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The Tarka Trail Cycle Trail

The Tarka trail from Braunton to Instow and back. 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. At the Braunton end you can add in Crow point if you are on mountain bikes setting off from the Gallery Lodges at Braunton, or just take the scenic route to the start of the Tarka trail through the Braunton Marshes and UNESCO biosphere reserve.
 
This route for the Tarka trail is from staying at The Gallery Lodges Braunton. https://thegallerylodges.petecaswell.co.uk/
Tarka Trail to Instow
Tarka Trail to Instow
 
Do bring bikes as this area has some excellent rides. But here is the Bike hire 20 min walk away if you need it. Otter cycle Hire phone number 01271 813339 near the start of the Tarka trail.
 
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.
Tarka Trail from Braunton to Instow
Tarka Trail from Braunton to Instow
 
Starting at The Gallery Lodges you head to the start of the Tarka trail about 1/2 mile or 1.5 miles via the scenic route or approx 3miles via Crow Point. Then along the first section of the trail about 2 miles in you come to the first breakfast stop at the Waterside Cafe with great views down the Estuary to Barnstaple. Then just metres on from there there is the Braunton Inn 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).
 
3 or so more miles and you head over the new bridge or detour into Barnstaple. In Barnstaple there are such a range of food outlets that there is not enough space to cover them. but the cafe at the railway (cheap and simple) is on the trail, Fat Belly Freds (interesting sea food) & Tea by the Taw are interesting options.
Tarka Trail and scenic Cricket ground at Instow
Tarka Trail and scenic Cricket ground at Instow
 
For those of you on the long route you should head across the new bridge and on towards Instow. Next Tea stop is at Fremington Key which is pretty busy so if there is no room here head on, if your legs will cope, to Instow.
 
Instow is a bit of a jewel in the Tarka trail and has a great number of pubs, restaurants and great estuary views.
Check out the most scenic cricket ground in the world and The Oyster Shack for some Caribbean vibes and seafood. In Instow itself Johns Deli and cafe is a real treat with all sorts of fresh backed goodies, cakes, bread and some rather special boutique Gins. Don’t forget to save the GIn for when you have got back to Braunton!
Tarka trail cakes near Braunton
Tarka trail cakes near Braunton
 
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 back to Instow.
 
Westward hoe further around while not an amazing scenic beauty is getting some great restaurants with on of my favourite Thai restaurants locating here.
https://www.facebook.com/teabythetaw/
http://fatbellyfreds.co.uk/
http://www.thegloriousoyster.co.uk/
http://www.johnsofinstow.co.uk/deli.html
http://www.appledoreinstowferry.com/
 
For the super fit you can carry on up the trail to Meeth and Torrington.

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 at the Gallery Lodges

Perfect day out at the Gallery Lodges Braunton. Its so sunny and beautiful here.

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

The sea is warming up, surf is on the way and the sun seems to keep on shining. Just 2 minutes drive up the road from the Lodges we took one of our favourite walks. Past the stunning historic house and gardens through carpets of bue bells and wild garlic.

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

Over to look at Croyde Bay and then back through the trees down to Saunton Beach for a coffee and a cake and just squeezed in a pasty at the beach cafe. Rested and refreshed we headed back through the dunes 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 Down End Car Park and took home a Sri Lankan curry Tambapanni (See food Guide) from the Saturday Take out van and ate it on the Headland at Croyde.

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

If you are going to stay at the Lodges, just remember the food vans at Croyde Down End Car Park. The sign by the entrance is updated with the van schedule this season.

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

Saturday is the Sri Lankan Curry and its absolutely wonderful, well cooked and hits the spot every time.

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 ud at the Lodges or at the art studio www.petecaswell.co.uk

Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.
Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.

Our Food Tips for Braunton Area

To make your stay a bit more fun, here are our food tips from the area near the Gallery Lodges, where we like to dine, including some gluten free options. Please do ask for further info.

