North Devon is full of picturesque villages and no matter what time of year you visit, there will be stunning scenery and pretty buildings to see. If you’re visiting on a winter break this year and need some inspiration for places to visit, why not add these places to your itinerary?
Thought to be North Devon’s largest village, Braunton is where you’ll find Braunton Burrows, which is a site of special scientific interest and has plenty to interest you, even in the winter months. The village’s name comes from St Brannock who was a missionary who helped establish Christianity in the Devon and Cornwall regions, information about his life and the history of Braunton can be found in the village’s museum – a great place to go if the weather takes a turn!
Lynton and Lynmouth
While technically two places, we’re grouping them together because of their proximity and the fact that you can’t visit one without going to the other! Lynton is a Victoria town on the cliffs, while Lynmouth sits below it. Collectively, they are known as England’s Little Switzerland and well known natural attractions, such as the Valley of the Rocks are nearby. Don’t forget to travel on the water powered cliff railway which links the two, it’s a great way to experience the continuing Victorian influence and there are some amazing views on the way up!
Another cliff top location is Mortehoe which is known for its amazing views across the English Channel. On a clear day, you can see for miles but during the winter, you’ll get to experience an incredible, dramatic atmosphere with the waves crashing below you and greyer skies. Mortehoe is incredible old and was featured in the Doomsday Book, in fact some of the points of interest mentioned in the book can still be seen today!
You might think that surfing is a summer activity but if you want to truly experience some gnarly waves, winter is the time to get out on your board! Be careful though, as they can get very rough at this time of year. Woolacombe is the ultimate destination for anyone who wants to watch the surfers tackle the elements and at this time of year, the beach is much quieter but still overs those amazing panoramic views, so get your cameras at the ready.
Croyde Bay is another popular surfing hotspot and home to an award winning beach. The thatched cottages and picturesque scenery gives the village a magical, otherworldly feeling. Baggy Point is a good place for a bracing winter walk and the village with its cute pubs and eateries offers warming refreshments.