Westward Ho! and Croyde Beach are highly rated family beaches whilst Tunnels Beaches is an attraction as well as a beach - four hand-carved tunnels lead through to secluded sands, a Victorian baths and some of the very best rock pooling in the UK!
North Devon has lots of towns and villages that are ideal for lazy afternoon visits. Appledore is a beautifully slumberous fishing port and is the home of the North Devon Maritime Museum. If you prefer some retail therapy, head to the thriving town of Barnstaple. For fine food and harbour views, the Iron Age town of Ilfracombe is a must visit.
Both inexperienced and expert walkers can fill their boots in North Devon. The hilly coastline terrain is challenging but those who put in the effort are rewarded with some seriously stunning views. If you're particularly enthusiastic about a walking break in the region, seek out the annual North Devon Walking Festival.
Exmoor national park
The coastal path around North Devon passes through the wonderful Exmoor National Park, where you will find an abundance of events and attractions. Try the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, which has been running since 1888 and offers panoramic views of the coastline as you pass along the track.
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Exmoor national park is also the home of Watersmeet House; a 19th-century fishing lodge set in a wooded river valley, and now under the management of The National Trust. Another stunning attraction is The Valley of the Rocks, where you can take a beautiful scenic walk with stunning sea-views.