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Our Food Tips for Braunton Area 2020

To make your stay a bit more fun, here are our food and coffee tips from the area near the Gallery Lodges, including some gluten free options.

Squires Fish and Chips – on the beach at Saunton, with gluten free poached cod.

We have started with our most local food places in Braunton, then some recommendations at Saunton, Croyde, and Georgeham. Keep reading to find out what’s in store on the beaches, and finally some ideas for eats if you are heading further afield around the North Coast to Exmoor.

Braunton top picks:

Siam Bistro if you like Thai try this local gem. Increasing in popularity year on year you may need to call ahead to book a table or a take out.  The lunchtime specials are incredibly good value and in the evening, mixed starter is recommended. Will do gluten free if you ask (check the soy sauce). http://www.thesiambistro.co.uk/

The Riverside Restaurant A favourite alrounder for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Very reliable chef and service with some really tasty, locally sourced food. Outside the peak season this place does the most amazing restaurant style Sunday Lunch. Cater for Gluten Free and a new vegan menu in 2020. http://www.theriversidebraunton.co.uk/

Wild Thyme Café  fun and trendy surf café for coffee, cakes, breakfast and lunch. Our favourite for atmosphere although can be a little busy with mothers & toddlers sometimes! Has gluten-free options, sometimes including GF scones. http://wildthymecafe.co.uk/

Squires Fish & Chips is a complete all rounder – filling and perfectly cooked Fish & Chips.  At peak times you have to  queue for the restaurant, but it is great value. For the take out, we recommend using their CLICK & COLLECT option. Can’t beat their chips; they are perfect! The gluten-free among us should try Poached Cod. The chips are always fried separately too. http://www.squiresfishrestaurant.co.uk/

SQ a relatively new pub and restaurant in Braunton, has become a firm evening favourite for pub food in a modern setting, and also offers a good breakfast. The live music on certain nights makes this a popular venue. http://sqdining.uk/bar/sq_bar_restaurant_braunton_devon.php

Tambapanni, Sri Lankan Food takeaway van. Our favourite food choice in 2020. Simply heaven.  We eat here every week! Authentic Sri Lankan Food cooked with a passion. Served from their food van at Braunton Tesco and Croyde on certain days of the week (usually Friday and Saturday respectively). Delicate flavours, meat, veg, gluten and dairy free and Vegan options. Heaven on a plate. Check out their facebook page for times and days. https://www.facebook.com/tambapannicurry/

At One 
Gaining popularity for evening dishes with fresh seafood, and also a good place for a sandwich and cake at lunchtime. https://atonedining.co.uk/

The Williams Arms is the thatched pub in Wrafton – the Barnstaple side of Braunton, so about 2 miles away from The Gallery Lodges, they offer a traditional Sunday lunch carvery. http://www.williamsarms.co.uk/

The Aggi Inn nearer the village centre also does great, reasonably priced pub food and is a favourite with the locals. http://www.theaggibraunton.co.uk/

St John’s Garden Centre at Ashford, is on the main road to Barnstaple. Now a locally run garden centre, they have a great formula for breakfast and lunches as well as a nice selection of cake as well. A good range of gluten free and vegan cakes, as well as gf fish and chips. There is also a delhi and re-fill shop located at St John’s. https://www.stjohnsgardencentre.co.uk/st-johns-lane-barnstaple/

Coffee coffee coffee…

51 degrees North – a take out coffee stop can be found outside Tesco Braunton most mornings. Justin is a perfectionist and you will be delighted by his coffees. Eco conscious, happy to serve you in your reusable cup. https://51degreesnorthcoffee.com/

Heart Break Hotel on Saunton Road – coffee and doughnuts are their speciality. https://www.heartbreakhotelcoffee.com/

Saunton and Croyde
 Another top recommendation is:
The Beachside Grill at Saunton Beach. You can enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace with a range of food from burgers to vegan that is sure to please. The management is alert and the waiters will look after you well even if you just want a tea or a glass of wine. https://www.beachsidegrill.co.uk/

The Thatch is a bit of a local landmark. The place for surfers and visitors to enjoy good food and beer. It’s a little pricey due to it’s reputation, but the atmosphere is lively and food ticks all the pub food boxes from steak to nachos and classic puds.  Live music nights. https://www.thethatchcroyde.co.uk/

