Westward Ho! was founded in 1863 as a result of Charles Kingsley's book of the same name. It is the only place in the country with an ! When the tide is out it offers it offers over 2 miles of sandy beach, backed by a pebble ridge. It's an ideal beach for families and is also popular with surfers (there’s a surf school near the beach) and kite surfers. Behind the beach's pebble ridge lies Northam Burrows - 1000 acres of common land for you to explore. It also boasts the oldest golf course in England.
The Milky Way is located near Clovelly in North Devon, just a few miles from the North Cornwall border. With much of North Devon designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Class UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Status, there are few places in Britain that can lay claim to such a beautiful combination of unspoilt, stunning landscapes. In this wonderful part of the world you can enjoy a coastline of spectacular cliffs, secret coves and golden beaches alongside wild moorland, sparkling river valleys and lush rolling hills. This natural beauty and variety, together with the laid back and friendly nature of the residents makes North Devon a very special place to live and holiday.
Below you’ll find some information on a few of the most popular and interesting places to visit in North Devon, within 10 miles of The Milky Way. If you’re looking for more information on places to visit in North Devon and accommodation near by please click here to visit the areas official tourism website or search through the local accommodation providers we have listed under the local area section of this website.
Our closest town is Bideford, known as the little white town which has changed little over the years. You’ll find a choice of small shops and cafes here, as well as a statue of Bideford’s most famous resident, the writer of Westward Ho!, Charles Kingsley.
Just off the coast and clearly visible from the top of the Cosmic Typoon is Lundy Island. This 3 mile long and half mile wide island is owned by the National Trust and welcomes visitors to view its stunning landscape and beautiful and diverse wildlife. The name 'Lundy' derives from Norse for 'Puffin Island' - and you can still see many of these unusual birds on the island today. You can sail there on the MS Oldenburg from Bideford.
One of the most famous and beautiful villages in the world, Clovelly hangs on a 400ft cliff where donkeys were once used to transport people and goods up the steep cobbled streets. The Quay at Clovelly dates back to the 14th Century and has a great deal of smuggling and pirate history associated with it.
Bucks Mills Beach
Our nearest beach is a rocky secluded cove at the bottom end of the picturesque village of Bucks Mills. Unfortunately there is a steep walk to get down and up but this does mean that it’s quiet most of the time. Great for crabbing and rock pooling when the tide is out.
For bargain hunters, Atlantic Village located just outside of Bideford over 35 outlet shops in a covered mall offering up to 50% off rrp on brands including Marks & Spencers.
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The Torrington Cavaliers present another spectacular show on Saturday 29th August 2015. TRUMPTON is this year's theme, and as well as the giant bonfire, there will be a choreographed fireworks to music display, a massive fireworks finale, and a giant TV screen to entertain the crowds. Gates open at 4pm and all profits from the event go to charity.
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