Places of interest
The Island of Lundy is about 15 miles away and acts as the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. There you will find the 1st Marine nature reserve in England and can swim with the seals or go diving. It takes about and hour from Clovelly Quay and trips can be arranged. Contact Clive Pearson on www.clovelly-charters.ukf.net
The South-West Coast Path - 630 miles (1,014 Kms) passes through Clovelly and is ideal for a short stroll or a good day’s hiking. There are some circluar walks of varing difficulty.
This is truly a great walking area, the path runs from the top of the cliffs to right down onto the beach as it meanders along the coast, sometimes in the open and other times on the deeply wooded slopes. For more information see www.swcp.org.uk
From Westward Ho! it will take you between 5 and 6 hours of, in places, strenuous walking - passing by Abbotsham and Green Cliffs, Portledge and Bucks Mills to get to the easier Hobby Drive - a few miles from Clovelly.
The path continues from Clovelly to Hartland Quay and will take from 4 to 5 hours. Firstly along the cliff edge up Gallantry Bower to Mouthmill, up Brownsham cliff and Windbury Head. Then rather easier passing Exmansworthy, Fatacott, the Titchberries to Hartland Point. Here there is an excellent refreshment kiosk which is open from Easter to October. The path then turns south, up and down, to Blackpool Mill and finally past the old rocket house to Hartland Quay.
Hartland Quay here you can look back at the stunning coastal scenery and amazing cliffs, layers of slate- stone folded every whichway many millions of years ago. The sea can be spectacular here as it thunders against the rocks and cliffs as this is the first landfall from Canada across the Atlantic Ocean.
Houses & Gardens
There are many gardens in the area that are all worth a visit including:
Arlington Court, nr Barnstaple This is also the nearest National Trust property
Families are well catered for with a wide choice of country and town activities, Adventure Parks and many beaches.
Westward Ho! Here you will find 2 miles of sandy beach, rock pools and dunes with other entertainments nearby - crazy golf, putting, Go carts and bingo, etc. There is also a country park protected by the famous pebble ridge.
The Tarka Trail. This is over 30 miles of old railway line from Braunton on the coast via Barnstaple, Bideford and Torrington to Meeth in mid Devon.
A wonderful variety of scenery from the coastal marshes to the inland wooded valleys. Bikes are available for hire and there are cafes along the route.
For more information see www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail.
For golfers there are a good number of courses in the area including full competition links courses and driving ranges.
Eating places are to be found in the area to suit all tastes as most villages have at least one pub. Bideford has a wide range of restaurants from fish & chips bars to high-class restaurants.
The nearest places are in Clovelly village, 20 minutes walk or a few minutes by car, then a short walk down the cobbled street to The New Inn hotel and at the harbour The Red Lion hotel. Both serve bar meals and have a restuarant.
At the visitor centre before walking down "The Street" there is a self service cafe/restaurant during the daytime.
On the way down to the harbour there is a daytime tearoom and at the harbour there are pasty, shellfish and ice cream take away shops.