In and around Ilfracombe there are many fine and award winning beaches, from secluded coves to the wide stretches of golden sand with crashing surf. For a unique beach experience visit The Tunnels in Ilfracombe, holders of a blue flag and seaside award or Hele Bay to the East of the town also award winners, for good bathing and rock pool exploring.

The North Devon Coast path stretches from Hartland in the West, to Lynmouth in the East and encompasses such a variety of countryside, from the mighty hogback cliffs of Great Hangman, to the sweeping golden sands and wild surf at Woolacombe, to the calmer waters at the estuary of the Taw and Torridge rivers.

Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.


The North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB) is a stunning coastal area which is nationally protected for the beauty of its landscape. The area stretches from the Marsland Mouth on the Cornish border to Combe Martin on the boundary of Exmoor National Park.

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