Hitch a Lift in North Devon


Our tour of North Devon features spectacular views, historic harbours, lush valleys and a cliff lift as we visit some of the area’s most picturesque locations. Highlights include visits to the market town of Barnstaple, the beautiful RHS Garden Rosemoor and the stunning Hartland Abbey & Gardens.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Barnstaple & Hartland Abbey & Gardens
We spend this morning in the charming market town of Barnstaple, the largest town in North Devon and located on the River Taw. The ancient town preserves a medieval character and we have time to enjoy its points of interest, including the historic Pannier Market (open Tue-Sat). Its wide range of stalls offer everything from local produce, flowers and crafts, to fashion, prints and pictures. We have time for lunch in one of the cosy bars or cafés before we make our way to the stunning Hartland Abbey & Gardens. A popular filming location, many films and TV programmes have been filmed here, including the Sense & Sensibility TV mini-series and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers.

Day 3 Lynton & Lynmouth & Illfracombe
This morning, we spend time at leisure in the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, where we can take the cliff railway from one to the other! The unique Victorian water powered funicular cliff lift (disabled access is limited) will transport us 500ft up and down to the villages, where we can explore their little independent shops selling local produce, gifts, arts and crafts. In the afternoon, we head back to Illfracombe, where we have free time to relax on the seafront and explore the attractions and picturesque natural harbour.

Day 4 RHS Rosemoor & Bideford
This morning, we make our way to enchanting RHS Garden Rosemoor. Nestled in the Torridge Valley, the Rosemoor gardens are eye catching at any time of year with
several gardens to explore, including the fragrant rose gardens, the brightly coloured Hot Garden, the Foliage Garden, Stone Garden and Exotic Garden to name but a few. In the afternoon, we spend time at leisure in the traffic-free lanes of the historic harbour town of Bideford. Explore the quirky little shops, the riverside quay and the historic indoor Pannier market (involves an uphill walk).

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

The Carlton Hotel

Illfracombe, Devon
AAA+ New to Albatross
This charming boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Ilfracombe with easy access to the seafront and local beaches. The owners have done an outstanding job in restoring the hotel over the past few years, and it is now of a high standard. Each of the bedrooms varies in size, but all are equipped to a very high standard with excellent facilities including TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a pleasant ground floor bar as well as a small cosy library-style lounge. The restaurant prides itself on serving quality local produce with no difference between groups and individuals.

The Osborne Hotel

AAA Entertainment Family Run Hotel Value Hotel
This friendly, family run Victorian hotel is situated close to the High Street and the Tunnels Beaches, enabling guests to explore Ilfracombe with ease. The hotel has 53 lift-accessible bedrooms which are simply furnished. There is also a traditional restaurant, a ballroom, bar lounge and small games room. The hotel also offers a varied entertainment programme each night. There are 5 steps to gain access to the hotel. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

The Osborne Hotel

Ilfracombe, Devon
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £199pp
No Single Supplement (max 3 incl driver)

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee & biscuits
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live in-house entertainment each night
• Entrance to Hartland Abbey
• Entrance to RHS Garden Rosemoor

The Carlton Hotel

Illfracombe, Devon
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £264pp
No Single Supplement (max 4 incl driver)
Selected Dates Only

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 2 nights
• Entrance to Hartland Abbey
• Entrance to RHS Garden Rosemoor
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