One of the most famous villages in the West Country, Clovelly’s steep cobbled streets and white-washed cottages, offer an iconic scene that’s instantly recognisable. An ancient fishing village, with historical links dating back to the Spanish Armada and beyond, the land has been privately owned by the same family since 1783.
Offering picturesque charm in abundance, much of the village retains its original character. The residents work hard to ensure that restoration is done so sympathetically, using traditional methods. These traditions extend into daily life; with no access for cars and instead sledges are used for delivery. Formerly donkeys were used for carting goods and although long-since retired, children can still enjoy a donkey ride while on holiday in Clovelly.
You’ll find the New Inn at the half way point and this is a great place to stop off on your journey through the village for a coffee and a light snack. As you continue your journey down into the village you’ll pass the town’s post office where you can pick up an award winning pasty or enjoy a traditional Devonshire cream tea at a café. At the bottom of the village you will reach the beautiful harbour where the local fisherman continue to make a living today. Beside the harbour is The Red Lion where you can get a high quality meal while overlooking some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Devon.
At the heart of the village, you’ll find Clovelly Lifeboat Station, which has been there since 1870. It closed for an eight year period in 1988 but has since been modernized and extended and welcomes visitors during the summer months.
On the outskirts of Clovelly is the award winning family theme park, The Milky Way. This all-weather attraction has something for everyone. Devon’s longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster is found at the park along with fantastic indoor and outdoor play areas for children of all ages - a must visit while on a family holiday in North Devon.
The South West Coast Path passes through Clovelly and features some of the most rugged coastline in the county. There is a challenging but rewarding walk to Clovelly from the seaside village of Westward Ho! passing through Bucks Mills and a stunning waterfall. If you choose to start at Clovelly you can take an equally challenging walk to Hartland Quay where you trek through a mixture of ancient woodland and cliffs tops. A walk on the South West Coast Path truly can be a highlight of a Clovelly holiday.
Offering picturesque charm in abundance, much of the village retains its original character.
The magical atmosphere of Clovelly is sure to capture the heart of its visitors during North Devon holidays. Explore the nooks and crannies of its pretty buildings and take in the breath-taking views across the Bideford Bay Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.