Nearby Ilfracombe is a charming town in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Renowned for its dramatic coastline and landscape, it is a popular all year round destination. There has been a port here since the 12th century and stories of smugglers and shipwrecks are plentiful. On the south side of the working harbour you can buy seafood fresh from the trawlers.
Also on the quay side is Ilfracombe’s latest ‘attraction’, Damien Hirst’s ‘Verity’ sculpture. Standing 20.25m from plinth to tip of sword, Verity is taller than the Angel of the North and weighs 25 tonnes.
In Ilfracombe, you will find the famous Tunnel Beaches, only accessible by tunnel excavated by hand in the 1820's
There are trips to Lundy Island, or coastal cruises along the coast including seal and wildlife safari and white water adventure. Boats can be chartered for sea fishing or why not have a row in one of the Gigs at their regular gig ' taster' events.
Watermouth is an ideal base for a cycling or walking holiday. The Tarka Trail (an old railway line, now a cycle path) is a popular route and the North Devon Coastal path, which is part of the South West Coastal Path is just minutes away. Exmoor, with all of its walks and cycle routes is only a twenty minute drive away.
With so many local attractions and activities, The Haven @Watermouth is an ideal location for a family holiday. From Watermouth Castle, right on the doorstep, to the magnificent surf beaches of north Devon there is something for everyone in easy reach. With a wide variety of restaurants and pubs, North Devon has been welcoming visitors since Victorian times and the area has developed an enviable reputation for its hospitality.
Some of the regions finest golf courses are within a short drive of Ilfracombe offering a challenge for golfers of any experience. The Royal North Devon course is the oldest links course in the country.
At Combe Martin, there is a delightful sandy beach for families with an amazing series of rock pools, some of which are big enough to swim in, and caves to explore. These are accessed by a 'causeway' which follows the foot of the cliffs. With car parking behind the beach and plenty of pubs and cafes, all your needs will be catered for here. There are many other beaches in the area. Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are all great places to surf and are just 10 - 20 minutes drive away. Board and wetsuit hire is readily available and there are surf schools offering training for both children and adults.
With kayak hire at Watermouth and Combe Martin; and extreme water sport instruction and coasteering available locally, even the most adventurous will be kept occupied..!
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