This beautiful North Devon village by the sea, tucked away near the border with Cornwall, is an idyllic place to take a holiday. Surrounded by peaceful countryside, and right next to the magnificent North Devon coastline, Welcombe is a fantastic spot to enjoy stunning walks and breathtaking Atlantic sunsets.
Nearby Hartland Abbey & Gardens gives visitors access to its wonderful parkland grounds and picturesque valley leading down to the remote Atlantic cove. You can also easily join the South West Coast Path for blustery cliff top walks and to explore hidden coves, and large sandy beaches, such as Westward Ho!.
Lundy Island is just off the coast here, and is accessible by ferry from either Bideford or Ilfracombe. The crossing takes two hours each way, but for wildlife lovers, the effort is worth it as this remote island's habitat has been compared to that of Galapagos islands, and it is also a walker's paradise.
Other nearby activities include the 80 mile traffic-free Tarka Trail Coastal Path and Cycle Way that follows the journeys in the novel of Tarka the Otter, Tamar Lakes Country Park near Bude, and the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bideford.
A holiday cottage in Welcombe offers a great base for a tranquil break exploring the majestic beauty of the North Devon and Cornwall coastline.
With its beautiful gardens and grounds, Hartland Abbey welcomes visitors from March to October. The home of the Stucley family, it’s filled with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. Wander through the beautiful 18th century walled and woodland gardens, potter through the parkland and enjoy the valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove and cottage at Blackpool Mill.
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Offering an action-packed programme of activities under the safe supervision of the highly experienced Sam Roberts, and his team. Whether you'd like to learn surfing or body boarding at Widemouth Bay, or experience Canadian Canoeing or the entertaining Jungle Run in the Bude canal - there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities. Qualified coaches. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Open 1 March through to 30 December. Booking required.
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An array of rides, slides, adventures and shows, Milky Way Adventure Park is a fun day out for the whole family with something for all age groups. There’s a café and a restaurant on site, they cater to parties, and prices vary throughout the year according to the season.
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Enjoy £1.00 off per person for up to 6 people with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
A timeless village on the coast, Clovelly has a history dating back to the Domesday Book when it was owned by the King. There are lots of charming local activities to get involved with – silk workshops, meeting birds of prey, angling and boat trips on the water, spa treatments and even a little retail therapy, all with a view of the sea. In short, there’s something for everyone.
Clovelly Village, Clovelly Visitor Centre, Clovelly EX39 5TA (T: 01237 431781)
A huge indoor swimming pool in Bude, stretching 33m long and 5 lanes wide, offering plenty of space for fitness training and leisure swimming alike. The pool offers two distinct sessions - flat water sessions for the serious swimmers wishing to do lane swimming and sessions with waves and the flume open for families after some splashy entertainments. Check timetable to ensure you are coming along for the right session for you. Opening hours: Mon to Fri 07:00 - 21:00, Sat 07:45 - 17:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00, Bank Holidays 10:00 - 14:00.
A pretty thatched pub popular with familes and surfers set in stunning North Devon countryside just a mile from the sea. Enjoy a pint of local ale at the bar or enjoy some good food either inside or outside in the sunny garden. The menu includes homemade specials, salads, pizza, gourmet 'Wessex Pantry' pies, and lots more including a kids menu and tasty Sunday roasts. This is a true community pub, always busy and friendly to visitors which prides itself on great drinks and good, healthy food. Keep an eye out for events including pub quizzes, and a monthly folk night.
The Old Smithy Inn Welcombe, North Devon EX39 6HG (T: 01288 331 305)
A 13th century traditional Cornish pub with open fires in winter and a beer garden with beautiful sea views and children’s play area for summertime. Open all day, all year round, serving tasty light lunches, cream teas and hearty evening meals along with a great selection of local ales and other beverages for all occasions.
The Bush Inn Crosstown, Morwenstow, Bude EX23 9SR (T: 01288 331242)
A picture perfect English tearoom surrounded by the beautiful wild flower gardens at Docton Mill, a great spot for a cream tea or slice of homemade cake after a few hours discovering the wonderful array of plants here. Also serves a good range of freshly prepared soups, pasties, salads and sandwiches.
Docton Mill Gardens & Tearooms Lymebridge, Hartland, Bideford EX39 6EA (T: 01237 441369)
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Variety of levels, plants, shrubs and trees. Small tea room, friendly staff. Excellent walk to the waterfall and coastline views.
Lovely, lovely! Amazing garden. Amazing cakes and cream teas. Great walks. Would visit again.
Situated in a wild and beautiful bay with wonderful sea views, this family run pub and hotel was once the old customs buildings for the quay. Today the Wreckers Bar is a great place to enjoy a good pub lunch including excellent local fish, accompanied by a pint of local ale or cider. A good spot for refreshments after a day walking the South West Coast Path, or spent enjoying the pretty beach below.
Hartland Quay Hotel Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DU (T: 01237 441218)
A friendly traditional village pub with large enclosed beer garden where couples, families and dog owners alike will enjoy the beautiful setting and far reaching views. The bar stocks local ales and cider and a selection of over 30 types of gin, and tasty bar meals and pizza are available.
The Kings Arms The Square, Hartland, North Devon (T: 01237 440151)
A secluded beach backed by cliffs with rockpools to explore and a waterfall to keeps kids happy. Accessed via narrow lanes and then a walk down a track which can put people off, but the effort it well worth it for what is a quiet and unspoilt stretch of golden sand and pebbles. Dogs allowed all year round.
Hartland Quay is primarily a pebbles and rocks beach but low tide exposes sand and interesting rock pools to explore. It is splendidly isolated with no facilities but that's part of the charm. Car parking is available at Hartland Quay Hotel & Pub, EX39 6DU
A spectacular National Trust beach on the dramatic stretch of coast between Bude and Morwenstow. With an impressive backdrop of sheer cliffs dating back millions of years and sand exposed as the tide recedes, Sandymouth is popular amongst surfers and families alike. There is a large car park at the top of the cliff and then the walk down to the beach is via a steep path with steps making Sandymouth unsuitable for those who are less mobile. Once on the beach you’ll find a seasonal café, toilets and surf hire along with lifeguard cover during peak months.
Crooklets Beach, near Bude, offers golden sands and rock pools to explore. There is a cafe right on the sea front and access from teh car park is level. There are public toilets and an outdoor shower for sandy toes. Car parking is available at Crooklets Road car park EX23 8LG.
Less the five minutes on foot from the centre of Bude, Summerleaze Beach is an easy beach to get to and enjoy for the whole day. There’s a river flanking the sandy beach and it’s sheltered by a breakwater, making it popular with families and surfers. You can book beach huts daily or weekly, and adding to its charm is a part man-made/part natural salt water sea pool to swim in at the foot of the cliff, that’s been welcoming swimmers since it opened in 1930. There’s lifeguard cover in the summer months, dogs need to be kept on leads from May to September, and there are toilets and disabled toilets close by as well as an RNLI shop, sandy play area, a beach café, and a large car park that leads directly to the sand dunes.
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Busy car park but the sandy beach is worth it. Cliff top walks and a tidal pool made this a perfect spot on a sunny day.