7th October 2020

A locals guide to North Devon in Winter

Want the ultimate guide to North Devon from a true Devonian? Our locals guide to winter in North Devon will take you off the beaten track and give you all the tips and tricks to really discover North Devon. 

Walk our way 

Whilst the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail are firm favourites for anyone looking for a stunning walk, we’ve found some walks that take you ‘off the beaten track’ and shows you a real insight into the stunning coast and countryside of Devon. 

Grab your winter coat and wellie boats and enjoy the stunning coastal walk. Stretching from Bideford Bay to Clovelly, The Hobby drive offers views of Clovelly, Bideford and the ocean to your right. Wander through ancient shady woodland, farm fields, cliff tops and quaint roadways on this 4 mile (each way) walk. With cafes and shops at Bideford and Clovelly, you can enjoy a well deserved hot chocolate or Devon Cream Tea. 

Retail Therapy 

Escape the cold winter weather and enjoy a spot of retail therapy, whilst Barnstaple High Street offers fantastic retail shops you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice with our selection of independent shops. Hidden down cobbled streets you’ll find an abundance of hidden gems just waiting for you to discover. If unique boutique homeware and furniture is what you fancy then Just Trio is a must for you, stretching across 2 floors you'll find it hard to resist not buying the whole shop. If you’re looking for a gift to take back home pop into Bazaar, this cosy shop is tucked away in Gammon Walk and is one to try. 

Want to try the lingo? 

If you want to get the real Devon experience or you’re struggling to understand a local fisherman we’ve got some tricks of the trade to help you on your way. 

  • “Dreckly..’ = “Right away” or “Soon” - so if you hear this being said something is happening soon.  

  • “Where’s it to?” = “Where is it?” “Where did it go?”

  • “Spurting arrishes” = a polite way of saying to shave your beard as it means your growing stubble 

Places to Eat 

Not only does North Devon boast stunning surroundings but with award-winning food around every corner, make sure you get a taste of Devon on your visit. Although it may not warm your cockles, the famous Hockings Ice Cream is definitely a locals favourite, made in Appledore this salty creamy ice cream is world-famous to any Devon local. If you’re looking for something more fulfilling why not try salty fish and chips on the beach? With fantastic chippy spots dotted across Devon including Squires in Braunton and Atlantic Bay in Westward Ho!

Marine Drive 

Situated in between award-winning Woolacombe and Putsborough beach, this Marine drive is the perfect spot to take it all in. Starting at  Woolacombe the marine drive offers fabulous views over the bay. Pack a picnic and enjoy the stunning landscapes from the comfort of your vehicle but fear not if you want to feel the sand beneath your toes there is easy access points down to the beach from here.