Local Holiday Attractions
Woolacombe Bay Sands.
Here surfers are out all the year
riding the breakers of the Atlantic Ocean. Watched over by
lifeguards, bathing and swimming is safe between the flags.
Avoid swimming at low tide and near the few rocks toward the
north of Woolacombe beach.
More than two miles of sandy beach are perfect
for sand castles, sunbathing and walks. All that you can need
in refreshment is available at the Beachcomber
café at the north end of the beach.
The famous shell beach tucked in between
the rocks, between Woolacombe and Mortehoe. Famous for cowries
and other exotic sea shells brought in on the Gulf Stream.
Safe for bathing and swimming, with rock pools to explore
and more traditional sand at low tide.
Apparently named after a cargo of pigs that
was wrecked here in the depths of history. Grunta is a sun
trap beach beneath Morte Point. A place to relax with peace
The Mortehoe Lighthouse.
With Lundy Island to the west and Hangman
to the east. The Lighthouse at Morte Point, by Mortehoe was
originally built in the 1870's. Though rebuilt further inland
after a landslip into the sea in in the 1970's.
Woolacombe Warrens and Downs.
From the top of woolacombe beach are the
sand dunes and behind them the warrens. Where hang-gliders
launch on fine weather days. American troops practiced for
D-day on Woolacombe Sands. The walk is gentle yet very scenic.
With its cairn on top offers stunning and
far reaching views from Morte and Baggy points and on to Hartland
point. Offering an almost aerial view of Woolacombe, the view
is well worth the climb. Bear in mind it is a relatively steep
and long climb.
For a quiet day out.
Marwood Hill Gardens
Marwood, North Devon
At Marwood Hill there are over eighteen
acres of landscaped gardens with a large collection of trees,
shrubs, herbaceous and alpine plants. The gardens were started
in the 1950s by the present owner, Dr Smart. At that time
they consisted of a neglected walled garden and its immediate
surround. Over the years many new areas have been planted
and new features added such as the Folly and the Scented Arbour.
There is much of the botanic garden about Marwood Hill.
Around a ten to fifteen minute drive from
Arlington, North Devon
The 3,500 acre estate has attractive gardens,
walks and Shetland ponies grazing in the parkland. The stables
house the National Trust's collection of horse-drawn carriages,
some of which are available for rides from the house. The
ground floor of the house and the garden are accessible to
The interior of Arlington Court is a series
of fascinating collections amassed by the late Miss Chichester.
The Chichester family had lived at Arlington for over 500
years, and Miss Rosalie Chichester, the last of her line,
left the house to the National Trust. The house contains some
furniture dating from the 18th century, and displays of model
ships, Biltson enamels, pewter, shells, snuff boxes, fans
and costumes, all collected by the much traveled Miss Chichester.
Around a fifteen minute drive from Woolacombe
The Elliott Gallery in Braunton
Braunton, North Devon
An art exhibition that you may not want
to miss. It contains one of the largest and most comprehensive
exhibitions of quality paintings, sculpture and craftwork
in all North Devon. Much of the artwork displayed is for sale.
Paintings are not just confined to local scenes, of which
there are plenty but cover a wide range of types and styles
from landscapes and seascapes to the more abstract and imaginative
works. Craftwork and sculpture of all kinds are displayed
- including woodcarvings, modeled porcelain, glass engraving,
handmade clocks, dried flower collages, leatherwork, and many
Around a ten minute drive from Woolacombe.
An enigmatic feature on the Woolacombe horizon.
A place of natural beauty, with the skies full of birds. Famous
for its pirate haunts, Lundy offers it's own special postage
stamps, Medieval Castle, Puffins, Lighthouses. Lundy Island
is a trip worth taking if you are in North Devon on Holiday.