22nd July 2019

Ultimate Summer Bucket List: North Devon

Heading to Devon this summer and wondering how you’re going to narrow down a list of hundreds of incredible things to do in the county for your stay?

We’ve created the ultimate list of things to do in North Devon this summer. So whether you’re visiting for a long weekend or a couple of weeks, there is plenty of ‘must-dos’ to keep you busy while you’re here.

1. Cycle a stretch of the Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth is a section of flat, tarmacked, unused railway which provides 30 miles of traffic-free cycling - the longest stretch in the UK.

There's plenty to see! The trail will take you near Crow Point where you can enjoy watching swans, ducks and moorhens. Plus, if you cycle from Barnstaple towards Bideford you can enjoy superb views across the mouth of the Taw Estuary and there are some interesting sculptures as you approach the former Fremington Quay.

You can bring your own or hire a bike.

2. Enjoy a freshly made curry on Barricane Beach

Barricane Beach curry is a local secret; hidden away in a little cove, the food cabin is lifted in on a crane each spring to serve up fresh lunches by day and delicious authentic Sri Lankan curry by night.

Bring a blanket and a bottle and you’ve got a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Curry is served from 5 pm - 7 pm every evening that the weather is dry.

3. Ride the highest water-powered cliff railway in Lynton and Lynmouth

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 experience. Plus, you can treat yourself to a tasty ice cream once you reach the top!

4. Eat Fish and Chips on Westward ho! Beach

With plenty of places to get a decent fish and chips in North Devon, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But Westward Ho!’s pebble ridge is one of the best places to do so, so grab a takeaway from Atlantic Bay and find your spot on the pebbles.

5. Taste the famous Hockings ice cream 

No trip to North Devon is complete without a delicious ice cream from a Hockings van.

Hocking’s distinctive yellow and red vehicles can be found throughout the summer season from March till October. Locations include Appledore, Bideford, Torrington and Westward Ho! 

If you want to get a real ‘taste of Devon’ you’ll have to visit a Hockings van this Summer. 

Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

6. Enjoy a Devon cream tea (that means putting on the cream, then jam)

There’s a huge question around which way you should make your cream tea. In Devon, it should be cream and then jam but a Cornishman will certainly say that it should be the other way around.

Devon is well known for its cream teas and no trip to the county is complete without a laid back afternoon enjoying the tasty treat.

Here at The Park, enjoying a Devon cream tea in the sumptuous surroundings of Seasons Bar is an event to savour.

7. Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor is an enchanting garden nestled in the beautiful Torridge Valley and home of 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.

Enjoy a day out at Rosemoor and we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed by the breathtaking gardens surrounding you. 

If you stay with us, you will also receive exclusive discounts which include discounted entry to RHS Rosemoor during your stay. 

8. Visit Dartington Crystal

There is so much on offer at Dartington Crystal in Great Torrington. You can enjoy the Factory Experience, stop by the visitor centre where you can see and hear the fascinating story of Dartington and watch the talented Master Engraver working wonders.

There is also an abundance of creative activities to take part in. You can have your hand cast in glass, paint your own glasses or make your own glass jewellery.

Take time to visit the Factory Shop which offers exclusive discounts and grab yourself a souvenir.

9. Exmoor National Park

Exmoor is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, whether you tackle this wild, untamed land by foot, by bike or by horseback, the views are simply breathtaking with the chance to spot the iconic rare-breed Exmoor ponies, red deer and a plethora of rare birds.

Fast flowing rivers provide excellent spots for fishing, while after dark, the national park is a dark sky reserve making it an idyllic location for stargazing.

10. Have a go at some water sports at North Devon Wakepark

Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The stunning lake is situated in the beautiful fields of North Devon and is accompanied by a wooden clubhouse, undercover decking and luscious grassed areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy the charming setting and take on an enjoyable and entertaining activity.

The WakePark has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark.

Booking is essential.


These are only some of the things you can do in North Devon, but every day here is unique and special, with so much to do and take in, no two days are the same.

If you’d like some North Devon accommodation, see our offers page for our latest low prices, or call us on 01271 372166 to arrange your stay.