5 hidden gems in North Devon
9th July 2017
We wanted to share some of our favourite hidden gems in North Devon with you...
1. Woody Bay, Martinhoe
Stoney-beached Woody Bay nestles among the steep cliffs of the rugged coast below the dizzying cliff-top heights of Exmoor. The boulder-strewn beach is almost unvisited, save for gulls and guillemots. An ancient cobbled track and waterfall wind down past a limekiln and the remains of the old pier. Go beyond the waterfall and you will find a semi-natural rock pool, offering a secluded swimming spot. Beware it's a long steep walk to get there but completely worth the effort.
2. Lee Bay
The small rocky cove, with its imposing coastline on either side is tucked away behind the high rocky headland of Morte Point . Untouched by the hand of time, even in the height of the summer at low tide, it remains a tranquil spot with many rock pools, a small sandy beach and local amenities close at hand.
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3. Broadsands, Exmoor
Nestled away on Devon’s wild north coast beneath the wooded cliffs between Watermouth and Combe Martin is Broadsands, one of Exmoor’s finest beaches. There are many caves to explore and two gorgeous shingle beaches which offer sheltered swimming.
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4. Barricane Beach, Woolacombe
Just on the outskirts of the bustling beach-side town of Woolacombe, the west-facing Barricane Beach, with its crushed shell sand and abundant marine life in numerous rock pools is perfect for sunsets. The secluded cove’s beach cafe serves delicious Sri-Lankan curries to enjoy on the beach.
Follow a delightful woodland walk to access this pretty isolated cove with its smuggling heritage. The exact site of the former mill at Mouth Mill is uncertain, but the remains of an old limekiln whose limestone and coal would have been brought in via boat is still visible. The best time to visit is low tide to appreciate the striking natural formation, Blackchurch Rock. It’s a place people come to explore rather than relax, although there's an inviting grassy area above the sea wall should the tranquility of the cove take you off your feet.
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