A long weekend in North Devon
For our wedding anniversary, my husband and I thought we’d visit North Devon. We’ve both been to Devon before (to Torquay), but it was our daughter’s first trip. I’d heard good things about Woolacombe and the surrounding areas, so we decided to head there for the weekend. As usual, being in the UK, we didn’t know what to expect from the weather, so we packed everything from beach-wear to coats and wellies! Weather-wise, the weekend didn’t get off to a great start, as it rained most of the journey down. So, we weren’t too hopeful about needing to unpack our beach towels and sun cream!!
We stopped in Combe Martin – a little seaside town, about 5 minutes from Ilfracombe. It’s a lovely town. On the Saturday morning we decided to head to Combe Martin beach. As the weather was dry but brisk, we got wrapped up and my daughter put her wellies on! The beach was great. The tide was out, but we walked down to the water and skimmed stones, splashed around and took in the scenery. There’s not loads to do in Combe Martin, so after an hour or so on the beach, we headed up to the town for a Devonshire cream tea, which was delicious!
The café, that we went to, had a partial sea view, which was really nice. There is also a café right by the beach, in Combe Martin, and a couple of bars/restaurants with sea views, but we didn’t make it to those during our weekend break.
After our cream teas, we went to Ilfracombe for a few hours. We headed to the harbour first, and the little beach there.
As you can see from the photos, we didn’t exactly have blue skies!! However, it didn’t stop us getting on the beach!
There are a few beaches in Ilfracombe. We visited 2, on this visit. I really liked Ilfracombe. It’s bigger than Combe Martin, but I liked that it had a harbour and beaches. Plus, for any wine lovers out there, there’s a wine bar overlooking the harbour (….Could there be a better wine bar location??). And, whilst I didn’t get chance to go there on this visit, it’s on my list for our next trip!! 🙂
On the Sunday, the sun came out, so we decided to go to Woolacombe beach. It’s such a lovely beach, and the sand seems to stretch for miles!
We had a great day there. My daughter had fun on the beach. She enjoyed building sandcastles and splashing in the water. Again, there are shops, bars, restaurants, café’s, all close to the beach. We had lunch in a café directly overlooking the beach; we couldn’t have asked for a better location, and we thought that it was reasonably priced.
On our last day, the Monday, we had another sunny day. We decided to return to Woolacombe, and spend most of the day on the beach, before heading home. This time, we bought freshly made baguettes and pasties, and had our lunch on the beach. We pitched our beach tent not far from the beach huts, which have a café and toilet facilities close by. The weather was so delightful on Monday, that we even put our shorts on! Plus, my husband got the opportunity to show-off his artistic side, with this lovely creation…..! 🙂
Even though we had a couple of not so sunny days, we had a fab weekend in North Devon. A weekend just isn’t long enough! We only touched on what was on offer down there, so we definitely plan to return. I would definitely recommend North Devon. The beaches are lovely, the scenery is fab, and it’s a great place for kids.