9th September 2019
Things to do in North Devon as a couple
When thinking of romance, words such as love and beauty come to mind - and this is something that North Devon has always had to offer. Located in the heart of the South West, Devon is known for its amazing natural scenery and authentic feel. In our eyes Devon is one of the most romantic places to visit, so if you're thinking of spending a romantic weekend away then here are 10 romantic things to do in North Devon.
1. Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor
RHS Garden Rosemoor is an enchanting garden nestled in the beautiful Torridge Valley and home to the infamous Tarka the Otter. Surrounded by woodland, the garden is rich in variety throughout every season and features inspiring planting displays enhanced by the natural beauty of Devon. Choose from a range of beautiful gardens to explore, including the Rose Gardens, the Hot Garden, The Model Gardens and more. You could also visit Rosemoor’s award-winning Garden Kitchen restaurant and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea or Sunday carvery.
Staff tip: The garden highlight is the Cottage garden - the romantic ideal with brick pathways and beds crammed with a classic mix of flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials.
2. Wander Clovelly
The wonderful location of Clovelly is steeped with history, enchantment and beauty. Famous for its steep cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages which are adorned with brightly decorated window boxes and hanging baskets.
Visiting Clovelly is such a special experience, it promises visitors a wonderful romantic day out, full of memories.
3. Explore Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park is an area of sprawling moorland, home to Dartmoor ponies and wild, rugged landscapes etched with forests, rivers and fascinating heritage sites. If you are looking for somewhere unique to visit during a romantic short break with your partner, this is where you want to be. Let your mind roam and your thoughts escape as you revel in the beauty of this raw, beautiful environment together. Discover Dartmoor hand-in-hand and return to your Deluxe Garden Court Room at The Park and enjoy a luxurious 4-star stay in Devon.
4. 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 your loved one.
5. Watch the sunset on the beach
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.
Once the sun’s gone down you can pop into the amusement arcades and have a go on the slot machines or challenge your loved one to a game of air hockey.
6. Catch a show at the Queens Theatre
Going to the theatre has been a treasured pastime for hundreds of years. There is something for everyone, whether that’s a play, musical, ballet, opera, band or comedian. It’s fun and exciting, which makes it a fabulous venue to bring somebody you want to impress.
The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple is a popular date location here in the heart of North Devon - based on the glowing reviews of previous events and shows you can guarantee your night will be marvellous.
7. Enjoy a Spa session at Saunton Sands
Escape the stresses of day-to-day life with the one you love at Source Spa and Wellness.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity that only a romantic spa day set atop the cliffs on the North Devon coast can deliver, and enjoy the breathtaking views as you overlook Saunton Sands beach and World Heritage Braunton Burrows.
Whether it’s to escape from the kids, to celebrate an anniversary, or just to spend time together, browse their range of spa days and treatments here. You are entitled to receive an exclusive 10% discount as a guest at The Park hotel - find out more here.
8. Cycle along the Tarka Trail
A bike ride or walk along the Tarka Trail can provide a beautiful backdrop for romance and adventure. Taking you through ancient villages, wooded valleys, along the banks of rivers, high over moorland with spectacular views of Dartmoor and Exmoor and along dramatic sea cliffs and vast expanses of beautiful beaches, the Tarka Trail is an excellent way to embrace the beautiful setting during your romantic North Devon getaway.
9. Take a ride on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
The picturesque and unique twin villages invite you to explore and discover what makes North Devon & Exmoor so special.
The Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit. This working heritage railway is the world's highest and steepest completely water-powered railway. Perfect for laid-back days, the cliff railway is a lovely relaxing and idyllic experience. Plus, you can treat yourselves to a tasty ice cream once you reach the top!
10. Go crabbing at Appledore
A visit to Appledore provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in simple seaside pleasures and appreciate each other's company with few distractions. Spend a day at the beach, have a go at crabbing, enjoy a Devon cream tea or demolish paper-wrapped fish and chips.
Crabbing lines are readily available to buy for a couple of pounds and can provide hours of fun. Choose your bait of choice - we usually go for bacon - drop your line over the side and see who can hook the most crab. Watch the world go by while you wait for the crabs to bite…
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