Local Info

What to do in North Devon and Exmoor

There is so much to see around here from discovering the long stretches of beaches from Woolacombe down to Croyde for sunbathing, surfing and kite surfing in some areas, walking along the coastal paths and across Exmoor, wonderful gardens at Marwood, Castle Hill, the fantastic RHS garden at Rosemoor near Torrington and exploring all the pretty coastal villages and towns.

Bratton Fleming has an excellent village shop which is open seven days a week but sadly the village pub is still closed and is unlikely to reopen which is a real shame however, please see our paragraph on the local excellent pubs.

The larger market towns of Barnstaple and South Molton both have pannier markets and a wide variety of shops and restaurants and cafes for those lazy days in the sun!.

Barnstaple has general markets in Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays selling local produce, clothing, flowers etc.  On Mondays and Thursdays, there is a general market with crafts and other stalls and, on Wednesdays, antiques and collectables are sold.

South Molton has markets on Thursdays and Saturdays selling local produce and crafts and clothing.  There is also the cattle market on Thursdays.

Ilfracombe has a port with boat trips to Lundy Island and around the coast which are also run from Bideford on board the MS Oldenburg.

There are numerous cycle paths and tracks with some of the Sustrans national routes, two of which pass through the village.

We have some excellent local pubs and restaurants in the area including the Black Venus at Challacombe, the Fox and Goose at Parracombe, the New Inn at Goodleigh as well as a number of well known restaurants in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Lynton amongst many others too numerous to mention.

Last but not least is the stunning countryside over North Devon and Exmoor and the dramatic coastline.  We do have stunning views of part of this unspoilt landscape down to the sea at Hartland Point from the garden at Bracken House.  Nearly a 20 mile view!