Blue Groove in Croyde is open from breakfast to dinner and has some popular favourites such as moules marinere and Caribbean lamb curry: their mains menu is called from Pakora to Pies…  It’s a creatively decorated place with a fresh and bright atmosphere in their sunrooms. http://www.blue-groove.co.uk/

New Coast Catering food van – https://newcoastevents.co.uk/

Still more coffee…
The Stores is Pete’s recommendation for an excellent coffee in Croyde and they also have a delhi and some tasty cakes and light meals on offer.
https://www.thestorescroyde.co.uk/

Country Pubs
Georgeham  If you want more of the country pub experience and some great food try either of the two pubs in Georgeham.  A bit of a drive so best to call and book ahead, about 10 to 20 mins but well worth it for that cosy country pub vibe.
The Kings Arms –  http://kingsarmsgeorgeham.co.uk/  live music nights
and The Rock Inn –http://therockinn.biz/.  
In peak season when Georgeham is a bit too busy, then for a more local pub experience you could try The Ebrington Arms at Knowle, or The Crown Inn at West Down.

Beach Food at the Car Parks
Saunton Sands
Beachside Grill (see above) and Saunton Break takeaway: Cheaper cafe option below https://www.facebook.com/sauntonbreak/

Downend Croyde
Down End Cafe, on Down End near the Croyde Bay. Check out the surf and get a tea and toasted sandwich .http://parkingcroyde.com/the-drop-in

Baggy Point Croyde
Sandleigh National Trust café  & Baggys Café  are both at the start of the Baggy Headland near the National Trust Car Park. Nice headland walk and some good cake and coffee options. Great afternoon tea option too. Sandleigh always has a gluten free pasty, cake and scones. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/baggy-point/features/eating-and-shopping-at-baggy-point

Putsborough
Putsborough beach operate their own food take-out with a small beach shop. You can get drinks and a bacon butty or cheesy nachos but the down-side is that all come in take-away containers. https://www.putsborough.com/

Upstairs in The Porthole, Marine Drive.

Woolacombe – Marine Drive
The Porthole is a new and welcome addition to Marine Drive.   Located about 1/2 way between Putsborogh and Woolacombe, the Porthole is a small cafe with a creative and tastey lunch and cake offering. With tin cups and plates to keep it beach friendly it’s worth a visit on a walk along Woolacombe beach or dunes. If you like to cycle then this could be a destination for you. https://www.facebook.com/theportholewoolacombe/

Woolacombe – Barricane Beach Café 
As if one Sri Lankan Food option wasn’t enough here is another. A bit of a holiday tradition for many families, especially if you get a sunny day with low winds, take your own drinks and  eat your curry on the beach as the sun starts to go down. A plated meal with one Meat or Veg option. 20 min drive away at Woolacombe. Seasonal and weather dependent so do check on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Barricane-Beach-Woolacombe-163881457003060/WP_20160522_011WP_20160522_013

Places to Eat on your North Devon and Exmoor Days Out
OK the choices are vast and personal so it’s hard to know where to start! Ilfracombe and Lynmouth both have a lot of different cafes and snack bars and part of the fun will be in the discovery, I am sure. Here’s just one of two more remote places that you might like to consider:
Watermouth Harbour
Between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, Storm in a Teacup is a tiny cafe in a converted lifeboat and they serve great lunches. A little tricky to find (enter through the holiday park entrance). Worth calling by if you are exploring out that way. https://www.boatcafeilfracombenorthdevon.co.uk/local-area/#directions

Harbour Deli at Combe Martin Pete’s favourite traditional breakfast for a very reasonable price and a counter of superb home made cakes for afters. Then take a walk up to hangman hill and back to work it off! See maps in the Lodge. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551660-d4178654-Reviews-Harbour_Deli-Combe_Martin_Exmoor_National_Park_England.html

National Trust Café,  Watersmeet at Lymouth. Great woodland valley location and some nice food.  Accessed by a scenic walk along the river or by a steep 1/2 mile path from a roadside car park. See maps in the Lodge.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley. The pub is in a stunning location and a you can couple this drive with a  beautiful woodland walk to the beach or up around the headland. See maps in Lodge. Narrow scenic roads to access, plenty of parking. Now manged by the National Trust.

