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Lee Bay

Lee Bay is a delightful place to visit at any time of the year.  The rocky cove is great for rock-pooling and as the tide falls a sandy beach appears.  It’s a great place for kayaking too, especially with a

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Be sure to visit Croyde during your stay…..

Tell people you live in North Devon and they will invariably have heard of Croyde, even if they don’t know anywhere else in the area. Probably best known for its surf, when the conditions are right Croyde produces steep, powerful

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Follow in the footsteps of a literary heroine…

Lovers of English literature will know that RD Blackmore’s  19th century romantic novel Lorna Doone was set on Exmoor, in and around the villages of Oare and Malmsmead.  The valley below Oare is now widely known as Doone Valley and

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Suggestions for your Valentine’s getaway…….

We love Devon and with Valentines Day approaching we thought we’d share our top romantic ideas with you! 1. Beach strolls There are plenty of beaches, sheltered coves or romantic clifftop walks to choose from. Walk along the sandy shore

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A new website for Hele Payne Farm – a truly family affair!

  Over a year ago I read an article in a marketing magazine advising that all websites should be updated every 3 years.  This made me question my own website, which had been in place for 8 years, and my

Posted in Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Sheep, Wildlife

Spotlight on Buckfastleigh

Buckfastleigh is a small, but vibrant market town situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.  It is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern attractions surrounded by miles of prime Devon countryside, wild moorlands and hidden valleys to explore; a

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Winter walks and woodburners…….

Little Comfort Farm sits astride the parish boundary between West Down and Braunton Parishes. The parish boundary stone is on the bridge over the River Caen. From the farm to Braunton is quite a long walk, but from here to West

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All the fun of the (Bampton) fair!

Bampton Fair is one of the oldest surviving Charter Fairs in the country, having been granted its Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1258.  It is always held on the last Thursday of October, which this year falls on

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‘One of the best festivals on the planet!’ Mike Harding – starts tomorrow!!

29 July – 5 August 2016 Sidmouth FolkWeek is a unique week-long celebration of music, dance and song which takes place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort.  It’s an absolute must in every festival goer’s annual diary.  There has been

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Try the Tarka Trail!

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cycle-paths around North Devon that follow the route taken by the fictional character of Tarka the otter, in the book of that name written by Henry Williamson in 1927.  It covers

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