catch a show at this special seaside venue. For children who are intrepid rockpoolers and crabbers, the pretty cove of Hele Bay begs to be explored. Nature lovers, walkers, cyclists and foodies unite in their love of Ilfracombe as the perfect place for exploring North Devon.

Woolacombe & Croyde: The golden coast, perfect for families and water-

sports. For an award winning beach head to Woolacombe. Its miles of golden sand are recognised as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Further around the coast you will discover Croyde, a picturesque village dotted with thatched cottages and one of the region’s best beaches, the perfect place for families and surfers alike. Each year Woolacombe and Croyde play host to several surfing competitions and every June, to Oceanfest, a three day surfing and music festival. Braunton is the gateway to the Golden Coast, packed with delicatessans, gift, craft and surf shops, the area makes an excellent base for your beach holiday. Breathtaking Saunton Sands is one of the great jewels in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been used as a location for many film, video and television productions.

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Robbers Bridge: A local beauty spot named after the villainous exploits of the Doone family. Accessible via a narrow, steep and winding road from the A39 near the top of Porlock Hill. Watersmeet Tea Garden: Set in the stunning landscapes of the Lyn Valley. A lovely place to just sit, relax and watch the water pass by. • sat nav postcode: EX35 6NT Braunton Burrows: Picnic on the largest sand dune system in the UK. Its uniqueness and biodiversity is recognised in its designation as both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. For more information visit: northdevonbiosphere.org.uk • sat nav postcode: EX33 1LG Tarka Trail: Passing through the largely unspoilt North Devon countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927. There are plenty of places for a perfect picnic along the route. For more information visit: northdevon.com/tarkatrail Wistlandpound: (reservoir) Designed with total access for all, with trails, toilets, bird hides, gates, parking and the Centre being fully accessible. discoverwistleandpound.org.uk • sat nav postcode: EX31 4SJ

Hartland Peninsula: So many small coves but Mouthmill beach is one of the best; great walk in from the South West Coastal Path, great rock pools and a dramatic open cave to walk through. • sat nav postcode: EX39 6DU Treasure Trails: A fun, healthy and educational way to help you explore some of Devon’s hidden treats! The Trails require you to find the location of hidden treasure and are great fun for all the family! £5 per trail, tel: 07960 630 900 Braunton Burrows: Miles of sandy paths weaving through soft rolling dunes make this a great day out for exploration and adventure. • sat nav postcode: EX33 1LQ The South West Coast Path: Explore Exmoor and North Devon from the scenic splendour of the coast. For walks visit: explorethecoast.org Lundy Island: Lying ten miles off the North Devon coast and at the entrance to the Bristol Channel. It is relatively flat landscape on high cliffs and is a great place to watch nature. Take the ferry from Bideford, Hartland or Ilfracombe. For further details visit: lundyisland.co.uk

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Dog friendly year round, and perfect for families and watersports enthusiasts, Saunton Sands is one of the biggest gems in the North Devon crown. The beach consists of three miles of Atlantic facing golden sands backed by some of the highest sand dunes in the country. Saunton is a well known North Devon surfing beach, but with usually more manageable waves for the inexperienced and novice surfers amongst you. Arrive by North Devon Surf and Cycle Bus, or leave your vehicle in the safe car park and start your adventure with a trip to the Beach Shop, selling everything you need for a day of sea, sun and surf. If you’re feeling peckish you can grab a takeaway from the Saunton Break Cafe, or wander over to the Sands Cafe and enjoy an alfresco lunch on the balcony. If you’re feeling adventurous why not try your hand at a spot of surfing. Several of North Devon’s leading surf schools operate on Saunton Sands, and an hour’s surf lessons includes all the kit. Saunton sands has starred in many films, television and video productions, and is a firm favourite with Robbie Williams, who filmed the video for his hit song Angels here.

Saunton Break - takeaway café. Sands Café - seated restaurant with balcony. Beach Shop - everything you need for a day on the beach. Dino Karts - pedal powered fun for all the family - seasonal hire. Saunton Sands Hotel - 4 star Hotel overlooking Saunton Beach. Surfed Out - surf hire shop (boards / wetsuits). Surf South West - one of the UK’s leading surf schools. Walking on Waves - local surf school that gives you the opportunity to be coached by one of Britain’s top surfers, Sarah Whiteley. • Local Bus Routes - on the main 308 route (Saunton Road B3231). • Landeez wheelchair - available for hire • Dog friendly - all year round • Park Mark Award - We are proud to hold this award granted to those car parks that promote safer parking as approved by the police

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VICTORIA LODGE - LYNTON s Victoria Lodge AA Highly Commended Five Yellow Stars Award-winning B&B

Outstanding five star bed & breakfast accommodation, located on the spectacular North Devon coastline, providing guests with a luxuriously comfortable place to stay while exploring this beautiful part of Exmoor. www.victorialodge.co.uk info@victorialodge.co.uk 01598 753203

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The Victorian villa has a warm, welcoming atmosphere where guests can relax in sumptuous surroundings. Victoria Lodge has an enviable reputation for great hospitality and award-winning breakfasts.

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Peace and Tranquility A selection of high quality 2 & 3 bedroom bungalows, all having been recently extended and refurbished to a very high standard overlooking the Blue Flag beach at Westward Ho! just a few minutes walk from the village centre. Call now for details of our special offers:

01237 474161

Your Second Home By The Sea

A selection of high quality 2 & 3 bedroom bungalows, all having been recently extended and refurbished to a very high standard overlooking the Blue Flag beach at Westward Ho! - just a few minutes walk from the village centre.

Holiday Village Call now for details of our special offers.

01237 474161 www.goldenbayholidays.co.uk

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Devon Classic Campers • Holidays Hire one of our Classic VW Campers & explore the glorious westcountry. Relax & Chill in one of our beautifully prepared vehicles. Fully equipped with everything (including the kitchen sink) & raring to go! Available throughout the year & guaranteed to make you smile! We are based on the edge of Exmoor, close to the gorgeous North Devon Coast. clive@devondubbing.com

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Holiday accommodation with gardens & woodland

Hallsannerycottages.com Hallsannery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5HE info@hallsannery.co.uk 01237 472135

Mettaford Farm

Four cottages in a Victorian estate with 50 acres of woods, parkland and fabulous views over River Torridge, 1 mile from Bideford. Close to the Tarka Trail and easy reach of the beaches and coastal path at Westward Ho! Each cottage has their own outdoor area. Pets by arrangement. Bed linen, gas/electricity included. Short breaks available.

Holiday Cottages We are easily found but well hidden on the beautiful Hartland Peninsula. Stay with us for your short break or week in our homely cottages. Indoor pool & sauna, games room. Daily, room & group rates in Camping Barn.

www.mettafordfarm.co.uk • 01237 441249 • mettaford@aol.com

Drewstone Farm

3 Prime Spot Character Cottages Three properties: individual, full residential quality. Not a complex.

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Royal Castle Lodge Romantic thatched cottage for two at Lynton. Perfect for honeymoons or anniversaries. Water’s Edge Cottage Riverbank cottage for 1 to 6 by harbour at Lynmouth. Bosun’s Cottage Seaside cottage for 1 to 4 at Combe Martin Harbour. Open all year – cosy winter breaks. Share our ‘secret’ walks, cycle and mtb routes. Bike storage and dogs by arrangement. Prices per unit per week: £195 - £775.

www.primespotcottages.co.uk Details / Brouchure with pleasure Phone anytime Mrs Margret Wolverson T: 01271 882449

Idyllic setting in the Exmoor foothills. Traditional 300 acre family farm. Cottages furnished and equipped to a high specification offering olde-worlde charm, cosy wood burners, enclosed gardens, wildlife lake, woodland walks nearby, beaches. Located in Johnny Kingdom country. Ideal for exploring North Devon and Exmoor, freedom to roam or relax in a get away from it all location.

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Pets welcome enclosed garden, off street parking A relaxed atmosphere welcomes guests to our Grade 2 Listed House. Offering a spacious ‘Wing’ of Cross House or our detached one bedroomed cottage both with character & charm. Ideally situated for the many splendid beaches, attractions, coastal paths & exploring North Devon & Exmoor. Cyma & Charlie Cassar Cross House, Fore Street, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN

Three cottages • Weekly tariff £235 - £685 • Open all year Drewstone Farm, South Molton North Devon EX36 3EF - Tel: 01769 572337 Email: info@devonself-catering.co.uk

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Short breaks available Quality • Privacy • No restrictions For facilities at each property please ring for details

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Tel: (01271) 870846 Woolacombe Cottages are proud to offer a wide selection of Peaceful Character Properties around North Devon; from ‘Romantic Breaks’ to ‘Stylish Escapes,’ Quaint Cottages to Modern Sea Front Apartments. Short Breaks from only £125.00.

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Sunnymeade

• Large enclosed beautiful garden • Lovely countryside views • Centrally placed close to Woolacombe, Ilfracombe & Exmoor • Off season Special Breaks • 12 bedrooms, 4 on ground floor with full wheelchair accessibility • Polite dogs welcome Dean Cross, West Down, Devon EX34 8NT Tel: 01271 863668 Email: info@sunnymeade.co.uk Web:www.sunnymeade.co.uk

Hillcrest Farm

Tel: 01271 863537 Comfortable, fully equipped mobile home, situated on a quiet working farm, close to both beach and Exmoor • Sleeps six • • Mains electric & Water • • Own private toilet & shower • Mrs E.A. Blackmore Hillcrest Farm, Centery Lane, Bittadon, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4HN

1 static caravan • Weekly Tariff £140 to £275 • Open all year for 2012

Little Bray House

Mr & Mrs C Hartnoll Little Bray House Brayford, Barnstaple North Devon EX32 7QG

A choice of two fully equipped cottages and flatlet for two, in lovely setting. A hidden haunt, quiet and unspoiled, yet only a short distance from Exmoor and the sea. Open Easter to December.

• Indoor Badminton Court • Reasonable Rates • No Smoking Policy • For Brochure visit: www.littlebray.co.uk

Cottage £250 to £450 per week Flatlet £180 to £240 per week E: margarethartnoll@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01598 710295

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• Free private parking spaces • Reductions for couples, multiple bookings and short breaks off season • This year choose us as your West Country Base • Minutes walk from sands, shops and buses Ideal holiday homes in a spectacular seaside location

Ossaborough House Ideally situated on the tree lined avenue just 1 minute walk to Minehead seafront, West Somerset Railway and the Town centre. • 2 star family run hotel • 20 en-suite bedrooms with colour TV’s, tea & Coffee trays and hairdryers • Ground floor twin-bedded room for disabled or less able guests. The elegant Restaurant offers a varied residents menu, changed daily, as well as full A La Carte and Bar Menus. Special diets can also be catered for. • • • •

50 The Avenue Minehead, Somerset TA24 5BB T: 01643 705939 E: gasconyhotel@aol.com W: www.gasconyhotel.co.uk

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Fully licensed bar Own private secured car park Ideal base for walkers, cyclists and ramblers Weekly, short break, daily and group bookings welcome • Open from March to December

B&B: from £39.00 per person Half board: from £55.00 per person Prices per person per night: £39.00 - £45.00

A 17th Century Bed & Breakfast with panoramic views, just a mile from the golden sands of Woolacombe. All our en-suite bedrooms have a large seating area with sofa. Our three Garden Rooms each have their own patio. www.ossaboroughhouse.co.uk info@ossaboroughhouse.co.uk 01271 870297

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Whether you wish to buy your own holiday home, or simply want to stay in one of our luxury lodges, we have the ultimate choice of stylish parks situated in prime locations, from coast to moorland.

For more information and/or a brochure please contact: 0800 085 39 83 Email: info@devonlodgeparks.co.uk, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

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Clockwise from top: Hartland, Exmoor, Croyde, Puffins on Lundy Island.

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Travel Writer Simon Heptinstall shares some of North Devon’s best kept secrets

Intrepid Explorers North Devon is my favourite holiday destination because it’s so easy to get to yet is the most unspoilt part of the South West. I can always find miles of brilliant countryside, hundreds of pretty villages and scores of great beaches. There are all sorts of days out here - from the exciting pirate island of Lundy to the arts and craft galleries of the fishing village of Appledore, and from the stylish bars and cafes of Barnstaple to the wide sweeping hills and valleys of Exmoor. There’s so much in this one area, the only problem is choosing between it all. Stay at: North Cliff Hotel An ideal base for walking and exploring Exmoor with magnificent views in peaceful surroundings. www.northcliffhotel.co.uk 01598 752 357 Stay at: Devon Lodge Parks For Luxury accommodation, perfectly located to experience and explore all that North Devon has to offer, contact us on 0800 085 39 83 for details of our three prestigious lodge parks, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

Just for a moment forget North Devon’s beguiling hidden coves, secret footpaths and undiscovered pubs. There are several major sights in North Devon that I think everyone should see. The fishing village of Clovelly is like a slice of transplanted Mediterranean on a steep North Devon cliff. Its flower-decked whitewashed cottages tumble down a steep cobbled footpath to a tiny harbour. Clovelly may be full of tourists at prime times but ironically it’s a glimpse of what Devon life was like before the tourists arrived. The village has been preserved, not by the National Trust, but because it has been owned by the family who have lived in the local manor house for 250 years. Try to visit earlier or later than the crowds and you’ll experience one of the most memorable places not just in the south west but the whole of Europe. Best of all, stay in Clovelly overnight and see what’s it’s like when all the visitors have left. Further east, the twin towns of Lynmouth (at the sea level) and Lynton (high on the cliffs above) are full of delightful relics of charming Victoriana in a landscape so spectacular it is often called ‘Little Switzerland’. Poets, artists and writers much more talented than me have been inspired by the plunging wooded valleys leading up onto Exmoor, the towering sea cliffs and the extraordinary outcrops of the Valley of the Rocks. The ingenious water-powered cliff railway, world-class walks and interesting little shops in cobbled alleyways make it one of the most enjoyable sights of the South West. the guide | 2012

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Lynton and Lynmouth, Valley of the Rocks.

My third major attraction would be the surfers’ beaches of Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde. These vast flat swathes of sand lie between huge dunes and huge waves roaring in from the Atlantic. Even if you don’t have a go yourself, it’s constantly engrossing to watch surfers tune their skills and it’s always lively fun to sample the cool surfers’ bars, cafes and restaurants too. Out of season these beaches don’t loose their appeal either – the surfers in their wet suits don’t seem to mind the weather and there’s nothing better to blow out the cobwebs than a bracing walk along a deserted sandy beach. Of course the best-known parts of any holiday region can get crowded. Luckily I discovered hundreds of lesser-known spots while exploring North Devon’s country lanes researching my book.

Woolacombe Beach, looking towards Putsborough.

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Towering sea cliffs and extraordinary outcrops, are perfect for exploring at the Valley of the Rocks…

Now my favourite beaches are the ones with hardly anyone there. You can have vast patches of seaside to yourself at other lovely spots like Woody Bay near Lynton, Rockham Beach near Mortehoe or Peppercombe near Bideford. My favourite is Lee Bay near Ilfracombe, You’ll need a map to find it but whether you walk along the coast path or drive through the winding lanes, it’s worth it. There’s a quirky village pub, rows of pretty cottages and a rocky beach that becomes more and more sandy as the tide goes out. I found other wonderful rural areas of North Devon, like the protected ‘Commons’ around the historic hilltop town of Great Torrington, the wide and relaxed estuaries of the Taw and Torridge Rivers, and the grand rolling hills around the National Trust’s Arlington Court Estate.


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Far to the west of Arlington is one of my all-time favourite areas. The big crowds drive past Devon’s remote north west corner on the A39, heading for Cornwall. But they’re missing Hartland’s daunting cliffs, scary rocky shores and memorably bracing walks - especially at inappropriately named Welcombe Mouth. At pastel painted Hartland village I love to browse galleries of artists drawn to this wild spot. The village’s sturdy ‘Cathedral of North Devon’, St Nectan’s, has Devon’s tallest church tower - a navigational aid for ships battling the notorious headland. Nearby Hartland Abbey’s exotic Moorish interiors were inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Its peacock-filled parkland fills a lush valley leading down to the sea.

Welcombe Mouth.

Hartland’s daunting cliffs and scary rock shores…

Hartland rocks.

The tall-hedged lanes to the west stop dead at Hartland Quay where the Atlantic thumps against gnarled jaws of black rocks. Stern cliffs march to the horizon on both sides. The stone quay here was smashed by storm waves 100 years ago. No-one has dared repair it since. Walk north to a lighthouse or south to cliff waterfalls. At the foot of the cliff, the isolated but friendly Hartland Quay Hotel has a cosy atmospheric bar, shipwreck museum, homely grub and rooms. It even sells homemade creamy ice-cream from a farm nearby. I’ve also become a big fan of the rural swathes of southern part of North Devon. Whenever my family stay in lovely old market towns like South Molton and Great Torrington we end up looking in estate agents windows thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to live here.”

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An introduction to falconry on Exmoor with

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Only £30 for a group of three. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Gift vouchers available. Fully insured. email nigelpenfold@aol.com or call 01598 740114

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Travel writer Martin Hesp walks the untrodden South West Coast path and discovers the silvan world of magical beauty. Visit northdevon.com to read more.

