We're lucky enough to be based in beautiful North Devon, but it's a popular holiday destination for people from all over the UK and beyond! Here are some of our favourite places for families to visit this Summer, let us know what you think!
WOOLACOMBE BEACH, WOOLACOMBE
What more can we say about the amazing beach at Woolacombe. We’re certainly not surprised that its three miles of golden sand, clean water and fantastic surfing have made it the number one beach in the UK for the second year running according to Tripadvisor. A great place to stay for active families is the Golden Coast holiday park, with its high ropes course, climbing wall and our favourite, the awesome surf simulator. The village of Woolacombe itself is relaxed and friendly, with plenty of places to eat and drink. We like it so much that we have a store there and we’d love you to pop in and say hello!
WATERMOUTH CASTLE, ILFRACOMBE
What we love most about Watermouth Castle is that there is simply something for everyone. Overlooking Watermouth Cove, this Victorian castle will keep everyone in the family amused and entertained all day. There are fascinating displays of Victorian life in the castle’s Great Hall, lush landscaped gardens, a maze, crazy golf, a gnome village and theme park rides for kids. The new Thunder Luge toboggan run is exhilarating to say the least, or you may prefer to just chill out and watch the synchronised fountains and music in the Water Show Extravaganza. Or if adventure’s more your thing make sure you check outhttps://www.activeescape.co.uk/ explore hidden caves & stunning coastline on an SUP or take the zip wire across the cove. For inspiration don’t miss our#WhatsSUP film
EXMOOR ZOO, EXMOOR
Everybody loves a day out at the zoo. Exmoor Zoo on the edge of Exmoor is particularly cool, not just because it has such a fascinating selection of mammals, creepy crawlies, amphibians, fish and exotic birds, but because you can do so much more than simply look at the animals. There are regular talks by experts as well as feeding and handling sessions, and even the chance to experience a day in the life of a zookeeper. And although some of the animals live free within the zoo, don’t worry, that doesn’t include the ‘Exmoor Beast’, one of only five black leopards in the British Isles!
If it’s adventure you are after then look no further than Lundy Island. At three miles in length, Lundy - the Norse word for puffin - is the largest island in the Bristol Channel. There are attractions aplenty, with 42 monuments and listed buildings including a lighthouse and a 13th century castle. The clear water around the island, as well as the sunken wrecks and diverse marine life, make it one of the top spots in the UK for diving and snorkelling. Get the ferry from Ilfracombe or Bideford and either camp or stay at one of the island’s 23 self-catering properties.
TUNNELS BEACHES, ILFRACOMBE
When it comes to chilling out, there are few places we like better than theTunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe. The four tunnels, hand-carved in the 1820s, lead to the award-winning beaches at Wildersmoouth and Crewkhorne Coves. The kids can enjoy themselves in the rock pools or the free indoor play area while you relax at the Cafe Blue Bar. Kayaking, diving and snorkelling are available for the more adventurous, and seals and porpoises can often
THE LYNTON & LYNMOUTH CLIFF RAILWAY, LYNMOUTH
One of the most unique attractions in North Devon, the water-powered funicular lift between Lynmouth and Lynton is a brilliant example of Victorian ingenuity. 862 feet of track takes you from Lynmouth, known affectionately as ‘little Switzerland’, up 500 feet to Lynton where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Exmoor National Park, the Bristol Channel and the North Devon coastline. The Cliff Top Cafe is a great spot from which to relax and enjoy the views, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the summer you can browse the market held at the Lynton station.
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Exmoor National Park boasts some of the country's most beautiful and interesting natural scenery. There are 267 square miles to explore and countless outdoor activities including walking, wildlife spotting, cycling, climbing, fishing and much more. Exmoor is Europe’s first dark sky reserve which means that it’s one of the best places in the country for stargazing. One of our favourite spots within the park is the Tarr Steps which according to folklore was built by the Devil himself. Legend has it that he will allow humans to cross the bridge so long as he isn’t using it to sunbathe!
MUSEUM OF BRITISH SURFING, BRAUNTON
A museum celebrating the history of surfing? Count us in! Free for kids, and only £2 for adults, the Museum of British Surfing is a must-see for anyone with an interest in British surfing heritage. The attractions include fascinating photographs of 18th Century British sailors surfing in Hawaii, vintage wetsuits and a collection over over 200 British surfboards.
TARKA TRAIL, BETWEEN BRAUNTON AND MEETH
If you enjoy cycling or walking then we can’t recommend the Tarka Trail highly enough. 30 miles of pathways, much of it tarmaced, that passes through the largely unspoilt countryside using the old railways of North Devon as described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927. The route passes through coastal paths, moorland, wooded valleys and abandoned railway stations with Saltrock’s Braunton store right on the trail.Fremington Quay Café and Waterside Café are great places to stop, both offering stunning views and serving local produce. A recent addition to the well-marked route are 21 yellow-topped audio posts which display QR codes that you can scan to your smartphone to download recordings which give information about the local wildlife, history and heritage of the trail.
So whether it's cycling, surfing, animals or activities for kids you're looking for, we've got it covered! Don't forget to pop into our local stores and say hi, find your nearest store here: https://www.saltrock.com/pages/stores