Planning a quick getaway? To help you make the most of your outdoor leisure time, weathertrending picks out the Weekend SweetSpot – an area of the UK that we think looks one of the better placed, weather-wise, for the upcoming weekend. This time we head to North Devon.
In timely fashion, warm and sunny weather is on the menu for most of us this Bank Holiday Weekend. But as millions head to some of our well-know beach resorts, perhaps you might consider visiting a part of the country that offers a much more varied range of beauty. North Devon is the perfect playground for a long weekend of discovery.
All the way from Countisbury to Baggy Point, the cliff-top walks offer some of the most stunning views in the entire country. Over the centuries, many a ship has perished on the jagged rocks that guard the shore. But now, as you drop in on the small hidden coves that line the north coast, you’ll find a quiet serenity. The peace belies the past dramas that the villages of Lynton, Coombe Martin, Lee and Mortehoe have witnessed.
If you can’t resist the lure of the waves, then Woolacombe and Croyde boast some of the best surfing beaches in southwest England. However, wetsuits are a must at this time of year!
But some of North Devon’s greatest charms lie inland. The magnificent Valley of the Rocks provides a mysterious enclosed counterbalance to the open sea views just a few hundred metres away. Its geological origins were a fortunate accident of rock, ice and water. Now the valley plays host to the famous herd of feral goats that ramble freely up and down the steep-sided slopes.
Beauty of a different kind awaits you as you head south into the wide expanse of Exmoor – by car, bike, foot, or on horseback. Much animal and plant life here is unique to the area and carefully protected within this National Park. Exmoor Ponies wander freely across the rugged bleak moorland. They are a hardy breed, who have stoically stood up to blizzards, gale and deluges for hundreds of years.
However, this weekend, ponies and people alike can look forward to warm and gentle weather. It should stay dry through the Bank Holiday too, with light winds and temperatures nudging into the low 20s Celsius at times. The coast may be fresher at times, though, with a cooling sea breeze.