As the restrictions begin to lift, there is no better place to be than North Devon. We would like to share with you our top 10 things to do as we adjust to this new temporary lifestyle, whether you are looking for a long walk along our picturesque coastline, a relaxing bike ride along the Tarka Trail, or a day at one of the best beaches in the world; North Devon can cater for everyone.
The Valley of Rocks
We are lucky enough to have this fascinating dry valley right on our doorstep, found only half a mile outside of Lynton. Wander along the ‘North Walk’ coastal path, parallel to the Bristol Channel, and take in the beautiful view across the water, at the end of the path you’ll be met by the magnificent rock formations, if you’re brave enough you can climb to the top of these for a view that will take your breath away. The valley is home to not only the feral goats, who roam the area freely but also to one of, if not the, most picturesque cricket pitches in the U.K.
From Lynmouth, follow the East Lyn river, watch how the water carves its way through dramatic landscapes, creating one of Britain’s deepest river gorges. Eventually, you’ll find Watersmeet House hidden in the trees, the meeting place for the East Lyn and the Hoar Oak Water. On your walk, keep your eyes peeled for herons, dippers, grey wagtails and salmon!
The south-west is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Woolacombe is only twenty miles away from Lynmouth, with three miles of golden sand, we think it’s worth the drive! Whether you’ll be soaking up the sun, swimming or catching some waves in the sea, once you’re there you’ll realise why this beach has won numerous awards.
Hole In One
Located at the heart of Lynmouth, on the manor green, is the only 36-hole putting green left in the South West. Friendly, affordable, caters for special occasions and paired with breathtaking scenery, it’s an activity for everyone to enjoy. Currently, only one 18-hole course is open to maintain social distancing; or if putting isn’t for you, Hole In One has it’s own tennis courts and also serves a great selection of ice creams.
Craving some Devonshire delights? Look no further! At the Rock House we bake our own freshly made scones, served with clotted cream, strawberry jam and a pot of tea to wash it down; all we ask for, at the Rock House, is please put the cream on your scone before the jam! Also, we have a tempting selection of cakes and traybakes, these pair perfectly with a cup of locally roasted coffee.
If scones aren’t your thing, why not try our selection of local ales and gins! In our honest opinion, not much beats sitting in our sunny beer garden with a nice refreshing locally crafted drink, whether that be a pint of Exmoor Gold or a delicious G&T made with Wicked Wolf gin.
The 180 miles of cycling and walking track offers views of North Devon like no other, through the unspoiled countryside and along dramatic sea cliffs. The Tarka Trail is a great opportunity to take in the fresh Devon air and get some exercise, so don’t forget to pack your bike for your getaway to Devon!
The South West coast path is the longest National Trail in the country, with 630 miles of trail. Running along the coastline of Exmoor, North Devon and Cornwall, starting in Minehead and finishing at Poole Harbour. Explore cliff paths, farm tracks, open fields and wooded combes, and enjoy the spectacular views along the way. Although some parts of the coast path can be challenging, our advice is to plan ahead and stay safe.
Wildlife On Exmoor
Exmoor is home to a vast array of species, be sure to take the opportunity during your visit to enjoy as much of it as you can! Make sure your camera is charged and ready, the wildlife on Exmoor compliments the scenery beautifully, from wild horses to red deer and rare butterflies, these are moments you’ll want to capture and share with family and friends back home.
Great Places To Eat
Local cafes and restaurants have been adapting to follow new Government guidelines, Lynton and Lynmouth may be small, but there is plenty of choices when it comes to food! From Tapas at The Oak Room, Thai at the Cottage or classic fish and chips from the Esplanade on the seafront. Or even our very own sister hotel, The Rising Sun, offering a fine dining experience with two rosette food.