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Devon

From crashing waves and unforgettable sunsets to quaint villages and cream teas, Devon is our home and the front door is open...

A region known for its stunning coastline, rolling hills and quaint villages, Devon boasts some of England’s most breathtaking places.

From the beautiful cliffs and rippling water of beaches like Combe Martin or the blend of moorland, woodland and river valleys of Exmoor National Park just a 10 minute drive away, we are located in the ideal spot for those seeking adventure as well as tranquility.

Whether you’re visiting us for the day or for a whole week, there are plenty of things to do outside of your activities. We’ve made, just for you, a little selection of things you could plan into your trip to Calvert Exmoor.

What can I do during my Calvert Exmoor experience?

Well, you won't be on a climbing wall all day every day, so when you have downtime or on your journey either side of visiting us, why not see what Devon has to offer?

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Greenery and rocks in the foreground meet white water waves of the ocean, with sand and land leading away into the background on the left side. There is a headland of land in the distance and lots of people in the water.

Go to the beach

Greenery and rocks in the foreground meet white water waves of the ocean, with sand and land leading away into the background on the left side. There is a headland of land in the distance and lots of people in the water.

Go to the beach

Well-known among surfers and holiday-makers alike, the beaches in North Devon are considered part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The beach pictured is called Woolacombe Bay, which not only has ‘Easy Disabled Access’ but also has an all-terrain and beach wheelchair available for hire.

 

Other beautiful beaches worth visiting (* means accessible and may have specialist beach wheelchairs on offer – contact them directly for details):

Visit Exmoor Zoo

Visit Exmoor Zoo

We love Exmoor Zoo. So much so, they come to visit us every so often, bringing animals along for our guests to see and sometimes hold too. You can read more about this on our Evening Entertainment page.

 

Home of the Exmoor Beast (the only black leopard on exhibit in the UK) and housing a huge variety of other animals, with events and daily activities, you won’t get bored.

 

They not only have accessibility as an important aspect of their business, but they hire out mobility scooters, give concessions to carers and have easy access parking too.

Immerse yourself in nature

Immerse yourself in nature

North Devon is considered an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a reason. Whether it’s the frosty depths of winter or the blue-skied hazy summer, the valleys, woodlands, moors and rivers are breathtaking.

Some key locations worth checking out during your time here (those with a * show that they are accessible):

  • Tarr Steps – beautiful riverside walk with a bit of history too
  • Valley of Rocks– note that this is accessible for those with mobility impairments but sadly, due to lack of passing places, it’s not recommended for wheelchair users
  • Arlington Court* – a National Trust house and gardens, with an accessible shuttle buggy and trampers available for hire
  • Heddon Valley– a stunning valley leading to the river mouth and the sea. Accessible toilets and two trampers available to hire, with a moderately level gravel path that is maintained for trampers and pushchairs, so may not be ideal for all wheelchair users
Three scones on a plate with a dish of jam on the left side and a dish of cream on the other side of the plate.

Have a cream tea

Three scones on a plate with a dish of jam on the left side and a dish of cream on the other side of the plate.

Have a cream tea

When in Devon, do as the Devonians do… This means cream first!

We know our stuff when it comes to scones, so head to these places to get the best of the best in cream or afternoon teas:

  • Sandy Cove Hotel, Combe Martin – without a doubt, one of the most stunning views of the cliffs known as Little and Great Hangman from the garden space here. Book in advance!
  • Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room – a hidden gem which caters to allergies too, so book in advance for a gluten free option!
  • Saunton Sands Hotel – for a slightly ‘fancier’ option, head to the hotel for a gorgeous view of Saunton Sands while devouring your delicious scones
  • Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley – just 15 minutes away from Calvert is the Hunters Inn, a National Trust owned pub that also serves delectable cream teas!
A microphone with a black background

Live music and theatre

A microphone with a black background

Live music and theatre

Devon boasts a bustling and vibrant music and theatre scene, with a huge variety of local talent.

  • Junction 27, Barnstaple – from rock to electric swing, these guys host all sorts of events to cater for a variety of tastes
  • Queens Theatre, Barnstaple – a selection of both productions and live music
  • The Landmark, Ilfracombe – again, both productions and live music at this beautiful seaside venue
  • The Grampus Inn, Lee Bay – every Friday night they host an open mic with some of the highest quality local talent. If you play an instrument, take it along and get yourself involved!
  • The Dolphin Inn, Combe Martin
  • Freshwell Camping, Croyde – on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer season, there’s live music between 6 and 8pm with the most delicious food being served from a few different food trucks, all with a stunning backdrop of Croyde Beach
An aerial view of Ilfracombe town, with pink flowers in the foreground and sea surrounding the land.

Village visits

An aerial view of Ilfracombe town, with pink flowers in the foreground and sea surrounding the land.

Village visits

It’s no secret that Devon does village life pretty well. We’ve put together a list of places that we think you might like to visit and some listed highlights of each place.

  • Ilfracombe – fish and chips, gorgeous beaches, live music and the Damien Hirst statue called ‘Verity’
  • Combe Martin – kayak and paddle-board hire, cafes, stunning beaches and one of the best fish and chip shops in the area: Black and White Fish and Chips
  • Porlock – tea rooms, shops, walks, Porlock Weir, National Trust Holnicote Estate
  • Simonsbath – river exploration, sawmill, Boevey’s tearooms
  • Lynmouth – funicular railway, river walks, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, museum, Lynton cinema, Valley of Rocks
A man holding an ice cream is walking and looking back at a young boy in a powered wheelchair. A woman is walking between the two of them and in the background there are colourful beach huts.

For the family

A man holding an ice cream is walking and looking back at a young boy in a powered wheelchair. A woman is walking between the two of them and in the background there are colourful beach huts.

For the family

Come rain or shine, North Devon has so much to offer for families. Have a look at our suggested list of places to visit with the kids:

  • Quince Honey Farm, South Molton – a working honey farm and great day out for all the family
  • Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park – an exciting adventure for the whole family and only a 10 minute drive from Calvert Exmoor
  • The Big Sheep – adventure play, rollercoasters and even a brewery, there’s something for everyone
  • North Devon Wake Park – just next door to The Milkyway (see ‘Rainy day excursions’) is the Wake Park, where you can learn to wakeboard/kneeboard, play on their adventure inflatable water park or even go for a cold water dip followed by sitting in a sauna
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor – captivating blooms and ornamental gardens to explore, and, of course, a tea room!

Rainy day excursions

Rainy day excursions

It’s sometimes inevitable that you’ll have a rainy day or two, but not to worry, here are some places you can go come rain or shine:

  • The Milkyway, Bideford – another one for the whole family and absolutely bursting at the seams with fun for all
  • Woolley Animal Farm Park, Winkleigh – a great day out where you can meet animals, groom ponies and feed new arrivals in the spring
  • Lynton and Barnstaple Railway – a steam railway with carriages designed as early as the 1890s. Wheelchair users are encouraged to get in touch in advance to discuss arrangements for using the train
  • Woolacombe Hotel Neo Cinema – a beautiful cosy cinema with sofa seating and an old-fashioned bar with popcorn
  • Exmoor Distillery,  Dulverton – a tour of the facility with a cozy bar/shop and explore the artistry of gin and rum production (over 18s)

Learn more about Devon…

Yellow long dune grass leading into a long expanse of sand, with the ocean on the far left of the image. In the background is a town and a headland leading into the blue sky.

Beach wheelchairs

Picturesque seaside locations with the ability to hire beach wheelchairs…

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Things to do

Check out what the local area around Calvert has to offer…

Come and visit!

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