The final Goal, Back to the Hunters Inn for a beer.
The final goal, Back to the Hunters Inn for a beer.

Marwood Hill Gardens and Cafe. If you want to get away from it all, here is the place about 20 min drive, peaceful valley and gardens with an old fashioned cafe run by volunteers. https://www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk/

The Tarka Trail Cycle Trail

The Tarka trail from Braunton to Instow and back is about a 20 mile round trip, or just 10 miles if you just go to Barnstaple and back.
You can extend this trail with options at both ends, but I’ve focused this blog on the sections most accessible from here at The Gallery Lodges.
Around the estuary to Instow beach.
Taw Estuary viewed from near Vellator Quay, Braunton.
What a treat this trail is and this has been made all the better with a plethora of tempting food options along the way. You follow the estuary for nearly all of the trip and catch stunning views and spot all the estuary bird life. Our only word of warning for this route is check the wind – it can be quite exposed and a lively westerly will make this otherwise flat route become unexpectedly demanding – especially on the way home.
It is worth bringing your bikes to this area as this area has some excellent rides. However, bike hire is just 20 min walk away if you need it. Otter Cycle Hire phone number 01271 813339 near the start of the Tarka trail in Braunton village: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Otter-Cycle-Hire/1155731267799980
This route for the Tarka trail is from staying at The Gallery Lodges Braunton  https://thegallerylodges.petecaswell.co.uk/
 
Starting at The Gallery Lodges head to the start of the Tarka Trail along Saunton Road into the village, about 1/2 mile. You will pick up signs by the village car park to get onto the trail itself, which starts close to the Tesco supermarket at Vellator Quay. There is a new cafe her now, for those who feel just getting the lycra on deserved a coffee stop! Otherwise you really should crack on…
We can also recommend an alternative start (or finish) to this ride via the ‘back lane’ and Braunton Marshes to Vellator Quay, with a good chance of seeing swans, swallows and warblers this is a lovely 1 1/2 mile addition.

Swans along Braunton Marshes
Along the first section of the trail about 2 miles you leave the new developments of Braunton on your left and the Chivenor RAF base on your right. Soon you will come to the open estuary and, just off to your right so keep an eye for the sign, Waterside Cafe with great views up the Taw estuary towards Barnstaple.

Tarka trail cakes near Braunton
Tarka Trail cakes near Braunton
Then just metres on from there there is Heaton Court which you should bear in mind for the way back for a celebratory beer and wine with a stunning panoramic view over the estuary (Or Thursday and Fridays at the Waterside cafe).
 
The next stretch of the Trail is open and affords good bird watching views: oyster catchers, egrets, curlew, gulls and many seasonal visitors.
Please remember to use your bicycle bell or politely alert walkers of your presence as you cycle along.
Three or so more miles and you reach Barnstaple where you can head over the new bridge or detour into town. Tea by the Taw is just alongside the river there, as its name suggests… https://www.facebook.com/teabythetaw/  
There are bike stands near the cafe and also further along the waterfront by the Museum and Square.

Barnstaple river front
Over the bridge the railway station cafe is another handy stop with the bikes, but a more famous railway cafe the Fremington Quay Cafe is just a few miles further along the South side of the estuary on the way to Instow. https://www.facebook.com/fremington.quay/
Arriving into Instow you will pass nearby one of the most scenic cricket grounds in the UK (with think). Open to the elements and coastal erosion, this must be one of the finest places to have  game of cricket, but potetntially also one of the windiest!
Tarka Trail and scenic Cricket ground at Instow
Tarka Trail and scenic Cricket ground at Instow
 
Soon after the cricket ground you will cycle past The Oyster Shack serving up some Caribbean vibes and seafood.
 
Instow is a bit of a jewel in the Tarka trail and has a good number of pubs and  restaurants, such as The Boat House https://www.theboathouseinstow.co.uk/
With great estuary views from the beach front this is a great place to take a break. Here also the Torridge River meets The Taw and this wide, tidal mouth is the home of Instow yacht club.
Instow Yacht Club
Johns Deli and cafe is a real treat with all sorts of fresh baked goodies, bread, local produce and some rather special boutique gins. Ideal for picking up a picnic lunch, but don’t forget to save the gin for when you have got back to Braunton!
Local picnic goodies.
For those of you with steam left there is an optional extension onto Bideford and Appledore by trail and road. And tide and weather dependent is a rather amazing ferry from Appledore to Instow. http://www.appledoreinstowferry.com/
Check out our Appledore blog.
The way home is the reverse trip of the way out. Happy cycling!
 
