11 things you probably don’t know about North Devon

 

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…

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These are the best beaches for surfing in North Devon

Surfer on Croyde

We know that this will divide people…but which stretch of coast is best for surfing in North Devon?

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 sheltered spots drawing in crowds.

So, for those who have never visited the area before, here’s our breakdown of the best places to go surfing in North Devon

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A Local’s Guide To… Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Quay

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…

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