As of 12 April, those living in England have been able to travel for a ‘staycation’ following our third coronavirus lockdown. If you’ve read the title to this article, you’ll be unsurprised to hear that north Devon (part of the county of Devon, in south-west England) is where I headed to first, and I managed to uncover the following stunning sights:
1) VALLEY OF THE ROCKS
North Devon’s entire coastal path offers some incredible scenery, but the most dramatic section goes by the name of the ‘Valley of the Rocks’. The views are beyond beautiful, but beware of the feral goats and their droppings that surround the area!
With three miles of golden sand and Atlantic surfing conditions, Woolacombe Beach is undoubtedly one of the best in England. *TOP TIP* walk up to the nearby village of Mortehoe for fantastic fish and chips and unbelievable views (as pictured in this article’s cover photo).
3) HEDDON VALLEY
Located within Exmoor National Park, Heddon Valley is owned by the National Trust. Visitors can enjoy a relatively easy walk along the woodland river valley and down to the rocky shore of Heddon’s Mouth Beach.
4) BAGGY POINT
The rugged headland of Baggy Point is a magnificent coastal location peppered with wildflowers, such as yellow gorse. Like Heddon Valley, Baggy Point is a National Trust site offering an easy walking route. Observant visitors to the site may spot unusual birds, rock climbers and seals.
5) LYNTON & LYNMOUTH
The twinned towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are located at the top and bottom of a hill respectively. Visitors can travel between the towns via the funicular Cliff Railway. Dating back to 1890, the funicular is the world’s highest and steepest fully water powered railway and its passengers can feast their eyes on the sweeping coastal views.
Clovelly is a historic fishing village like no other. Visitors pay an entrance fee to descend the steep, cobbled high street down to the picturesque harbour. Stop for an afternoon tea (cream before jam on your scones in Devon!) at the Cottage Tea Rooms.
7) RHS GARDEN ROSEMOOR
Comprising of 65-acres of stunning gardens, Rosemoor is owned by the UK’s leading gardening charity – the Royal Horticultural Society. Advance tickets to this superbly preened destination can be purchased here.
After visiting north Devon, why not explore the historic city of Bath in neighbouring Somerset?