Well, it’s certainly been a funny old year so far! If you’re heading for a staycation in the South West we’re picking out some North Devon attractions that are perfect for a Covid secure day out.
Baggy Point, owned by the National Trust overlooks the beach at Croyde, which just so happens to be one of the best locations to go surfing in North Devon. There’s easy access to the headland so visitors of all ages and abilities can get out on to the headland and enjoy the stunning views of the sea and coast. Baggy Point is on the South West Coast Path so it’s also the perfect place to walk and enjoy the great outdoors.
The Big Sheep
The Big Sheep is a Devon institution, a fantastic location for a family day out. They’ve changed the way they operate slightly to accommodate the new normal but they’re still putting on shows, offering rides and the chance to see lots of cute newborn animals. Plus, there’s a new outdoor social space complete with stage and family social distanced pods. For more information on the measures The Big Sheep has put in place to keep visitors safe read their covid customer guidance.
Lynton Cliff Railway
For all of you railway and heritage fans, the famous funicular Cliff Railway at Lynton and Lynmouth is the highest and the steepest water-powered railway to be found anywhere in the world! Originally opened in 1890, the Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Enjoy stunning coastal views on your journey while you relax in style. The Cliff Top Cafe is also a good spot to enjoy the panoramic views while you tuck into a Devon Cream Tea.
Coombe Martin Wildlife Park
Coombe Martin wildlife park is a fantastic local attraction, another great family day out.
They have a large collection of animals including lions, leopards, sea lions, penguins, wolves, meerkats and many more. Set within the grounds there is also a prehistoric trail featuring lifelike large animatronic dinosaurs. The Wildlife Park is currently only allowing a limited number of visitors, so please book to avoid disappointment. You can also read more about the Covid measures they have in place.
The National Trust outdoor site at Heddon Valley offers a range of spectacular coastal and woodland walks on the West Exmoor coast. A favourite inspiring landscape for the Romantic Poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, you can follow the wooded river valley walk down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth beach or explore further east and discover a quiet and wooded cove with spectacular views over the Bristol Channel at Woody Cove.
The Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation gardens
Broomhill is located in a very pretty North Devon valley surrounded by woodland and bound by its own stream. The gardens cover more than 12 acres and are home to over 300 sculptures.
A magical place where a new discovery is around every corner, the gardens are home to one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary sculpture in the South West. Please note visitor numbers are currently limited and you should book to avoid disappointment.