Torridge is a unique district where the coast meets countryside, offering wonderful opportunities to see and experience. Torridge falls within the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere and North Devon Natural Landscape (AONB) because of its varied landscape and ample flora and fauna. The landscape ranges from wild coastal cliffs, waterfalls, and sandy dunes to ancient woodlands and steep valleys. Wildlife is rich throughout the area, particularly on Lundy Island where an abundance of sea birds, such as Puffins, and marine life, including the common seal, can be spotted.
There are ample routes to explore Torridge by bike or foot. For traffic free cycling, the Tarka Trail is a cycle path that connects Meeth to Braunton with spectacular views. En route you will experience many wildlife habitats including estuary mud flats, oak woodland, meadows and more, with plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshments.
If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, Torridge is the place for you. Choose between activities including surfing, kitesurfing, wild swimming, mountain biking, coasteering, rock climbing, kayaking and more. If you are looking to organise a group event, check out Skern Lodge and their excellent range of activities.
Why not spend your time exploring one of the many gardens and stately homes? RHS Rosemoor blend formal and informal planting to magical effect and Hartland Abbey host events dedicated to spring flowers, such as ‘Daffodil Day’ and ‘Tulip Time’. Or even experience a plethora of wildflowers along the coast path in Spring. Peppercombe comes to life and fills with colourful flowers.
The towns and villages of Torridge are largely untouched and provide the chance to transport the imagination back in time. Many of them host weekly markets with local produce and crafts on offer.
Appledore is a unique fishing village of narrow streets, hidden lanes, and cobbled courtyards. It is full of history with watch towers, look-outs, and a smuggler’s tunnel.
Bideford, today, is a thriving market town and working port, with a charming selection of shops and narrow walking streets. The coastal town of
Westward Ho! is a popular holiday destination with several cafes, tearooms, restaurants, hotels, and activity businesses. The beach offers over two miles of golden sand backed by a unique pebble ridge linking to Northam Burrows Country Park, a site of Specific Scientific Interest.
Clovelly is a world-famous gem. The single cobbled High Street winds its way down the hillside through traditional whitewashed cottages festooned with fuchsias and geraniums.
Holsworthy boasts one of the busiest and largest livestock markets in the country and lies in the heart of 'Ruby Country', where a new initiative is underway to provide walking, cycling and horse riding trails through this area of charming countryside.
Great Torrington offers a unique visitor experience with its historic town centre, great independent shops and dramatic views.