Step back in time and discover North Devon’s unique cobbled village: Clovelly.
A real Royal Village
This cute village could quite easily convince you that you’ve stepped through a time loop. It is completely vehicle-less and all deliveries and journeys are made either on foot across the cobbles or by donkey. A day trip or short stay here will introduce you to a gentle way of life, a unique maritime heritage and high quality sea food against the backdrop of Bideford Bay.
World-famous, Clovelly is a true gem of North Devon, offering staggering views across Bideford Bay and a more relaxed way of life. The picturesque historic houses can be found winding their way down the wooded hillside, to the traditional fishing harbour on the coast. Once owned by British monarchs, it is now part of a privately owned family estate, and as such, no vehicles are allowed down the steep cobbled street, instead, goods are transported by sledge, often pulled by donkeys.
Clovelly's most famous residents
As famous as the Exmoor ponies, the Clovelly donkeys are a huge draw, visitors are welcome to pose with them for selfies and they are available for children’s rides. During the winter, you’ll be able to spot them in the woods and at other times in the picturesque stable just beyond the craft workshops. The stables are well over one hundred years old and have been housing donkeys and horses for generations. No visit to Clovelly is complete with spending a bit of time getting to know the donkeys!
Speaking of the craft workshops, the villagers of Clovelly run a number of workshops and events throughout the year to enable you to really immerse yourself in the town’s historic and gentle way of life while also learning a new skill. Pot making, sewing, knitting, painting, soap making, candle making and more are all on offer to visitors.
Whether you’re planning a day trip or a short stay, there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy your time in Clovelly. There are several accommodation options in the village, many with incredible sea view.
Learn more about Clovelly’s unique history with a guided tour or take in one of the many acclaimed events throughout the year; this includes the annual Herring Festival in November, designed to promote the ‘silver darlings of the sea’. Enjoy seasonal local produce at the Red Lion on the harbour or dine at the New Inn in the heart of the village, pick up a souvenir at the craft studios, or take a stroll along the coast path to Clovelly Court Gardens. Either way, this is one place not to miss.
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