9th January 2020

A weekend Guide to Devon in the Spring

Be inspired for a spring break in North Devon. If you're yearning for a break to recharge your batteries, spring is the ideal time to explore. 

In case you need some inspiration, we’ve pulled together a couple of ideas to help you plan your next spring getaway. We can promise you won’t be bored during a stay at The Park Hotel. 

Things to do 

1. Visit RHS Rosemoor

Nestled in North Devon's beautiful Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is a hidden gem and a real treat for garden lovers at any time of year. There is something for everyone to enjoy the stunning gardens to the Woodland Walks which offer interesting glimpses of local wildlife and wildflowers. If it should start to rain, sit in the award-winning Garden Kitchen for delicious meals.

2. Cycle along the Tarka Trail

Hire a bike locally in Barnstaple at Tarka Trail Cycle Hire and experience this world-famous trail. With stunning views over the rivers and good cafes from town to beach, it’s an ideal activity to enjoy during a North Devon getaway. Make the most of the peace and quiet of this beautiful corner of Devon, and with the level, traffic-free cycling. 

3. Bring out your creative side with pottery painting

Tarka Pottery is an inspiring and creative clay experience studio located in the beautiful North Devon countryside, only five minutes from RHS Rosemoor.  This is the perfect an all-weather date activity where you can make a bowl on a potter's wheel, paint-a-pot or join a clay workshop or pottery class. Located in the beautiful countryside with stunning views, you can enjoy some time together or paint something special for a loved one. 

Places to eat and drink

1. Beachside Grill

Beachside Grill serves exquisite seafood and meat dishes right by the sea. Experience a contemporary restaurant on the beach with a laid back vibe. A stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean it captures the mood of beachside living at its best. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the terrace. By night, enjoy a bistro-style meal with a chilled glass of wine while you watch the sun dip over Saunton Beach.

2. Seasons Bar

Devon is well known for its cream teas and no trip to the country is complete without a laid back afternoon enjoying a delicious treat. Come and enjoy a Devon cream tea (with the cream and then the jam) in the sumptuous surroundings of Seasons Bar at The Park.

3. The Arlington Restaurant

The Arlington Restaurant at The Imperial Hotel has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in North Devon. choose from the Table D’Hôte menu, which is changed daily, or the A La Carte menu which bursts with imaginative dishes created by a top team of chefs.  On most Saturdays and on special occasions, a live singer performs in the restaurant to make your fine dining experience even more special.

Scenic Spots

1. Clovelly

Carved perfectly into the hillsides of North Devon is the timeless and unique village of Clovelly. Its cobbled streets are filled with stunning 16th-century cottages with breathtaking views overlooking the small harbour 400 feet below. With the impressive views, peaceful tranquillity and cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this world-famous fishing village, which tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port; it’s no surprise that we recommend a visit to this beautiful place. 

2. Lynton and Lynmouth

The twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are located in the middle of the rugged Exmoor coastline. The two wooded combes of the East and West Lyn rivers meet at Lynmouth and cross the stoney beach to the sea. Lynton is 500 feet above Lynmouth and the two towns are connected by the cliff funicular railway. The railway is a 'must-see and do' offering wonderful views over the bay. 

3. Exmoor

Exmoor is a beautiful landscape of moorland, woodland, coast and rivers - the perfect place to lose yourself in nature. Or to partake in loads of adventure activities. You must visit the Valley of the Rocks - one of the must-see places in Devon!  

Wonderous Walks

1. The River Taw Walk with South West Coast Paths

The River Taw walk is an extremely pretty and peaceful one. Rock Park with its formal lawns and shrubs and its riverside tree walk was given to the town in 1879 by William Frederick Rock, a shoemaker’s son whose early banking career was blighted by his habit of writing poetry during working hours. 

2. Arlington Court

Visit Arlington Court and explore more than 2,700 acres of woodlands. From riverside rambles to steep hill walking we have something to suit all abilities when you visit this winter. The Lake walk is their most popular walk around the designed landscape of Arlinton court and is well worth a visit. 

3. Baggy Point

Baggy Point is one of the most breath-taking and beautiful climbs in the country.  It separates Croyde Bay and Morte Bay which includes the beaches of Woolacombe and Putsborough. This short circular walk along the western flank of Baggy Point will reward you with far-reaching coastal, sea and farmland views. It's also an excellent place to see wildflowers and for a spot of bird-watching. 

Romantic Recommendations

1. Go for drinks at either Seasons Bar or Bar 62

These popular Barnstaple bars provide the perfect date location if you are looking to sit back and relax whilst enjoying a wonderful cocktail.  Both bars offer locals and residents alike the chance to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or another special occasion - as well as just spending some time enjoying each others company. 

2. Admire the beautiful North Devon sunsets

Watching the sun go down has been voted the most romantic way of spending an evening. With plenty of beaches to choose from, Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe to name a few, you’ll be spoilt for choice of romantic locations during your stay in Devon. Westward Ho!’s pebble ridge is one of our favourite places to do so, so grab a fish and chip takeaway from Atlantic Bay and find your spot on the pebbles.

3. Visit Appledore

Take a trip to Appledore,  a small fishing village in North Devon, during your stay at The Park Hotel. The harbour, once filled with traditional fishing vessels, now shares its space with beautiful yachts offering trips to visitors up and down the estuary. A leisurely walk through the village will reveal rows of brightly painted fisherman's cottages stacked together along narrow streets and courtyards. It boasts an excellent range of small shops, art galleries and an assortment of fantastic cafes, pubs and restaurants - many of which are dog-friendly - such as Susie's Tearoom and The Seagate.

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There is plenty for you to see and do during a weekend escape - whatever the occasion.

The Park is ideally located in the heart of North Devon, convenient for everything this fantastic area has to offer, including the coast, Exmoor, picturesque villages and beautiful gardens.

For more information on our luxury weekend breaks, check out our website or call us on 01271 372166 to discuss.