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Holsworthy
Welcome to the ancient market town of Holsworthy, situated amidst the rolling green hills of North Devon. There are many natural attractions within a short distance, the rugged cliffs of the Hartland Peninsula, sandy beaches at Bude and nearby Widemouth Bay, the South West Coastal Path, fishing and boating on the Tamar and Roadford Lakes. Holsworthy is an ideal central base for visiting the main attractions of Devon and Cornwall and for discovering Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor, and will become one of the hubs for the Ruby Trail development, offering a network of rural walks, cycle paths and bridlepaths connectiong to the famous Tarka Trail and Dartmoor.

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Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe is North Devon's premier holiday resort. There is such a vast range of things to see and do that the most active of visitors will be satisfied. Alternatively, simply relax, unwind and enjoy the Glorious North Devon Coastline and Countryside. The natural attractions are available and "open" all year round and provide a constantly altering vista with the changing seasons of the year. Explore the seasonal wonders of the Exmoor National Park, the beaches and rugged coastline of North Devon where Exmoor dramatically meets the sea. The sandy beaches of the North Devon Atlantic Coastline, which includes the Blue Flag beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde Bay where the crashing waves challenge the surfers especially in the winter.

The Admirals House, Quayfield Road Tel: 01271 864666

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Instow
Instow lies on the bank of the River Torridge almost opposite Appledore, with views towards Bideford Bay. The Appledore skyline, seen across the river, is dominated by the huge covered workshops of Appledore Shipyards. A wide variety of craft can be seen on the river as it stretches out to the Bristol Channel. The estuary-side town of Instow is also the home of the North Devon Yacht Club. Towards the north end of the sandy beach, you will come upon the cricket grounds and picturesque thatched clubhouse. Near Instow Quay is a restored railway signal box and access to cycle or walk the Tarka Trail. Instow has attracted artists, writers, sailors and fisherman who have now intergrated with the local community. Also some great eating out establishments.

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Ivybridge
Ivybridge was first mentioned in 1280 as a "dowry of land on the west side of the River Erme by the Ivy Bridge". The bridge spanning the river was only wide enough for pack horses and riders. In the 18th century, Ivybridge was a small but thriving community based around the London Hotel, now demolished, which was used as a stage point on the road from Exeter to Plymouth. Industry grew alongside the bridge, and the river was used for power. Records show that in the 16th century there was a tin mill, an edge mill, tool mill and corn mill. The corn mill was situated where the shopping centre is now. In 1817 the population was clculated to be 477 souls, it is now believed to be approximately 12,000 to 15,000.

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Kingsbridge
At the heart of southernmost Devon lies one of Englands best kept secrets. Kingsbridge Coast and Country. Kingsbridge is an historical coastal town centrally positioned within the South Hams, an area of outstanding beauty. Sometimes known as the capital of the South Hams it is a bustling market town that serves a large area which includes towns and villages such as Salcombe, Thurlestone, Modbury, Hope Cove and Slapton to name a few. The town lies at the head of this unique tidal estuary. Unique because it has no river flowing into it. Our estuary is in fact a series of rias or flooded valleys. It was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1987 and a Local Nature Reserve in 1992.

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Lundy
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt. It is difficult to pin down why the island has such an effect on people. What is noticeable is visitor's enthusiasm. Whatever it is they are doing on Lundy, they really enjoy it.........

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