North & Mid Devon (Slow Travel)
by Gill Campbell, Alistair Campbell and Hilary Bradt
Slow North and Mid Devon – expert local tips and holiday advice featuring interesting places to stay, the best cream teas and pubs, cycling, walking the South West Coast path, surfing, beaches, hiking, wildlife and outdoor activities. Includes Clovelly, Braunton, Ilfracombe, Lundy Island, Barnstaple, northwest Exmoor, the Tarka Line and Exe Valley.
About this book
A brand new title, part of Bradt’s award-winning series of Slow travel guides to UK regions, offering the most in-depth coverage available to North and Mid Devon, arguably the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in southwest Britain. With area-by-area coverage, from around Clovelly and the Cornish border in the north to Mid Devon’s Exe Valley and Tarka railway line, it is packed with suggestions for where to go and what to do, including plenty of outdoor activities such as horseriding, coasteering, walking and cycling. Interesting places to stay and eat are detailed, as are festivals, local customs and traditions, historical aspects, anecdotes, gardens, National Trust properties and where to go stargazing beneath the region’s Dark Skies.
North Devon has a unique blend of wild rugged coastline, deep river valleys, heather-covered moorland, family-friendly sandy beaches, great surfing and enchanting villages. While the car-free village of Clovelly provides a glimpse of Devon as it was 100 years ago, North Devon is also one of the country’s leading centres for coasteering. Mid Devon is the least touristy part of the southwest – truly Slow Devon. The towns still hold weekly pannier markets and the pubs are full of locals discussing the price of sheep and Ruby Red cattle. People still walk, ride and cycle as part of their lives and visitors are always struck by the region’s diversity: the wonderful views, the range of wildlife and the clarity of the night skies.
Join veteran traveller, author and Devon resident Hilary Bradt, and her fellow long-term travellers and Devon residents Gill and Alistair Campbell, to discover in this unique guide exactly what it is that makes this beguiling region so special. From Lundy Island to the haunted village of Lapford, and from the extraordinary Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre to the War Horse Museum, Bradt’s Slow Mid and North Devon has everything you need for a perfect trip.
About the Author
Hilary Bradt co-founded Bradt Travel Guides in 1974, but now lives in semi-retirement in Seaton, East Devon. After 40 years of writing guidebooks to Africa and South America, she has embraced her chosen home to the extent of insisting that such a large, varied and beautiful county deserved three Slow guides, not just one. A keen walker, she has covered many miles of the South West Coast Path and in her 80th year walked Devon’s 117-mile Coast-to-Coast route. Most Saturdays see her taking part in one of Devon’s Parkruns (5k, but she’s appropriately slow) and during the summer a swim in the sea, just a few minutes away, is always a pleasure. She is a productive member of the South West Sculptors’ Association and lectures regularly on travel-related topics.
Alistair and Gill Campbell have lived in the West Country for more than 16 years. During that time they have walked extensively in the area, often leading walks for local residents, tourists and foreign tour groups. They have walked the entire South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way, the Macmillan Way West and the Tarka Trail. They are both volunteer workers for the National Trust and for Exmoor National Park. They lead a team who restore ancient stone walls. As volunteer rangers, they aim to ensure that visitors get the most out of their experiences in the South West. They have written a very successful walks book for the local tourist association and contributed to previous editions of Bradt guides for the South West.
‘Eye-opening and wonderful’
The Sunday Times Magazine
‘An invaluable inspiration to those who like to walk and discover new things about the region.’
North Devon Journal
‘Contains all manner of little known facts and tales about local characters both past and present.’
Western Morning News
Additional InformationTable of Contents
GOING SLOW IN NORTH & MID DEVON
A taste of North & Mid Devon, Festivals, NGS Gardens & Open Studios, Carfree travel, Wildlife, Further reading & media, How this book is arranged
1 NORTHWEST DEVON: THE CORNISH BORDER TO THE RIVER TORRIDGE
Getting there & around, The Hartland heartland, The Clovelly area, South of the Atlantic Highway, Bideford & area
2 NORTH DEVON’S SEASIDE
Getting there & around, Braunton, the Burrows & Saunton Sands, Georgeham & Croyde, Beaches & headlands: Morte Bay, The Ilfracombe area, Combe Martin & area
3 LUNDY ISLAND
Lundy’s history, Lundy today, Wildlife, Getting there, Staying on Lundy, Getting around Lundy, What to take, Making the most of a day trip, Exploring the north
4 BARNSTAPLE & INLAND NORTH DEVON
Getting there & around, Barnstaple, North of Barnstaple, South of Barnstaple, Southwest of Barnstaple, Great Torrington & area, Southeast of Barnstaple: between the A377 & A361
5 DEVON’S EXMOOR
Getting there & around, Further information, Western Exmoor: to Lynton via Blackmoor Gate, The coastal triangle, Lynton, Lynmouth & area
6 RUBY COUNTRY: WEST MID DEVON
Getting there & around, Hatherleigh & area, Holsworthy & area
7 THE HEART OF DEVON
Getting there & around, South Molton & area, Along the Tarka Line
8 THE EXE VALLEY
Getting there & around, Cullompton, Bickleigh, Fursdon & around, Tiverton & area