We always seem to stumble on great little villages all over North Devon. I love seeing their gardens spilling over stone walls and friendly folk sitting outside their cob cottages nodding to strangers. It’s easy to be lured by the rolling hills and traffic free lanes into unplanned strolls. My latest favourites include Georgeham, Bucks Mills and Berrynarbor (where world-famous modern artist Damien Hirst has his family home). On a recent visit we wandered around the village of Knowstone to the east of South Molton. These are the foothills of Exmoor where cottages are white-washed and thatched, and you have to slow your car for horses and cows in the country lanes. Just up the road from Knowstone you may spot world-famous adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes on his daily run through the heather-covered moors. ‘Ran’ lives on an Exmoor farm near here. At Knowstone itself there’s the evocatively named Crooked Oak River overhung by ancient trees and a thatched pub with open fires and gardens. The Masons Arms is just opposite the church, and is a traditional village pub that also serves Michelin-starred food.

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Tarr Steps, found deep in the heart of the Exmoor landscape.

It’s the most relaxed M-star meal you’ll find. Locals gossip by the fireplace while views of pheasants scampering towards Exmoor distract you from seabass and sugared fennel that are at least as good as anything you’ll find in the celebrity restaurants up country and much cheaper and friendlier.


Bideford Cycle, Surf & Kayak Hire

Ideal location to explore the traffic free Tarka Trail or paddle along the Torridge estuary. Take a board to the beach to feel the thrill of surfing.

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Lundy Island Lundy is owned by the National trust and administered by the Landmark Trust, a registered charity

For a day visit or short stay in one of our unique properties please contact us 01271 863636 www.lundyisland.co.uk

Tarka Trail Cycle Hire The Railway Station, Barnstaple, Devon, Telephone (01271) 324202 Choose a cycle from our fleet of over 130 including child trailers and enjoy the wonderful experience of peace and tranquillity as you explore the scenic cycleways between BARNSTAPLE – BRAUNTON AND BARNSTAPLE – TORRINGTON. NO HILLS AND NO TRAFFIC. The estuary scenes are full of bird life – a bird watchers paradise and railway buffs will find plenty of interesting relics from the days when this route was a busy railway line.

Grid Ref. F4 Example rates: Per Day ADULTS Mountain Bikes, Hybrids & 3 Speed Tourers £10.50 CHILDREN BIKES up to 24” wheels, Mountain Bikes, BMXs & Tourers £7.50 TRAILERS and TAG-A-LONGS including Adult Hybrids £18.00 CASH DEPOSIT of £5 or £10 per booking. This will be waived if car drivers deposit their keys. EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY IS ESSENTIAL.

Open every day from Mon 19th March 2012 to Sun 4th November 2012 9.15am – 5.00pm FOR FULL DETAILS INCLUDING ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS ASK RECEPTION OR A TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ONE OF OUR BROCHURES OR TELEPHONE BARNSTAPLE (01271) 324202

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Telephone: 01643 821425 or Email: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Yarn Market Hotel

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Support Exmoor farming • 3 Bedrooms • B&B £33 - £35 pppn • Evening meal optional • Open Jan to Nov

A fabulous place to stay and the gateway to Exmoor.

Dunster Village & Castle

Peaceful rural retreat for non-smoking grownups. Superb views onto Exmoor National Park. Medieval farmstead (1086). Beautiful antique interior, quality double/twin ensuite bedrooms. Traditional Aga cooking, farm/local produce. Own spring water. Devon Red Ruby cattle, Exmoor Horn sheep.

We specialise in activity breaks: • Music • Folk Dancing • Painting and Walking Other local attractions include: • West Somerset Railway • Dunster Beach • Dunster Castle The Yarn Market Hotel offers you all a warm welcome.

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For more information visit our website at: www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Mrs Theresa Sampson, Kerscott Farm Bishops Nympton, Exmoor, South Molton North Devon EX36 4QG Email: kerscott.farm@virgin.net

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Coastal Fringes Enjoy a great nights sleep in an antique French carved bed and beautifully appointed en-suite bedroom. Wake up to a tasty, homemade, locally sourced breakfast with plenty of choices. B&B £30 to £35 76 St Brannocks Road Ilfracombe North Devon EX34 8EQ

www.coastalfringes.com dandm@coastalfringes.com 01271 865096

LORNA DOONE HOUSE Bed & Breakfast and Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Terms Discounts available for four nights or longer Situated in a tranquil location by the River Lyn A harmonious blend of quality service, comfortable accommodation and affordable prices. 4 Tors Road, Lynmouth, North Devon EX35 6ET

Tel: 01598 753354 www.lornadoonehouse.co.uk info@lornadoonehouse.co.uk

Drewstone Farm

Idyllic setting in the Exmoor foothills. Traditional 300 acre family farm. Cottages furnished and equipped to a high specification offering olde worlde charm, cosy woodburners, enclosed gardens, wildlife lake, woodland walks nearby, beaches. Located in Johnny Kingdom country. Ideal for exploring North Devon and Exmoor, freedom to roam or relax in a get away from it all location. • Three cottages • Open all year • • Weekly tariff from £235 to £685 •

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Beautiful location, Wildlife, Walks Peace and quiet.

Spreacombe Gardens

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

Whether for Spring walking through the carpets of bluebells and primroses in the adjacent RSPB wood, cycling along the Tarka Trail (4 miles away) in early summer, surfing and lazing on the sands of Woolacombe beach (<4 miles) in mid summer or just exploring our 450 acre estate, Spreacombe is the obvious choice. Pets welcome in most properties.

With award winning beaches, outstanding National Trust countryside and Exmoor Park nearby there is so much to see and do. We have superb accommodation with sea view caravan Holiday Homes, Apartments, Luxury Lodges, Farmhouses and cosy Cottages plus great camping and touring.

www.spreacombe.com 01271 870 536

The perfect place to stay while exploring the South West Coastal Path or cycling along the famous Tarka Trail.

Rock Cottage, West Down

Wintershead Holiday Cottages Occupying an unique location with breathtaking views. Five quality stone cottages converted from original farm buildings, offering peace, tranquillity, privacy and all the comforts of home. A special place, easy to find but so hard to leave. From ÂŁ280. Open from March to November.

Charming cottage full of character with oak beams and inglenooks. Garden. Parking. Quiet village close to beaches. Ideal for exploring Exmoor & Tarka Trail. Three bedrooms. Sleeps five + cot.

Pretty cottage in West Down village.

Virginia Sprason devoncottage.fsnet.co.uk rock.cott@virgin.net 01562 883 038

Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

Unique location with breath taking views.

wintershead.co.uk Wintershead Farm, Simonsbath Exmoor Somerset TA24 7LF wintershead@yahoo.co.uk 01643 831 222

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Cream Tea Cottages A small selection of self-catering cottages in coastal and rural locations to suit most tastes. All fitted out by Tom & Sue to a high standard and graded by Visit Britain as 3 and 4 Star. All inclusive prices and a traditional Devon cream tea to welcome you on your arrival.

www.creamteacottages.co.uk Telephone: 01805 623670

Situated next to Lynmouth harbour and on the coastal footpath, The Bath Hotel is an ideal centre for exploring Exmoor. A warm and friendly hotel with a reputation for hospitality. Fully licensed. All bedrooms are en-suite. Children and Dogs welcome. Group rates available. Extensive daytime and evening menu for both residents and non residents. B&B from £37.50 DB&B from £60 Lynmouth, North Devon EX35 6EL Tel: 01598 752238 Fax: 01598 753894 www.bathhotellynmouth.co.uk E-mail: info@bathhotellynmouth.co.uk

ELSLEY South facing three bedroom bungalow providing comfortable accommodation for two to six people, plus cot. Situated at the foot of the beautiful Hangman Hills. Three minute walk to the shops, beach and coastal paths. Large level garden with parking for two cars. Brochure available on request.

Prices from £320 to £590 Tel: 01483 225238 david penny@talk21.com

Smytham Manor

T: 01805 622 110 www.smytham.co.uk

Tourers & tents welcome, lodges for hire. Modern free heated facilities, pool, play area, games room. Easy reach of Moors & beaches. Direct access to Tarka Trail.

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North Cliff Hotel

Ingleside Guest House Lynton, Devon EX35 6HW

Ingleside An ideal base for exploring Exmoor. Discover the local delights of Lynmouth and Lynton as well as Exmoor National Park. After a day spent exploring Exmoor or the coast, relax and enjoy a drink on our terrace, or experience our home cooked dishes in the restaurant. Magnificent sea and coastal views. Tel: 01598 752357

www.northcliffhotel.co.uk

Great Views, Great Food, Great Hospitality With fantastic views overlooking the Lyn Valleys and Countisbury Hill and situated only a minutes walk from Lynton village centre. Ideal accommodation for those wishing to get away on short breaks or longer stays in a part of Exmoor known as ‘England’s Little Switzerland’. An ideal base for touring holidays or walking breaks. Silver Award: Five years in a row! Quality bedrooms with modern ensuites Own level car park next to house Evening Meals served six days a week Prices from £30 PPPN B&B

01598 752223 Ingleside-hotel.co.uk keithdiana@supanet.com

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Six well equipped cottages surrounding a pretty paved courtyard set in 18 acres in a quiet rural location on the edge of Exmoor yet close to North Devonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main beaches.

Two spacious and well equipped cottages on our non-working farm offer peace and quiet in delightful surroundings. Low off-season rates. Ideal for families. Welcome walkers, cyclists and pets!

Comfortable cottages 500m from PRIVATE BEACH, the SW Coastal Footpath, superb views, walks, & animal feeding including alpacas, goats, pigs, poultry, rabbits & sheep. Gold Award Green Tourism Business Scheme.

2 luxury AA 4 stars barn conversions on a working family farm in unspoilt countryside. Large childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area. Price includes hire of linen, towels and electric. Open all year.

Our family run sheep/ arable farm overlooks the beautiful sandy beaches of Putsborough / Woolacombe, offering a peaceful location for families and walkers alike. Our converted barn/ 2 cottages sleep 2 - 8.

Self catering holiday cottages set in 35 tranquil and picturesque acres close to the North Devon Heritage Coast, with stunning sea and countryside views. Please visit website for further details.

Organic orchards in the heart of North Devon. Tranquil, architecturally designed for two, oak beams and extensive balcony. 180 degree uninterrupted views. Gold Awards tourist board, Gold Award Devon Wildlife Trust.

Tel: 01271 883655

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The North Devon Farm Holiday members open their homes to provide top quality, comfortable, bed & breakfast (with delicious farmhouse breakfasts) or self-catering accommodation, offering a memorable experience.

What all the North Devon Farm Holiday members have in common is a passion to offering you a personal, unique and authentic experience, happy to share with you their wealth of knowledge of the region and offer the best advice and ideas to make your stay a memorable one.

All the farm accommodation has been inspected and quality assessed by the National Tourist Boards grading scheme, Visit England / AA.

Enjoy a real taste of Devon, with many hosts greeting you with a Devon Cream Tea and using local and/or home grown produce when possible. Where ever you choose to stay, comfort and a truly genuine warm welcome awaits you!

These rural retreats are all unique, of infinite variety, from traditional medieval farmhouses steeped in history to tasteful modern day conversions, situated in every type of location, either tucked away in a beautiful, hidden valley or on a hillside with breath taking views of Devon’s patchwork fields, Exmoor’s wilderness or North Devon’s dramatic coastline.

Below are a small selection of our farms. For full details of all our members visit: www.north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk

BAMPFIELD FARM NEW MILL COTTAGES 4* FARM 4*

LOCKSBEAM FARM 4*

FORDA FARM 4*

WEST DOWN FARM Umberleigh 4*

HUXTABLE FARM 4*

WEST DOWN FARM South Molton 3*

Cottages sleeping 2 -14. Tranquil yet central base Short break deals available. Village pub serves meals and takeaways. Cozy wood burner. Freshly baked cream tea.

Delightful 17th Century 4* cottages with real fires by trout stream in a secluded Exmoor Valley with ABRS Approved riding stables. Children / pets most welcome. Weekend and midweek breaks available.

Spacious farmhouse on organic dairy farm in heart of the Torridge Valley, comfortable ensuite bedrooms, delicious Aga breakfast. 10 minutes RHS Garden Rosemoor, central location, Tarka Trail beach, moors.

Family run working farm in Ruby Country. North Devon / Cornwall border. Surf beaches around Bude or walk/cycle Dartmoor. Short breaks/ Eden tickets. Welcome Walkers, Cyclists and Families awards.

Join our repeat guests who come back time after time, unwind and enjoy our excellent food and grounds, wake up to birds singing, watch wonderful sunsets while having dinner.

Escape to this beautiful, award winning, medieval longhouse, with quality en-suite bedrooms (free Wi-Fi), beams, log fires, panoramic views, walks (Tarka Trail) & wildlife on its’ doorstep, situated near Exmoor.

Situated on the edge of Exmoor and close to the coast ideal for walkers, nature lovers, cyclist and family holidays. Set in thirty acres of its own grounds.

Tel: 01271 346566

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westdown.co.uk

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3 Luxury Lodge Parks in North Devon

All perfectly located for exploring the best that this area has to offer

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Whether you wish to buy your own holiday home, or simply want to stay in one of our luxury lodges, we are ideally located to please every pursuit and pastime.

For more information and/or a brochure please contact: 0800 085 39 83 Email: info@devonlodgeparks.co.uk, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

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Tarr Steps: A medieval clapper bridge over the river Barle which spans the fifty-five foot river in seventeen spans of flat stone. Close by are burial mounds of Bronze Age men from 5,000 years ago. Exmoor National Park, Dulverton, Somerset TA24 7QP Dunster Castle: Fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years, remodelled a 100-years- ago. Fine 17th C staircase and plaster ceilings. Terrace garden of rare shrubs. Dunster, near Minehead, Somerset TA24 6SL Tel: 01643 821 314

North Devon is full of folklore, legends and odd historical facts, as historian Peter Christie explains…

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ooking at our peaceful beaches one might find it hard to believe that pirates once flourished here. As far back as the seventeenth-century North African or ‘Barbary’ pirates sailed into the Bristol Channel and attacked ships and coastal settlements carrying off captives who might be ransomed or taken off to slavery. Indeed in 1622 Barnstaple raised £240 to ransom local seamen. By the following century North Devon had its own local pirates known as privateers. Given a licence by the Crown to attack enemy vessels they sometimes stretched the rules to engage allies as well as enemies. The years 1540 to 1620 have been called the ‘Golden Age of Plunder’ for Devonian sailors and when one considers that 80 years later in 1702 Bideford still had thirteen such privateering vessels and Barnstaple five, then one can see the truth of this. ¶ In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries smuggling took over from piracy with Welcombe Mouth near Hartland becoming a major destination for many local smugglers – with a hearse being used to move contraband goods on some occasions. Not all North Devon seamen were rogues, however, and some in 1585 were hugely important in world history. In that year Sir Richard Grenville commanded a fleet from Bideford sent to settle the first permanent European colony in North America thus allowing North Devon to claim with some truth to be the birthplace of the USA and Canada. The following year Grenville brought back a native American who was christened ‘Raleigh’ at Bideford in March 1588. Sadly he died a year later becoming the first American buried in England – and in the same year as he arrived five North Devon ships sailed to join Sir Francis Drake’s fleet that took on the Spanish Armada.

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Castle Hill: Built in 1730 as the Earl Fortesque’s family home in North Devon. The Palladian House, in which his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran are living, is set in an 18th C parkland landscape with grass terraces. Filleigh, Barnstaple, North Devon EX32 0RQ Tel: 01598 760 336 Arlington Court: An unexpected jewel: a complete family estate. Managed by the National Trust. The intimate Regency house contains treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters. Arlington, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4LP Tel: 01271 851 123 Hartland Abbey: Fascinating, historic family home in a beautiful valley leading to the sea. Stunning interiors, architecture and collections. Woodland walk to Bog Garden and 18th C Walled Gardens. Wildflower walk to beach. Light lunches & cream teas. Hartland, Bideford, North Devon EX39 6DT Tel: 01237 441 264 Torrington 1646: A historical tourist attraction that makes history fun! Travel back to the 17th C with our costumed characters and experience life in Torrington during the English Civil War. Castle Hill, South St, Gt Torrington, North EX38 8AA Tel: 01805 626 146 Chambercombe Manor: Occupying a secluded valley within 16 acres of grounds. This stunning haunted Manor House dates back to 1066 and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Guests to Chambercombe Manor can enjoy its beautiful gardens, woodland walks and ponds. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Chambercombe Lane, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9RJ Tel: 01271 862 624


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Barbary pirates once regularly visited Clovelly from their base on nearby Lundy. Some of the bollards on the quay are guns from wrecked Armada ships. Smuggling was a community occupation.

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Discover more in the Seamenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chapel of St. Peter. But for a real contrast to the 21st century comfort of our hotels, unravel the story of the cannibal Gregg family, who lived and ate here until they were caught and executed without trial in Plymouth.

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¶ Following these glory years North Devon sailors became more law-abiding and today large ocean-going bulk carriers can be seen loading at Bideford Quay whilst the Lundy supply vessel the Oldenburg regularly sails from Ilfracombe and Bideford to the island. ¶ Going back further in history, North Devon has claim to some famous events. In 878, for example, a large Viking raiding force landed it is thought at Appledore from Ireland. They marched inland to take on the Saxons who, rather unexpectedly, delivered a crushing defeat catching and slaughtering the invaders at a point in Northam parish still called Bloody Corner. ¶ A little later a notable man was buried on Lundy Island – ‘notable’ as when his skeleton was excavated in May 1856 his height was estimated to have been between 8’ 2” and 8’ 7”- with the burial site still being called ‘The Giant’s Graves’. Not all North Devonians have been so imposing but many were famous as wrestlers during earlier centuries. Silver spoons were usually offered as prizes whilst the actual fighting involved kicking your opponent’s shins whilst wearing hob-nailed boots. These matches were often associated with village revels which were regular occurrences in many local settlements. In 1829 they were characterised as ‘scenes of disgrace, riot and intoxication’ but now they have been replaced with fetes and carnivals though Barnstaple holds an annual ‘Green Man’ festival and Torrington has its nationally famous May Fair which both hark back to ancient beliefs.

