Planning a trip to North Devon in the New Year? Not sure where to start your adventure? We’ve pulled together a list of five of the most beautiful places to explore in the region to help you get planning!

Lynton and Lynmouth

We’re not cheating by adding these two together, they’re known as being twin towns, mostly because Lynton is literally above Lynmouth. Like, seriously, it sits on top of the hill and you have to catch the famous cliff railway to visit both. This area is known as Little Switzerland, something the great romantic poets named it after spending time there and being inspired by its beauty.

Westward Ho!

Another place named by a wordsmith who lived in the area – Westward Ho! can be found just outside Bideford and during its development, was named after a local writer’s book about a similar village. It remains the only place in the UK with an ! as part of its name and forms part of one of England’s most popular seaside resorts.


Home to Britain’s Best Beach winner several years in a row, Woolacombe has everything you could want from a seaside holiday resort. You’ll find award winning places to eat, great places to stay and plenty to keep the whole family entertained, plus of course, there is that incredible beach.


This harbour town is quickly becoming the culinary hub of North Devon – there are an incredible array of eateries to experience, particularly along Fore Street, and being home to Verity, the sculpture created by Damien Hirst, it is a hub for culture too.


If you’re visiting for the surf, Croyde is the place to go. The village is known as being one of the premium spots for watersports, has a long, mostly flat beach and the ideal conditions for surfers of all abilities.

Of course, we could go on forever about the many beautiful locations in North Devon and you don’t have to take our word for it, you can experience a daily dose of North Devon by following our Instagram and book your perfect break below.