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5 Romantic Things to do in Devon

Date: 15th February 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Beach Cove Coastal Retreat
Beach Cove in North Devon has gained the reputation as the romance capital of the UK since opening in 2013…

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A couple’s haven in our quirky beach hut accommodation, all decorated with warm pastel colours, Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is the perfect getaway on the Devonshire coastline. On the cliffside of Hele Bay you can curl up and watch the world go by from your luxury hot tub, or wander around the coast, Devon has something for everyone, from the active couples to the strolling and taking it easy couples…

Ilfracombe Sea Safari

Romantic walks in Devon

One of the most exciting ways to explore the coast, and the beautiful Lundy Island. The passenger boat trips offer different experiences, you can explore the ocean and spot some dolphins, seals and even a whale if you’re really lucky! Or take a day trip to Lundy Island and escape the crowds, while visiting the 150 resident seals in an unforgettable experience. There is also the chance to go diving and meet the sea creatures up close and personal with their sister company, the Bristol Channel Charters.

Active Escape


Offering endless activities for everyone from ages 8 to 80, including coasteering, stand up paddle boarding, paint balling to their famous zip lines and abseiling activities! Book a day with the team and you will get exclusive access to their private coastline, Watermouth Cove, with caves, cliffs and beaches galore. Instructors will take you through the whole day so you don’t have to worry about any level of skill, abseil down a 25 meter drop, through a blow hole and into their private cave to explore, before taking the 80 meter zip wire over the ocean. Then grab a hot shower, have a drink and bite to eat at the on-site café.

Coastal Walking Paths

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There are an unlimited amount of walking paths around North Devon to explore, the best place to find them is the Walking in Devon website, which chronicles the best walks in the area and you can download a map and a very helpful leaflet, which will tell you about toilet breaks (a must), how hard the walk is and if it is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, what kind of obstacles are in the way (steps) as well as local shops to stop and have a cuppa! The walks range from 1.5 miles to 8 miles, but all have breathtaking scenery, dramatic cliffs and outstanding beaches.

Ilfracombe Fish Trail

Ilfracombe harbour

A fun and informative self guided tour around a beautiful harbour, the fish trail has 8 information boards that each detail different activities and habitats of fish, and the rich history of the industry in the seaside village. Walking around the harbour you will learn about the local history, including talk of treasure, a ship coming from the West Indies in 1796 wrecked along the coast and was said to have treasure; in 1978, 18th Century gold coins were found washed up in the sand. Try your luck at the beach, or grab a bite at one of the charming cafes along the harbour.

Hele Billy’s Bar & Restaurant

Hele Billys Bar & Restaurant

One of the most popular eating destination in North Devon, and it is less than 5 minutes away from our own Beach Cove Coastal Retreat. Barbara and Simon have owned Hele Billy’s since 2005,with a family friendly atmosphere it has become a huge hit with locals and tourists alike! With a huge range of wines, beers, real ales and award winning vodkas, as well as delicious food including season dishes with freshly caught Lundy Lobsters! You are always guaranteed a home cooked meal and  a warm welcome at Hele Billy’s.

Happy Adventuring Love Birds!

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Photo Credits: MHenbert, Jolly Janner, Jim Champion, Michael Maggs, Geoff Clark, Photodia, David, Jim Everington.