¶ Visit Shebbear on November 5th and you won’t just see fireworks. Here every year the men of the village gather to ‘turn’ a large stone over as if they do not the Devil will surely appear and the village will be plagued with bad luck. Again on various ceremonial occasions you may be lucky enough to see one of the area’s eight Town Mayors resplendant in chains and robes – but many places used to elect ‘Mock Mayors’ who enjoyed drinking and spoofing the real ones. North Devonians are notable for pricking pomposity!

Exploring Great Torrington Common.

First light at Bideford.

¶ Witchcraft has a long history in North Devon with, famously, three Bideford witches being among the last to be hanged in England (in 1682) though this didn’t act as much of a deterrent as in 1827 there were reckoned to be 25 witches in Combe Martin alone and in 1853 a famous Monkleigh witch died aged 105. In the mid 19th century a notorious white wizard called John Harper practised his ‘craft’ in Barnstaple and the surrounding area. Even today ‘cunning folk’ are to be found who can cure warts in humans and ringworm in cattle – and if it works who would complain? 50

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¶ Occasionally these old beliefs still survive or have been brought back to life. At Combe Martin on every Spring Bank Holiday the ‘Hunting of the Earl of Rone’ takes place which sees ‘Grenadiers’ and other characters hunt the ‘Earl’ and then ‘shoot’ him. It is thought to be a folk memory of a real event and has been revived several times. One set of legends became a best-selling book when R.D.Blackmore used them in his ‘Lorna Doone’ published in 1869. Said to be based on a real criminal family living on Exmoor interested visitors can today try to find the places mentioned in the book.

¶ There are, needless to say, many more stories about the area many being covered in local books and pamphlets available in bookshops and at tourist information centres as well as being on the internet. Happy exploring…

Chambercombe Manor is a stunning 11th century haunted Manor House steeped in history and legends. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Chambercombe boasts many original features including a barrel ceiling and a plaster Tudor Frieze. We are open from Good Friday to 31st October. Our guided tours last around 50 minutes and are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am and Sunday from 12 noon, our last tour is at 3pm. The Manor House is open Mondays and Fridays from 11am and on Bank holiday Saturdays from 12 noon to 4pm last entry at 3.30pm. Throughout July and August the Manor house is open for guided tours Monday to Friday from 10.30am to last tour at 4pm and Sundays from 12 noon last tour at 4pm. We have 3 acres of beautiful gardens for you to enjoy and our Tea rooms serve our famous cream teas, light lunches, snacks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer. During July and August our Bistro is open every Friday from 7pm our last serving is at 9pm for evening meals. Candlelit tours of the Manor are available when booking a meal at the Bistro. Candlelit tours and evening meals must be booked in advance. Opening times may vary. We also have four lovely holiday cottages.

www.chambercombemanor.org.uk chambercombemanor@btconnect.com

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¶ Whilst in North Devon you might keep an eye open for the ‘Exmoor Beast’. Sighted as far back as the 1920s this extremely large cat prowls the fields and woods of the area occasionally taking lambs. Hunted by Royal Marine sharpshooters in the 1980s none have ever been caught – and some witnesses claim to have seen cubs which suggests a breeding population. They have never attacked humans and indeed actively avoid us – and if you go down to the beach look for the ‘sea monster’ seen in 1911 off Westward Ho! and described as being ninety feet long with a back lined with black fins.

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Bensons Hideout This cavern on Lundy came to be known as Benson’s Cave, the assumption being that he had used his convict slave labour to excavate it for the purpose of storing smuggled merchandise. Subsequent excavation of its interior found graffiti on the walls dating from 1726, so it is more likely that the cave was tunnelled out during the tenancy of Richard Scores, the previous occupier, who was charged with smuggling on Lundy in 1721. www.lundyisland.co.uk 01271 863636

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Jim Soar from The Times and his dog Alfie discovers that North Devon is canine heaven

The North Devon countryside can be a confusing place for suburban four legged visitors - but they soon learn to appreciate it…

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lfie was puzzled by the sheep. Our young black Labrador had raced out to investigate the paddock behind the rented cottage and found several large, woolly white dogs on the far side of the fence. They smelt a bit funny and refused to bark or growl. The strange dogs just stared benignly as Alfie wuffed and sprang into play-with-me postures. So he wuffed some more, tried a playful growl and ran around in circles. They carried on staring. The North Devon countryside can be a confusing place for suburban four-legged visitors, but they soon learn to appreciate it, as Alfie did (although the little cameo with the sheep was repeated every day of our stay). With switchback coastal paths curving through heather and gorse, the vast expanses of Exmoor and Bodmin Moor to roam, open beaches (no ugly groynes to be skirted in this part of the world), rock pools to nose in and streams to splash through, it is canine heaven.

Stay at: Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks ‘Pet Friendly’ holidays by the seaside… superb range of pet accommodation close to footpaths and exercise areas. Pamper your pet with a FREE Pet Pack and WOOF Guide! www.woolacombe.com/ndg 0844 7700 378

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For an area offering such a lot of great outdoors, it can only be good news that the dog-owning consituency is neither small nor shrinking. There are something like eight million dogs in Britain, and according to the Kennel Club their owners are more likely than average to take their holidays in the UK. What’s more, in a recent survey, one owner in five said they would be more likely to book holidays at home if they knew they could take their dog – so it’s no wonder that northdevon.com regards visitors with dogs as “a strong and growing sector”. (inquiries are up by 4.2% this year)

BEACHES THAT WELCOME DOGS ALL YEAR Barricane Beach: nr Woolacombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 7DJ Crow Point: nr Braunton. • sat nav postcode: EX33 1LG Cheyne Beach: nr Ilfracombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 9EQ Grunta Beach: nr Morthoe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 7DZ Instow Beach: The Quay to the Boathouse. • sat nav postcode: EX39 4JN Lee Beach: nr Ilfracombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 8LW Lynmouth Beach: • sat nav postcode: EX35 6EQ Morthoe: (Rockham Beach) nr Woolacombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 7DR Northam Burrows: nr Westward Ho! • sat nav postcode: EX39 1HD Saunton Sands: • sat nav postcode: EX33 1LG Watermouth Bay: nr Ilfracombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 9SL Welcombe Mouth Beach: nr Kilkhampton. • sat nav postcode: EX39 6HH Woolacombe Beach: • sat nav postcode: EX34 7BN BEACHES THAT WELCOME DOGS BETWEEN OCTOBER & APRIL Combe Martin Beach: nr Ilfracombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 OAW Combesgate Beach: nr Woolacombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 7EB Croyde Beach: • sat nav postcode: EX33 1NP Hartland Quay: • sat nav postcode: EX39 6BQ Hele Bay: nr Ilfracombe. • sat nav postcode: EX34 9QZ Putsborough Sands: nr Georgeham. • sat nav postcode: EX33 1LB Westward Ho! Beach: • sat nav postcode: EX39 ILL DOG FRIENDLY PLACES TO EAT

For our family, heading west on our first holiday in several years, and first ever as dog-owners, the omens were good even before we left the motorway. Did service stations on the M25 always provide adjacent grassy areas? I couldn’t remember but Alfie was grateful. Our final stop, at Sedgemoor Services on the M5, was swarming with canine travellers, from Pugs to Great Danes – almost too exciting for a three-year-old, inexhaustibly sociable Labrador.

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Docton Mill Gardens: nr Hartland • sat nav postcode: EX39 6EA The Boardwalk Bistro and Bar: The Esplanade Woolacombe • sat nav postcode: EX34 7DJ The Grove Inn: Kings Nympton • sat nav postcode: EX37 9ST The Cranford Inn: St Giles in the Wood, nr Torrington • sat nav postcode: EX38 7LA Riverside Tea Rooms: South Molton • sat nav postcode: EX36 3HQ To find more dog friendly places to eat visit northdevon.com


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Our destination was a farm near the village of Bradworthy, between Bideford and Bude, which proved to be an excellent base. Our cottage, from Helpful Holidays (helpfulholidays.com), was a converted former piggery with all mod cons for guests and their dogs, including an outside tap with hose for washing muddy paws, a well-fenced garden and a rough towel for drying – essential for water-loving Labs, which were once used to haul in nets from the freezing seas off Newfoundland, and have never lost the urge to plunge into water of any description (and mud).

Why pay kennel fees that could be more than £100 a week, just to be uncomfortably parted from your beloved pet, if you can take that beloved pet with you?

While Amy, our teenage Goth daughter (this year’s beach look: thick eyeliner, black tights, black hoodie and back-combed hair) relaxed in the cottage, my wife Pip and I took Alfie out for the first of many memorably enjoyable walks, down lanes thick with meadowsweet, across fields and over stiles to the woods around the Gnome Reserve - surely the most unlikely, but enduring, tourist attraction ever to feature on a North Devon signpost.

The Milky Way

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

Ride Devon’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster, have bumping good fun on the Droid Destroyer Dodgems and spend hours in North Devon’s largest indoor play-area! Plus, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome and you can come and go to the car as you please. We regret that dogs are not allowed in the bird of prey centre or at the shows. The day in the country that’s out of this world!

info@themilkyway.co.uk www.themilkyway.co.uk 01237 431 255

Our ‘Pet Friendly’ sea view caravan Holiday Homes, Lodges and Apartments are situated with easy access to footpaths and exercise areas, we also include all the little extras that will make your holiday one to remember! Your furry friend will love their ‘Free’ Pet Pack and Woof Guide; packed full of useful information including coastal and countryside footpaths, ‘pet friendly’ pubs, restaurants and tea houses. ‘Pet Friendly’ holidays by the seaside… pamper your pet with a FREE Pet Pack and WOOF Guide!

Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

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Mead Barn Cottages

Sunnymead Farm

www.sunnymead-farm.co.uk

Camping & Touring Site

30 large pitches overlooking farmland and the sea, between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Ideally situated for exploring North Devon and Exmoor.

5 Cottages sleeping two to eight people, set in a 1.5 acre site, with good facilities situated in the picturesque parish of Welcombe. Only half a mile from the local beach and pub. We enjoy a good network of foot paths, taking you through Devon wildlife conservation areas with plentiful wildlife and flora to observe, and coastline of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for exploring North Devon and Cornwall.

Family run site, where everyone is welcome and pets are free of charge. Static caravan to let.

T: 01288 331721 E: holidays@meadbarns.com W: www.meadbarns.com

01271 879845

OWL COTTAGE

Beautifully renovated thatched cottage in the heart of Kings Nympton offering a stylish and welcoming home from home. The award winning Grove Inn is a short walk along a cobbled alley. Perfect for that romantic getaway or simply an escape to the countryside. Week long, or short breaks available. Tel: 01769 581 170 www.owl-cottage-devon.co.uk stay@owl-cottage-devon.co.uk

Tel: (01271) 870846

Hollyhocks Olde Smithy Bungalow ‘Hollyhocks’, Olde Smithy Bungalow, at WELCOMBE, NR HARTLAND, NORTH DEVON www.oldesmithyholidays.co.uk Tel: 01237 421811 Email: relax@oldesmithyholidays.co.uk

North Lee Farm holiday cottages

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Imagine beautiful scenery with country and coastal walks set in a stunning valley. We are only a short walk away to a quaint thatched inn serving good food. Also in the village is a small shop, an old Pottery and St. Nectans Church. Walk down through the valley taking in the breathtaking country and coastal scenery. Discover Welcombe beach and the amazing coastal path. Our quality assessed detached bungalow with gorgeous conservatory and 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) is surrounded by gardens and stunning scenery. It is beautifully furnished and equipped with TV and DVD player with Sky TV. Also has a washer, dryer, fridge freezer, oven, microwave and parking. Pets welcome • Open all year Weekly Tariff £195 - £525

• www.northlee.com • 01598 740 248 • 5 cottages, Weekly tariff from £220 to £950, Open all year.

Wide selection of pet friendly accommodation with extensive gardens, surrounded by colourful coastlines and countryside with memorable walks in Mortehoe, Woolacombe, Georgeham, Putsborough, Saunton, Croyde, Braunton, West Down and Ilfracombe.

• www.woolacombe-cottages.co.uk • info@woolacombe-cottages.co.uk •

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Attractively converted stone barns in a courtyard setting all with original features. Hidden but not remote on a working farm in an idyllic rural setting. Close to Exmoor National Park and North Devon coast and beaches. Children’s play area, garden and BBQ area. Short breaks available. Open all year.


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With fine weather and limited time, we headed mostly for the beaches on subsequent days, though it was reassuring to note that if the weather took a severe turn for the worse (a bit of light rain doesn’t deter dog-walkers - after all, we’re a hardy bunch) there were other places to head for: Milky Way allows dogs in most of the park, for instance, and The Big Sheep offers a free kennel while the rest of you have fun. If your hound is happy to be on the lead for long periods, then Clovelly and Arlington Court are not out of bounds. (Note to dog-owners: if you’re staying in a cottage, owners often frown on your animal being left in it unattended, so daily plans must be made with this in mind). Of course, some of the best reasons for staying in North Devon are those that involve no admission charge. A more measured and forgiving pace of life (shop closed at lunchtime? Never mind, we can wait); the chance to breathe air salt-sweet that has just blown in across several thousand miles of ocean; peaceful evenings, and nights when the silence is broken only by the occasional coughing sheep or distant moo, and the only light is from moon and stars (can’t see your finger in front of your face? Then just relax and go to sleep).

Instow beach at sunset.

SMYTHEN FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES NORTH DEVON Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages are ideal for those who like walking and outdoor pursuits. Located just south of the village of Berrynarbor, on the fringe of Exmoor National Park and a few minutes drive to Woolacombe, Croyde, and the North Devon Coastal Path. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with stunning sea & coastal views. Full central heating. Available all year round.

Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9TB www.devon-holiday-cottage.co.uk

Tel: 01271 882 875 Email: sales@smythenfarm.co.uk

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For off-lead walks, you are spoilt for choice. We loved the coastal paths best, but there are countless more along footpaths, beside rivers and streams, round lakes and through woods. Among the best ones suggested for visitors are those at Baggy Point, over the Hangman Hills from Combe Martin, around the Torridge valley circuit from Great Torrington, and through the Lyn Gorge. With freedom comes responsibility, of course, which for dog-owners means always poop-scooping, and keeping the lead ready and a wary eye out for sheep and cows. David Kennard, who farms just outside Woolacombe (and stars in the Channel Five series Mist), blogs scathingly about one visiting family whose three dogs drove five different groups of sheep over the cliffs in a week – and who, when caught, said that “it doesn’t matter, it’s only sheep”. His reply is not recorded. Luckily we managed to avoid causing any major incidents with Alfie, who nonetheless made the most of every minute: nosing through gorse bushes, swimming in the sea, racing about on the beach.

Mist and her friends, stars of the Channel Five television series of the same name, live at Borough Farm near Woolacombe.

Little Comfort Farm Holiday Cottages Dogs very welcome in our cosy cottages A holiday for all on our traditional Organic farm. Private enclosed gardens, riverside walks. Magical Exmoor, dog friendly sandy beaches and traditional pubs. Join in with the animal feeding and egg collecting. Secluded coarse fishing lake. Braunton, North Devon EX33 2NJ E: info@littlecomfortfarm.co.uk T: 01271 812414

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Clooneavin

Clooneavin Path, Lynmouth North Devon EX35 6EE

www.clooneavinholidays.co.uk

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Nestled on a wooded hillside, our comfortable, well equipped self catering flats and chalet all have unique, panoramic views of picturesque Lynmouth valley and bay. Five minutes from the sea, shops, restaurants and village pubs. Clooneavin is an ideal base for walking, touring, riding, fishing or just relaxing! Children welcome. Parking. Pets welcome in some flats. Write or telephone for brochure and details. Gill Davidson Richmond Email: relax@clooneavinholidays.co.uk Telephone: 01598 753334

Sunnymeade

• Large enclosed beautiful garden • Lovely countryside views • Centrally placed close to Woolacombe, Ilfracombe & Exmoor • Off season Special Breaks • 12 bedrooms, 4 on ground floor with full wheelchair accessibility • Polite dogs welcome • Dean Cross, West Down, Devon EX34 8NT Tel: 01271 863668 Email: info@sunnymeade.co.uk Web:www.sunnymeade.co.uk


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While it’s true that dogs are banned on some beaches in summer, others welcome them - try Lynmouth, Watermouth Bay, Hele Bay, Mortehoe Beach (Rockham), Saunton Sands or Sandymouth (Alfie’s favourite). Others, including Woolacombe Bay and Widemouth Bay, are divided into restricted and dogs-welcome zones. On our all-too-brief travels we were pleased to find many bowls of water outside shops, and cafés where dogs were allowed. Those are pleasing steps in the right direction, not least because the alternative for owners may simply be to leave their dog in the car, which in summer heat really can be risking its life. “There is obviously a huge desire for people to holiday with their dogs,” says Heidi Ancell of the Kennel Club - and to judge from our experience, North Devon is well on the way to answering that desire.

For us there will certainly be a next time… I wonder what Alfie would make of Exmoor ponies? Tel: 01643 821425 or Email: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Yarn Market Hotel Dunster...

