On Friday morning we packed up the car and headed to Georgeham for our North Devon Weekend. Our friends Ben & Lauren, along with their 18th-month-old little boy Dexter (our godson) were down there so we headed to join them and a bit of adventuring. We pitched our tent and set about exploring the area, here are some of our highlights:
This is where we were staying, a lovely village a little way inland. It has a fascinating church that is worth exploring, a small shop selling all the essentials and two pubs to choose from. There is The Rock Inn and The Kings Arms. We only had time to sample one of the pubs so we can confirm The Kings Arms is lovely with friendly staff, good beer and tasty food, we’ll have to return to sample The Rock Inn.
A couple of miles from Georgeham is the pretty coastal village of Croyde. The Village has a charming centre full of historic buildings and is perfect for wandering. Croyde has a wide and sandy beach, nestled between two headlands. The beach is very popular and one of the best for surfing. We had lunch at the Blue Groove, a family friendly restaurant and bar in the centre of the village. Be sure to pop into The Stores, a pretty cool coffee shop and deli. And get Ice-cream from one of the ice cream parlours in the village.
Just up the coast from Croyde is Baggy Point, a headland with dramatic coastal scenery. The area is managed by the National Trust. There are a number of guided trails that start from the Carpark, including an accessible route up to the headland and back, which is pretty handy when you have a little’un in a pushchair. This is part of the South West Coastal Path, and if you feel so inclined you can keep on walking and reach Woolacombe. Find out more.
Hidden away down winding lanes and steep hills is the picturesque Lee Bay. The beach is a small rocky one, surrounded by dramatic cliffs. When the tide is out Lee is the perfect beach for going rock pooling, and its remote location mean it never really gets busy, even when we visited on a Bank Holiday weekend. There is a small tea room overlooking the bay. A short work inland you find the village of Lee with pretty houses and The Grampus Inn, a friendly pub with a good selection of beers.
Woolacombe has been voted the best beach in the country and it is easy to see why. Known for its golden sand, clean water and good facilities. The beach is perfect for families and has great waves for surfers. The bustling village is full of shops, pubs, cafes and attractions. The Adventure golf is of particular note. We love a bit of Adventure Golf!
With only a couple of days to explore, there was plenty we didn’t get to see this time. We’d like to explore Braughton, Morthoe & Ilfracombe amongst others. We have a tent and know a good campsite, so we’re sure to be heading back for another North Devon Weekend some point soon! Is there anywhere else that should be on our list? Let us know in the comments.