Westleigh is an ideal location for exploring North Devon; whether you just want to relax with a drink and a meal at the local pub,or be more
adventurous and explore the many activities and places in the area (some of which are listed below). Or if you fancy forgetting the car while
on your break, just a short walk along the Tarka Trail brings you into the seaside village of Instow with its own beach and various bars and
resturants to sample.
The Tarka trail is a 5 minute walk from the cottage ,
this is a disused railway track that has been designed
now for cyclist and walkers. It is 180 miles long in the
figure of eight in the northern part of Devon. It is very
varied including woodland , rivers , rugged moreland
coast cliffs and sandy bays. For those cycling coast to
coast our cottage is ideally situated as a first stopover
(Ilfacombe/Plymouth route). We can also organise bike
and rider transport if required.
A beautiful quaint fishing village , that dates back to the
17 th century , with its steep cobbled streets which were
built from pebbles hauled from the beach . The streets are
too steep for cars , so for centuries donkeys were used . now
days the locals use sledges to transport their groceries and
goods . You can sit in one of the lovely coffee shops enjoy
a cream tea looking out over the beautiful harbour .
Tapeley or Tapelia as it was known in the doomsday book, has for
over 1000 years held the fantasic elevated position over looking
the river Torridge , you can see the Island of Lundy. Set in the
beautiful North Devon country side . It lies within the magnificient
gardens with terraced Italian lawns , housing an ornamental
summer house known as the Toot .There is so much to see !
ROYAL NORTH DEVON GOLF CLUB
Royal North Devon golf club at Westward Ho! can rightly
claim to be the cradle of English golf. Founded in 1864,it is
the oldest course in the country and is regarded as the St.Andrew's of England. It is ranked 69 in the golf monthly's
top 120 course rankings, and it also features in golf world's
top courses in the world that every golfer must play.
Lundy Island is three miles long and half a mile wide
Lundy lies ten miles off the North Devon coast where
the Atlantic meets the Bristol Channel. A day trip can
be taken from Bideford Quay (approx three miles from
Westleigh), it takes under two hours. Lundy has its
own ship The Oldenburg, which carries 267 passengers.
The entire coast line is beautiful, wild, rugged and unspoilt.
BEACHES & SURFING
North Devon is known for its beautiful beaches,there are too
many to mention all of them ! The nearest surf beach being
Westward Ho! it draws surfers from miles around, with the
surfing areas, the beach caters for every activity. The surf is
also home to the wild sea bass for all you keen anglers.
Croyde Bay is also nearby, a world famous sandy beach,
backed by sand dunes,the stepped beach and rocks make it
one of the best surfing in Europe.