We offer ‘dog friendly’ rooms including dog beds and blankets – ask for our Woof information pack. Local ‘dog friendly’ attractions include: West Somerset Railway, Dunster Beach & Dunster Castle. The Yarn Market Hotel offers you all a warm welcome.

For more information visit our website at: www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Yeoldon House Hotel & Restaurant Brian & Jennifer look forward to welcoming you to our country house set in delightful gardens with beautiful views over the River Torridge. Our restaurant has an AA Red Rosette & offers fine dining in lovely surroundings. Individually decorated rooms, freeview TV, free wi-fi and tea & coffee making facilities. Resident Proprietors. Durrant Lane, Northam, Bideford

01237 474400

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Glimpse-A-View

Delightful, refurbished fisherman’s cottage in the oldest part of Appledore offering the perfect holiday retreat. Glimpse-A-View is within easy walking distance of waterside pubs, restaurants, shops and art galleries. The perfect place to explore the village, its brightly painted properties and relax and unwind. Sleeps Four. Open all year. Prices from £235 - £460 Glimpse-A-View 102 Irsha Street Appledore Devon EX39 1RY

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Northcote Manor Farm

North Cliff Hotel

5 x 4* cottages grouped around the courtyard of an historic, beautiful North Devon farm. Total peace and seclusion amid stunning scenery. Wonderful walking from the door. Dogs warmly welcomed - they love it here! Perfect for families with indoor pool, games room, playground. Two miles to Exmoor and four from the sea. Linda Watt northcotemanorfarm.co.uk info@northcotemanorfarm.co.uk 01271 882 376

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A great base for you and your dog!

northcliffhotel.co.uk North Walk, Lynton, Devon EX35 6HJ 01598 752 357

Eggesford Gardens

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Set in the heart of the mid-Devon countryside, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a great place to visit. Take your dog for a walk in nearby Eggesford Forest and visit us for a glorious cream tea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dogs and muddy boots are welcome! We sell plants, a wide range of gifts, and pet supplies. Easy to find, just off the A377 Exeter to Barnstaple Road and only five mins from Eggesford Station.

With over 25% of our places taking dogs, you can enjoy your holiday with your faithful friend! Most are a stones throw to a footpath or beach, some have enclosed outdoor space and one even has a dog friendly wet room!

Beautiful Taw Valley setting. Eggesford Garden & Country Centre, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7QU

Both you and your dog will be welcomed into the friendly atmosphere at the North Cliff Hotel. Providing a great base to explore the beautiful villages of Lynton and Lynmouth. After a hard day exploring, you can both relax and unwind in the comfortable lounges or on the terrace with a well earned drink. (or dog bowl!)

eggesfordgardens.com enquiries@eggesfordgardens.com Tel: 01769 580 250

See individual properties for full details. Specialising in contemporary seafront properties, we provide over 40 self catering holiday homes in Woolacombe & Mortehoe.

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Shop ‘till you drop! Wherever you holiday in North Devon and Exmoor, you will find plenty of opportunity to indulge in a spot of retail therapy…

ARTS AND CRAFTS Head over to Appledore, a delightful quayside village that boasts a small but great range of shops, pubs, guesthouses and art galleries. Appledore plays host to an annual arts festival www.appledorearts.org and an annual book fair www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk If you are staying out Exmoor way, stop by the Lyn Valley Art and Crafts Centre in Lynton (tel: 01598 752 549) a well established craft centre with original craftwork and paintings from the locality. The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford

FARMERS’ AND COUNTRY MARKETS You can’t come to North Devon without experiencing the thrill of a farmers market and nothing beats buying fresh, seasonal locally grown produce. Whatever time of year, most days you

(tel: 01237 471 455) exhibits the work of the most innovative creatives in the West Country as well as guest artists. Or pop into one of the monthly talks provided by North Devon Arts www.northdevonarts.co.uk at the Broomhill Art Hotel www.broomhillart.co.uk.

will find a market that you can visit:

INDEPENDENT RETAILERS

Barnstaple: Country Market Monday to Saturday,

Bideford: offers vistors antiques, jewellery, art galleries and craft shops, with

From 9am to 4pm. • in The Pannier Market.

plenty of al fresco dining opportunities to keep you refreshed. Ilfracombe: has

Farmers’ Market Tuesday, Friday & Saturdays,

an excellent selection of independent shops, greengrocers, butchers and bakers.

From 9am to 4pm. • in The Pannier Market.

Lynmouth: has a stimulating range of gift shops, small fashion outlets and craft

Bideford: Country Market Tuesdays & Saturdays,

shops. Great Torrington: has a weekly general market that runs on Thursdays

From 8am to 3pm. • in The Pannier Market.

and Saturdays. With independent retailers and a bric-a-brac and collectables

Farmers’ Market 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, (April to Sept)

market on Fridays.

From 10am to 2pm. • along The Quay Bideford. Bratton Fleming: Farmers’ Market 4th Saturday of the month, from From 10am to 12pm. • in the Village Hall Bratton Fleming. Braunton: Farmers’ Market, 2nd Saturday of the month, From 9.30am to 12.30pm. • in Wrafton Parish Hall. Combe Martin: Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday of the month, From 9:30 to 12pm. • in the Village Hall Combe Martin. Hartland: Farmers’ Market 1st Sunday of the month, From 10am to 1pm. • in Hartland Parish Hall.

For more information about Daisy Park visit: www.daisypark.co.uk

Holsworthy: Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, From 8am to 3pm. • at Holsworthy Square. Ilfracombe: Farmers’ Market 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, From 10am to 12.30pm. • at The Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe. Lynton: Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday of the month, From 12am to 12.30pm. • at the Town Hall, Lynton. South Molton: Country & Farmers’ Market Thursdays & Saturdays, From 7.30am to 1pm. • in The Pannier Market, South Molton.

For more information about The Soap Kitchen visit: www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk

The Soap Kitchen make their own soaps and toiletries in Torrington

Daisy Park is a small independent award winning lifestyle shop in

from quality natural ingredients. All their soaps are made using only

South Molton selling gorgeous shabby chic style gifts and goodies from

natural vegetable oils and pure essential oils. They are skin-friendly

Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater and Pip Studios plus plenty of other

and contain natural glycerine. There is also a selection of matching

special goodies and accessories for your home. We are inspired by

toiletries to complement their range of natural soaps, and a wide

simple design and love the rustic country feel that shabby chic brings,

range of quality gifts to suit every pocket.

and from this we love to offer fantastic quality products. The guiding

• 01805 622 944 • www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk •

principle to our product selection is simply to choose goodies that we

Bon Bons South Molton’s traditional sweet shop, with over 200 glass jars of sweets, local ice cream, chocolates, and our handmade fudge, which has won a ‘Great Taste’ Award. • 01769 579 663 • www.bonbonssweets.co.uk •

would love to have in our home. It is our desire to provide a world class service to all of our customers, which we know you will value. If you are in the area please pop in and say hi. • 01769 579 077 • www.daisypark.co.uk •

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Everyone has a different idea about what makes a stylish escape. For some it’s escaping from day to day life, for others it’s hitting the beach, discovering that perfect restaurant, or relaxing by the pool. Whether you are looking for a remote rural cottage, a luxury beachfront villa or a boutique hotel, you’ll find it in North Devon. As the Editor explains…

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each lovers are truly spoilt for choice in North Devon. To discover miles of dune backed beaches perfect for sunbathing, surfing and exploring, head for Saunton Sands. Overlooking the beach itself is The Saunton Sands Hotel [telephone 01271 344 496] which offers first class rooms and apartments with breathtaking views. Relax with a glass of champagne and watch the sun set from your balcony. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking a stylish beach holiday with family activities, evening entertainment and spa, all ideal for the grown ups, head for the Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks www.woolacombe.com/ndg. Their well designed and contemporary apartments have sea views and are situated just minutes from the award winning and family friendly Woolacombe Beach.

Stay at: Wooldown Holiday Cottages Twelve stylish escapes, designed just for two, featuring spa baths, underfloor heating, memory foam mattresses and countryside and sea views. www.wooldown.com 01288 361 216 Stay at: Choice Cottages Offers a large range of self catering cottages to suit your individual style and requirements. www.choice-cottages.co.uk 01271 815 000

Stylish surfers head to Croyde Bay. During the summer months Croydeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surf shops, bars, bistros and cafes are buzzing and the village is a true Mecca for lovers of water sports throughout the year. Ruda Holiday Park www.parkdean.com has a selection of apartments with great sea views that are just minutes from the beach, or The Thatch www.thethatchcroyde.com offers cosy accommodation and great food in the heart of the village. For a beach off the beaten track but with great facilities and private accommodation, Putsborough ticks all the boxes. The soft white sand is framed by rocks that demand to be climbed and a sea that simply invites you in.

Stay at: Channel House Hotel Standing in over an acre of gardens, peace and tranquillity surrounds you. Elegantly furnished and tastefully appointed bedrooms, Channel House promises for a relaxing break. www.channelhouse.co.uk 01643 703 229 Stay at: Devon Lodge Parks For luxury accommodation set in outstanding locations from coast to woodland, contact us on 0800 085 39 83 for details of our three prestigious lodge parks, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk Visit us: Dartington Crystal A visit to Dartington Crystal has never been more worthwhile, a fantastic place for all the family. www.dartington.co.uk 01805 626 262 Farm and Cottage Holidays offer a range of stylish accommodation in this area. www.holidaycottages.co.uk

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If you’re looking for curious coastal charm, Ilfracombe offers a gateway to an exciting blend of stunning scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of heritage and style. Easy access to Exmoor, Woolacombe, Croyde and Braunton makes Ilfracombe a great coastal choice. Escape to a cosy rural cottage at Little Comfort Farm in Braunton www.littlecomfortfarm.co.uk or for panoramic sea views try Gabriel House in Ilfracombe www.harbour-cottages.co.uk For natural wilderness, Lynton and Lynmouth sit within Exmoor National Park and offer a wealth of places to stay, quirky shops and great places to eat. Base yourself here and you have access to diverse moorland areas and rugged coastline. For a unique self catering holiday which offers courses on arts and crafts, and alpaca experiences try Alta Lynn Barns in Lynton www.altalynalpacas.co.uk, or for peace and tranquillity, combined with fine food and hospitality, why not stay at the Staghunters Inn www.staghunters.com on the banks of the River Lyn.

Descend past flower strewn cottages, broken only by tempting little passageways and tiny winding lanes that lead off to either side and offer the prospect of discovering even more peaceful, picturesque treasures of Clovelly…

Clovelly harbour, a step back in time.

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Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, Art gallery, restaurant and hotel.

If your idea of holiday heaven is breathtaking scenery then head for the western tip of North Devon. The entire Hartland Peninsula sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the spectacular Atlantic coastline is complemented by verdant valleys, tumbling waterfalls, ancient woodlands and wildlife of every kind. Two Harton Manor www.twohartonmanor.co.uk is a 300 year old property offering four poster B&B accommodation in the heart of Hartland Village, or for the ultimate escape, why not book a lighthouse or Fisherman’s Cottage on Lundy Island www.lundyisland.co.uk. From October onwards you can take a helicopter from Hartland Quay and really arrive in style. For lovers of theatre, shopping and nightlife, Barnstaple is the ideal base for your holiday. With restaurants, cafés and bistros to suit all tastes and budgets, a traditional pannier market, large shopping centre and a wealth of independent retailers, the town offers a multitude of opportunities to relax and unwind between bouts of retail therapy. Art lovers will enjoy a stay at the Broomhill Art Hotel www.broomhillart.co.uk which boasts 300 sculptures by over sixty sculptors, sited in ten acres of garden.


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Victoria Lodge AA Highly Commended Five Yellow Stars Award-winning B&B

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Offering first class accommodation, Victoria Lodge is a large elegant house in the centre of the pretty village of Lynton. The B&B provides guests with a luxuriously comfortable place to stay while exploring this beautiful part of Exmoor.

We hope to welcome you soon to Victoria Lodge.

With an enviable reputation for hospitality, and award-winning breakfasts, we want our guests to relax and feel at home in beautiful surroundings.

www.victorialodge.co.uk info@victorialodge.co.uk 01598 753203

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Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

If you are looking for a seaside break or romantic getaway, stay in our finest accommodation away from it all.

Whether you are seeking rest and relaxation or an action packed break you’ll find it all right here. Treat yourself and stay in one of our impressive Georgian Manor House Apartments, lovely Farmhouses or romantic Cottages or sit back and soak up the spectacular scenery in one of our stylish and contemporary sea view Apartments. Hit the surf or be pampered and experience true luxury in our free saunas, steam rooms and hot tub or unwind in our Health Spa. Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

North Cliff Hotel

Boasting some of the best sea views in Lynton, our bedrooms are individually decorated and maintain the charm of Victorian architecture whilst providing the modern luxuries that our guests deserve. Why not end a perfect meal with a night cap on our terrace overlooking the bay.

A room with a view

northcliffhotel.co.uk North Walk, Lynton, Devon EX35 6HJ 01598 752 357

Ruda Holiday Park

www.clovelly.co.uk Unique traffic-free village

There is not too much time in a short break to explore the area. But at Clovelly a full range of delightful options already exists. Discover the traffic-free cobbled street and its offshoot lanes, a couple of fascinating museums, silk and pottery workshops, clifftop walks with stunning views, all just a stroll from the comfort of the Red Lion or New Inn. Red Lion Hotel - 01237 431 237 redlion@clovelly.co.uk New Inn - 01237 431 303 newinn@clovelly.co.uk

Enjoy a stay, steps away from Croyde Bay, in a fabulous lodge with central heating, double glazing, private verandahs and more! Or go for a stunning sea view apartment or caravan holiday home with all the comforts of home. Dance, swim and play with our choice of activities and entertainment. Three or four nights from only £126.

Lodge Country House

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Phil and Lynne offer a warm welcome to guests at the Lodge. An Edwardian country hotel set in well established and peaceful gardens with views over the beautiful Sterridge Valley. All rooms en-suite or private bathroom. Licensed restaurant. Six rooms. Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. B&B from £35 to £40. Edwardian guest house in beautiful grounds

lodge-country-house-hotel.co.uk Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9SG philbridle@aol.com 01271 883 246

From a boutique style studio to a luxury high spec detached house, we understand the demand for quality at a reasonable price. All our places offer short breaks out of the main high season so if you need a few days away just call us now! See individual properties for full details. Specialising in contemporary seafront properties, we provide over 40 self catering holiday homes in Woolacombe & Mortehoe.

Stunning Views!

All the joys of North Devon on your doorstep! Sleeps 6+ From £365 per wk. Open all year. www.marinerscottage.net sallydrakeford@gmail.com 01769 560 422

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The Mount Guest House

Cosy beamed cottage on sea wall in quaint old Appledore. Great food at pubs 2 mins walk. Rippling sunsets, Atlantic rollers, Coastal walks, cafes, galleries.

Mariner’s Cottage

www.parkdean.com 0844 381 9121

Elegant Georgian guest house. Featured in the Good Hotel Guide.

A charming, elegant Georgian guest house beautifully furnished situated close to the town centre. Eight ensuite bedrooms, separate guests lounge, secluded gardens. Convenient for Lundy departures, coastal footpath and the Tarka Trail. Reduced green fees at Royal North Devon golf course. Car parking for up to six cars. Open all year. B&B from £32 to £42 per night. themountbideford.co.uk Northdown Road, Bideford Devon EX39 3LP 01237 473 748


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A stay in South Molton will give you a taste of life in a small market town, great dining and entertainment, and serves as an excellent base for exploring Exmoor. For stylish central accommodation stay at the George Hotel [telephone 01769 572 514] and enjoy their weekly stand up comedy nights. For the warmest welcome in North Devon, head for Great Torrington and discover the Great Torrington Smile. Take a lodge at Smytham Manor www.smytham.co.uk for a relaxing family break in 23 acres where you can swim, ride, cycle, shop, run and play or just take it easy. If you want to experience old world charms then take a trip to Clovelly www.clovelly.co.uk Step back from the modern technological world into a thriving community whose buildings have remained unchanged for centuries, and whose traffic free cobbled streets tumble down 400ft of solid rock to the tiny harbour and lifeboat station, both protected by an ancient stone breakwater. For history explore Porlock and discover why writers Wordsworth and Coleridge found the place so captivating. A traditional Exmoor village where the remains of a prehistoric settlement are occasionally visible at very low tide at Porlock Weir. Crammed with antiques and curiosities you’ll find Miller’s at the Anchor www.millersattheanchor.co.uk, a fabulous hunting lodge and harbour view restaurant.

The seafaring heritage of Appledore.

Two Harton Manor

The Square, Hartland North Devon EX39 6BL A 300 year old property offering B&B, situated in the centre of Hartland village near spectacular rugged Atlantic coastline, next www.twohartonmanor.co.uk door to pub serving great local food. En-suite double room with T: 01237 441670 M: 07771 610982 E: merlyn@twohartonmanor.co.uk four poster bed, twin or single room with shower facilities.

Small fishing and pleasure boats dock at Porlock.

For easy access to a little bit of everything, including a great beach, history, art, plus a thriving cafe culture, make Bideford your base. Westward Ho! beach is just fifteen minutes from the town, with a Blue Flag status and two miles of soft sand backed by a pebble ridge and the Northam Burrows Country Park. Locals can often be found down on the beach enjoying the local fish and chips and admiring the sunset as the tide comes in. A wander through the winding lanes of Bideford reveals shops selling everything from antiques to books and jewellery to handmade fudge. Stop at one of the many cafes or restaurants for a bite of homemade, locally sourced food or a pint of local ale, or shop at the regular Farmers Market for a real taste of North Devon. To sample local life in a unique ship building village try a stay at Mariners Cottage www.marinerscottage.co.uk, a cosy beamed cottage located on the sea wall at Appledore.

