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Pop on your hiking boots and head over to Exmoor’s windswept hills, craggy cliffs and swathes of green pasture, take a trip to Croyde Bay’s sandy shores for a windsurfing lesson, or rent a bike and cycle the coastal stretch of Tarka Trail towards Bideford. You can’t get bored with beautiful beaches, idyllic countryside and wild moors on your doorstep. At the heart of North Devon, Barnstaple provides the largest array of shops, restaurants and cafés in this rural area.

Things to see

Barnstaple has a handful of interesting sights, including a grand Pannier Market – home to a daily market of handmade crafts and a weekly market of local produce – with large iron columns and a glass and timber-frame ceiling. Take a stroll around the pleasant town centre if you fancy some shopping or lunch. Outside of town the North Devon countryside is a place of rolling green hills dotted with sheep and cows, rough rugged cliffs lashed by the brutal Atlantic Sea, and rural villages and hamlets with local pubs. Drive the coast road from Barnstaple towards Croyde for a bird’s eye view over never-ending Saunton Sands from the cliffs above. Thrashed by Atlantic waves and surrounded by wildlife-loving sandy burrows, it really is a breathtaking spot. If you fancy some bucket and spade seaside fun head to Woolacombe’s Putsborough Sands – a perfect swimming spot (when the weather plays fair).

Hotels in Barnstaple

Barnstaple itself has a number of good value accommodation options – perfect if you’re looking for a cheap hotel. Most of these are 2 or 3-star rated hotels and guesthouses. For something more luxurious, try a 4-star rated boutique hotel in Barnstaple, where you’ll find top-end amenities including high quality decor, welcoming service and full English breakfast made from local produce. Outside of town there’s a vast array of accommodation options, ranging from farm stays to seaside guesthouses, self-catering holiday cottages and campsites. These vary in quality and amenities so check this before you book, though nowadays many offer WiFi.

Where to stay

Barnstaple town centre is small enough to walk around easily, so anywhere within a stone’s throw of the high street is perfect if you don’t have a car. Many rural villages and hamlets offer at least one B&B, guesthouse or inn, providing countryside charm in the heart of a community. Along the coast the towns of Braunton, Croyde, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe provide heaps of hotels and guesthouses. Croyde tends to be a bit pricier due to its small size and elite surfing vibe, while Woolacombe and slightly further away Ilfracombe have plenty of purse and family-friendly options.

How to get to Barnstaple

Despite being a summer tourist haven, North Devon remains a rural area that’s quite isolated from the rest of the country. The main route in is the A361 North Devon Link Road from the M5, taking approximately 45 minutes to Barnstaple. In summer this can get busy with traffic as can the coastal roads. Barnstaple Station is at the end of the Tarka Line which runs from Exeter’s mainline station through mid-Devon to the town. Travelling by coach can be a great option to avoid indirect train journeys. Local buses crisscross the area, travelling from Barnstaple throughout North Devon.

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