The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Not surprisingly this was once an old station house which closed in 1935. These days food is freshly cooked to order and draught beer is served. There's a kids outdoor play area and also a shop, just in case you need to stock up.
Accessed via a series of four man-made tunnels carved through the cliffs, Tunnels Beaches near Ilfracombe are truly unique. Created in the 1820s, the tunnels lead visitors out onto sand and shingle beaches, complete with a Victorian sea pool. Sheltered by the cliffs, the beaches afford beautiful views and special atmosphere. A landscaped garden lends itself perfectly to picnics in the sun and there is even sun bed and wetsuit hire available. A cafe serves refreshments and lifeguards are on duty in the summer. A fee applies.
Not for the faint hearted, this bracing six mile walk takes you around the rocky headland high above the sea, through ancient woodland and then up onto Martinhoe Common. The breathtaking coastal waterfall should make the climb worth it!
One of north Devon’s largest towns, Barnstaple is a hive of activity all year round. The popular Pannier Market is good for a browse, while the Green Lanes shopping centre has many big high street retailers if you feel the urge to shop.
A Regency house with extensive gardens that is home to a huge collection of period horse drawn carriages, a famous colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats, red deer and peacocks. Carriage rides are available.
Most knowledgeable and informative guides in house and museum. Good value restaurant. Superb collection of model ships. Our visit lasted 4 hours
Some amazing animals, including cheetahs and Arctic foxes. Close encounters are possible with some of them, including snakes and spiders.
Exmoor Zoo - rare animals
I visited this zoo on a rather damp misty day and there were very few people until it brightened up in the afternoon.The animals are nearly all endangered species some of which I had never heard of before. As most of them are small the area to walk around is not huge - there are no elephants, lions, camels etc. There are about 35 cages and a signed route so you don't miss any. There are talks/ feeding and some hands on every half hour but that means doubling back to and fro if you want to do them all. I enjoyed feeding and stroking a wallaby with a joey in her pouch and stroking a snake. There are some birds and off site they were rearing 4 rare parrots to be returned to the Amazon. There is an excellent very large covered area with picnic tables , a snack shack for drinks and a rather basic cafe. Extremely small number of toilets! There are some well known animals -as well as the wallabies there are meerkats, cheetahs, gibbons and some rare tiny marmozets in an indoor area.
This route is along the highest of the sea cliffs in the Exmoor National Park. Starting at Combe Martin take the coast path around Wild Pear Beach, then a stiff climb to Little Hangman (715 feet high). Climb on - more gradual this time - up to 1046 feet and the summit of Great Hangman to get the best of the panorama across Combe Martin Bay.
The countryside is breathtaking and a real must to visit. Quaint shops, great pubs and beautiful walks through all kinds of terrain. Dogs are clearly very welcome which is a rarity in other areas of the south west.
Some of the finest coastal scenery in England, do not miss it! The Valley of the Rocks, a little further east, is particularly dramatic.
This welcoming bistro sits just off the High Street and offers a very warm welcome. It has bright and airy feel and is ideally situated for those seeking a quick coffee or light lunch. It offers an evening menu for those looking for a contemporary eattery.
On my recent visit to Barnstaple, we decided to stop here for a bit of lunch. Being set just off the High Street - it is ideally located for those in need of a quick pick-me-up. The service we received was second to none, the staff were very warm and welcoming. The lunches were delicious, generously sized and very reasonably priced. I would definitely visit again if I was I the area.
An idyllic spot for fly fishing for brown trout. Open all year round.
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