Little Comfort Farm Holiday Cottages Time stands still in our peaceful valley Make time for yourselves & escape from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy magical Exmoor, glorious coastlines, golden sandy beaches and traditional country pubs. Home-cooked meals and woodburning fires in our cosy cottages. Dogs welcome too. Braunton, North Devon EX33 2NJ E: info@littlecomfortfarm.co.uk T: 01271 812414

3 Bedrooms • Bed & Breakfast £30 to £40 Open all year

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BRENDON NORTH DEVON EX35 6PS Nestling on the banks of the River Lyn, deep in the valley at Brendon is The Staghunters Inn. This family owned and run Inn offers its guests comfortable and well appointed accommodation, fine food and an idyllic place to rest their heads and relax. Young and old find the peace and quiet of the area, together with good old fashioned Devon hospitality, the perfect location to enjoy some of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simplest but most rewarding pleasures.

T: 01598 741222 stay@staghunters.com www.staghunters.com

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Lundy Island Lundy is owned by the National trust and administered by the Landmark Trust, a registered charity

For a day visit or short stay in one of our unique properties please contact us 01271 863636 www.lundyisland.co.uk

Overlooking the deep, coastal Heddon Valley, within the Exmoor National Park, these lovely cottages, each accommodating two people, are equipped to the highest standard throughout.

The prices, starting from £310 per week are fully inclusive of all heating, electricity, linen, towels and many little extras. Short Breaks from £195. Dogs welcome at no additional charge.

Email: info@exmoorhideaway.co.uk / www.exmoorhideaway.co.uk / Tel: 01598 763313 Martinhoe, Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4PZ

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To enjoy the ultimate rural experience, head for Ruby Country near Holsworthy. Enclosed by the upland expanses of Bodmin, Exmoor and Dartmoor, and to the north by the wild North Devon coast, Ruby Country is a haven of tranquillity. For a truly romantic break with easy access to the rural heart of North Devon, Cornwall and the North Devon Coast, stay at Wooldown Holiday Cottages www.wooldown.com. Twelve luxury romantic barn conversions just for couples. Alternatively find yourself a cosy cottage retreat and live like a local for a week or two, Orchard Keepers Cottage in Beaworthy www.orchardkeeperscottage.co.uk is a spacious quality oak barn conversion tastefully reconstructed and architecturally designed for two. For more stylish escape ideas see www.northdevon.com

Some of the range of accomodation available at Wooldown Holiday Cottages.

The Applestore PEACE & COMFORT FOR TWO IN A RURAL BUT ACCESSIBLE LOCATION Tucked away down a quiet country lane, yet with easy access to all parts of North Devon and beyond, this converted barn is light and airy, with exposed beams and furnished to a high standard. Private garden area – and a warm welcome ! 15% discount for singles. The Old Cider House, Week, Harracott, Barnstaple EX31 3JQ Tel: 01271 858859 email: applestore-harracott@live.co.uk www.applestore-harracott.co.uk Lynmouth North Devon EX35 6NA Tel: 01598 753236 www.torshotellynmouth.co.uk info@torshotellynmouth.co.uk

The Tors Hotel

Set in a commanding position, the Tors Hotel has magnificent views over Lynmouth and the harbour. Ample parking. Luxury Suite. Outdoor swimming pool. Mouthwatering menus using local produce when available. B&B from £59 DB&B from £72

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Situated next to Lynmouth harbour and on the coastal footpath, The Bath Hotel is an ideal centre for exploring Exmoor. A warm and friendly hotel with a reputation for hospitality. Fully licensed. All bedrooms are en-suite. Children and Dogs welcome. Group rates available. Extensive daytime and evening menu for both residents and non residents. B&B from £37.50 DB&B from £60 Lynmouth, North Devon EX35 6EL Tel: 01598 752238 Fax: 01598 753894 www.bathhotellynmouth.co.uk E-mail: info@bathhotellynmouth.co.uk

NEED A HOLIDAY? Choice Cottages offers a large range of self catering cottages to suit your individual style and requirements. Book your well-deserved break in beautiful North Devon. Call us on 01271 815000.

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Lower Hearson Farm

www.hearsoncottagesdevon.co.uk info@hearsoncottagesdevon.co.uk 01271 830702

Small, family run farm in fifteen acres of gardens, field and woodland. Relax with a book in the gardens, help us feed the animals or just unwind in our rural haven. Tucked away in the heart of the North Devon countryside in a secluded valley full of wildlife, Lower Hearson Farm is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Six self catering cottages sleeping from 2 to 7, surrounded by two acres of gardens. • Outdoor covered, heated swimming pool, • Children’s play area, sandpit, trampoline, badminton net and games room. • Well behaved dogs welcome.

Yeoldon House Hotel & Restaurant Brian & Jennifer look forward to welcoming you to our country house set in delightful gardens with beautiful views over the River Torridge. Our restaurant has an AA Red Rosette & offers fine dining in lovely surroundings. Individually decorated rooms, freeview TV, free wi-fi and tea & coffee making facilities. Resident Proprietors. Durrant Lane, Northam, Bideford

01237 474400

Smytham Manor

T: 01805 622 110 www.smytham.co.uk

Perfect for relaxing or family breaks. Lodges for hire, tents & tourers welcome. Direct access to Tarka Trail Easy reach of Moors & beaches. RHS Rosemoor 1.5miles.

Mead Barn Cottages

5 Cottages sleeping two to eight people, set in a 1.5 acre site, with good facilities situated in the picturesque parish of Welcombe. Only half a mile from the local beach and pub. We enjoy a good network of foot paths, taking you through Devon wildlife conservation areas with plentiful wildlife and flora to observe, and coastline of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for exploring North Devon and Cornwall.

T: 01288 331721 E: holidays@meadbarns.com W: www.meadbarns.com

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Clooneavin

Clooneavin Path, Lynmouth North Devon EX35 6EE

www.clooneavinholidays.co.uk

Nestled on a wooded hillside, our comfortable, well equipped self catering flats and chalet all have unique, panoramic views of picturesque Lynmouth valley and bay. Five minutes from the sea, shops, restaurants and village pubs. Clooneavin is an ideal base for walking, touring, riding, fishing or just relaxing! Children welcome. Parking. Pets welcome in some flats. Write or telephone for brochure and details. Gill Davidson Richmond Email: relax@clooneavinholidays.co.uk Telephone: 01598 753334

Tel: (01271) 870846 Woolacombe Cottages are proud to showcase a prime selection of luxury accommodation scattered around North Devon’s Golden Coastline. From Traditional 17th Century Character Devon Farmhouses to Exclusive Sea Front Stylish Villas, from 1 - 9 bedrooms, all our guests benefit from exclusive offers and benefits with local businesses.

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Miller’s at the Anchor Porlock Weir, Somerset. TA24 8PB

01643 862 753 www.millersuk.com enquiries@millersattheanchor.co.uk

Where Exmoor meets the sea, Miller’s Hunting Lodge and Harbour View Restaurant crammed with antiques and curiosities. Roaring log fires, candlelit sensuality, books & sweets by the thousand. Open for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner & movies.

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Ingleside Guest House Lynton, Devon EX35 6HW

Ingleside

Great Views, Great Food, Great Hospitality With fantastic views overlooking the Lyn Valleys and Countisbury Hill and situated only a minutes walk from Lynton village centre. Ideal accommodation for those wishing to get away on short breaks or longer stays in a part of Exmoor known as ‘England’s Little Switzerland’. An ideal base for touring holidays or walking breaks. Silver Award: Five years in a row! Quality bedrooms with modern ensuites Own level car park next to house Evening Meals served six days a week Prices from £30 PPPN B&B

01598 752223 Ingleside-hotel.co.uk keithdiana@supanet.com

THE ILFRACOMBE CARLTON

Runnacleave Road, Ilfracombe North Devon EX34 8AR enquiries@ilfracombecarlton.co.uk • Fabulous family run hotel • 47 en-suite bedrooms • Ideal central, yet quiet location near the sea, close to the theatre and the harbour • Homemade high quality food available

Comfortable & Affordable

• Private parking • Lift, easy access • Local activities include beaches, coastal walks, golf, sailing, scuba diving, sea fishing, horse riding, quad biking, cinema, theatre, parks and gardens, steam railway, museums, haunted and historic houses and more.

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Whether you wish to buy your own holiday home, or simply want to stay in one of our luxury lodges, we have the ultimate choice of stylish parks situated in prime locations, from coast to moorland.

For more information and/or a brochure please contact: 0800 085 39 83 Email: info@devonlodgeparks.co.uk, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

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Food for a feast

Martin Dorey, is a writer, surfer and North Devon resident. He moved here from London in 1995 to search for waves and a quiet existence but ended up finding a love of food that keeps on growing.

Martin Dorey, author of the Camper Van Cookbook and star of the BBC2 series One Man and his Camper Van goes in search of North Devonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foodie delightsâ&#x20AC;Ś

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ood has always been an enjoyable hobby for me, but it was not until I moved to North Devon that I discovered just how much better it can taste when it’s accompanied by an adventure. It doesn’t even have to be a muddy booted kind of adventure, just something a little different from the every day. For me, it was discovering huge mussels growing on the rocks on my favourite surfing beaches. For a former townie like me, moving here and discovering my favourite food growing locally was a revelation of the highest order. It was no time before I began to work out that there’s a lot of excellent stuff out there in the fields, swimming in the sea, on the beaches and in the hedgerows of where we live. And there are a lot of local fishermen, growers, farmers and producers out there doing their best to bring it to us and share it with us. Let me explain. I spent a day with my local fishmonger recently. He’s a colourful local character with plenty of chat and charm. If you go to a farmers’ market in North Devon you’ll see him there, with his barrow and his smile and an awful lot of knowledge about what’s fresh, what’s available and what’s good to eat. If you hang about to listen he’ll suggest a way to cook it that may surprise you. Needless to say, on the day I spent with him, he had me selling the catch, chatting with the customers and filleting mountains of fresh local fish. I can recommend it to anyone. Then again, he can’t take us all with him wherever he goes. But it’s worth ten minutes out of your day to have a chat. You don’t get that very often.

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Cyder Presse

Weare Giffard, Bideford Devon EX39 4QR Tel: 01237 425517 www.cyderpresse.co.uk • Fine English pub and Bed & Breakfast • Real ales & local ciders • Home cooked food from local producers • Salads, baguettes and light bites • Selection of beers, lagers, spirits, champagnes and fine wines • Tea and coffees 2 Ensuite rooms Beer garden & car parking

THE BEAVER INN APPLEDORE

* Stunning Estuary location * Good food served 7 days a week * Fresh fish our specialty * Local Real Ales & Cider * Fine wines, and over 50 whiskies! * Children welcome Reservations: 01237 474822 www.beaverinn.co.uk

Farmers’ Markets: colourful local characters with plenty of chat and charm. See page 61 for details.

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The point in this is that there are people here in North Devon who can inspire you to do new things with the food they catch, grow and harvest. And the good news is that my fishmonger friend is not alone. Our local butcher is always up for a chat and you can pick up a few odd snippets of helpful information along the way. He’s the latest in a long line of well informed country people who really care about what they do and I salute him for his knowledge. Honey’s, in Parkham, might be out of the way but it’s worth the trip. For others, just ask the locals where they buy their stuff – search it out and you shall find it. Thankfully, these growers, farmers, butchers and fishmongers are the people who also provide fresh ingredients to many of North Devon’s best bars and restaurants. It would be an odyssey to visit them all but I’ve been to enough of them to know that it can pay dividends to ask for the locally grown, sustainably caught or the seasonal. In a few places you don’t even have to ask. Naomi and Brett Stevens, who own Memories in Northam, provide exceptional eating experiences. Brett fishes and cooks whilst Naomi takes care of front of house. It works. But you might have to book ahead. Elsewhere, pay a visit to La Gendarmerie in Ilfracombe or Noel Corston at The Courtyard in Woolacombe for North Devon’s finest dining.

NORTH DEVON FOOD AND DRINK AWARD WINNERS 2012 Best Restaurant

Best Local Producer / Retailer

Noel Corston,

Lizzy’s Larder, Blackberry Farm, Holsworthy

The Courtyard Restaurant, Woolacombe

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noelcorston.com

• sat nav postcode: EX22 7NP

• sat nav postcode: EX34 7BB

Best Traditional Fish & Chip Shop

Best Pub

Graylings, Fremington

The Masons Arms, Knowstone

graylingstogo.co.uk

masonsarmsdevon.co.uk

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• sat nav postcode: EX36 4RY

Super Service Award

Best Café

Dan the Fishman,

Tea on the Green, Westward Ho!

Dan Garnett of Clovelly Fish

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clovellyfish.com

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Enjoy a Ploughman’s Lunch with local cheese and pickle!

At many of North Devon’s bars and restaurants you might not find the same kind of haute cuisine but you’ll certainly get to fill up on great food in a friendly atmosphere. Places like The Wayfarer in Instow are always a good bet in the summer. Walk straight off the beach and into a cool pint with some fresh local fish. Just make sure you shake the sand from your shoes before you go in. If you want a perfect sunset view you won’t even have to walk that far: The Boathouse, also at Instow, serves up pub grub just yards from the beach. Get a table by the window and you’ll get one of the best sunset views of the Taw and Torridge Estuary. I’m all in favour of the quirky and the interesting and those who seek it out will be rewarded when they visit The Old Smithy at Welcombe. Good food, nice people, unique atmosphere. For river views grab an outside seat at The River Bank in Bideford and enjoy a breath of fresh air, with equally enjoyable food. For more places to eat and drink visit - northdevon.com or check out the free North Devon Food & Drink Guide. You’ll find it all over the place. I’ll be crucified if I don’t mention one of the things that Devon is famous for – the humble cream tea. You’ll get one almost everywhere you go but few places can beat Watersmeet near Lynmouth for atmosphere, location and the genteel clinking of tea cups. At the National Trust Café you’ll be able to grab a pot of tea and a scone with some of that most amazing of treats – local strawberry jam with Devon clotted cream.


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Of course it’s not all about eating out. Searching for the best ingredients will give you a reward all of its own. And what is a meal if it’s without an adventure of some description? You don’t even have to go searching for mussels, clams and samphire – although it’s fun if you do. Farmers’ markets happen regularly in village halls, on quaysides and on the streets of our towns and villages. It’s one of the best ways you can support the local economy at the same time as pick up some quality food. You might not be able to pick up a perfectly straight cucumber or a spud without mud but I suppose that’s the point. Crack an egg and see how golden that yolk is - I rest my case! North Devon’s pannier markets are an equally good place to pick up the provisions. They are remarkable and, thankfully, are enjoying somewhat of a revival as we discover the benefits of shopping and eating locally. This is where you’ll find specialist stalls selling olives and sun dried tomatoes side by side with traditional cheese makers, fishmongers and local growers. If you’re lucky you may even come across a local farmer selling a few of his surplus cabbages or cauliflowers, or perhaps some home-baked cakes. It’s the original farmers’ market and it’s a sure fire method of getting what’s truly fresh and in season. For those of us used to gleaming aisles of perfect vegetables it might seem an odd way to get the groceries but it’s the way it’s always been done here. You enjoy a chat, exchange a few coins, and both go home happy. I love that you can still do it here. There are pannier markets at Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton and Torrington. For dates and days and those nearest where you’re staying, see page 61.

Farmers’ markets are a great way to pick up what’s truly fresh and in season…

George & Dragon and Quackers Restaurant A 400 year old tavern steeped in history and beautifully refurbished, offering a range of homemade food in our bar or restaurant. Sun terrace for dining al fresco. With a family friendly atmosphere, come and enjoy your party, wedding, lunch or dinner, with a set menu and daily specials.

Castle Street Combe Martin North Devon EX34 0HX 01271 882282

www.georgeanddragon.uk.com - info@georgeanddragon.uk.com

The Grove Inn Kings Nympton North Devon EX37 9ST The Grove Inn, Kings Nympton. Real ales, ciders and quality wines all served alongside an award-winning menu using locally sourced ingredients. Recommended by Which? Good Food Guide 2012, CAMRA Good Beer Guide, The Good Pub Guide, The AA Pub Guide and Time Out Magazine.

www.thegroveinn.co.uk / Tel: 01769 580 406 Barnstaple Pannier Market not to be missed!

ilfracombe tandoori R E STAU R A N T & TA K E AWAY

One of the most exciting and unique modern eating venues in Ilfracombe. Experience the finest Bangladeshi & Indian cuisine in a sophisticated & relaxed atmosphere. Fully licensed. Spend over £30 and receive £5.00 off any sit down meal with this voucher - 1 voucher per table. Valid until 31st December 2012

£5 FIVE POUND VOUCHER

13/14 High Street Ilfracombe 01271 866453/866822 www.ilfracombetandoori.co.uk

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In The Camper Van Cookbook, I wrote about a game invented for those of us who tour the countryside. It is called roadside roulette and it was inspired the roadside stalls of North Devon. In the summer time you’ll find all kinds of home-grown and home cooked stuff at the side of the road from the locals’ allotments, gardens and farms. You’ll be surprised what’s on offer. Of course they are nothing new but they are another way to get fresh fruit and vegetables straight out of the earth. They taste better too and will probably be cheaper than those you buy elsewhere. Anyway, the idea of the game is to stop at the first one that you find and cook with whatever you find. Choose carefully. In Hartland there is one that sells nothing but home made jam and hand knitted gloves. Try explaining that to the children at tea time!

