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Things to do near Warcombe
Places to Visit:
Three miles of golden beaches await at the beautiful seaside village of Woolacombe. The beach runs from Putsborough in the south to Rockham Bay at Mortehoe in the north. Popular for its surfing and water sports, Woolacombe is a hot-spot for families and friends looking to enjoy an afternoon beside the sea.
Woolacombe is a safe place to swim, surf, windsurf and canoe with lifeguards on duty throughout the summer and a ban on jet-skis and speedboats near the beach. The beach has been awarded two prestigious awards, the Blue Flag and the Premier Seaside Beach award; together they guarantee the village's high standards and quality.
The village has something for everyone from cute cafes and ice cream parlours to bars and clubs that come to life as the sun goes down and the live music begins to play. There are also plenty of great seaside and surf shops in the village.
Mortehoe on the cliff-tops above Woolacombe is a peaceful tranquil village with a few shops, pubs and cafes. The history of the village is portrayed in the local museum with descriptions of the days of old when smugglers lured ships on to rocks in an attempt to capture their cargo.
From the village stroll along the South West Coast path to Morte Point or Bull Point to capture some breath-taking views across the ocean and Devonshire countryside.
The Victorian town of Ilfracombe has something for everyone, including great shops, pubs and restaurants. Located on the pretty working harbour are artist Damien Hirst's two outstanding restaurants, The Quay and White Hart Bar. The artist has a love affair with the town and in 2012 donated the 66 foot bronze statue, 'Verity' to Ilfracombe. The controversial figure of a pregnant woman has become increasingly popular for visitors looking for a photo opportunity with 'Verity'. A selection of boats departs the harbour daily for trips around the coast or to Lundy Island.
Ilfracombe also has a working theatre and cinema. At the far end of Ilfracombe is Tunnels Beach. Reached via a tunnel carved through the rocks in the 1820's the Blue Flag beach has a tidal pool, indoor play area and cafe.
From Ilfracombe Harbour board a boat to the beautiful island of Lundy. Located just a few miles off the North Devon coast it is home to some of the county's most varied wildlife and vegetation. The island is designated a Site of Special Interest and Marine Nature Reservation, making it a safe haven for many rare birds. As well as offering outstanding walks, it is also a great place to indulge in a spot of bird watching, diving, snorkelling and climbing.
Lynton and Lynmouth
Exmoor meets the sea at Lynton and Lynmouth. Linked by the water-powered Cliff Railway, the two villages are steeped in history. In 1952 much of Lynmouth was destroyed by a flood that is today remembered in the village's museum. Fondly named by the Victorians as 'Little Switzerland' because of its pretty thatched cottages and steep wooded hillsides, it is a peaceful place to spend an afternoon beside the river. The two villages also have excellent gift shops and cafes.
West of Lynton is the Valley of the Rocks. Home to a herd of Exmoor ponies and feral goats it is very popular for walkers and climbers. For stunning sunsets, enjoy a walk along the North Walk and watch as the sun sinks into the sea.
The road through the Valley of the Rocks climbs up towards Woody Bay and back towards Ilfracombe. This scenic route is ideal for witnessing the North Devon views and coastline.
The market town of Barnstaple is the largest in North Devon. During the week the high street is packed with locals heading for the Pannier Market. Lined with stalls selling local food, flowers and crafts it is bustling with people looking for a bargain. As well as the market, Barnstaple has plenty of other shops and supermarkets.
Barnstaple also has a multi-screen cinema showing the latest films, theatre, bowling alley, leisure centre and the Tarka Tennis Centre, which hosts a WTA tournament every year.
Things To Do:
Warcombe Farmhouse is a dream holiday home for anyone looking to set off on foot. Curling round the foot of the garden is one of many footpaths that link to the South West Coast Path. Exmoor National Park is also only a short drive from the farmhouse. With miles of rugged moorland to explore walkers can roam for miles without being disturbed.
North Devon is a cyclist's paradise. Steep hills and inclines will challenge even the most dedicated of cyclists, while the level Tarka Trail running from Braunton to Torrington provides an easy alternative for novices.
Surfing and Water Sports
Warcombe Farmhouse is only a few miles from some of the country's best beaches for surfing and water sports. Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton all have exceptional reputations and all levels of experience are catered for.
Surf schools run throughout much of the summer, allowing beginners to take their first steps towards riding a wave. Kite surfing, canoeing and wind-surfing are all available in the area.
There are several outstanding riding stables in North Devon offering various rides to suit all abilities. Mount your horse and gallop across Exmoor or canter through the waves on one of the area's stunning beaches.
Within a half hour's drive of Warcombe Farmhouse, there are five golf courses on which to tee-off and test your skills. Ilfracombe, Willingcott Valley, Mortehoe, Saunton Sands and Barnstaple all have excellent courses.