8 Reasons Why Autumn is the perfect time to visit Ilfracombe & North Devon!

As summer bids farewell and the crisp autumn air descends on us, there’s no better time to plan a visit to the tranquil North Devon Coast. With its rugged coastline, charming streets, and a bounty of both indoor and outdoor activities, North Devon becomes an inviting haven for anyone looking to experience the magic of Autumn. In this blog, we’ll explore why North Devon is a must-visit destination during this colourful season.

1. Embrace the Stunning Scenery

North Devon’s coastline is renowned for its breathtaking beauty; Autumn adds a new layer of charm. The lush greenery transforms into a tapestry of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows, creating a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely stroll along the South West Coast Path or a visit to one of the many public gardens, woodlands and more. Autumn also brings stronger winds, which, combined with a high tide, can create a magnificent show of waves crashing against the coast – head down to Verity in Ilfracombe, the seaside in Combe Martin, or any of our famous beaches to watch the waves come in! 

Verity on Visit Ilfracombe

2. Relish the Peaceful Atmosphere

While North Devon is a popular tourist destination, the Autumn brings calm and tranquillity. Enjoy quieter beaches, empty footpaths and less traffic! Allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings. The slower pace of life in Ilfracombe during this time is perfect for unwinding and recharging.

3. Sample Local Delicacies

Autumn in North Devon means indulging in hearty, seasonal dishes. Visit local restaurants and pubs to savour fantastic locally made food, such as warming Sunday lunches at The Brasserie at The Carlton, comforting Spanish tapas at The Terrace, and the ever-popular Devon cream tea at one of the many cafes!

4. Explore Quaint Villages

Take day trips to the charming villages dotted around North Devon. Places like Clovelly, with its steep cobbled streets leading to a picturesque harbour, Lynton & Lynmouth, or Combe Martin, nestled between lush hills, offer a glimpse into the region’s history and culture. With Autumn being quieter than Summer, you’ll also avoid most of the traffic, so journey times should be at their best!

5. Engage in Outdoor Activities

For nature enthusiasts, Autumn in North Devon provides excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. Hike through Exmoor National Park or explore the Tarka Trail on a bicycle. Water sports enthusiasts can still enjoy the sea, with surfing and coasteering being popular options at this time of year!

Barnstaple to Ilfracombe Railway on Visit Ilfracombe

6. Attend Local Events

All through Autumn there are events running across North Devon. From local farmers markets, Exmoors famous Dark Skies Festival, Halloween fireworks displays, Bonfire nights, sporting events and more! Take a look at our what’s on page for more info about local events whilst you’re here in Ilfracombe. 

7. Cosy Accommodations

Choose from various cosy accommodations in Ilfracombe, from charming bed and breakfasts to seaside cottages. Many places offer inviting fireplaces and are never far from a stunning sea view, making the autumn experience even more special.

8. Relax in a Café

There a whole host of independent cafes and coffee shops dotted around North Devon, and we have some amazing local spots here in Ilfracombe. Whether you are overlooking the harbour from The Lime Kiln, enjoying a traditional Devon cream tea at Bicclescombe Mill Tea Room, or stopping in the high street at Swiss Cottage Café – there are so many places to hide from the cold and enjoy a nice warm cuppa!

There we have it, North Devon in Autumn is an underrated gem waiting to be discovered. Its serene coastal beauty, delicious cuisine, and an array of activities make it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, North Devon has something for everyone. So, pack your bags, embrace the fall colours, and embark on a memorable journey to Ilfracombe!

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