North Devon

Exploring North Devon from Ilfracombe

Whether you’re visiting for the day or staying for a week or longer, you’ll find some amazing things to do in North Devon. A short distance from the centre of Ilfracombe by car or bus are the spectacular golden sandy beaches and dunes of Woolacombe, Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands. The whole area is a mecca for surfing and is a children’s paradise, where they will amuse themselves safely for hours building sandcastles, flying kites or playing in the shallow breakers.

Ilfracombe is ideally situated for you to explore the spectacular coastline and the delightful moorland reaches of Exmoor with its rolling hills and quaint villages; the unique twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth connected by a cliff top railway, Combe Martin on the edge of the national park and right into Lorna Doone country.

To the West are the beautiful Hartland Peninsula and the market town of Bideford. On the coast and Estuary you will find Appledore, Westward Ho! and Clovelly, one of the last feudal villages.

South of Ilfracombe is Barnstaple with its famous Pannier Market and Butchers Row. Here you will find a mixture of recognisable shopping chains and independent retailers. Further South and you come to Great Torrington a quaint Devon town with cream teas galore.

Before your trip around the area why not pop into Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre where you can obtain maps, guide books and bus timetables to plan your day.

Distances are calculated using

Ilfracombe to Woolacombe  6.7 Miles
Ilfracombe to Croyde 11.7 Miles
Ilfracombe to Saunton 10.6 Miles
Ilfracombe to Barnstaple 14.1 Miles
Ilfracombe to Bideford 23.1 Miles
Ilfracombe to Appledore 24.5 Miles
Ilfracombe to Hartland 36.7 Miles
Ilfracombe to Clovelly 33.7 Miles
Ilfracombe to Combe Martin  5.1 Miles
Ilfracombe to Lynton / Lynmouth 17.8 Miles
Ilfracombe to Torrington 24.9 Miles