Find the nearest Landscapes & Nature in Devon
Our Landscape and Nature category brings all Coast Radar’s Devon listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of the countryside or coast path based activity.
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- The West Exmoor Coast, North East Devon, from Combe Martin to Woody Bay, west of Lynton has six miles of towering cliffs, secluded coves, wooded river valleys and heather moorland in Exmoor National Park. Excellent walking on the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail with some of the highest sea cliffs in southern England, a haven for coastal and woodland birds.
- Clovelly has a single steep cobbled street that runs down past 16th Century fisherman’s cottages to the harbour. The road is half a mile (0.8km) long but drops some 400ft (122m). Once at the bottom Clovelly harbour is a 13th Century stone quay. Clovelly has not been spoilt by the holiday trade over the years as it is owned by the Clovelly Estate and so you will not find holiday homes but arts and crafts. The car park and visitor centre is at the top of the village and does offer some transport down via back lanes, but the beauty at Clovelly is the walk down to the harbour.
- The RHS Rosemoor garden has something for everyone. In 26 hectares (65 acres) you have fruit and vegetables to woodland, formal gardens to wildflower meadows and water features to foliage. Often events are held and why not visit the Rosemoor Restaurant, RHS Shop and Plant Centre.
- The most southerly point in Devon, a stunning stretch of the South West Coast Path with dramatic cliffs, open farmland and secluded sandy coves. Excellent for spotting migratory birds and rare butterflies. Iron Age promontory fort at Bolt Tail and small sandy coves between Salcombe & Prawle.
- Castle Drogo is set above the Teign Gorge at a height of nearly 300 metres with spectacuklar views over the Dartmoor National Park. As well as the castle you have formal gardens and paths through the valley and gorge. The castle facilities include cafe, gift shop and plant centre.
- Glen Lyn Gorge is situated in Lynmouth, is part of Exmoor National Park within a designated sight of special scientific interest. It is the site of the “Power of Water Exhibition” a visitor attraction where people can learn about renewable energy in a stunning natural setting. Learn about the devasting floods that ravaged the town in 1952
- Morte is a spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headlands, important for its wildlife, archaeology and geology. Just some of the places to visit include:Baggy Point – Rocky headland marking the southern end of Woolacombe Bay above the surf haven of Croyde. Three mile stretch of golden sand lying between Mortehoe and Baggy Point. Mortehoe and Morte Point – Gorse and heather covered headland to the north of Woolacombe Bay. Torrs Walk to Rockham Bay – Coastline to the east of Morte Point, with small coves, outcrops and jagged slate cliffs.
- Bideford Bay and Hartland, coastal area away from the crowds, an excellent location for families and sporting groups. The Bideford Bay shoreline has excellent rock-pooling. With 30 miles of footpaths (14 miles of the South West Coast Path), you have many places to discover around the Hartland Peninsula and Bideford Bay. For off-road cycling (mountain biking) and horse riding there is a fairly challenging bridleway route from East Titchberry to Exmansworthy, Hartland. The bridleway from East Titchberry to Exmansworthy offers views to Lundy and across Bideford Bay to Morte Point. Kite surfers have Westward Ho! beach with seasonal life guards.
- Burgh Island is a small tidal island off the coast of South Devon in England near to the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea. There are several buildings on the island. The island is approximately 270 yards (250 m) from the mainland and is approachable on foot at low tide. At high tide, the sea tractor, which is operated by the hotel, transports pedestrians back and forth. The original vehicle was constructed in 1930; the current, third generation tractor dates from 1969. The vehicle drives across the beach with its wheels underwater on the sandy bottom while its driver and passengers sit on a platform high above. Power from a Fordson tractor engine is relayed to the wheels via hydraulic motors. The island has a network of footpaths.
- The Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower garden was founded in 1979 and contains 4 acres split equally between woodland and wild flower garden. The 1000+ Gnomes are distributed about the whole site. Also see how gnomes are made and view some antiques. Facilities include shop, refreshments, toilets, picnic areas. Dogs are welcome on leads.