About Welcombe and the surrounding area
Welcombe is a group of hamlets which comprises the village of Welcombe in North Devon. On the Devon and Cornwall border lies this truly unique place. Set in an AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) Welcombe is renowned for its scenery, wildlife and laidback lifestyle. The village boasts a fantastic pub, pottery, community shop, church and stunning local beaches, Welcombe and Marsland mouth. Welcombe is a popular holiday destination for people who are drawn to the beautiful, serene and tranquil area, the stunning beach, the glorious old smithy inn and the 'get away from it all feel'. It is also a great base to explore all Devon and Cornwall have to offer.
Welcombe and marsland are in a SSSI (site of special scientific interest) and is home to a vast array of wildlife, flora and fauna. Nature lovers will have a wonderful time exploring the many walks and windy lanes.
Very popular with surfers, walkers and families Welcombe will not disappoint.
The local area is surrounded by unique towns and villages steeped in history and spectacular scenery. Short descriptions of just a few of the nearest can be found below.
Welcombe is nesteled on the North Devon coast in between the popular towns of Bude and Bideford. Near by villages and places of interest include the stunning cobblestone fishing villages Clovelly, picturesque Hartland quay and the historic parish of morwenstow.
Bude (20 minute drive)
A very popular seaside town in North Cornwall. Bude itself has three sandy beaches, summerleaze, middle and crooklets are all very popular with families during the summer months. The town has good facilities including lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and sports facilities. Just to the south lies widemouth bay a huge sandy beach famed for its surfing, there are also many lovely eateries here.
Bideford (30 minute drive)
A historic port town located on the estuary of the river torridge in North Devon. Bideford has many quirky little shops, cafes and restaurants. Other popular attractions include the burton art gallery and the near by tarka trail popular with walkers and cyclists the trail is free from traffic and hosts traditional pubs along the way, great for sampling the locally made real ales. Bideford also has a ferry to lundy island and evening cruises along the river torridge. The nearby town of Westward Ho!has a three mile long sandy beach, amusment arcades and restaurants. For more branded retail shopping visit atlantic village.
Hartland and Hartland Quay (20 minute drive)
The town of Hartland is a large traditional village. It has just a few small shops and pubs. In close proximity to hartland point and lundy island there is a helicopter service that operates between March and November. Hartland boasts many unique attractions such as Hartland abbey, st nectans church and docton mill gardens. A convinient centre for walking some of the south west coast line Hartland quays spectacular cliffs and incredibly contorted rock formations are a truly wonderous sight.
Clovelly (20 Minute drive)
A Small historic fishing village On the North Devon coast. A major tourist attraction known for its very steep cobbled main street full of charm and character. The main village is not accessable by motor vehicles which has led to the use of sleds and donkeys to deliver goods to business' and locals. Parking is located at the top of the village where there is a cafe and shops. The main street leads to the fishing harbour where there is a lovely pub 'The Red Lion'. During the summer a landrover taxi service runs between the harbour and the main car park.
Morwenstow (15 minute drive)
The parish of morwenstow lies just a few miles up the coast from Welcombe towards Bude. Very popular with walkers, the coast path meanders its way past the parish and local pub The Bush inn. Morwenstow is famous for its church associated with the very eccentric reverend Hawker. A path leads from the church to the cliff edge where the national trusts smallest building is built into the cliff overlooking the sea towards Lundy Island. Here Hawker spent many hours in contemplation, writing poetry and smoking his opium pipe.
Boscastle (45 minute drive)
A picturesque fishing village steeped in history. The harbour is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville. The village, with its tiny harbour, is a popular tourist destination. Among the attractions are the Museum of Witchcraft, Uncle Paul's Emporium, the Boscastle pottery shop, and access to the South West Coast Path. Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust, including both sides of the harbour, Forrabury Stitches, high above the Boscastle and divided into ancient "stitchmeal" cultivation plots, and large areas of the Valency Valley, known for its connections to Thomas Hardy.
Tintagel (50 minute drive)
An iconic location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, with dramatic sea views, steeped in myth and legend. The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur. (http://www.arthur-online.co.uk/)The village is one of the most-visited places in Britain. Treknow is the largest of the other settlements in the parish, which also include Bossiney, Truas, Trebarwith, Tregatta, Trenale, Trethevy, Treven, Trevillet, and Trewarmett.
Port Isaac(1 hour drive)
Port Isaac has been an attractive fishing village since the early fourteenth century. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance. Known for its harbour and as a foodie destination, Port Isaac is also home to TV series Doc Martin. Port Gaverne is a very pretty unspoilt cove around the corner from Port Isaac which is also well worth a visit.
Padstow (1hour 20 munite drive) A charming working fishing port and famous foodie destination. Padstow is surrounded by glorious sandy beaches. It is the start/end point for The Camel Trail. Padstow has been a bustling little fishing port and boat-builders since the time of Elizabeth 1st. Nowadays the local fisherman supply the many fish restaurants which have recently become a major feature of the town, notably as Rick Stein has various eateries located in the village.