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10 of the Prettiest Villages in Devon

Clovelly main street. - Image by member Peter Evans (view gallery)

10 of the prettiest villages to visit in Devon.

1. Clovelly, Devon

Clovelly, Devon. - Image by member Geoff Chapman (view gallery)

Beautiful Clovelly, mentioned in the Doomsday book, has its origins rooted deep in Saxon times. Often referred to as Devons' Secret
Treasure, this lovely place has remained largely unchanged for centuries.

With its single cobbled street plunging in wide steps between quaint cottages to the sea some half a mile below, Clovelly is not for the feint hearted. To visit this, one of Englands' prized "Showplace" villages, the visitor needs plenty of stamina and comfy walking shoes..[more]

2. Appledore, Devon

Appledore, Devon - Image by member Tatiana Thrush (view gallery)

Appledore is as enchanting as its name. It is a pretty place that shows a host of colourful fishermens cottages in the narrow streets beyond the quay. It has a seafaring history that stretches back down the centuries for almost a thousand years. Queen Elizabeth Ist is said to have given Appledore 'free port' status in gratitude to the brave men of Appledore whose ships played an important part in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

The town has a fine ship building tradition and when..[more]

3. Cockington, Devon

Cockington - Image by member J.m. Van Der Putten (view gallery)

This idyllic thatched village perfectly reflects the harmony and glory of a by-gone age, for here you can walk in ancient parkland, or take a romantic drive around Cockington in a sedate horse-drawn carriage.

This celebrated village is an old place, it was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and is seemingly little changed since Tudor and medieval times. Sweet little stone cottages peer out at you from beneath a lush thick thatched roof, these are now mainly curio shops and tea-rooms,..[more]

4. Woolacombe, Devon

Woolacombe, North Devon - Image by member Andy W (view gallery)

5. Braunton, Devon

The green, Braunton, Devon - Image by member William Bedell (view gallery)

6. Beer, Devon

Beer, Devon - Image by member Pat Trout (view gallery)

Interestingly, lace making was once an industry of this picturesque little fishing village, and lace worth around 1,000 was supplied by Beer in 1839 for Queen Victoria's wedding gown. Beautiful hand made lace can still be seen in Beer but not in great quantities.

There is a shingle beach here and the main street, accompanied by a sparkling little stream, leads down to it. There is no harbour here but Beer remains very much a fishing village and little boats go out to sea for crab..[more]

7. Croyde, Devon

Craft Centre in Croyde, Devon - Image by member William Bedell (view gallery)

Croyde has an olde-world charm of immense appeal to everyone. It is one of those places that in spite of encroaching modernity and an influx of youthful enthusiastic surfers and walkers, has fortunately managed to retain its 'old fashioned serenity' and friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Croyde village has a scattering of thatched, colourwashed cottages and other delightful buildings, all sheltered by dunes which stand between the village and the bay. The grassy dunes, crossed by rippling..[more]

8. Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

Bigbury Bay, Devon - Image by member David Reynolds (view gallery)

9. Dittisham, Devon

Dittisham as seen from the River Dart - Image by member Sharon Raydon (view gallery)

Attractive unspoilt village in a tranquil setting overlooking the widest part of the River Dart. There are delightful stone built and thatched cottages sided by small boathouses at the waterside and from the higher ground there are stunning views of bright river-craft making a vivid splash of colour against a backdrop of densely wooded slopes. Narrow lanes reach down to the beach where the waters are a popular venue for boating enthusiasts. The village is lively, with no shortage of amenities although..[more]

10. Instow, Devon

Instow - Image by member Bpeters (view gallery)

Instow is a gorgeous seaside resort with a mass of golden sands backed by a delightful village clambering upwards to meet with fine wooded countryside. It has the good fortune to lie between the waters of the rivers Taw and Torridge, giving it added appeal to boating enthusiasts, both river estuaries are navigable in small craft.

This is a popular tourist destination almost all year round, but never more so than in high summer when bright sunshine leads to lazy days on the beach..[more]

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