North Devon Coast

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National Landscape Top 10

Top 10 lesser known places to visit in the AONB (in no particular order) 

  1. Mouthmill  –  Quiet, secluded and dramatic with other hidden gems nearby (prude.archduke.cling)
  2. Bucks Mills Beach – A great day out for rook-pooling,  a tiny beach that only appears in the summer (hints.bulbs.overlooks)
  3. Smoothlands Valley, Hartland Coast – Fascinating bit of geology an example of river capture, with stunning views of the Iron coast
  4. Mortehoe – A lovely museum and pretty village where you can walk out to Morte Point and enjoy the view (pheasants.wiped.parks)
  5. Broadstrand beach near Watermouth – secluded and a photographers dream in June, when looks like something out of the Caribbean. Very steep steps to get down there 
  6. Braunton Burrows South – Remote, wilderness, with strange concrete structures which are evidence of WW2 training
  7. Worthygate Woods – coast path between Bucks Mills and Peppercombe – fascinating ancient woodland great for bluebells in the spring 
  8. Coast Path between Cockington Cliff & Portledge  – Cliff path walking, where you feel in touch with the sea 
  9. Lee Bay – Beautiful beach for swimming and rockpooling at low tide. There is a stunning circular walk through the woods and along coast path in Spring (defaults.surprise.repay)
  10. HillsboroughA promontory Ironage hillfort. A site steeped in history since the dawn of time. Great views of Ilfracombe Harbour (splints.ruffle.swan)

If you don’t know the area very well why not download our free ‘Explore the North Devon Coast’ maps for North Devon and Torridge. We also have a range of walk leaflets and booklets which are free to download