discover north devon and exmoor
The Byre is in Goodleigh, North Devon, a small village three miles north of Barnstaple with many classic old houses that reflect the history of the village. It has a pub, school and a church. The Church (St. Gregory,) is an ancient Gothic structure, with a short tower, and some stained glass in its windows. Its screen is richly ornamented." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]. The village pub, “The New Inn “serves wonderful food all prepared by Julia in the kitchen and Justin always has a selection of local and guest beers. Children are welcome and there is a large beer garden to let them run wild!
The village is surrounded by stunning scenery and lovely walks along ancient green lanes with steep banks laden with primroses, bluebells, campion, fox gloves and other wild flowers in spring and early summer.
North Devon is blessed with beautiful landscapes offering inspirational views no matter what time of year you visit. Enjoy lively coastal resorts, spectacular sandy beaches, the rolling hills of Tarka Country and the wild dramatic moorlands of Exmoor. With many tourist attractions, events and festivals there’s something for everyone!
Discover superb views and fine dining in ‘Little Switzerland’: explore Lynmouth’s attractive harbour and riverside or cliff top walks where Exmoor meets the sea. Then travel ‘upstairs’ to Lynton with its quaint tea rooms via the famous Lynton-Lynmouth cliff railway.
Along the coast nestled snugly amongst rugged cliffs, Victorian Ilfracombe remains largely unspoilt. Many shops, pubs and restaurants surround its bustling harbour and quay. Visit the intriguing Tunnels beaches, or board a boat for a day trip to Lundy Island.
Woolacombe, is popular coastal village overlooking a magnificent four mile golden sandy beach, ideal for surfing and body boarding. Croyde is another surfing centre and village steeped in old-world charm while nearby Saunton tempts you with yet more miles of golden surfing friendly beaches backed by Braunton burrows – an environmentally important wilderness of rolling dunes.
The attractive market town and commercial centre of Barnstaple offers a unique mix of traditional and fashionable shopping and is renowned for its Pannier markets of local crafts and antiques. Nearby Bideford is a lively market town with a newly developed quay and an undercover retail-shopping outlet.
Appledore, a thriving port is a maze of quaint narrow streets and fisherman’s cottages with an abundance of art galleries and crafts shops to browse. A few miles along, Westward Ho! is a traditional seaside resort with sandy beaches, a long promenade and amusements. A family favourite.
In the heart of Tarka Country the ancient settlement of Great Torrington, known as ‘Cavalier Town’ from the civil war, is sited overlooking the River Torridge, whose banks form part of the Tarka Trail, un-spoilt countryside to walk or cycle through.
The picturesque fishing village of Clovelly is a delight to explore with cobbled streets that lead down to an ancient beautiful harbour and cottages that cling to the hillside.
Hartland is perhaps the wildest of all the Heritage Coastline. Sheer rugged cliffs hold many wreckers tales. Magnificent views across to Lundy Island. Explore the 12th Century Abbey and glorious gardens or visit the Quay Museum.