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Where to go/stay??

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Where to go/stay??

Hi all,

We hope to travel to to Devon & Cornwall in May, travelling via ferry to Fishguard. We've been to Devon before and have been in places such as Torquay, Dawlish, Dartmoor, Okehampton & Clovelly. We want to spend a night near the north coast and another in the south. I've heard that Ilfracombe has become run down and mixed reports about Woolacombe, so any suggestions on where else might be worth seeing or staying would be great. As for the south we had thought of Plymouth or somewhere closeby, but again any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cian

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1. Re: Where to go/stay??

Sadly, Ilfracombe has become a bit of a faded Victorian resort, Woolacombe has a wonderful beach but not much else besides. If you want to be close to Woolacombe but have a nice village feel you could consider Mortehoe or for a glorious beach and a more rural feel you could at Croyde.

I am not keen on Plymouth, personally, perhaps Exeter? Or Tavistock?

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2. Re: Where to go/stay??

Linton or Lynmouth in North Devon are both nice places, less commercialised than Ilfracombe. I've stayed at Victoria Lodge in Linton and could recommend t it see reports on here.

As for Plymouth - I think you could do better elsewhere, Plymouth is o.k. for a day visit to see The Barbican and Hoe, but remember it is a working town and a Naval base, so parts are not too posh! Have a look at the coat between Dartmouth and Salcombe, my personal favourite, or maybe Bigbury Bay, Hope Cove, there are many places I assure you better than Plymouth. Inland, as someone as already mentioned there is Tavistock, a lovely little market town, with easy access onto Dartmoor and indeed into Cornwall.

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3. Re: Where to go/stay??

What kind of things do you like doing as that might help on suggestions on where to stay.

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4. Re: Where to go/stay??

Many thanks for those suggestions.

We're mostly into the outdoors so beaches or walks with maybe interesting features like castles or landscapes. But we also like exploring towns that have a bit of character - anything that's interesting or out of the ordinary I suppose. Then in the evening head out for a nice meal and a beer.

Thanks again!

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5. Re: Where to go/stay??

Go to Dartmouth - it has it all! a Castle, lovely restaurants and pubs, walks by the riverside, beaches nearby at Blackpool sands and Slapton ( both shingle but lovely) plus as far as character is concerned - it has 100%.

Totnes would be another alternative, it has a castle, but is inland, but lovely riverside walks and the boats go to Dartmouth from there. Great 'jumping off' point for visiting Devon. Some friends stayed at Four Seasons Guest House in Totnes, they said it was good.

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6. Re: Where to go/stay??

They're some great suggestions many thanks.

So the plan is to drive to Bath, stay there for a night then straight on down to either Polperro or Dartmouth (any ideas/suggestions? on this??). Then spend another night somewhere around midway between there and Lyme Regis (any ideas on this?? Not Torquay or Exeter as we've stayed there before). Staying in/around Lyme Regis on our fouth night before making the long journey back to Fishguard.

So that's about it, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions on this itinerary that would be great!

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7. Re: Where to go/stay??

You might find this link handy

http://www.lotstodo.co.uk/

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8. Re: Where to go/stay??

I'd agree with previous postings. Dartmouth is a nice town, with plenty of small pubs and cafes, shops, and a general nice feeling. Across the river from Kingsweir there is a steam train which runs up the river. Great views well worth a ride.

I'd put Tavistock on the list, with the pannier market (Cheese shop there is very good), duke of bedford buildings throughout the centre and small shops, cafes. Not far from Plymouth, so easy to visit from Tavistock.

On North coast, the area between Tintagel and Lynton is a nice drive, with some interesting places. Tintagel itself has the castle, thought to be Arthur's castle. Bude's canal area has been upgraded a lot making a nice area to wander, and there's a great pastie shop (Penganna Pasties). Then there's Hartland Point (Pub on the quay near Hartland, Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Room), Clovelly, and onto towards Barnstaple. Just north there's Braunton Burrow, a nice sand dune area, a national nature reserve with great walks. orchids in the early spring/summer. Ilfracombe has a rather faded air, but still has some nice places to visit around as well as Theatre for entertainment, as well Hunters Moon pub and the Valley of the Rocks.. And finish towards Lynton and Lynmouth.

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9. Re: Where to go/stay??

Trying to find a nice hotel to take my elderly Mum for a 2 night break away....preferably near the coast, but not essential, which is warm and cosy and unpretentious and not too expensive.

Stayed at Hunters Moon Sidmouth and I guess I am looking for something similar ...anyone any recommendations? Thanks.

Edited: 5:34 am, April 22, 2013
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10. Re: Where to go/stay??

If you want a town in north Devon then Lynton with Lynmouth just below it would be good with attractive walks up the River Lyn to Watersmeet and then back down the riverside paths on the other side.

Or a village such as Croyde with a beautiful beach and walks up the cliffs nearby to Baggy Point and beyond.

Yes both are nicer than Ilfracombe.