I hope that your visit to North Devon will reward you with fine food and a very warm welcome. I’ve only mentioned those places that I know but of course there’s so much more here and all kinds of hidden gems waiting for your approval. All you have to do is find them. Bon appétit!

Pipcott Tea Room West Down Near Ilfracombe EX34 8NF 01271 863678 www.pipcott-devon.co.uk

Open daily from 12.00 to 5.00pm From April to September

Picturesque tea room and garden in a peaceful location in West Down. Coffee, light lunches, traditional cream teas and delicious cakes and scones.

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Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel & Tyme Restaurant

The Old Mill 17th Century Inn – Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park

Set within the beautiful 17th Century Trimstone Manor, Tyme Restaurant serves quality cuisine that is fresh, seasonal and local. Open all year for evening meals, Sunday and week-day lunches, coffee & cream teas. We also cater for weddings and private parties in our restaurant or a beautiful marquee in our landscaped gardens. 17th C Manor House set in beautiful grounds.

Trimstone.co.uk Trimstone, Nr Woolacombe, Devon EX34 8NR 01271 868 051

There’s live music in the summer, daily specials and ‘al fresco’ dining on heated patio, barbecues and carvery on selected nights. We have a delicious Kids’ Menu and an Adventure Playground. Enjoy locally brewed Real Ales and soak up the relaxed atmosphere! Open seven days a week from March through to October! A family run 17th Century Inn serving home cooked traditional dishes and local ales.

Call: 01271 870 237 www.woolacombe.com/ndg Sat Nav: EX34 7HW

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‘HEAT & EAT’ North Devon sourced ingredients No artificial additives, colours or preservatives To order visit: www.frozenreadymealdelivery.co.uk or contact us by telephone: 01271 342402 or mobile: 0774 896 1413

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Glorious Gardens The Telegraph’s Jane Newdick explores the verdant history of the gardens of North Devon…

RHS Garden Rosemoor, something of interest throughout the year.

RHS Garden Rosemoor There are few other gardens which balance to

such effect the old and new and demonstrate such a wide range of interest throughout the year. The beautiful garden is connected to the mature planting of Lady Anne’s garden by a winding rock gorge, planted with ferns and bamboos. The stream running from the gorge and the bog garden leads to an enchanting lake. The original garden at Rosemoor, tucked into the north-east corner of the estate, is very much a plantsman’s garden, created by Lady Anne Berry over a period of thirty years. The new garden areas complement and contrast with this, featuring a great diversity of garden styles, with something of interest for all gardeners throughout the year. sat nav postcode: EX38 8PH

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Hartland Abbey The house, on the site of a 12

century Augustinian Abbey, sits in a long valley running to the sea. Post-Dissolution, it was given by Henry VIII to a member of the Stucley family, who own it still. In the 18th century, shelterbelt woodland was created on each side of the house. The bog garden is ascribed to Gertrude Jekyll, a family friend and frequent visitor here and to nearby Clovelly Court. The fernery is probably Jekyll’s too, and Nigel Alford, gardener here for eleven years, describes how “until 1996, it was completely lost – the brambles had gone right up into the trees”. The long “Ladies Walk” leads from the house to the secret walled gardens hidden in the trees. Inside the irregular walls, the sloping ground and lack of symmetry give a romantic and quirky informality. Birdsong is usually the only sound, and scents are captured within the high walls. The shelter means many tender plants survive well. Take time to walk in the other direction to the gazebo and Blackpool Mill beach. Early in the year, the gardens host special Sunday openings for snowdrop, daffodil and bluebell walks. sat nav postcode: EX39 6DT th

Join in: RHS Garden Rosemoor An enchanting 65 acre garden that offers year-round interest. Visit us for inspiration, tranquillity or a marvellous day out. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor • 0845 265 8072 Join in: Hartland Abbey A fascinating lived-in historic house with stunning interiors, beautiful gardens and walks to the beach. Dogs welcome. www.hartlandabbey.com • 01237 441 264/234

Top and Right: Hartland Abbey, beautiful gardens and grounds in a valley running to the sea. Bottom: Clovelly Court, Herbaceous borders not to be missed.

Clovelly Court The tall and somewhat austere Clovelly Court is perched

overlooking the Bristol Channel, above the historic village of Clovelly that has links with Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies. Recent renovations of the walled kitchen gardens include reconstruction of Victorian lean-to glasshouses, re-pointing and coping of the 12ft walls and the planting of fruit trees against them. Melons, apricots, nectarines, figs, grapes, peaches, tender veg and pelargoniums all grow under glass. Organic vegetables, flowers and plants are sold from the village tourist centre. Owner Sir John Rous says wistfully: “By the time people have climbed up and down to the village, they often miss the gardens.” sat nav postcode: EX39 5FZ

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Castle Hill An 18

century landscape garden and park, with fashionable temples, follies and a distant triumphal arch, were created by Lord Fortescue around his grand Palladian house. The Grade I historic garden has seen many changes since, not least on account of the devastating storm in 1990 which made it possible for the current owners, the Earl and Countess of Arran, to plant many new tree and shrub collections, especially the Earl’s favourite – magnolias. “Fifty per cent of the trees were blown over. It gave us huge opportunities for new planting and to leave the new woodland more open.” th

Closer to the house, a millennium garden designed by Xa Tollemache features a water sculpture by Giles Rayner and, with its clipped quercus ilex standards and lavender and box-edging enclosing herbaceous plants, extends the garden’s interest into early autumn. Climb through woodland to the ‘castle’ folly for views as far as Lundy. sat nav postcode: EX32 0RQ

Left: Castle Hill, a stunning landscape garden. Right: Astilbe at Marwood Hill garden.

Marwood Hill This had been top of any plantsperson’s Devon visiting list

since the Eighties, when Dr Jimmy Smart was transforming twenty acres of valley into a complex garden of lakes, woodland and unusual plants. He died in 2002 but the garden is continued in his spirit by his family. Highlights include a grove of birch and eucalyptus, a camellia collection under glass and a pergola smothered with twelve varieties of wisteria. Malcolm Pharoah, head gardener for 38 years, says the doctor, being a plantsman, built his house around his plants rather than the other way around. There are National Collections of Japanese iris, tulbaghia and astilbe. The astilbes are grown beside one of the three lakes, which mirrors and intensifies their colours from June to August. sat nav postcode: EX31 4EB

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Eggesford Gardens Set in the beautiful Taw Valley, we are easily reached by road or rail. Enjoy a relaxed shopping experience with scenic views across the beautiful Taw Valley. We have everything from plants and shrubs to books and gifts. Why not go for a walk in nearby Eggesford Forest and then visit our Gardens Restaurant for snacks, lunch or a glorious Devon cream tea.

HARTLAND ABBEY & GARDENS

Shopping in a scenic setting. Eggesford Garden & Country Centre Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7QU

eggesfordgardens.com enquiries@eggesfordgardens.com Tel: 01769 580 250

North Cliff Hotel

The North Cliff Hotel, standing in its own immaculate grounds, has some of the finest views of the North Devon coastline. It’s peaceful position on the well known marine North Walk overlooks Lynmouth Bay, the beautiful Watersmeet Valley, and is a 200 metre walk to Lynton. The hotel is an ideal base for exploring Exmoor National Park. Peaceful hotel in glorious surroundings. northcliffhotel.co.uk North Walk, Lynton, Devon EX35 6HJ 01598 752 357

Enjoy a wonderful day out visiting North Devon’s most fascinating lived-in historic house with its stunning interiors, beautiful gardens and walks to the beach. As seen on BBC Antiques Roadshow 2012, ITV Countrywise and ‘Sense and Sensibility’ • Lots of space for children to explore! • Light lunches and cream teas • Peacocks, donkeys and black sheep • Children’s Quiz • Free Parking, Gift Shop Open: 1st April – 30th September 11.30am - 5.00pm (not Saturdays) Stay in one of our lovely cottages on the estate (Only 1 mile from Hartland Quay and Shipwreck Museum)

For more information visit: www.hartlandabbey.com Hartland Abbey, nr Bideford North Devon EX39 6DT T: 01237 441264 / 234

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THE BARK HOUSE OAKFORDBRIDGE BAMPTON DEVON EX16 9HZ

Tel 01398 351236 www.thebarkhouse.co.uk barkhousehotel@btconnect.com

Quality AA 4 gold star Highly Commended guest house and restaurant. Come and enjoy the rural location of the Exe valley, an excellent centre from which to explore the superb landscape of Exmoor and the North Devon coast. A warm welcome, open fire in the lounge and home cooked

Marwood Hill Gardens Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4EB

“A place to relax… a place to inspire”

food in the restaurant.

Twenty acres of gardens, three national collections, tea room, plant sales. Group bookings by appointment, dogs welcome on leads. New Coach & Car Park for 2012 Four miles from Barnstaple

T: 01271 342528 www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk

Field House

Warm welcome and delicious home cooking.

Field House is a peaceful Victorian country house set in a lovely green Devon valley offering a homely and friendly atmosphere. We have three comfortable en-suite rooms and an excellent reputation for our hearty breakfasts and delicious candlelit evening dinners. Ideal base for exploring North Devon and Exmoor. B&B from £30pp BB&D from £48pp. Visit Britain 4* B&B. 01271 376 205 Blakewell, Barnstaple EX31 4ET www.field-house.info fieldhouse@itsosbroadband.co.uk

Yeoldon House Hotel & Restaurant Brian & Jennifer look forward to welcoming you to our country house set in delightful gardens with beautiful views over the River Torridge. Our restaurant has an AA Red Rosette & offers fine dining in lovely surroundings. Individually decorated rooms, freeview TV, free wi-fi and tea & coffee making facilities. Resident Proprietors. Durrant Lane, Northam, Bideford

01237 474400

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Tapeley Park With its four distinctly different themed areas set in a sixty acre

site, Tapeley Gardens are home to a rich and fascinating variety of flowers, trees, shrubs and vegetables. The well known Italian terrace borders, created by Lady Rosamund Christie in the late 19th century, have been renovated with the help of Mary Keen and Carol Klein, the result is a swathe of new colours and perfumes which perfectly compliment the many established rare and tender plants. Tapeley is also home to the oldest organic permaculture garden in the country, where companion planting methods have produced a mixture of fruit, vegetables and herbs. sat nav postcode: EX39 4NT

Docton Mill Much written about and photographed in its time, Docton Mill

Gardens are in yet another phase of their life. First developed in the Thirties, the gardens were extensively cleared and redesigned in the Eighties, when huge numbers of trees were planted and a bog garden created. Since 2000, a magnolia garden, herbaceous borders and the woodland have been developed. The mill leat with a holding pond runs the length of the garden and is a key focus. The current owners, John and Lena Borrett, along with head gardener Sue Bramhill, are maintaining the original layout while extending the seasonal planting. Sue reckons: “You can walk round every six weeks here and see a different garden.” There is a proper plant sale area with everything raised by Jill from stock in the garden – a rarity these days. Aim to visit when you are hungry to do justice to the award-winning tea room. sat nav postcode: EX39 6EA

Tapeley Park, home to the oldest organic permaculture garden in the country.

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Exmoor National Park makes the perfect place for a biking adventure, as Vicki Power discoversâ&#x20AC;Ś

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I looked online for a firm to guide us and rang Exmoor Adventures, (tel: 01643 863 536) whose owner, Dan French, is a qualified mountain-biking leader. Dan was brought up near Minehead and knows every inch of Exmoor. He was friendly and encouraging and full of useful tips for the novice mountain biker; the ideal guide for a three hour expedition. Dan suggested we meet in Simonsbath, just thirteen miles away from Wheel Farm Cottages. Exmoor National Park has handily provided a colour coded off road cycle map.

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ritting my teeth in determination, it was only a few more metres to the top, I told myself. I stood up and pushed hard on the bike’s pedals, forcing them to turn and propel me forward. My back was damp with sweat and my thigh muscles were getting a long-overdue wake-up call. A steady offshore breeze was blowing into my face as well, conspiring to hinder my final ascent to the top of Hoccombe Hill on Exmoor. Imagining myself on an Edmund Hillary-type mission with this modest hill as my Everest, I willed myself towards the summit, even though no world records would be set and no crowds would cheer. I wanted to do it because throughout this glorious day of mountain biking on Exmoor, I had been eager to keep up with the boys – in this case my teenage son, Gabriel, and our instructor, Dan French - as much as my middle-aged physique would allow. I was determined to make it, even if by the end it was only pride that kept me pedalling up that hill. At last! With one final surge of energy I reached the top and was met with a breathtaking view, the enjoyment only marred by the sound of my gasps for air. Tackling this hill on a bike and enjoying the subsequent panorama was one of many exhilarating moments that made our mountain biking expedition on Exmoor so gratifying. I had booked it while Gabe and I were staying at CSMA Club’s Wheel Farm Cottages (tel: 0845 345 3425 / csmaclubretreats.co.uk) in Combe Martin, Devon. Given that my teenage son considers himself far too mature for most attractions, we had pushed the boat out for a three-hour mountain biking tour.

There are few regions of Britain more suited to biking than Exmoor National Park. It boasts 400 miles of bridleways and a diverse landscape of woodland, beautiful, wide open moorland, scenic valleys and babbling brooks to explore. There are also few cars to interfere with your safety, and on Exmoor you are never short of lovely things to look at, including wildlife galore. Dan and his van were waiting for us in the centre of Simonsbath when we arrived. As he unloaded bikes and helmets, Dan explained we’d tackle a manageable 10-mile route, following the River Barle downriver for some distance, and then taking the Two Moors Way – the major north-south walking route across Devon – a short distance, before climbing onto open moorland. We hopped onto our bikes and headed off together. Immediately I said a silent prayer of thanks that the old adage about riding a bicycle proved true: once learned, never forgotten. I hadn’t cycled for about a decade, so it was a relief to realise I could cope with the narrower bike trails and keep up with the two younger and fitter members of the party, except when the odd steep hill got in the way. To top it all I discovered that during the afternoon I’d burned enough calories to enable me to scoff, with impunity, a large cream tea in Simonsbath afterwards. My idea of a perfect afternoon. Exmoor National Park has handily produced a colour-coded off-road cycle map that uses the same grades as ski runs, with routes ranging from the easiest (green) to the most challenging (black). This and other route guides are available online and in National Park Centres in Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth. One example of a popular cycling start point is at Nutcombe Bottom, south of Dunster. From here, there are three marked bike routes catering for all abilities. Or an easy day’s biking for families is the Tarka Trail, a 31-mile stretch of reclaimed railway line from the town of Braunton down to Meeth in Devon. It’s flat and runs along the Taw estuary, a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Devon’s endless greenery and coastline provide plenty of opportunities for adventure – everything from hiking and kayaking to the adrenaline fuelled rush of rock-climbing and coasteering make the area one big playground for families.

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Living the outdoor Life: A surfers Guide to North Devon

Chris Farris gives a surfers guide to North Devon.

Croyde is one of the best beach breaks in the UK with well shaped, powerful

waves breaking over defined sandbanks. It can be surfed on all tides, although it is famous for being very heavy at low tide with the occasional barrel! ¶ The quality of the waves means that competition can be intense with hundreds of good surfers in the water. The local crew know the beach intimately and can be seen ripping when the size picks up. Croyde is best suited to intermediate to experienced surfers, although many surf schools operate safe, controlled surf lessons for beginners. ¶ Croyde Surf Club is a very active club which runs training sessions and regular competitions. Many of the club members compete at regional, national and european level. ¶ There are several car parks in the village, starting with ‘Downend’ car park as you enter Croyde from Saunton. Drive through the village and there is parking near Ruda Holiday Park with a National Trust car park a little further on. ¶ This truly is a surfing community, with many surf shops, pubs and bars catering for surfers.

Putsborough

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Saunton Sands is a very well known surfing

Ellie Parker [ world life saving champion ] warms up and catches a wave at Saunton’s popular beach break …

spot, and as such it can get busy at weekends and holidays. It is generally a mellow wave, ideal for longboards and beginners, and can offer very long rides over a sandy bottom. There is a rip current that flows out to sea along the rocks at the North end of the beach which can be used by experienced surfers to get ‘out back’. The headland offers some protection from northerly winds, but it works best on easterlies. ¶ The atmosphere is generally relaxed and fun, although when the waves are good it can get crowded and more intense. There is a very talented local crew here and competitions are often organised by the local surf club ‘Hotdoggers’. ¶ There are no RNLI lifeguards on duty at Saunton, although the local Surf Life Saving club have begun limited beach patrols on summer weekends. ¶ The parking here is the Saunton Beach car park which can get very busy in summer. Arrive early to avoid queues. There are good facilities near the beach, with cafés, surf hire and surf schools.

‘Out Back’ An area beyond the break line of the waves where surfers observe sets of waves as they approach. ‘Rip Current’ A channel of water, or a current, heading out to sea. Often simply called a rip. Sometimes recogniseable by choppy whitewater. ‘Barrel’ A wave that completely covers the surfer in the standing up position.

Stay at: Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks If you are looking for that extra buzz and crazy about extreme sports there is a huge choice of exhilarating indoor and outdoor activities plus the NEW Surfing Simulator! Excellent range of accommodation plus camping & touring. www.woolacombe.com/ndg 0844 7700 378

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Learn to Devon Classic Campers • Holidays Hire one of our Classic VW Campers & explore the glorious westcountry. Relax & Chill in one of our beautifully prepared vehicles. Fully equipped with everything (including the kitchen sink) & raring to go! Available throughout the year & guaranteed to make you smile! We are based on the edge of Exmoor, close to the gorgeous North Devon Coast.

