North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Landscape & Seascape

Objective: To conserve and enhance the natural beauty and special landscapes of the AONB

The exceptional landscape and seascape of the North Devon coast is the main reason why it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1960 and defined as Heritage Coast in 1990 for Hartland and 1992 for North Devon. To assist in the management of this valuable landscape several Landscape Character Assessments have been undertaken at different levels and scales which can be viewed as maps on the DCC Environment Viewer landscape section at https://new.devon.gov.uk/environment/environmental-maps. These Assessments provide an objective appraisal of what special features and qualities make the landscape valuable and worthy of conservation. This is important to help understand the potential impact of onshore and offshore development and to inform planning decisions. These Assessments look at the pressures and forces for change acting on the landscape and others provide a strategy of how to protect, manage and plan the area to keep it special

DCC Environmental Viewer

Landscape and Seascape indicators – State of the AONB 2014 – 2018

North Devon Landscape Pioneer https://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/landscape-pioneer.html 

Landscape Character Assessment


Landscape description units, character types and areas

The process of Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) describes the characteristic patterns and features of our countryside and explains how an area has developed over time. The methodology undertaken for the LCA undertaken in Devon has comprised of 3 individual studies which broadly identify areas with similar character which are Land Description Units, Landscape Character Types and finally Landscape Character Areas

Landscape Description Units (LDU)  – For a full size North Devon Map click here and Torridge here                   


 LDU 088      LDU 386     LDU 526     LDU 852

LDU 358      LDU 387     LDU 532     LDU 853

LDU 360      LDU 397     LDU 576     LDU 895

LDU 382      LDU 398     LDU 578     LDU 896

LDU 383      LDU 399     LDU 579     LDU 897

LDU 384      LDU 402     LDU 580

 LDU 385      LDU 403     LDU 583


 LDU 361     LDU 686     LDU 693

 LDU 362      LDU 688     LDU 694

 LDU 364      LDU 689     LDU 836

 LDU 404      LDU 690     LDU 842

 LDU 405      LDU 691

 LDU 684      LDU 692

Landscape Character Types in North Devon and Torridge can be seen here and Landscape Character Areas here

Fixed Post Photograph

By taking photographs from exactly the same place over many years, our ongoing Fixed Post Photography Project is providing a long-term measure of landscape change.

The Fixed Post Photography Project 2007 – 2018

Fixed Post Photography Map