For a much longer day out or another ride entirely the Tarka Trail  carries on up the trail to Torrington and Meeth. This is an inland river route of a different character.

Walks at Crow Point

If you stay at the Gallery Lodges Braunton, then don’t forget your bikes and take this epic evening bike ride out to Crow Point from the Lodges down beautiful ancient lanes, dirt tracks, beaches and a private toll road.
Bays, beaches, inlets, boats,swans, and bags of wild flowers and wildlife are in abundance here alongside views over to Appledore and Bideford and up to Barnstaple.
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
You can hire bikes in Braunton if you forget them or use the nearby car parks to walk this stunning coastal walk. You can also do this walk directly from the Lodges also if you really want to stretch your legs by cutting through the ancient and rare Great Field Habitat on the edges of the Braunton Biosphere a UNESCO Site.
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges lie on the edges of this rare habitat of the Braunton UNESCO biospehere and look over a Marshland SSSI reserve and another SSSI of ancient woodland. (SSSI is a site of special scientific interest for its unspoilt flowers and natural habitats.).
You can book the Gallery Lodges at www.thegallerylodges.co.uk and visit the Art gallery of Pete Caswell the owner, www.petecaswell.co.uk.

A Perfect Day for a Walk near the Gallery Lodges

It’s a perfect day at The Gallery Lodges, Braunton: sunny and beautiful. The sea is warming up and the surf is on it’s way, but for now we are happy to be taking in the views from dry land. Here is a short walk we enjoy when the beaches and car parks are open.

Grassy parking space behind St Anne’s Church in Saunton
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands

  Just 2 minutes drive up the road from the Lodges we park on the small grassy area behind St Anne’s church at Saunton. This is the start of one of our favourite short walks.

We take the track up past the stunning historic manor house and gardens through carpets of blue bells and wild garlic.

The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands

Climbing up the steep open field track, we pause and take in the views back towards Braunton.
In late summer this is also a great spot to look our for field and horse mushrooms.
At the top the vista of Saunton Sands and the sand dunes comes into view, along with the distant Hartland Peninsular.
We keep walking beyond the ruined house and take the final brow to look over  at Croyde Bay, before back tracking to find the stile leading to the stepped path, through the trees down to Saunton Beach. Here’s our chance to stop for a  coffee and a cake, or squeezed in a pasty at the beach cafe. Rested and refreshed we head back on the coast path linked to the car park exit road. 400m back along the main road we  cut thourgh St Anne’s church yard and back to collect the car. Now you would think we couldn’t eat any more and life just couldn’t get better.

View over Croyde Bay
View over Croyde Bay.

But then we took a short trip round the headland to Croyde for the Saturday night Sri Lankan curry -Tambapanni.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
View over Saunton Sands Beach and Hotel

Down through the woods to Saunton sands
Down through the woods to Saunton sands

Booking for the Lodges at www.thegallerylodges.co.uk or pm me.

Back through the dunes Path to Saunton
Back through the dunes Path to Saunton

If you want to know where this stunning walk in you will have to visit us at the Lodges or at the art studio www.petecaswell.co.uk

Updated 1 May 2020.

Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.
Nearly Back to car. The church yard with wild garlic.

Sri Lankan Curry at the Beach and Sunset Walk to Morte Point.

Yum – Probably the coolest & tastiest day out you can have.

Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe

Opens around 5pm to 7.30pm and serves up the most amazing Sri Lankan curry you will ever have in the UK.

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Sit on the beach to eat a delicately and fragrantly spiced curry while watching the setting sun and lapping waves.

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Meat or Veggie options, served from the beach hut on Barricane beach. Take a bottle of wine and your sunnies.

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Then top it all off with a stunning walk round Morte Point.

WP_20160522_058About a 20 min drive from the www.thegallerylodges.co.uk to Woolacombe.
https://www.facebook.com/Barricane-Beach-Woolacombe-163881457003060/

Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe

This place is my favourite curry stop in the UK and beats all the others hands down, providing the weather is ok though.

