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The whole of the north Devon coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the part of the south-west coast path that spans this area provides some truly beautiful walking options.

The eastern end of Devon’s north coast is home to several beach resorts and surfing hot-spots. All mingle modern amenities – decent restaurants, water sports, boat trips – with a sense of history, be it Ilfracombe’s Victorian tidal swimming pools or the historic villages that back Woolacombe and Croyde Bays.

Further west the towns and villages are few and far between, leaving large stretches of stunning unspoilt coastline and majestic views, such as those gained from Hartland Point. The small, privately owned village of Clovelly, tumbling down the cliffs to the picture-perfect harbour, is a real stunner (although it can get over-run by tourist traffic in peak season) and nearby Hartland Abbey holds an interesting collection of art work and antique furniture.

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