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Top 10 family days out in north Devon

With wide beaches, high moors and even a rugged island, family days out in north Devon don’t have to mean splashing the cash on theme parks

10 great days out in south Devon
As featured in our holiday guide to Devon

There’s no need to bike all 30 miles of this traffic-free route through the backdrop to Henry Williamson’s classic story; many families just plump for the six miles from Braunton to Barnstaple. Along this flat section you can Tarka-hunt along the banks of the Taw, spot wildfowl on the mudflats and keep interest piqued with gems from the downloadable audio guide (northdevonbiosphere.org.uk). Take a picnic or try the Boston Tea Party cafe in Barnstaple, with ethical cuisine, lashings of tea and cake, and excellent-value kids’ fare.
devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail. The route is signposted from the tourist information centre in Braunton; rent bikes from Otter Cycle Hire (01271 813339) close to the start of the trail in Braunton

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10 of the best walks in Devon

Devon is one of the most beautiful and varied areas in the UK, taking in the river valleys of the South Hams, Dartmoor, Exmoor, and a stunning coastline. The National Trust’s local expert Jim Pascoe selects his favourite walks

As featured in our holiday guide to Devon

Distance 3¾ miles
Start Fingle Bridge car park, grid ref: SX743900
National Trust downloadable route and map
The Teign Valley is one of Dartmoor’s hidden gems: on one side the famous bleak high moor, on the other, the less well known eastern side, a series of steep-sided wooded valleys. The Two Moors way passes through it – for the truly adventurous this route, as the name suggests, goes from north to south Devon through both Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks. Fingle Bridge itself is a stunning setting, and a steep climb up Hunter’s Path rewards you with fantastic views from Castle Drogo out across the North Moor. In the castle’s cafe, Christine’s team do great cake. If you prefer to stay down by the river, the option to explore the Gorge on the Fisherman’s path is equally rewarding.

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