With no crowds and no rush, winter is a great time to discover the real Devon at your own pace. Our typically mild climate is ideal for outdoor lovers, but even on the dampest days there is plenty to enjoy both locally and in the comfort of our charming country house setting, (including some fantastic low season hotel offers). Here are some ideal winter excursions in North Devon to inspire you this winter:
You might have to wrap up a little warmer, but many of our stately gardens and National Trust properties are still lovely from late winter to early spring. While most of these idyllic places are refreshingly quiet, they are still beautiful to roam and it’s not unusual to see snowdrops bursting through as early as January.
Many also host events and workshops for the visitor too. Our pick for early 2016 has to be RHS Rosemoor, which is elegant even on the coldest and crispest winter days, while there are also events right through the year.
Great Torrington is a small town with a big heart when it comes to all things creative and cultural. It is an underrated little place to take a detour, with cute pubs, the rushing River Torridge and its own Civil War history. But it also has arguably the best of live entertainment and music venues in North Devon in the form of The Plough Arts Centre. Their events range from comedy and drama to folk music and jazz, keeping Devon cultured in the cold. See the official website for listings.
One of the most enjoyable day excursions in North Devon at any time of year, winter has a character all of its own in Clovelly. A potter around this pretty village is always a treat, whether you take in local crafts and history, or enjoy the ambiance of a classic traditional inn and a glass of ale.
If you visit in February however, you might also witness one of Clovelly’s oldest traditions. Lentsherd is an interesting Shrove Tuesday ritual, in which youngsters enjoy making a bang and clatter as they race down to the sea with tin-cans in tow. In old folklore, this was a way of driving out evil spirits for Lent. For visiting families, children can also join the fun and enjoy a pancake for their efforts. But whichever month you visit, it is a charming detour with lots going on. The official Clovelly website has all you need to know: www.clovelly.co.uk
If you are looking for a sure way to escape the rush for somewhere truly special- or make any foodie’s heart sing!- Northcote is the place to be, come summer sunshine or winter frost. It is always worth keeping an eye on our seasonal offers page for some fantastic deals on luxury breaks in North Devon.