There is no question about it, North Devon is absolutely stunning. From luscious green fields to dramatic coastlines, there are so many places to explore.
So what are North Devon’s 7 Wonders that are a must-see when visiting…
1. Lundy Island
This island is full of character, history and beauty. People travel to Lundy time and time again to enjoy the peace and quiet of the island and its simplicity. The island has been inhabited for at least 3,000 years according to archaeologists, therefore this is a real gem for history buffs. Not only that, but with Lundy being positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bristol Channel, it’s home to a unique group of wildlife. With creatures such as puffins and seals, it really is worth travelling to the Island on the MS Oldenburg for a day of exploring.
Fancy taking a day trip? Check the 2020 timetable
2. Tarka Trail
For adventure seekers, the Tarka Trail is a great way to see North Devon. Inspired by the classic tale written by Henry Williamson – Tarka the Otter. This 32 mile route runs from Braunton all the way to Meeth and is full of old railway memorabilia that dates back to 1874, when there was a railway link that ran from London to Ilfracombe. To read more about the history of the Braunton railway, click here.
Not sure which route to take? Have a look at our custom designed routes on our other blog post, North Devon Cycle Routes. Ranging from easy, medium and difficult routes, you can cycle along the water fronts and spot the local wildlife. Not to mention there are some great pubs and cafes to stop at along the way.
3. Valley of Rocks
Valley of Rocks is one of the most stunning, scenic locations in Exmoor National Park. Based to the west of Lynton, it is a hotspot for walkers and climbing enthusiasts due to the cragged coastal cliffs and winding path. When first arriving, you will be in awe from the views of the ocean and the dramatic staggered rock formations. Not only that, but there are some interesting things to keep an eye out for, such as a herd of friendly wild goats that relax on the cliff side.
Find out more about the route from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks via South West Coastal Path.
4. Bull Point
This stretch of coastline has some of the most dramatic views on the South West Coastal Path. Enjoy the rocky headlands and sandy bays as you walk to your final destination, the headland of Bull Point. Stand back and take in the stunning views of the ocean and the other surroundings. You can also see the original lighthouse structure which was built in 1979.
To find a walking route that suits you, check the Nation Trust website
5. Tunnels Beaches
Tunnels Beaches is a unique destination that everyone should experience when in North Devon. These 1820’s hand carved tunnels make way to a beautiful area of coastline that cannot be accessed any other way. They are full of history too, as Tunnels Beaches was once used as bathing pools in the Victorian era.
For more information on Tunnels Beaches, see its website.
6. Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is well known for being the only fully water-powered railway in the UK, and only one of three running in the world. This water railway service was built to overcome the obstacle of travelling between Lynton and Lynmouth (avoiding the heart-pumping walk up the hill). This is a fantastic way to see both villages, as you travel up the cliff, it reveals some stunning views of the surrounding coastlines.
This quintessentially British village is a worthy add to your hit list. Clovelly has a unique history as it is a privately owned village and has no vehicular traffic. Stroll down to the main village along steep, cobbled streets and see the Clovelly donkeys, local shops and pubs on your way to the ancient fishing harbour.