Combe Martin & Hangmans Walk

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk, Short cut back to the village

One of my favourite mornings is to get up and set off up to Combe Martin about a 20 minute drive away.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Then take what I consider is the best breakfast in the world.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk, looking over Wild Pear Beach

Its a little unimposing cafe near the beach called the Harbour Deli, on the left as you walk down the High Street to the beach.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

A cooked breakfast and a coffee here costs about £5 and it is always perfect and great value.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Then after a great breakfast stock up on all the homemade cakes which I usually spend all morning drooling over.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

They do a bread pudding which will feed an army and a selection of traditional home bakes your gran would be proud of.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Having consumed all these calories there is a perfect hill opposite to walk them off. Head up to Hangman’s peak and then back through a beautiful little stream back to the village, a couple of hours should do it.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

A detour off to Wild Pear Beach (Can be steep a tricky at the bottom where the steps sometimes wash away – be careful) is an added bonus and a chance to eat all those cakes. Check out the maps in the Lodges for directions.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk. Looking over Wild Pear Beach and The Bristol Chanel
Combe Martin Hangman’s Walk. Looking over Wild Pear Beach and The Bristol Chanel

If you visit in July August you will get the treat of your life with the hills resplendent in the most beautiful purple heather and sweet scented yellow gorse. The flowers will be busy with butterflies and bees too.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangman’s Walk

Simply magic when set against the jaw dropping cliffs plunging into the Bristol Channel and the chugging white clouds. Can’t beat it!

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

I your lodge you will find copies of the croydecycle maps, which are great walking maps with handy annotations giving details about the paths and area. For this walk you can use the Combe Martin and Hunter’s Inn Map.

A handy croydecycles map of this walk will be available in your lodge.

Lynton & Lynmouth North Devon

Lynton and Lymouth in North Devon is one of the most stunning coastal trips you can take from the Gallery Lodges.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Its about a 40 minute drive and is best suited to non beach days.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

The advantage of this area and the closer Hunters Inn is they offer a variety of walks sheltered from the South Westerly Winds and rain.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet. This is the beach at Lymouth which is a great but tricky alternative on big mushy surf days giving a nice clean break, but it has to be a big swell to get round here.

At Lynton the walk up to Watersmeet where there is a National Trust Cafe is in a steep wooded valley and the walk along the river is perfect on any day.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

On wet and windy days this can provide the perfect escape from the weather and give you a superb walk for you money, and you may barely notice the weather above with the stunning sculpted oaks and crystal clear waters rushing by.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

You can approach this walk from the car park at the bottom at Lymounth or at the National Trust car park at the top which gives a shorter walk.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Combine this walk with a walk through the Valley of the Rocks at Lynton and a drive from Lynton through the valley of the rocks along the coast road to Hunters Inn and Combe Martin.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Stunning but narrow so avoid with large cars or if you can’t reverse or in very precious cars.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

This walk is also great on a sunny day as well and the harbour is a real treat to look round.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Other great walks are Hunters Inn where you can walk to the beach at the end of the river about 3 mile return and fairly sheltered. Combe Martin up to Hangman and back, great views.

Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley to Lynton Cycle ride

Probably one of the most stunning coastal cycle rides in England. You can start the ride at the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley in Exmoor National Park.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

You can extend this ride by starting at Combe Martin, Ilfracombe or for really long ride from The Gallery Lodges at Braunton.

Starting at The Hunters Inn you may need a stiff drink to tackle the steep climb out of the valley. To avoid this park at the parking areas nearer to Lynton.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

Once you have climbed the hill through the woods you get great views across the hill tops to the coast

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. Through the woods obn the way down to Woody Bay.

Soon you reach the coast and the stunning vistas begin of the amazing North Coast.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. Road really hugs the coast above Woody Bay.

Woody bay is a fun detour if it s hot for a swim, or hang on for Lee Bay further on.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. If like me you tread with caution when it comes to planning trips round cafes, I rang ahead to check it was still open in Sept and arrived in full anticipation drooling only to find it was shut. Did I fall off my bike in shock or not?