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• Beachfront surf schools at Croyde and Saunton • Highest rated surf schools in UK • Since 1996

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Skern Lodge

Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it! Get everyone together for a weekend or day of adrenaline pumped adventure, fun, triumph and laughter. With loads of land and water based activities to choose from Skern Lodge guarantees a day or stay to remember. Living the outdoor life.

www.skernlodge.co.uk 01237 475 992

Combesgate House, Mortehoe Two very spacious four bedroom apartments. Superb position overlooking Combesgate Beach at Woolacombe, adjoining Coastal Footpath. Sleep six or eight. Reduced rates May/June for smaller parties.

Apartments overlook Combesgate Beach.

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Woolacombe as a surfer, the excitement

Philip Watson [ British surf kayak short boat champion 2009 ] limbering up - low tide at Croyde Bay.

begins with the drive down into Woolacombe bay. The panoramic view means that you can see the swell lines marching into the beach and observe the whole set up to plan your surf. The beach is massive, and can get busy in peak season so just head south and walk for a while to find uncrowded waves. When everything comes together, the waves at Woolacombe can be excellent. The beach is safe, so ok for beginners, but do watch out for rip currents and don’t go near the rocks at the North end. There are lifeguards on duty for the extended summer season and several surf schools offering lessons for beginners and improvers. Woolacombe has a very vibrant surfing community with plenty of surf shops, bars and cafés. The local surf club ‘Woolacombe Boardriders’ holds regular competitions and there are some very talented up and coming youngsters!

Ben Haworth [ Gold Medalist in the 2009 Atlantic Watersport Games ].

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

If you are looking for that extra buzz and crazy about extreme sports there is a huge choice of exhilarating indoor and outdoor activities plus the NEW Surfing Simulator!

If you are looking for an action packed holiday and superb selection of accommodation this is the place to stay… there are over 40 Free activities, Extreme Sports Centre and a state-of-the-art NEW Surfing Simulator to keep that buzz going. Challenge yourself on our climbing wall, NEW high ropes course, bungee trampoline, kayaks, WaterWalkerz and Seadoos or learn or improve your surf skills at our Surf School for all ages. Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

Holiday Home Hunter

The Milky Way

So much fun all in one place and all for one great price! Come and ride Devon’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster. Have bumping good fun on the Droid Destroyer Dodgems. Brave the aliens in the Clone Zone and face the heart stopping slides in the areas largest indoor adventure play-area! All rides & shows included in the entrance fee, so once you’re in you’re on!

Almost all our places are seafront so you can walk out and surf, kayak and enjoy beach activities to your hearts content without having to take the car! Most have facilities to rinse wet suits and provision for board storage. See individual properties for full details. Specialising in contemporary seafront properties, we provide over 40 self catering holiday homes in Woolacombe & Mortehoe.

www.holidayhomehunter.co.uk info@holidayhomehunter.co.uk 01271 870 067

The day in the country that’s out of this world!

info@themilkyway.co.uk www.themilkyway.co.uk 01237 431 255

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Graham Sleeman gives an anglers guide to the best North Devon fishing spotsâ&#x20AC;Ś

A long time popular holiday destination, renowned for its beautiful beaches, countryside and the breathtaking expanse of Exmoor, North Devon is probably not renowned as a fishing mecca, well it should be!

Game Fishing From salmon and sea trout

to pristine crimson flecked brownies, North Devon is a popular location for Game Fishing. There are the trout stillwaters, offering fishing to suit most abilities and tackle hire is frequently an option. Really large specimens are a distinct possibility where trout are being reared on site and venues such as Blakewell offer truly excellent sport. In fact why not take the family there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they will supply tackle and tuition and will clean and pack the trout you catch for you to take home! Reservoir fishing for rainbow trout is available from South West Lakes Trust at Wistlandpound near South Molton and, just over the border in Somerset, at Wimbleball.

Coarse Fishing Still waters will

be your best bet as the river Exe this far north is primarily game fishing as are the Taw and Torridge. Day ticket waters provide sport for most coarse species from silver fish ponds to specimen lakes. The further south you go the more you will find. South West Lakes Trust have small reservoirs at Bideford and Torrington offering carp to 30lb and the chance of large bags of silver fish. The renowned Stafford Moor near Dolton offers a huge variety of nationally renowned fishing on one site. Local clubs may also offer day ticket fishing on association waters.

Sea Fishing Miles of pristine Atlantic coastline

with renowned angling ports such as Ilfracombe and Clovelly and two superb estuaries where the rivers Taw and Torridge combine. There are charters fishing inshore and well into the Bristol Channel. These experienced skippers can put you on the top marks at any time of year to give you the best chance of superb catches. Most will provide tackle, bait and advice for the less experienced, a phone call will get you sorted. For a shorter trip take the family for an hours mackerel fishing or perhaps try for some bass or flatfish, again all tackle and bait can be supplied. For the shore angler there are miles of coastline and a visit to one the tackle shops near the coast will provide information on the most popular marks.

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You’re likely to need tackle or bait and there are plenty of tackle shops to provide all you require. The tackle shops are, of course, also an excellent source of information. They will be able to advise on where is fishing well and the best tactics and tackle to use. The ones nearer the coast will be better suited to supplying information on sea fishing, to advise on charters, best marks and sorting your tackle and bait.

Where to Stay?

Willowfield Lake Cottages, Braunton. Self-catering, includes coarse fishing lake within Unesco Biosphere. £240 - £1075 pupw tel: 01271 814 346

Tel: 01643 831259

Overlooking the Barle Valley in the heart of Exmoor, the cottages are converted from a 300 year old Woolchamber offering the perfect setting for a relaxing break to explore the magnificent Exmoor countryside and coastline.

Millbrook Cottages, Umberleigh. Self catering, cottages with fly and coarse fishing on site. £750-£900 pupw tel: 0800 298 2288 Riverside Caravan and Camping Park, South Molton. Coarse fishing lakes and river. £10 - £15 ptpn tel: 01769 579 269 Fox and Hounds Country Hotel, Chulmleigh. Fishing breaks, tuition and equipment hire. £60 - £75 pppnb tel: 01769 580 345

Further Information

Simonsbath, Exmoor Somerset TA24 7SH

SIMONSBATH HOUSE HOTEL THE WOOLCHAMBER COTTAGES

Dogs Welcome. Short breaks available from £54 per night. enquiries@simonsbathhousehotel.co.uk

High Ways House

The internet is the quickest way. But for a handy and comprehensive pocket guide look no further than The Get Hooked Guide to Angling in South West England. www.gethooked.co.uk

www.simonsbathhouse.co.uk

Award winning High Ways House is a family run rural Guest House with stunning panoramic countryside and coastal views conveniently situated between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe. This licensed Guest House offers home from home comfort with traditional breakfasts catering for all needs and evening meals by arrangement. Relax in our comfortable lounge or sheltered garden and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Whatever your pleasure: walking the coastal paths, cycling the Tarka Trail, horse riding, shooting, surfing, fishing or a round of golf, it awaits you here.

info@highwayshouse.com • www.highwayshouse.com • 01271 863821

Exmoor Riverside

Stay at: Devon Lodge Parks For luxury accommodation, perfectly located to experience and explore all that North Devon has to offer, contact us on 0800 085 39 83 for details of our three prestigious lodge parks, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

Set in forty acres of parkland, lakes and rivers for fishing, meadow and valleys for walking, our four star park has five star facilities. Open all year, with rally field, caravan storage, children’s play area, tearooms serving food with a bar and light entertainment during the school holidays.

01769 579269

relax@exmoorriverside.co.uk

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Leisurely Pursuits: Playing Straight Jeremy Ellwood, Editor of Golf Monthly Magazine, plays four of North Devon’s finest golf courses and discovers character, variety and history at every turn…

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linging open the curtains to glorious sunshine and perhaps the most stunning seaside hotel view in England, I gazed out from a height over Saunton Sands and the Braunton Burrows, home to Saunton’s two fabled links. Over the next few days, from my base at the Saunton Sands Hotel, I’d be taking in a selection of this beautiful region’s coastal and inland golf. The weather, injury and family circumstances had seen me go pretty much from New Year’s Day to Spring Day without picking up a club, so I harboured no great ambitions for the round ahead. Libbaton is around twenty years old and plays over rolling, picturesque North Devon countryside, with the downhill par three 3rd over a pond providing an early visual treat… and a tricky club selection test. The three lengthy par fours that followed formed a sterner challenge though. “Play these in one over and you’ve done well,” said club pro and playing partner, David Jeffs. I didn’t, inevitably bogeying all three. The uphill 561-yard 12th proved particularly hard work into the wind, and I’d swear the dogleg on the 14th was greater than 90˚! But overall, my round of 82 was a pleasant surprise after my enforced sabbatical.

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Next day it was the big one - finally, after twenty five years of waiting, both Saunton courses in a day starting out on the East. I had no chance of reaching the daunting 470-yard par four 1st in two into a strongish wind and racked up an easy double, but got both shots back in an instant with a rare, but welcome, eagle on the 2nd. The mighty links proved a worthy adversary on a blowy day, for though the drives are rarely intimidating visually, several more long par fours were playing straight into the teeth of the wind and pretty much out of range. Despite this, I spotted new tees going in on the 5th, 8th and 10th to take things over 7,000 yards, thus ensuring Saunton remains very much in the thoughts of those organising Britain’s top amateur events. I then played the West in glorious afternoon sunshine, and right from the dramatic par four 1st sensed more character than the East, probably because it flirts with the highest dunes more keenly. The climb up into them to the 16th tee was well worth it for the highly photogenic downhill par three that followed. As I walked off a closing short hole that must keep you on your toes right to the bitter end with a good scorecard in your pocket, I mentally awarded a hard-fought contest between Saunton’s East and West courses to the latter on account of its greater character and variety, though better weather conditions and indeed a better score - in the afternoon could just be clouding my judgment.


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LANDKEY - BARNSTAPLE

• 23 Bay floodlit driving range • Comprehensive Practice Areas • Golf Tuition Available • Two Challenging Parkland Courses • Club House & Restaurant

1. Landkey Course Par three nine hole centre 2. Barum Course Full 18 hole Par 71 course

For bookings telephone: 01271 378378 or visit: www.portmoregolf.co.uk Winners of the Golf Environment Award

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Clockwise from top left: Libbaton, Saunton 18th Willingcott, and Highbullen lake and fairway.

The following day I ventured down the A377 turning off a little way after Umberleigh for the delightfully quirky course and hotel at Highbullen in Chittlehamholt. I first played here many years ago when the new holes over the road had just gone in, and in fact celebrated my engagement on my birthday while staying in the village – so happy memories. ¶ The course is set on the spine between North and South Devon, with breathtaking views over the Taw Valley from the 12th and 16th tees and an uncanny knack of playing longer than its modest yardage. The 1st is a thoughtprovoking opener demanding accuracy off the tee before turning sharply left. You then head across the road for those newer holes and a chance to open your shoulders in places. This really is a fun place to play in an away-from-it-all setting, and also a wonderful place to stay in a family-run hotel with a real step-back-in-time feel about it.

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Willingcott Valley, back up closer to the coast near Woolacombe, hails itself, “The best kept secret in North Devon” and is beautifully located either side of a valley floor. The 1st is an extraordinary par five with a distinctly linksy feel, twisting up and across the slope, after which the course then cascades startlingly back down via the remarkable 3rd, where it takes you a few seconds to fully grasp that you are indeed aiming at a green set way below you to the right. ¶ The best holes at Willingcott are in this part of the course, to which you later return via the par three 10th played from beside an old railway bridge. A menacingly close front pond means only a fool will opt for the shorter of the two clubs in his mind here. There are two more good par threes coming home, and overall, despite perhaps one too many crossover holes, it is a good and fair test where the chances to score probably outweigh the scope for disaster.


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VICTORIA LODGE - LYNTON s Outstanding five star bed and breakfast, located on the spectacular North Devon coastline, providing guests with a luxuriously comfortable place to stay while exploring this beautiful part of Exmoor. With an enviable reputation for great quality and hospitality, and award-winning breakfasts, come and relax in beautiful Victorian surroundings. www.victorialodge.co.uk s info@victorialodge.co.uk s 01598 753203

On this particular trip, time did not allow a visit to the wonderful course at Royal North Devon (or RND), but having played it a number of times before and since, it would be an unforgivable dereliction of duty not to include this unique links with strong associations to the great JH Taylor here. It’s England’s oldest course dating back to 1864, and as you set out over a couple of fairly barren holes and realise you’ll be sharing the terrain with sheep and even horses, you may just wonder what you’re letting yourself in for. But that’s all part of its charm and character. There are some tremendous holes as you turn and play more or less parallel to the coast until the long par three 8th whose green can be frustratingly elusive if the wind is howling in off the sea to your left. RND’s famous sea rushes make their presence felt on the back nine, especially the 10th, 11th and 12th where they hide the fairway you’re striving to find alarmingly. As you finally turn and head for home via the 414-yard 18th the wind may well be off the sea and on your back. But if it’s strongly against you could be standing in the fairway with a very long club indeed in your hands contemplating your chances of clearing the burn that crosses the fairway just short of the green. RND is steeped in history and has an old-school feel, but mercifully that doesn’t translate into a crusty or frosty reception. The people couldn’t be friendlier and the clubhouse, with its fascinating museum, is a wonderful place in which to debrief over a pint of the local ale and reflect on a truly unforgettable links experience.

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Skern Lodge

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

Skern Lodge will give you a day or stay to remember, where adults and children alike find fun, challenge, inspiration and laughter. Enjoy an activity holiday, short break or day visit. Families, groups of friends, a celebration with a difference, adult groups, hen and stag parties, summer camps, learn to surf and kayak camps. Leisurely pursuits…

www.skernlodge.co.uk 01237 475 992

A haven of peace and tranquillity with unforgettable views over surrounding countryside and coastline, plus a professional nine hole golf course! There are spacious camping and touring pitches offering spectacular sea views and secluded Farmhouse accommodation. Golf enthusiasts and walkers will love the location set amidst National Parkland with coastal paths nearby. The perfect place to stay for golfers and walkers with a professional golf course, miles of countryside, sea view touring pitches and superb accommodation!

Call: 0844 7700 378 Book online: www.woolacombe.com/ndg Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com

Stunning Views!

Combesgate House, Mortehoe

Cosy beamed cottage on sea wall in quaint old Appledore. Great food at pubs 2 mins walk. Rippling sunsets, Atlantic rollers, Coastal walks, cafes, galleries.

Two very spacious four bedroom apartments. Superb position overlooking Combesgate Beach at Woolacombe, adjoining Coastal Footpath. Sleep six or eight. Reduced rates May/June for smaller parties.

All the joys of North Devon on your doorstep! Sleeps 6+ From £365 per wk. Open all year. Apartments overlook Combesgate Beach.

Mariner’s Cottage www.marinerscottage.net sallydrakeford@gmail.com 01769 560 422

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Tarka Trail Cycle Hire The Railway Station, Barnstaple, Devon, Telephone (01271) 324202 Choose a cycle from our fleet of over 130 including child trailers and enjoy the wonderful experience of peace and tranquillity as you explore the scenic cycleways between BARNSTAPLE – BRAUNTON AND BARNSTAPLE – TORRINGTON. NO HILLS AND NO TRAFFIC. The estuary scenes are full of bird life – a bird watchers paradise and railway buffs will find plenty of interesting relics from the days when this route was a busy railway line.

Grid Ref. F4 Example rates: Per Day ADULTS Mountain Bikes, Hybrids & 3 Speed Tourers £10.50 CHILDREN BIKES up to 24” wheels, Mountain Bikes, BMXs & Tourers £7.50 TRAILERS and TAG-A-LONGS including Adult Hybrids £18.00 CASH DEPOSIT of £5 or £10 per booking. This will be waived if car drivers deposit their keys. EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY IS ESSENTIAL.

Open every day from Mon 19th March 2012 to Sun 4th November 2012 9.15am – 5.00pm FOR FULL DETAILS INCLUDING ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS ASK RECEPTION OR A TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ONE OF OUR BROCHURES OR TELEPHONE BARNSTAPLE (01271) 324202

UP TO 21 MILES OF SAFE, LEVEL, SCENIC AND TRAFFIC FREE CYCLEWAY

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3 Luxury Lodge Parks in North Devon

All perfectly located for exploring the best that this area has to offer

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Whether you wish to buy your own holiday home, or simply want to stay in one of our luxury lodges, we are ideally located to please every pursuit and pastime.