Braunton top picks

The Riverside Café Pete’s favourite all round breakfast, lunch and evening café / restaurant. Very reliable chef and service with some really tasty food at a reasonable price. Lunch club sandwich and the black pudding sausage on the breakfast.  Outside of the peak season this place does the most amazing restaurant style Sunday Lunch. Cater for Gluten Free. http://www.theriversidebraunton.co.uk/

First Class French Food although not cheap is on the corner in the centre of Braunton. It has rave reviews. http://lebistroducoin.co.uk/

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

Squires Fish & Chips is a complete all rounder – filling, cheap and perfectly cooked Fish & Chips. BEST VALUE. At peak times you have to  queue for the restaurant & Take Out. Try before 6pm at busy times of year. Can’t beat their chips they are perfect. The gluten-free among us should try Poached Cod. The chips are always fried separately too.

Siam Bistro if you like Thai try the take-out or eat in. Atmosphere in the restaurant can be a bit quiet at times but staff are nice and food is great. The mixed starter is recommended, best value and Pete’s favourite part of the meal. Will do gluten free if you ask (but check the soy sauce)
http://www.thesiambistro.co.uk/

Stoned Wood Fired Pizza http://www.stoned.org.uk/  Cool new venue with take-out or eat. Proper pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven right in front of your eyes. Mouth watering toppings, and seasonal menu. Not to be missed. Gluten free base and vegan cheese also available. The best coffee in Braunton. Offers online orders and local delivery.  Next to Squires Fish & Chips.

SQ a new pub and restaurant in Braunton  getting some good reviews. 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 at Braunton. Our favourite food choice in 2017 returns for the 2018 season. Simply heaven.  We eat here every week! Authentic Sri Lankan Food cooked with a passion. Served from their food van at Croyde and Braunton on certain days of the week (usually Friday and Saturday). It’s not the cheapest take out curry but I rate it among the best. Delicate flavours, meat, veg, gluten and dairy free and Vegan options. Heaven on a plate. Check out their facebook page for times and days. Don’t miss it. https://www.facebook.com/tambapannicurry/

As if one Sri Lankan Food option wasn’t enough here is another.  Not quite as amazingly tasty, but close. If you get a sunny day with low winds sit and eat your curry on the beach and you could well be back at your favourite beach in Asia. Not in Braunton but top pick if you like authentic Sri Lankan food – Meat and Veg options. Barricane Beach Café, 20 min drive away at Woolacombe. Seasonal and weather dependent so do check on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Barricane-Beach-Woolacombe-163881457003060/

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Breakfast

The top pick is a choice between The Riverside and Wild Thyme on the right and the left as you walk into Braunton. Both different to each other and both great for different reasons. Wild Thyme stands out for its juices and smoothies.  Pete prefers The Riverside but then we really like the Fruit smoothies in Wild Thyme. As you walk further into Braunton there are more cafes, such as At One with more breakfast options so take your pick. As we said earlier, Stoned is our top pick for a morning coffee.

Blue Groove in Croyde and  TheThatch Pub Croyde also do breakfasts if you fancy a drive. Another great coffee and cake stop is The Stores at Croyde next to the post office.  https://www.thestorescroyde.co.uk/

Sunday Lunch

Out of season The Riverside do amazing Sunday Lunches (and we mean really amazing) but you have to be hungry.

The Williams Arms is pretty reliable but a bit more of a walk (so best to drive), on the other side of Braunton but does a popular Sunday Carvery. The Aggi Inn nearer the village centre also does a great reasonably piced home cooked pub style Sunday Carvery. There are many pubs in Braunton which all do food and beer but we’re yet to try. http://www.williamsarms.co.uk/.

http://www.theaggibraunton.co.uk/ also ok for Sunday Lunch, very reasonably priced.

Country Pubs  & Georgeham.

If you want more of the country pub experience and some great food try 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/  and The Rock Inn –http://therockinn.biz/.  