The descent down to Lee Bay near Lynton (not the one near Wolacombe which is a great ride also) is a real treat and if like me the main focus on the trip is a great cafe don’t rely on the beautiful cafe at Lee Bay. They have quite a short season. But don’t worry there is a more reliable cafe just a mile up the next hill with a lovely garden with large portions of pudding pies.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. Climb up to Valley of the rocks towards Lynton

Once down in Lee Bay climb up through the Valley of the Rocks past the Lee Abbey Christian retreat, probably the most scenic place to try your hand at some religious pursuits.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Looking back down Valley of the Rocks to Lee Bay. Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

At Lynton check out the historic cliff railway and if you need to stretch your legs further descend the steep road into Lynmouth.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Cliff Railway at Lynton. Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton.

 

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

The way back is a real treat as from Woody Bay you take the old Victorian Carriageway which hugs the cliffs and bluffs all the way back to the pub at Heddon Valley.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Exotic views from the cliffs. Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton
Start of the Victorian Carriageway
Start of the Victorian Carriageway

From Heddon Valley there is also the stunning short walk out to Heddon’s Mouth Cove.

 

 

 

Stunning route back along this amazing trail. For off road bikes this section. Road bikes head back the same way you came.
Stunning route back along this amazing trail. For off road bikes this section is a dream, almost completely flat with amazing views across to South Wales. Road bikes head back the same way you came.
Descent down to the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley.
Descent down to the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley a bit stoney.
The final Goal, Back to the Hunters Inn for a beer.
The final Goal, Back to the Hunters Inn for a beer or two.

If you get it all right you get your rewards right here at the splendor of the Victorian Era Hunters Inn, which together with the Victorian Carriageway and Woody Bay formed the start of a very ambitious Victorian Holiday Resort to rival Ilfracombe.

Woolacombe to Putsborough Cycle Ride from The Gallery Lodges

Cycle ride starts at The Gallery Lodges and climbs over the tops through the back lanes into the views open up over the ocean.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Descent into Woolacombe

Then the stunning drop down into Woolacombe. High speed and great fun but be careful. Then stop for a tea in Woolacombe or head back to Putsborough.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. View across the dunes to Putsborough

Extensions to this ride, from Woolacombe could go further North up to Mortehoe, Lee Bay, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and back via Mullacott Cross then taking the long downhill all the way back to Braunton. Feeling fit then follow the coast road on the North Coast right up to Lynton, what a stunner, but a lot of ups and downs and a long way.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Looking back to Woolacombe along the old road which was meant to link Woolacombe and Putsborough but never got complete.

You can just about do this trail on a road bike but needs care and less speed. Stone trail pictured here, you need to go on the edge to avoid the bumpiest stones.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Narrow smooth trail to Putsborough.

Heading up towards Putsborough.Trail gets a bit narrower here. After heavy rain could be tricky on your road bike, but I’ve done it. Worth it for the views.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Can be tiny bit of mud here. Lovely wind swept trees.

 

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Nearly there.

Hang around at the beach cafe for the inevitable sunset at Putsborough. Paintings of these Putsborough sunsets at www.petecaswell.co.uk

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes

If you come on another day it might look like this.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes

You could come back with your surf board and surf this magical beach the next day. Avoid bank holidays and busy weekends as the traffic can be a killer on the narrow lane access.

Putsborough surfing
Putsborough surfing

See if you can find this photo in the paintings below.

Take a look at all the paintings by Pete Caswell of this route by Pete Caswell on www.petecaswell.co.uk

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for saleWoolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for saleWoolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

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Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

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Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

 

See more paintings of Putsborough and Woolacombe at www.petecaswell.co.uk

Epic Skiing in North Devon

As Autumn is here and winter is approaching you can get your first taste of the snow and a sneaky early season ski and snowboard at the Gallery Lodges in North Devon.

Tignes Val D'Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale
Tignes Val D’Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale

4 hours drive from London, pistes right inside the door and epic powder conditions on tap every day with bright sunny conditions. Sounds too good to be true?

Tignes Val D'Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale
Tignes Val D’Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale

But it really is check it out in the latest article by Pete caswell on skiing in North Devon
www.petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/first-ski-lodges-in-north-devon-uk/

Meribel Courchevel skiing snowboarding painting for sale
Meribel Courchevel skiing snowboarding painting for sale

You can buy these beautiful skiing and snowboarding paintings and prints from www.petecaswell.co.uk

skiing and snowboarding paintings for sale
Wasted away waiting for the snow?