Lundy Island, off the coast of North Devon, was designated as the UK’s first Marine Conservation Area. This unspoilt island is home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery. It includes a Victorian church and 13th-century castle and is undisturbed by cars. There is a huge variety of migratory seabirds, grass and heathland habitats, and opportunities for diving and seal watching.
This wonderful valley is located east of Lynton and Lynmouth, within Exmoor National Park. It boasts a varied Exmoor landscape of rocky coastline, heather moorland, wooded valleys and fast-flowing rivers. It is situated on a dramatic stretch of the South West Coast Path and is one of Britain's deepest river gorges. It is a setting for an Edwardian tea-room and gardens and a haven for butterflies, otters, birds and salmon.
This intimate and intriguing Regency house is set in an extensive North Devon estate with an impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles. It hosts the Trust's largest collection of horse-drawn carriages and the varied collections of eccentric traveller Rosalie Chichester. View Devon's largest colony of lesser horseshoe bats via the 'bat-cam'. Enjoy the charming Victorian pleasure grounds and carriage rides around the grounds.
This ancient romantic castle with turrets and towers has fine interiors and subtropical gardens. It was remodelled in the 19th century, but was an important fortress for more than 1,000 years. It has a dramatic hilltop location with sweeping views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. There are terraced gardens with subtropical plants and the castle is home to the National Collection of strawberry trees.
Bideford Bay & Hartland
A little-known but most beautiful stretch of rugged cliffs, sheltered valleys and ancient woodlands located on the North Devon coast, west of Bideford. It has been an inspiration for writers such as Charles Kingsley and Rudyard Kipling. There are miles of South West Coast Path to explore with flourishing wildlife, from seals offshore, to rare butterflies and birds on the cliffs.
Located on the North Devon coastline, between Croyde and Ilfracombe. Spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headlands, important for its wildlife, archaeology and geology. It boasts popular bathing and surfing beaches at Woolacombe. There are easy and adventurous walks along the South West Coast Path with an interesting history of smuggling, wrecking and D-Day planning.
The Heddon Valley set in the West Exmoor coast was the favourite landscape of the Romantic Poets. Follow the deep, lush wooded river valley down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth beach – a great walk for all of the family. Or explore further east to Woody Bay, a quiet and wooded cove with spectacular views over the Bristol Channel.