Things to do in Mortehoe and North Devon
Of course you are more than welcome to just enjoy your time and unwind here at The Smugglers Rest, however there is plenty to do in the local area, some of which is detailed below.
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The small settlement of Mortehoe is a pretty stone built village mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village features several tea rooms and pubs, a thirteenth century church and Mortehoe Museum which recounts the area’s rich maritime history.
This is an interesting village and St Mary’s Church, the Cemetery and the Mortehoe Museum are all well worth a visit. The village offers a full range of facilities including stores, bakery, restaurants and pubs.
Many of our customers and guests have passed comment on the unmistakable beauty of ancient Morte Point. The headland offers stunning views South across Woolacombe Bay or North to the Welsh coast on a clear day. There is easy access via the residential lane next to The Smugglers Rest and the short walk takes in the secluded Rockham Bay.
WOOLACOMBE BEACH IS AN AWARD WINNING BEACH! Voted Number 1 in the UK on Tripadvisor (February 2016) for the second year running! Woolacombe also holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday. Woolacombe Beach lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand is renowned for it’s cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Life guards ensure safe family swimming during the summer and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great waves and clean water.
The Smugglers Rest is the perfect place to be based if you are visiting the area for a golf-oriented holiday due to its proximity to the Mortehoe & Woolacombe golf club at Easewell which is less than a mile away, the Willingcott Valley golf course which is less than 3 miles away, and less than 10 miles away is the Saunton Golf Club, overlooking Saunton sands beach and dunes, with views stretching across the Atlantic ocean.
The smugglers Rest is only 20 minutes drive from Watermouth Castle, one of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens.
In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages.
With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!
Barnstaple is a historic market town and the hub of North Devon. It has the largest number of shops, night spots and restaurants in the area, as well as a cinema and theater. Only half an hour drive from Mortehoe you can browse the extensive shops of the high street and Green Lanes shopping centre. As the premier town in North Devon you’ll find great bars, great restaurants and big name high street shopping. But that’s not what makes Barnstaple special. Not alone. That’s done by the independent boutique shops within the town, the proud local food producers selling their delicious delicacies in the Pannier Market and, of course, the town’s colourful history. It’s this mix of new and old, of modern and traditional that’s behind Barnstaple’s charm.
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
A 22 minute drive away, set in over 28 acres of spectacular, sub tropical gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park has been giving great enjoyment to its customers for 27 years.
With a daily schedule of Free Shows, talks, encounters and a number of ‘Animal Experiences’ to enjoy, we encourage close interaction with our knowledgeable keepers and some truly magnificent animals.
In addition, we offer an exhilarating Dino Express Train Ride, a tropical house, Bug World and Tomb of the Pharaohs.
We look forward to seeing you.
Walking and Hiking
The Smugglers rest is an ideal place to explore some of the UK’s most spectacular coastal walking and hiking. Nestled in the far North West corner of Devon, overlooking the world renowned Lundy Island, stretching over 30 miles to the North East border with Somerset and to the South West border with Cornwall, taking in Exmoor National Park, the North Devon Heritage Coast, the North Devon Area Of Natural Beauty, the Hartland Peninsula and Heritage Coast, and of course Lundy Island.
You are certain to take away some breathtaking memories from this place, even more so if you have a love for the outdoors and the British countryside and coastline.
Surfing and Watersports
The Smugglers Rest is a surf-friendly-Bed and Breakfast.
What that means is new owner Will is SURF MAD!
It also means we welcome surfer’s and other water sports enthusiasts (we don’t mind the floors covered in sand!) and that we are a perfectly located Bed and Breakfast for some of the best surf in the UK! And not just the UK…this has been called “some of the best surf in the world”!!!
Rockpooling at Mortehoe Beach (Rockham)
A small secluded bay with good rock pools is a good way to describe Mortehoe. The sandy rocky beach comprises of the perfect combination for some fabulous hidden rock pools teaming with creatures waiting to be discovered.
The beach is dog friendly meaning four legged friends are allowed all year round. Access is by foot only however with car parking available in Mortehoe but with coastal walks that offer such breathtaking scenery exploring it by car will be the last thing on your mind. The walk to Rockham bay itself is not too strenuous as there are three flights of steep steps to reach the beach itself but it is still a 2km walk. However as you proceed carefully down you are rewarded with clumps of lovely wild flowers growing on the cliffs.
High tide is not the ideal time to visit as access is restricted but at all other times there is much to explore – plenty of rock pools many quite deep interesting rock formations and plenty of sand for children to play on.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Devon is one of those counties with a wealth of different landscapes and cycle routes to explore.
In North Devon the wilds of Exmoor contrast with some of the most stunning sandy beaches the country has to offer. You’ll also find the Tarka Trail, one of the UK’s most popular traffic-free cycle routes – flat and forming part of the iconic Devon Coast to Coast cycle route from Ilfracombe to Plymouth.
If you don’t mind travelling a little further, to experience what the South West of England has to offer for cycling and mountain biking, then you can find The Quantock Hills, Dartmoor and North Cornwall all around 50 miles away.
Find more information and maps for Devon and Cornwall cycling and mountain biking at Courtessy of sustrans.org.uk
Other Things to See and Do
We will be adding more to this section as we find out more information ourselves, after all, we’re new to the area too!
Heres a few we’ve just been recommended…
Nick Thorn – Highly recommended local Surf School, Paddlboarding & Coasteering.
Xtreme Coasteering – Coasteering specialists in Devon and Cornwall.
Rock and Rapid Adventures – Climbing and Abseiling, Kayaking, Canoeing and Coasteering.
Chopper’s Crazy Boat Trips – Angling/Fishing Trips, Dive Trips & Lundy Island Trips.