Chittlehamholt is a wonderful setting for guests looking to explore the beautiful rolling countryside on foot. There are a number of local footpaths to take advantage of without having to use the car. Wind your way along the many different routes as they delve through pretty woods and alongside the nearby rivers.
Adventuring further afield - head towards Exmoor and discover the beauty of the National Park, where there are stunning views and wonderful wildlife to admire. Exmoor is a great place to enjoy a walk no matter what the season. In the warm summer months see the moors turn purple as the heather comes to life, and in the winter look out for the red deer as they roam the valleys.
Looking for something different? The North Devon coastline is only a short drive away and well worth a visit for glorious coastal walks. The South West Coast Path is the best way to take advantage of the coastline with the footpath climbing to the tops of some of Britain’s highest cliffs before sloping down to the pretty coves.
The Tarka Trail is a 30 mile mainly traffic free pathway specially designed for both walkers and cyclists. Running from Braunton to Meeth it is one of the best ways for visitors to see the local countryside. It also forms a part of the Devon coast to coast cycle route.
Following the former railway line, the Tarka Trail winds its way from Braunton along the Taw Estuary, before curving back inland. Along the route expect to see various landscapes and wildlife as you pass through mud flats, salt marshes and woodlands.
The Tarka Trail is ideal for all ages with much of the pathway flat, making it perfect for families with young children. It is also very well signposted and easy to follow.
For more experienced cyclists there are many routes nearby that can be enjoyed, featuring rides along country lanes. Alternatively, Exmoor is an excellent setting for cyclists looking to experience the hills and valleys of North Devon and Somerset.
Within easy reach of Chittlehamholt there are various riding stables that offer riders of all ages and experience the chance to see the countryside via horseback, or to have a riding lesson.
Boldtry Riding Stables near Chumleigh give riders the chance to enjoy a pleasure ride, whilst Collacott Farm has a team of BHS qualified staff ready to help riders improve their skills with a series of lessons. Alternatively, Oaklands provides both lessons and hacks for riders of all levels, including those with disabilities.
There is a plethora of golf courses within a half hour drive of Chittlehamholt. The nearest is the 18-hole course at the Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club situated just down the road from the cottages. This wonderful countryside course has magnificent views stretching across the valley and can be experienced alongside many other leisure facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool.
Other golf courses nearby include the championship course at Saunton, one of Britain’s oldest – The Royal North Devon at Westward Ho!, the family operated Chumleigh Golf Course and one of the toughest courses in the UK at Libbaton Golf Club.
Towns and Villages
Chittlehamholt is only a short drive away from some of North Devon’s prettiest towns and villages. South Molton is a wonderful countryside town with many lovely boutiques, as well as a very good Pannier Market. Alternatively, Barnstaple, North Devon’s largest town, has many of the well-known high street stores and a good range of supermarkets and restaurants.
If you are heading towards the coast, then make sure you spend time in one of the many seaside villages. On the edge of Exmoor, Lynton and Lynmouth provide the perfect relaxing spot for a bite to eat, or a trip on the water-powered Cliff Railway. Further west is the Victorian town of Ilfracombe, where contemporary artist Damian Hirst has a restaurant and his bronze clad statue ‘Verity’ standing proud overlooking the harbour.
The quaint villages of Appledore and Instow are also well worth a visit. These pretty villages are set beside the Torridge estuary and have a wonderful character, which attracts artists from around the world.
A trip to North Devon would not be complete without visiting one of its many beautiful beaches. For the second year running Woolacombe has been awarded the number one spot by Tripadvisor for being the best beach in the UK; it also holds the Gold Award for the Best Family Resort. This gorgeous three-mile beach is renowned for its golden sands, clean blue waters and safety.
To the east of Woolacombe are several smaller coves that are ideal for quiet days with the family, including Combe Martin and Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe. Alternatively if you head west from Woolacombe there are three more stunning beaches - Saunton Sands, Croyde and Westward Ho!.
North Devon’s beaches have something to offer everyone. Whilst the larger beaches are perfect for water sports and sunbathing, the smaller, more peaceful coves are great for playing in rock pools and crabbing.
North Devon has a wealth of attractions to suit all tastes and weather conditions. For garden lovers there is Broomhill Sculpture Gardens near Barnstaple, where art and flowers combine, Castle Hill on the outskirts of South Molton and RHS Rosemoor just a few miles from Torrington.
A number of National Trust properties are also within easy reach, including Arlington Court and Knightshayes. These beautiful country houses are surrounded by gorgeous gardens and have lovely tearooms serving traditional Devonshire cream teas. Other privately owned stately homes are also nearby.
For families there are several excellent local attractions where children are guaranteed to be entertained. Some of the more popular family friendly attractions include The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo and Quince Honey Farm.
Leaflets for the various attractions in North Devon can be found in the Exeter Inn.