Friday 4th August 2023

Free things to do in North Devon

Are you looking for free activities to do in North Devon? Look no further! Whether you're a local or on a holiday, there are plenty of cost effective activities to keep you entertained. From exploring the stunning beaches to visiting local landmarks, there's something for everyone in North Devon. Here’s our list of budget-friendly attractions and activities to keep you occupied during your stay in one of our holiday cottages in Woolacombe.

Morte Point Trail Hike

Morte Point Sunset

Location: Morte Point

Located just an 8-minute drive away, the Mortehoe Point and Bull Point circular coastal walk provides a wonderful opportunity to get some exercise while taking in stunning scenery. This trail is recommended for experienced hikers, as it features rocky coastal paths and steep terrain. While walking, be sure to keep an eye out for seals and other amazing wildlife inhabiting the area.

The Watersmeet Trail to Ash Bridge Circular Walk is a better option if you are looking for a moderate walk that is suitable for all of the family.

St Nicholas Chapel


Location: Ilfracombe

St Nicholas Chapel dates back to 1321 and is an iconic local landmark that sits on top of Lantern Hill in Ilfracombe. Despite the steep climb up, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Ilfracombe’s historic harbour and have the opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of the chapel.

Mortehoe Museum


Location: Mortehoe

Explore Mortehoe and Woolacombe's rich history at this quaint little museum. Visitors can enjoy interesting displays that delve into the past about coastal settings, local tourism, farming, and much more! A visit to Mortehoe Museum is a great chance to learn about the history of these charming towns and how they came to be.

Runnymede Gardens

Runnymede Gardens in Devon

If you're looking for a relaxing afternoon with loved ones on a sunny day, we suggest checking out Runnymede Garden. In this tranquil corner of Ilfracombe, you can unwind and embrace the pretty grassland surrounding you. The garden boasts well-kept pretty flower beds and a gentle stream that runs through the middle. It’s a great space to enjoy a lovely picnic and leisurely stroll around the area.

Vandal Gallery

Vandal Gallery

Vandal Gallery is a fairly new contemporary art gallery that showcases innovative artwork to appreciate and purchase. They frequently host exhibitions featuring a combination of emerging and established artists from across North Devon. It's an excellent destination for art enthusiasts and a great place to spend your free time during your stay at Willingcott Valley Holiday Village.

Watersmeet Trail to Ash Bridge Circular Walk

Watersmeet House

Location: Watersmeet House

The Watersmeet to Ash Bridge circular walk starts at Watersmeet House, a renowned National Trust property in Lynmouth. Along the trail, you will be treated to breath-taking views of the East Lyn River and have the opportunity to explore tranquil woodland areas. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the rare otters that habitat the river or beautiful herons sitting on the low-hanging branches over the water.

Here are some other walking trails to consider.

North Devon Beaches

Woolacombe Beach sunset

Location: Woolacombe Beach

North Devon boasts some of the most stunning beaches in England, so there are plenty tochoose from during your Woolacombe getaway. Whether you're drawn to the sandy terrain and expansive views of Woolacombe Beach or the beautiful blue waters and rugged cliffs of Combe Martin Beach, you won't be disappointed. It's worth considering visiting more than one during your holiday getaway to truly experience the wonders of North Devon's beaches.

Willingcott Valley Holiday Village in North Devon

Outdoor heated swimming pool in Willingcott Valley 

Location: Willingcott Valley Holiday Village

Willingcott Valley is a self-catering holiday village located in the delightful town of Woolacombe. We offer a variety of charming holiday cottages that can accommodate between 2 to 8 people.

Our cottages offer a wonderful escape from the stresses of daily life, whether you're looking for a short weekend getaway or a longer week-long stay. Each cottage is fully equipped with all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay, including underfloor heating and Wi-Fi (amenities vary between properties – please read the listing description carefully at the time of booking). We also provide a welcome pack to greet you upon arrival at our holiday village.

During your stay at North Devon, you'll have access to our shared facilities. Our outdoor heated swimming pool (available from May to September) is the perfect way to cool off and relax after a long day of exploring. We also have two play areas that are sure to your children entertained and help them burn off some energy.

If we've inspired you to book a cottage at our holiday village in North Devon this summer, please contact us or book online.


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