Flights out of the UK were super expensive over the bank holiday weekend and when we’re trying to save for some big house developments we wanted to take a local trip away somewhere. Joel used to visit North Devon with his family every summer, so we thought it would be really lovely and nostalgic for him to revisit some much loved places for his birthday.
We stayed in a little flat in the seaside village of Appledore. This is such a cute place and great for families as there’s lots to keep you entertained. We ate fish and chips at Sylvester’s, had a couple of lovely meals at The Seagate, indulged in some homemade Devonshire ice cream and Joel drank some home-brewed Devonshire cider (of course!)
Lynton & Lynmouth
For one day we visited Lynton & Lynmouth, another cute seaside village (they’ll be a running theme here! haha!) and we climbed the rocks in the river with our little nieces. The Rum & Raisin ice cream was the best!
We then spent the day just the two of us in Clovelly. If you’re looking for amazing views and cute British cafes to have cream tea, this is the place to be! But be warned… it’s a hell of a steep climb! We saw a lot of people struggling in their flip flops on the very old cobbled streets but thankfully I packed my trainers (always prepared for every eventuality!) It’s so worth it though, as I got some lovely shots and even a butterfly posed for me.
One night we watched a documentary funnily enough about North Devon and the presenter visited Hartland Lighthouse, so we thought on our way back from Clovelly we’ll stop off and get some nice shots. It was such a misty and rainy day, so I only managed to get a few but I love how mysterious and haunting they turned out because of it. Then on our way back we stopped off for a round of crazy golf in Hartland Quay. Oh and for the record, I won and even though it was Joel’s birthday I couldn’t just LET him win!
Update: He wants a rematch…!
Lastly, we spent the day with our family on Instow Beach and then back in Appledore. It was the perfect way to end our little holiday.
Have you visited any of these lovely places in North Devon? I’d love to hear about your experiences too! Follow @lovenorthdevon for updates 🙂