The North Devon coast is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt stretches of coastline in the UK.
The landscape encompasses wild, empty stretches of rugged cliffs and rocky coves, stunning
beaches, wooded valleys, extensive sand dunes and unspoilt fishing villages. Much of it is
wonderfully empty of tourists who inexplicably tend to bypass North Devon in favour of South
Devon and Cornwall.
With such a variety of habitats it is not surprising that there is a wealth of wildlife to be found in
North Devon and much of this is at its best in June. Seabirds are feeding chicks on rocky cliffs topped with carpets of wild flowers, butterflies are on the wing along with a host of songbirds including skylark, willow warbler, chiffchaff and stonechats, grey seals loaf about in the shallows whilst out at sea gannets, guillemots, puffins and razorbills hunt for fish.
On this 4 night trip we will be spending 3 ½ days visiting some of the highlights of this area. We will be basing ourselves in the beautiful village of Croyde, a mecca for surfers, walkers and wildlife lovers alike. From here we will spend a day at the nearby Braunton Burrows, hub of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, have a day trip to the magical and unique Lundy Island and visit the beautiful Marsland nature reserve. Tides permitting we will spend a couple of hours rockpooling after dark when all the critters usually tucked away out of site come out into the open. We will also mix in a bit of culture with a visit to the hut where the eccentric Reverend Hawker smoked opium and wrote poetry and a morning in Clovelly, a tiny working fishing village unchanged for 400 years and only accessible by foot, donkey or 4×4.