The Local Area
A must for anyone visiting the region, once a bustling fishing port famous for the herring and mackerel. The impressive harbour dates back to the 14th Century with many beautiful cottages. An area famed for smuggling, offering the visitors a chance to stand in the cobbled streets and use their imagination!
The seaside village of Combe Martin lays claim to the longest village high street in England and an old tradition in which the Earl of Rone is hunted down. Here you will see the 17th century castle-like Pack of Cards Inn and the 13th century church of St Peter ad Vincular. The Inn has 52 windows and 4 floors, each with 13 doors and was built in 1626 to celebrate a large win at cards.
Once considered the most important Port in England, second to London. Today Bideford sits tranquilly on the banks of the Torridge, it's bridge spanning the water. Sit and while away a few hours taking a coffee along the quayside. Now a very popular place to spend New Year's Eve.
Perched on a ridge overlooking the River Torridge the Cavalier town of Torrington was the site of the last major conflict of the English Civil War. The home of Dartington Crystal and the fabulous Rosemoor Gardens. Enjoy a unique attraction where costumed characters take you back to the 17th century.
A traditional Victorian resort where you can enjoy a stroll on the promenade and browse the souvenir shops. The quaint harbour with numerous fishing vessels, not to mention the Oldenburg where either day cruising or sunset cruising along the coastline towards Lynton and Lynmouth can be enjoyed.
Well worth a stop on the Tarka Trail where you can take a leisurely boat trip across the estuary to the ancient free port of Appledore. Maybe spend the day on the beach messing around in the sand dunes and have lunch in one of the pubs or restaurants overlooking the Bay.
About 11 miles from the North Devon Coast in the Bristol Channel the island is three miles long and half a mile wide. It rises 400 feet above sea level and is an amazing area of outstanding natural beauty. Lundy abounds with wildlife, Sika deer, Lundy ponies, Soay sheep, Basking sharks and dolphins. Birds so rare that they bring bird watchers to the Island from all over Britain. Trips to Lundy are available via the Oldenburg departing from Bideford and Barnstaple. Details are available locally.
Lynton and Lynmouth
Always spoken of together and often referred to as North Devon's answer to Switzerland. The Victorian powered cliff railway connects the two beautiful villages and a ride on the railway between the two is almost compulsory.
The Queens Theatre has a year long programme of varied and interesting performances, many visiting stars and performers amazed at the support and encouragement offered by North Devon's discerning population. The town has a wide variety of quaint and interesting eating houses, restaurants, fast-food outlets all combined to give the visitor selection and value for money during their stay.