For more information and/or a brochure please contact: 0800 085 39 83 Email: info@devonlodgeparks.co.uk, or visit www.devonlodgeparks.co.uk

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Appledore One End House

Beautiful early 18th century property in centre of village, 50 yards from the Quay in Appledore’s prettiest street. Close to restaurants, cafes and pubs serving a variety of meals. B&B £30 to £40 pp 1 One End Street, Appledore Devon EX39 1PN 01237 473 846 / 0797 7174 848 oneend@hotmail.com oneendjohn@live.co.uk www.appledoreoneend.co.uk

BARNSTAPLE Buckinghams Leary Farm

Comfortable well equipped three bedroom cottage on a family run working farm. Large garden and BBQ area. Weekly tariff £300 to £550. Open January to December. Buckinghams Leary, Filleigh, Barnstaple Devon EX32 0SB 01598 760 204 www.bucksleary.co.uk

Bosun’s Cottage

A prime spot character cottage perfect for seaside and country holidays. You can’t get much closer to the sea, Coast Path and village inns. Cosy winter breaks (eg 3 nts from £99). Bosun’s Cottage, Combe Martin Harbour 01271 882 449 www.primespotcottages.co.uk

Mary’s Cottage

BIDEFORD Lathwells Restaurant, Bideford

friendly and relaxed... enjoy good food and a great night out. We use the freshest ingredients from trusted North Devon suppliers, wherever possible. We’re popular locally for our fresh fish. 4 Cooper Street, Bideford Devon EX39 2DA 01237 476 447 www.lathwells.com

The Mount Guest House

A charming, elegant Georgian guest house beautifully furnished situated close to the town centre. Eight ensuite bedrooms, separate guests lounge, secluded gardens. Convenient for Lundy departures, Coastal Footpath and the Tarka Trail. B&B from £32 to £42 per night. Northdown Road, Bideford Devon EX39 3LP 01237 473 748 www.themountbideford.co.uk

Spreacombe

Our group of six bungalows nestled in the Spreacombe Valley are perfect for groups of guests, families or couples who appreciate exploring our woodland and wildlife whilst being less than four miles from Woolacombe and Croyde beaches, cliff paths and Tarka Trails cycle route. Pets welcome in most properties. 01271 870 536 www.spreacombe.com

CLOVELLY Fuchsia Cottage

Comfortable quiet family home. Beautiful views of sea and country. Ensuite bedrooms with TV, drinks facilities, easy chairs. Lifts for walkers available. Ample off road parking. Open all year except Christmas. Three bedrooms. B&B £30 pppn. VISIT BRITAIN 4* Bed & Breakfast. Fuchsia Cottage, Clovelly, Devon EX39 5RR 01237 431 398 tom@clovelly-holidays.co.uk www.clovelly-holidays.co.uk

Family run working farm in Ruby Country. North Devon / Cornwall border. Surf beaches around Bude or walk/cycle Dartmoor. Short breaks/ Eden tickets. Welcome Walkers, Cyclists and Families awards. 01409 261 369 val@fordafarm.com www.fordafarm.com

Coastal Fringes

Friendly farmhouse B&B set between Exmoor and the Coast. Ensuite, TV, loads of extras. Quality accommodation at a sensible price. Great breakfasts and optional dinner using home/local produce. B&B from £26 pppn. 01598 710 275 haxtondownfarm@btconnect.com www.haxton-down-farm-holidays.co.uk

BRAUNTON

Forda Farm

ILFRACOMBE

Haxton Down

Byerley

Bungalow annexe. Sleeps two people. Fully equipped. TV/DVD Player. Central heating. Linen supplied. Private parking. Peacefully situated on village edge. Convenient for coast and Tarka Trail. Bookings Fri to Fri. Weekly tariff £240 to £320. Open April to Oct. Byerley, Tews Lane, Bickington, Barnstaple North Devon EX31 2JU 01271 372 778 / 0770 7035 927 www.byerley@hotmail.co.uk

COMBE MARTIN

Delightfully refurbished centrally heated cottage. Peacefully situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the Exmoor National Park and beaches. Sleeps two to six plus cot. Non-smoking. No pets. Short breaks available out of high season. 4* Prices from £275 to £575 01271 883 980 mark.sue@Indicknowle.plus.com www.Indicknowlefarmholidays.co.uk

Enjoy a great night’s sleep in an antique French carved bed in a beautifully appointed en-suite bedroom. Wake up to a tasty, homemade, locally sourced breakfast with plenty of choices. Bed & Breakfast from £30 to £35. 76 St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8EQ 01271 865 096 dandm@coastalfringes.com www.coastalfringes.com

CROYDE The Whiteleaf Guest House

A guest house with a warm welcome situated in the popular village of Croyde. High standard accommodation and a licensed restaurant where dinner is cooked to order, using fresh local produce. B&B from £40 pppn. The Whiteleaf, Croyde, Near Braunton, North Devon EX33 1PN 01271 890 266 www.thewhiteleaf.co.uk

HOLSWORTHY Dairy Cottage & Beech Barn

Two detached self catering cottages furnished to a high standard in a quiet and peaceful location set in fifteen acres of farmland. Bagbeare, Thornbury, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 7DF 01409 261 437 griff.bagbeare@virgin.net www.selfcatering-devon.com

High Ways House

Award winning guest house peacefully set in open countryside with panoramic coastal and countryside views, conveniently situated midway between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. 01271 863 821 info@highwayshouse.com www.highwayshouse.com

LYNMOUTH Water’s Edge Cottage

Picturesque Character Cottage set in idyllic surroundings right on the river bank by the harbour and on the famous Watersmeet Walk. Cosy winter breaks (eg 3nts £195). Water’s Edge Cottage, Lynmouth 01271 882 449 www.primespotcottages.co.uk

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PUTSBOROUGH

WINKLEIGH

The Bath Hotel

Pickwell Barton

Parsonage Farm

Situated next to Lynmouth Harbour and on the Coastal Footpath, The Bath Hotel is an ideal centre for exploring Exmoor. A warm and friendly hotel with a reputation for hospitality, situated right next to Lynmouth Harbour. All bedrooms ensuite. Dogs and children welcome. Group rates available. B&B from £37.50. The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth, Devon EX35 6EL 01598 752 238 info@bathhotellynmouth.co.uk www.bathhotellynmouth.co.uk

LYNTON Channel View Caravan and Camping Park

Quiet, family run site situated in a sunny position in glorious North Devon. Overlooks Lynton, Lynmouth and Exmoor and is surrounded by some of the finest scenery in England! Manor Farm, Lynton Devon EX35 6LD 01598 753 349 relax@channel-view.co.uk www.channel-view.co.uk

Woodside

Spacious well-appointed apartment for two with private patio and garden. Situated in Barbrook Village, 1 ½ miles from Lynton, Lynmouth and Exmoor. Access to numerous walks. £230 to £270 per week. LIST approved. Woodside, Barbrook, Lynton EX35 6PD 01598 753 298 woodsideflat@btinternet.com

MINEHEAD North Wheddon Farm

Bed and Breakfast and self catering accommodation on a classic Exmoor farm built in 1840. This listed farmhouse has a Georgian feel, with high ceilings and large opens fires more reminiscent of a country house. North Wheddon Farm, Wheddon Cross Exmoor TA24 7EX 01643 841 791 rachael@go-exmoor.co.uk www.go-exmoor.co.uk

Periwinkle Cottage

Charming character cottage, peaceful village location off road garden, summer house and lovely views. Ideal for the Quantocks, Exmoor and the coast. Mrs Conrad: 01643 841 413 perwinkstogumbersomerset.co.uk

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Three delightful cottages on a traditional working farm overlooking the beautiful beaches of Putsborough / Woolacombe, ideal for walking, surfing, horse riding. Short breaks available in low season, Open all year. Pickwell Barton, Georgeham, Braunton North Devon EX33 1LA 01271 890 994 www.pickwellbarton.co.uk

A warm welcome awaits you at our family run, organic dairy farm set in quiet and picturesque surroundings with views of Dartmoor. Watch our calves being milked in our galleried milking parlour. An ideal base in which to explore Devon and Cornwall. B&B from £34 pppn. Parsonage Farm, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8SN 01837 810 318 www.parsonage-farm-devon.co.uk

TORRINGTON Cream Tea Cottages

Self-catering cottages in coastal and rural locations to suit most tastes. All inclusive prices and a traditional Devon cream tea to welcome you after your journey. 01805 623 670 www.creamteacottages.co.uk

Fuchsia Cottage

Wing of a 15th Century Farmhouse on a smallholding. Sleeps 4+ cot. Peaceful location near Great Torrington and RHS Rosemoor. Ideal for cycling and walking. Visit Britain 3* Self Catering. Short breaks available. Higher Hollamoor Farm, Frithelstock Stone, Torrington Devon EX38 8LF 01805 601 330 info@hollamoor.co.uk www.hollamoor.co.uk

The Post House

Small, friendly B&B in bungalow with two large rooms. Near RHS Rosemoor & Great Torrington. Excellent for walking and relaxing. Delicious breakfasts and cream teas! From £17 to £25ppn. Open all year. The Post House, Beaford, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8LJ 01805 603 095 cathy-n@tiscali.co.uk www.posthousebandb.co.uk

Woolacombe Cottages

Small, family run business with an extensive range of self catering accommodation in Woolacombe, Croyde, Mortehoe, Putsborough, Georgeham, Willingcott, Lee, Ilfracombe and West Down. Cottages from £10 per person, per night. Woolacombe Cottages, Ivycott Farm, Woolacombe, North Devon EX34 7HL 01271 870 846 info@woolacombe-cottages.co.uk www.woolacombe-cottages.co.uk

WOOLACOMBE Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

Four award winning Holiday Parks with superb accommodation, sea view camping & touring, excellent facilities and loads of free activities! Call: 0844 7700 378 Email: goodtimes@woolacombe.com or book online at: www.woolacombe.com/ndg

UMBERLEIGH

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West Down

Lake View Holiday Lodge

WESTWARD HO!

Brockenhurst Bed & Breakfast

Award winning farmhouse, fabulous views, in twentyfive acres. Four well equipped spacious ensuite rooms, two on the ground floor, one for wheelchair users with wet room. Evening meals. 01769 560 551 info@westdown.co.uk www.westdown.co.uk

WOOLACOMBE

Luxury Pine Lodge in rural North Devon with superb views. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. Golf available and free fishing on site. Ideal touring location. Weekly rate from £360 - £786. Lodge 56, Lake View Holiday Lodge, Hartland Forest Golf Parc, Woolsery Devon 0191 537 4932 jefflee@btinternet.co.uk www.lakeviewholidaylodge.co.uk

Brockenhurst is a family run Bed & Breakfast providing a warm, comfortable, friendly environment. Located near the centre of Westward Ho! Within sight of Lundy Island and the sound of the sea, it is close to the vast beach, shops, restaurants, pubs and local buses (bring your pass). Brockenhurst, Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! Devon EX39 1HX 01237 423 346 www.brockenhurstindevon.co.uk

Ossaborough House

A 17th century Bed & Breakfast, with panoramic views, just a mile from the golden sands of Woolacombe. All rooms are en-suite and have sofas. Our three Garden Rooms each have their own patio. Ossaborough House, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7HJ 01271 870 297 info@ossaborough.co.uk www.ossaboroughhouse.co.uk

Quarry Dene Self Contained Luxury Apartments

Situated in one of the finest positions in Woolacombe, Quarry Dene apartments have balconies and spectacular coastal views. The newly renovated flats offer comfortable centrally heated modern accommodation. Free private parking spaces. Minutes walk from sands, shops and buses. Reductions for small groups and short breaks off season. 01271 870 374 www.quarrydenewoolacombe.co.uk


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Channel House July & August Specials: One Week £529 per person (dinner, B&B) Normally £588, per person October Specials: One Week £509 per person (dinner, B&B) Normally £567.00

T: 01643 703229 www.channelhouse.co.uk

Tarka Trail Cycle Hire

£1 Off

The Yarn Market Hotel

£25

off per room Valid until 31.12.2012 T: 01643 821425 www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

ilfracombe tandoori R E STAU R A N T & TA K E AWAY

One of the most exciting and unique modern eating venues in Ilfracombe. Experience the finest Bangladeshi & Indian cuisine in a sophisticated & relaxed atmosphere. Fully licensed. Spend over £30 and receive £5.00 off any sit down meal with this voucher - 1 voucher per table. Valid until 31st December 2012

£5

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Full Day Rate per Bike

FIVE POUND VOUCHER 13/14 High Street Ilfracombe 01271 866453/866822 www.ilfracombetandoori.co.uk

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VOUCHERS

Channel House TERMS AND CONDITIONS: • Prices are based on two people sharing and include VAT. Shorter specials are available. • Only one voucher per transaction • No photocopies accepted • No redeemable cash value • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer • Quote North Devon and Exmoor Guide

Terms and Conditions: Only one voucher per transaction No photocopies accepted No redeemable cash value Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer Quote NDEGUIDE

ilfracombe tandoori R E STAU R A N T & TA K E AWAY

Terms and Conditions: • Only one voucher per transaction • No photocopies accepted • No redeemable cash value • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer • Quote North Devon and Exmoor Guide

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The Yarn Market Hotel Terms & Conditions: • Minimum 2 nights stay • Subject to availability • Voucher can only be used once • Only one voucher can be used for each booking • Voucher has no cash value • Voucher cannot be used against special offers • Voucher must be presented on arrival • Quote NDEGUIDE


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Getting here By Air: Bristol Airport www.bristolairport.co.uk Exeter Airport www.exeter-airport.co.uk By Rail: First Great Western www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk Tarka Line www.tarkaline.co.uk By Bus: First Group www.firstgroup.com Stagecoach www.stagecoachbus.com By Car: A361 from M5 Junction 27

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TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES / AWARDS / LIST / INSPECTIONS

Tourist Information Centres Barnstaple: Tel: 01271 375 000 • staynorthdevon.co.uk Bideford: Tel: 01237 477 676 • torridge.gov.uk Braunton: Tel: 01271 816 400 • brauntontic.co.uk Combe Martin: Tel: 01271 883 319 • visitcombemartin.co.uk Ilfracombe Tel: 01271 863 001 • visitilfracombe.co.uk Lynton Tel: 01598 752 225 • lynton-lynmouth-tourism.co.uk South Molton Tel: 01769 574 122 • visitsouthmolton.co.uk Woolacombe Tel: 01271 870 553 • woolacombetourism.co.uk Visitor Information Centres Porlock: Tel: 01643 863150 • porlock.co.uk Holsworthy: Tel: 01409 254185 • visitholsworthy.co.uk Great Torrington: Tel: 01805 626140 • great-torrington.com Exmoor National Park Dulverton: Tel: 01398 323 841 Dunster: Tel: 01643 821 835 Lynmouth: Tel: 01598 752 509 Acknowledgements Photography: Guy Harrop guyharrop.com. Martin Dorey martindorey.com. Roy Riley royriley.co.uk. Stephen Ring stephenring.co.uk. National Trust Photo Library © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra. Nationaltrust.org.uk Neville Stanikk northdevonpics.co.uk. The Big Sheep thebigsheep.co.uk. The Milky Way themilkyway.co.uk. And all of the North Devon+ members who have kindly allowed us to use their photos within this guide. Juliet Bidgood and Chris Ford for Neat neatdesign.org.

How to Book Visit www.northdevon.com and do a property search for your chosen accommodation. Check out availability and if available book online. Alternatively click through to their website, email or give them a call. Advance booking is always recommended, particularly in high season. We recommend that all prices and descriptions are confirmed prior to booking. Once you have made a booking and the reservation has been confirmed by either party, a contract exists and cancellation charges may apply. It is recommended that you take out holiday insurance to cover against the possibility of cancellation due to circumstances beyond your control. Complaints Occasionally a visitor may have cause for complaint against an establishment. It is always advisable to take the matter up with the owner or manager in the first instance and at the first opportunity. If you wish to take the matter further and the property is registered with an official grading scheme, any complaints should be referred to the relevant body. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this guide, North Devon+ cannot accept liability for any property advertised herein. Gradings and Ratings and Inspection Schemes Please be aware that ratings and gradings may change throughout the year. North Devon+ has made every effort to check that these are correct at time of going to print and cannot be held responsible for discrepancies. For more information, and a key to gradings, ratings and inspection schemes visit: www.northdevon.com/gradings

The Guide is published by North Devon+, the Destination Management Organisation for North Devon and Exmoor. North Devon+ is a dynamic public/private sector partnership funded by over 500 businesses in North Devon, together with North Devon and Torridge District Councils. North Devon+ has taken every reasonable care in compiling The Guide, but it does not, however, accept any responsibility for incorrect, incomplete or misleading information contained herein. The inclusion of any establishment does not imply a recommendation, nor can North Devon+ accept any responsibility for accommodation offered. www.northdevonplus.co.uk Tel: 01237 426426 email: info@northdevonplus.co.uk

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SERVICED ACCOMMODATION

Hotels, Guest Houses, B&Bs, Farmhouses and Inns

Accessible by public transport Baby sitting Broadband internet access Children welcome (min age) Credit cards accepted Euros accepted Foreign languages Spoken DVD/VCR

Entertainment Ground floor bedrooms Licensed bar Lift Level 1-4 Local produce served Suitable for disabled Open for Christmas Open at New Year

Pets by arrangement Private Parking Satellite TV in room Special Breaks Swimming pool (indoor) Swimming pool (outdoor) Tea/coffee facilities in room Wireless internet access Working farm

Games room on site Garden/play area on site Gas cylinder exchange Laundry on site Licensed bar on site Local produce served Microwave in some/all units Level 1-4 Suitable for disabled Open for Christmas Open at New Year Pets by arrangement

Private Parking Satellite TV Shop on site Shower/toilet block Swimming pool (indoor) Swimming pool (outdoor) Special Breaks TV in some/all units Washing machine in some/all units Wireless internet access Working farm

SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION Including Caravans and Camping

Accessible by public transport Bed linen for hire Bed linen inclusive Broadband internet access Cafe/restaurant on site Credit cards accepted Chemical toilet disposal point Electric hook-ups DVD/VCR Entertainment on site Euros accepted Foreign languages spoken

LOCAL INSPECTION SCHEME FOR TOURISM (LIST) Accommodation providers within the North Devon and Exmoor Guide which display the LIST Logo, have been inspected through the local inspection scheme initiative, administered by North Devon+. The accommodation has successfully passed inspection on the basis that it is legal, safe and clean.

This brochure has been printed with care for the environment by printing on stock that is PEFC certified. This whole guide is recyclable.

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