 

Live Music

The Thatch at Croyde is popular place with live music. For a bit of younger atmosphere try The Thatch at Croyde which has a fun and lively young / surf atmosphere and reliable, but a little expensive, pub food. Live music is on most weekends which makes it a really good night out. This is one of those must see pubs being part of the surf culture so many regulars to the area head straight here for their first pint. Check out the facebook page for any live music.
https://www.facebook.com/thatch.croyde

Saunton Road Studios just 10 minutes walk up the Saunton Road toward Braunton also has live music. If you are a music  fan this small, unusual venue may prove interesting. Check out what live music is on the website – http://sauntonroadstudios.co.uk/

SQ Bar in Braunton opposite Squires chippy has live music on certain nights. Check out the listings.  http://sqdining.uk/bar/sq_bar_restaurant_braunton_devon.php

Sea Food Options
If you are by the sea and want to sample the sea food:

Sands On The Beach at Saunton Beach. This has gone up in the ratings recently. On the beach. Great food and lots of locally sourced sea food. A real one to visit and out of season they do some offers on lunches. One of the few restaurants on the beach. Pay by the hour car parking at the beach now makes this a realistic option for an evening or lunch. Interesting modern menu. Not cheap but location is good. Lobster is a key feature and steak along with other locally sourced fish. Its one of the few beach side restaurants. I am putting this one on my favourites list for sure. Great place for a coffee and a gaze at the sea.  https://www.beachsidegrill.co.uk/

Cheaper cafe option below https://www.facebook.com/sauntonbreak/

Riverside restaurant always has a good fish option on the menue. SQ in Braunton has some sea food.

The only dedicated fish restaurant in the area I know of is Fat Belly Fred’s in Barnstaple (5 miles away) which receives good reviews. They really know their fish and get local fresh deliveries so you can be sure of the best catch of the day. The scallops are great. Gluten free options.  http://fatbellyfreds.co.uk/.

Squires Fish and Chips is a must if you like your Fish and Chips.

 

Croyde Cafes

Blue Groove and The Stores in the centre of Croyde. Park at the village hall by the hour. Blue Groove does great meals and and now The Croyde Stores cafe is competing for your business with lovely cakes and light lunches.
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.

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

Other Braunton Restaurants / Pubs

http://www.sqdining.uk/ Modern restaurant & bar in the centre of Braunton. Not my cup of tea but some of our guests have enjoyed it and given some good feed back on this.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551629-d4939110-Reviews-Mariners_Arms-Braunton_Devon_England.html

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551629-d2199832-Reviews-Ebrington_Arms-Braunton_Devon_England.html    Pub at Knowle, gets good reviews.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551629-d3814450-Reviews-The_George_Hotel-Braunton_Devon_England.html

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551629-d2269079-Reviews-At_One_Dining_Room-Braunton_Devon_England.html

Further Afield up to ¾ hr drive & Walks.

Harbour Deli Combe Martin my favourite breakfast. Great breakfast and coffee for a very reasonable price and a counter of superb home made cakes for afters. Then take a walk up to hangman and back. See maps in the Lodge. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551660-d4178654-Reviews-Harbour_Deli-Combe_Martin_Exmoor_National_Park_England.html

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Barricane Beach Café Woolacombe.  This is perhaps one of my gems of the area if the weather is good. A bit of a drive but great authentic Sri Lankan food on the beach. Cheap and characterful. The menue is fixed and you sit on the beach to eat it but it is first class. Veggie or meat options. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551703-d2665967-Reviews-Barricane_Beach_Cafe-Woolacombe_Devon_England.html

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National Trust Café at Riversmeet at Lymouth. Great location and some nice food and a great walk up the river starting in the village. See maps in the Lodge.

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

Hunters Inn Headdon Valley. Pub / restaurant in a great location and a beautiful walk to the beach or up around the headland. See maps in Lodge. Narrow scenic roads to access, plenty of parking. Not the cheapest pub but great location.

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

 

Marwood 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. Go on Sunday and have a bargain afternoon tea at the village hall in real old Devon ways served by the WI.

http://www.moransrestaurant.co.uk/ A great Thai restaurant at Westward Ho, a bit of a drive, very tasty, but I think it uses msg so do check this.

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 Hangmans 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 Gauze profusions of colour.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Simply magic when set against the jaw dropping cliffs plunging into the Bristol Channel and the chugging white clouds. Can’t beat it. And that’s the breakfast…

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

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?