We love Bideford – the maritime town is based in the heart of North Devon and is a tourist hotspot. As locals, we’ve compiled a list of everything we think you should know about Bideford…so you know what to expect during a holiday here.
Those who know North Devon will have their favourite walking routes, but we’ve pulled together a few of our top picks – alongside some routes you may never have heard of, so have a read of this North Devon country walks guide.
One of the reasons North Devon is adored by so many people is the amount of walking and hiking routes there are. Plus, when you include Exmoor, the rambling options are almost endless. Let us know if we missed another beauty via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages…
Do you remember that A to Z of North Devon blog we did earlier this summer?
Since then we’ve realised that one trip through the alphabet is just not enough to completely sum up North Devon – so we’ve gone through it again, this time with beaches in mind. Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly introduce you to the A – Z of North Devon beaches….
This year’s Art Trek will see artists throwing open their doors in a celebration of the visual arts across North Devon. The long-established and eagerly anticipated event runs from 15th September to 1st October.
There are participants taking part in villages and towns across North Devon, and the venues range from professional galleries to homes and artists’ studios. Visitors can find all the information they need in the Art Trek brochure which is out now or by visiting the Art Trek website at www.arttrek.co.uk.
We all know what North Devon has to offer, and we all know the main beaches and attractions – but what about the places and businesses that are out the way and not so well known?
At the risk of being told off by locals for giving tourists our secrets, here are our top five favourite hidden gems in North Devon that you must check out if you can…
Put simply, North Devon is a walking paradise, with so many areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst there are many opportunities to get off the beaten track and explore new grounds, there’s also plenty of well known and well loved routes that are perfect to walk, hike, stretch your legs, wander in a daydream, explore, sightsee and discover in North Devon! Many routes are also dog friendly and are perfect for families too.
Plus, due to our position on the coast, the gems of North Devon are right by the sea. So here’s our guide to 9 of the best North Devon coastal walks – how many of these amazing routes and photo-worthy views have you enjoyed?
We understand the struggle – you’re on a family holiday and the kids are “bored” or what they really want to do will somehow involve things like a helicopter, pirates, a pony, electronic games, a TV, mobile phones, unrealistic dreams, and more money than they can comprehend.
But don’t be disheartened! One of the main reasons North Devon is a fantastic place to visit as a family with children of all ages is the fact there’s so many ways to spend the day for free, or using minimal pennies at least – to avoid those “I’m bored” moments whilst saving money but still having lots of fun!
(Main image: Richard Kift)
When you think about, North Devon is actually a HUGE place – from the hills of Exmoor, out to Torrington and Holsworthy inland, and then back to the coast at Hartland towards the Cornish border. That’s a lot of places, locations, countryside and history to cover under the name “North Devon”! Whether you live here, have only seen a small part of the area, or visit different places regularly, you’re bound to know that around every corner is a new thing to see and new knowledge to gather.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things you probably didn’t know about North Devon…
We know that this will divide people…but where is North Devon’s best surfing spot?
The area has many quality spots all year round, which makes North Devon a must surf. The consistent west facing beachbreaks mean there’s always a place to surf waves and the beaches are reliable year round, with the sheltered spots drawing in crowds.
So, for those who have never visited the area before, here’s our breakdown of the best places to surf in North Devon…
Ilfracombe, North Devon’s third largest town with a population of more than 10,000, is loved by both holidaymakers and locals alike.
Home to Henry Williamson, author of popular novel Tarka the Otter, Damien Hirst artwork, and the UK’s oldest working lighthouse, the town is full of history – but also has plenty of present-day energy!
From the mouths of the locals themselves, here we detail the highlights of Ilfracombe and what to expect when visiting the area…