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There are several easy options for accessing North Devon and we’ll be happy to tailor-make the perfect solution for you. Once on the road, you’ll soon be skirting the Quantock Hills and Somerset coast – perhaps taking in a coastal village or vast beach along the way – as the road twists and pitches towards your first base in the classic North Devon town of Lynton.
Separated by a 450 foot cliff, the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth offer an ideal getaway whatever you wish from your holiday. Ride the famous cliff railway, the highest and steepest water-powered railway in the world; pack a picnic and spend the day exploring nearby Valley of Rocks and Glen Lyn Gorge; take tea in the garden at Watersmeet before setting off on a woodland or seaside stroll; or lose yourself in the captivating landscape of Exmoor.
Your base for the first couple of days of your holiday is an award winning guest house of the utmost quality. Spacious, high-spec bedrooms, many with quite staggering views across Lynmouth Bay, coupled with modern, user friendly bathrooms to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Breakfast is served in the front facing, period built conservatory, affording further opportunity to enjoy what may well be one of Devon’s finest vistas.
Enjoy a fine breakfast in the conservatory this morning before setting off for the short drive to the heart of Exmoor National Park. Here, you’ll be met by a friendly and knowledgeable local guide, ready to take you on a fun and informative walking tour of this most dramatic landscape, tailor-made to your exact requirements according to ability, interests and any specific requests you may have. Wildlife, geology, history and local legend combine to make this a terrific day out. At tour’s end, enjoy a picnic prepared by your guide of produce from their own smallholding, the very tastiest of lunches!
You have a choice of routes as you make your way South into Cornwall; via the western side of Exmoor and through a number of evocative villages, or via our preferred course along the North Devon coast. You’ll drive past the beautiful beaches of the Combes and through the postcard perfect village of Croyde, perhaps taking a detour to visit cliff-side Clovelly (not for the faint-hearted!) before dropping further south into North Cornwall.
Despite the secluded setting, your accommodation in North Cornwall is within minutes’ drive of some of Cornwall’s must-see spots, both on the coast and further inland. Hosted by the friendliest of couples, tea and cake served in the modern farmhouse kitchen upon arrival makes the perfect welcome. Each of the four spacious bedrooms contain every feature you’ll need to make your stay stress-free.
From the rural idyll of your accommodation, a mere 15 minute drive will take you to both Tintagel with its wonderful clifftop castle, and the chocolate box village of Boscastle. A little further down the coast will see you at Padstow and Rock, must-sees on any trip to Cornwall – not forgetting, of course, the wild and unique landscape of Dartmoor.
Today it’s time to make your way south – indeed, as far south as it’s possible to travel on mainland UK. Our favourite route is to drive an hour or so to the wonderfully picturesque fishing port of Mevagissey to wander its tiny, twisting streets. Later, head around the Carrick Roads estuary dropping to the Lizard Heritage Coast and to Lizard itself, whose lighthouse represents the Southernmost point of the mainland before arriving in Penzance.
Set on a hill overlooking the town, your accommodation in Penzance is a Georgian townhouse, built in 1790 to the most exacting standards of the day. Home to several notable figures over the centuries, today the house has been restored and upgraded, providing lavish accommodation over six rooms, coupled with the finest service from the amenable owner and her small team.
Penzance is the perfect place from which to explore this fascinating location. Stroll along the harbour-side all the way to evocative St. Michael’s Mount. A little further afield, enjoy an outdoor show at the unique Menack Theatre and find your way towards Lands End, where you’re sure to wish to record your visit, while just 15 minutes away by car will find you near lively and lovely St. Ives, easily reached by one minute train ride from Carbis Bay (driving in St. Ives can be something of a challenge!)
Unfortunately today your exploration of this most spectacular part of England comes to a close as you begin your journey home.
This is a three centre holiday and includes stays in North Devon, North Cornwall and Penzance.
£895 per person in March, £975 per person in April to October
This price is based on two people sharing a twin or double room for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis. This price also includes a private guided half-day walking tour of Exmoor with a local-produce picnic lunch.
Though not included, car rental is available for a range of vehicles – please just ask for details.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
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