With so much to choose from in North Devon, from the fantastic sandy beaches and hidden coves that will entice you and the children to explore, while dramatic coastlines and rugged uplands will take your breath away. The award winning local food and drink will tempt you, and the family activities and great local attractions will keep all of you entertained from dawn to dusk.
A few of the local attractions and activities are listed below:
Dunsdon National Nature Reserve (Adjoining)
Dunsdon contains probably the single most important example in England of a type of pasture known locally as Culm grassland. Culm grassland is a marshy, heathy vegetation that occurs over the slates and shales of the Culm Measures across north western Devon. It is a very diverse wildlife habitat, often extremely rich in wild flowers and supporting an immense range of other wildlife. Great for a nature ramble.
The Bude canal runs close to Dunsdon, and you can walk all the way up to Tamar Lakes.
The Alpaca Park (Ashwater 11miles)
Address: Hope Farm, Beaworthy, EX21 5DL, Tel: 01409 220 216
The Alpaca Park is set in 100 acres of beautiful Devon countryside where visitors have the opportunity to observe these endearing creatures up close and personal. Watch as they graze, laze or play together in their herds.
Ruby Trail (Holsworthy 11 miles)
The Ruby Country is a beautiful, tranquil, clean, un-spoilt and undiscovered area in the heart of rural Devon. Enclosed by Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, Ruby Country is the ideal base for a magical, relaxing visit to the West Country.
The Ruby Trail passes through many villages and hamlets surrounding the market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh, much via the old disused railway line, closed by Dr Beeching.
Tamar Lakes (Bradworthy 2 ½ miles)
The Upper Tamar with brand new watersports centre offers sailing, windsurfing and kayaking for individuals, families and groups. With a café facility on site, and popular 3 mile lake walk.
At the Lower Tamar you will find a much smaller lake with easy going footpaths. The Lower Lake is predominantly managed as a nature reserve as it is popular with many wildfowl. There is a bird hide open to all and several picnic tables.
Cookworthy Forest (Holsworthy 11miles)
Cookworthy Forest is an impressive conifer plantation in the gentle hills of West Devon, between Okehampton and Bude. With access to the Ruby Trail. This is an ideal location for walking and exploring. It also has a rather impressive round house.
The Big Sheep (Bideford 23 miles)
The Big Sheep The BIG Sheep is one of North Devon's top attractions. Highlights include; Sheep Racing, Animatronic live Chicken Show, Horse Whispering, Ewetopia Indoor Playground, Battlefield Live, Mountain Boarding, and much more! Good idea if you're after things to do in Devon.
New Mills Farm Park (Launceston 21 miles)
New Mills Farm Park great value, basic, FUN day out, for all the family, especially for toddlers and younger children. The only farm park where you can come by car or steam train! (Steam railway is a separate company - their own charges apply). With animals to see, and both indoor and outdoor activities.
Sharon and Steve Hampton June 2015.