Short break to North Devon

Short break to North Devon

I live in Bristol which is not far from Devon yet I haven’t explored it until now. I have been missing out on beautiful surroundings that are only a couple of hours from my home.

We stayed in Woolacombe

I spent 4 days in a Chalet in a Holiday Park in Woolacombe. This area has a number of holiday parks, caravan sites and B&Bs making it a great place for a quick break away.

Unfortauntely when we visited North Devon the weather was not the best and it was raining some of the time but we didn’t let this spoil our trip and we still managed to see a lot of the area.

I went on this trip with my mum and we loved the holiday park we stayed at, I would recommend the Golden Coast Park. We used it as a base to explore the area and we had a car which meant we were a bit more flexbile on the places we could visit especially in the rain. However, I did notice public transport so it is still possible if you do not travel by car. but the weather was miserable and relying on public transport would not have been nice. If the sun was shining though I would have considered travelling by bus, you can use this interactive travel map if you want more information on buses in North Devon.

As we were in self catering accommodation we saved money by taking sandwiches and a flask when we were exploring. If the weather had been nicer we wold have spent more time sitting outside especially on the cliffs over looking the sea.

This was a short relaxed break, we didn’t want lots to do as it was about recharging my batteries after a month in Asia. We had a lovely couple of days driving around North Devon.

We were based in Woolacombe which is a lovely coastal area. The beach looked amazing and would be the perfect place to relax if the weather was nice. There were a few shops but it looked like it was mainly surfing shops and cafes.

woolacombe sea

Delicious Cream Tea in North Devon

We had a delicious Cream tea at The Watersmeet Hotel and Restaurant. This place had beautiful views over the cliffs and it was lovely to sit eating our scones and looking out to sea.

watersmeet restaurant view

The cream tea was a little bit pricey but you are paying for quality and the ambience here and it is a lovely treat. We paid £9.50 for a cream tea that had two homemade large scones, jam and plenty of cream and 1 pot of tea each, I  had a pot of Darjeeling which reminded me of my time in India.

cream tea at watersmeet restaurant in woolacombe

There is a restaurant as well, and large sofas to enjoy a cream tea or lunch. The menu in the restaurant also smelt and looked delicious if you are looking for a great place to eat with good views then this is the place.

watersmeet hotel restaurant

Road Trip along the Coast in North Devon

It was nice driving along the coast as we discovered some rest areas with amazing vews over the sea which was why I loved exploring in my car as it meant we could stop whenever we wanted and didn’t have to rely on public transport like I used to do.

views over north devon

Whilst we were travelling around we were desperate for the toilet and these are lmited so we were going to pop into a local pub. We were the only customers and the owner was so friendly that we felt we couldn’t pee and run so we stopped for a drink and it was a surprisingly nice place and if you have time I would recommend going to Pack of Cards Inn for a local ale or some food as the menu looked really delicious, they even donated some of their money to cancer research which was nice.

pack of cards inn

There are some pretty villages in North Devon. I didn’t find that it had too many attractions to visit but we had a pleasant time of slowly travelling around the area and just taking in the views.

Ilfracombe harbour was pretty with its boats and little shops in the town, would have been a lovely town to walk around in the sunshine.

ilfracombe harbour

There was a statue created by Damien Hurst I am not sure if I liked it or not. “The statue depicts a pregnant woman. VERITY.Holding aloft a sword while carrying the scales of justice and standing on a pile of law books. Half of the sculpture shows the internal anatomy of the pregnant woman, with the foetus clearly visible” (Source : Wikipedia)

statue verity in ilfracombe

Just outside Ilfracombe is Watermouth Castle which is a theme park and castle you will need to check the website for opening times as it is not open all year round.

watermouth castle

North Devon is very popular with surfers and even early in the year when we visited in April people were already surfing in the freezing cold weather, I was freezing just watching them. Most of the little beach towns had surfing shops and offered lessons so this is a great spot to go to if you want to try surfing for the first time or even if you are an experienced surfer. It is something that I would love to try.

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