The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
This family-run 13th Century pub is set in the heart of Devonshire countryside. Fitted with a traditional yet clean interior, the Coach and Horses provides a cosy setting to enjoy home-cooked food and a range of well-kept ales. Using locally-sourced produce and presenting daily specials, this pub has been recommended by the Good Pub guide.
Two miles of sand stretching into the distance backed by a pebble ridge which divides the beach from Northam Burrows Country Park, a magnificent stretch of salt marsh, grassland and dunes.
the pier house
Gorgeous restaurant serving lovely food. Stunning views while you eat.
Awesome beach for surfers/bodyboarders!
This beach is incredible...2 miles of the most incredible surf I've ever seen and however busy it gets it never seems crowded.
Felt like I was a kid again
The beach is huge....3miles of it! Although it's a sandy beach, the sand never actually dried out during our visit. But that was great for sandcastle building. Plenty of surfers make use of the beach and the rock pools are fantastic. Great fish and chip shop just up from the beach. Parking is easy. Definitely worth a visit.
Vast expanses of golden sand
Westward Ho! beach is a 'Blue Flag' beach, offering vast expanses of golden sand. Good for surfing, it is patrolled by lifeguards and is one of the safest in the area. An added attraction for youngsters are the many rock pools to explore at low tide.
The Tarka Trail is a long distance walk in north Devon and this section starts on the old railway line next to the platform at Torrington Station. Views are spectacular and follow the route on the www.devon.gov.uk website for detailed information.
Just what you want in a seaside village - whitewashed cottages, higgledy-piggledy narrow lanes, a quaint harbour and plenty of cosy pubs and cafes to linger in.
We were expecting Bideford to be a bustling little place but on an August Saturday afternoon, it was deserted. It's a very run down little place with not a lot to offer tourists. The Pannier market was very disappointing as the fixed shops sold tourist rubbish and the market stalls in the upper section consisted of a few tiny stalls which sold cheap toys and antique books. Odd combination. It's a shame that the town is more vibrant as the location is pretty being on the estuary.
A retro delight, to take tea back in the forties and fifties close to the seafront at Westward Ho!. A traditional tearoom with cakes and light bites to be washed down with a variety of teas and coffee. This lovely little cafe was voted the best for 2011/2012 in the North Devon Food Awards.
You need to feel hungry before you call in here.
Fantastic small retro café serving hot and cold light meals along with cream teas to die for. Sit outside looking at the sea and town green on inside and wallow in an era gone by. Food excellent, portions enormous and staff were efficient and friendly.
We first found Tea on the Green in 2012, and whenever we've been anywhere close (that means within a 1 and half hour drive!!) we've always spent the day at Westward Ho! and included something to eat here. The lunches are great, with excellent choices (you won't go hungry) and the cakes are magnificent. It's always busy though, so you have to be prepared to wait or maybe sit outside.
The cream teas really are to die for!
A visit a must if you are in Westward Ho
What a lovely little place to stop for tea and cake. Although it was next to where we were staying whatever time of day we walked past it was always full and we determined to try it during our week in Westward Ho so waited across the road until a table outside was empty and ran across before another lucky person was able to sample their lovely food and surroundings. Just amazing.
WOW!!!! The MOST incredible tea shop!
You MUST visit this tea shop! From the outside it's easy to miss or walk past as its not big but once inside it is just fantastic. all decor and music is 1950's and there is so much attention to detail especially the lovely crockery. But best of all the menu is amazing. Cakes are delicious and such a great choice of drinks and food. I'd recommend booking a table to avoid any disappointment!
Set deep in the north Devon countryside, The Rosemoor estate was once the home of Lady Anne Palmer. Lady Anne developed a passion for plants when she met noted plantsman Colllingwood Ingram while recuperating from measles in Spain. Over the next 30 years, she travelled the world to collect specimens for her garden, which she gave to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. The estate now comprises 65 acres of land, which includes rose gardens, a winter garden, a fruit and vegetable garden, a formal garden, woodlands, and many stream and lakeside plantings, making Rosemoor an enchanting place to visit whatever the season.
Beautiful, well-managed gardens, well worth a visit whatever the season.
The garden is absolutely gorgeous and very well looked after. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the restaurant had great locally sourced food. A great day out for adults and children.
The rose collection - one of the largest in the West Country - is very impressive. In full bloom in the summer, the scent of over 2,000 flowers is quite sensational. The Rose Weekend, held in June, was very informative, with advice on growing your own, as well as walks and activities for children.
Lots to do here, from feeding lambs and watching sheepdog trials to pony and tractor rides.
Much, much more than sheep!
There really is something for the whole family at The Big Sheep. Sheep racing, dog trials, sheep shearing, train rides, swan pedaloes, horse riding, pedal go karts, trampolines, indoor soft play with giant slides, outdoor laser tag all year round, archery tag in the summer, giant swing, great cafe and seasonal events.....!! We never get bored of this adventure park. Its reasonably priced, great fun and well organised.
Located where the rivers Taw and Torridge combine and flow into the sea, Instow is a pretty waterside village and perfect for a spot for sailing or windsurfing, and for families to take advantage of the sheltered sandy beaches.
Such a pretty village and the local beaches are lovely. Try John's Deli, a great place for breakfast, lunch, cakes etc.
Have Cream Tea at the Commodore Hotel
The Commodore Hotel offers Cream Tea for non-residents. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy a good cream tea as well as a gorgeous view across the estuary. If the tide is coming up and the sun is setting, this is a marvelous experience.
Beautiful, sleepy Instow
Instow is a pretty little village and makes a perfect base for exploring North Devon. It retains a sedate pace of life, perfect for winding down from the rat race. Johns' deli provides everything you need to spoil yourself at breakfast time, and there are a couple of restaurants to spoil you at suppertime. The Tarka Trail is on your doorstep and it would be rude not to hire some bikes and meander through the pretty Devon countryside for an hour or two.
Once the local blacksmiths, this friendly local now hosts monthly folk nights. Drop in for a bite to eat in the beer garden or enjoy a pint of real ale in front of the log fire.
The Old Smithy was great, but with absolutely loads of dogs!
We had a meal there on our first night. The food was good [but nothing exceptional really]. The beer was excellent.
The welcome was great and the general feel of the place was lovely on what was an extremely busy night. There were approx 20 dogs in the bar area, which was ok, but a little overwhelming at times and could have been a bit nerve wracking for younger families!
Probably wouldn't go back for food, but definitely for a drink and a nice time in front of the fire.
Fantastic country pub with friendly staff, great food and a lovely garden.
Excellent food (beef and chorizo burger was a joy) and very welcoming to us and our four month old daughter. Friendly people and the beer selection looked frustratingly good but I was unfortunately driving. I will definitely go again next time I'm in the area. Real pub, real ale, proper food and friendly people...how a pub should be.
Visit the Welcombe Pottery around lunchtime and stay for a meal at the quirky, retro and very child friendly Old Smithy Inn: good value, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Great to find a proper, country pub that serves good beer, good food AND genuinely likes children!
Quirky little pub, nice local feel. Decent food.
Fantastic rustic pub
Fantastic rustic pub, great food. A really chilled out place. Nice garden area to sit outside. Children's menu. 2 real fires in winter. 5 min drive from Welcombe Mouth beach - our favourite watering hole!
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