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Explore North Devon

Whatever you want to do when you’re in North Devon, you’ll never be bored. There are a whole host of events taking place all over the region for you to add to your diaries, take a look at them all here. We think that the whole of North Devon & Exmoor is unmissable, but when you explore, you discover more about this incredible place and there is certainly lots to find in this region.

Great settings for adventures

Whether you live here, have only seen a small part of the area, or visit different places regularly, you’re bound to know that around every corner is a new thing to see and new knowledge to gather. From the outdoor spaces, complete with unique towns & villages and the many indoor activities, there are plenty of adventures to be had here.

From the hills of Exmoor, out to Torrington and Holsworthy inland, along the rugged Atlantic coast, with dramatic cliffs and golden beaches onto the large towns of BarnstapleBideford and Ilfracombe and villages beyond, there are so many wonderful places to explore. With countryside, coastline and just about everything in between all brimming with heritage, artistry and creativity, no two towns and villages are the same, but all of them offer adventure!

Wherever you are in North Devon, you’ll find fascinating places, locations, countryside and history to uncover!

So much natural beauty

North Devon has much to be proud of when it comes to the region’s natural beauty. From the coastline to the UNESCO Biosphere to the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail, where ever you are there are opportunities to get out and about and explore either on foot or by bike. You can even tour the area by water by going sailing, surfing or paddle boarding!

As well as having perfect conditions for water sports and being glorious to look out, the beaches at Saunton and Croyde also have some of the highest temperatures in Britain! So, the ideal excuse for visiting all year around!

The North Devon Biosphere Reserve is one of only six in the UK and centres around Braunton Burrows, extending from the River Taw out across to Lundy Island. The reserve has over 60 sites of Special Scientific Interest and is protected by UNESCO and contains lots of rare, natural beauty and is home to the largest sand dune system in the UK. This region also contains the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Braunton Burrows is part of this too, along with Hartland Peninsula, as well as parts of Westward Ho!, Woolacombe and Croyde. Of course, we can’t not mention the Exmoor National Park – which has stunning stretches of coast, unique towns and villages and the Valley of the Rocks which is awe-inspiring.

The entire region is famed for its beauty and the diversity of the landscape meaning that whatever kind of adventure you want to have, you’ll find the perfect location in North Devon.

Always something going on

If that wasn’t enough, this spectacular and diverse landscape is also home to beautiful beaches where you can indulge in water sports, the Exmoor National Park where you can join in with the Dark Skies Festival or just head out for a picnic or some wild camping or visit some of the historic buildings and top quality attractions that cause people to flock to the region every day.

In North Devon, there are a whole host of beautiful towns and villages, both coastal and rural full of vibrant history.

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Areas to Visit


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