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Explore North Devon

Exmoor | Croyde | Woolacombe | Ilfracombe | Clovelly Lynton & Lynmouth | Valley Of The Rocks | Saunton Sands

Guide to North Devon

Lonely Planet

Intensely rugged and in places utterly remote, north Devon has a coast to inspire. Drastically concertinaed cliffs frame atmospheric fishing villages while long sandy beaches stretch out alongside. It offers a smorgasbord of delights, from surfing lessons at cool Croyde to Damien Hirst’s artistry in Ilfracombe.

Swimming experiences include snorkelling safaris and Victorian-style bathing, and gardens range from the classic designs of the Royal Horticultural Society to those dotted with contemporary art. Then there’s Braunton’s immense sand dunes, impossibly pretty Clovelly, Hartland’s phenomenal rock formations, and (sitting on the horizon 10 miles out to sea) Lundy Island – a truly get-away-from-it-all escape. Take the sea safari to see dolphins, seals, puffins, and breathtaking coastal discoveries.

Woolacombe Beach
The Times Beach of the year 2021: Woolacombe Beach
The stunning North Devon coast
Babbling brooks of Lynton and Lynmouth
Be prepared, rent a beach hut
Just 15 minutes from Exmoor
30 mins from charming Clovelly
15 mins from the UK's best waves in Croyde
15 mins from Ilfracombe, home to Damien Hirst's "Verity"

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