Visiting Braund Country - North Devon

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This is one of a series of pages about the areas where Braunds have lived. It is particularly designed for those planning to visit their ancestral haunts and wanting to see the surroundings. Those visiting England should note that many of our tourist attractions are seasonal and that public transport outside main towns is often scarce. If you are visiting several National Trust or English Heritage properties it will probably be worth obtaining membership. This is available at all properties where an admission fee is payable. Those from overseas should check whether a reciprocal membership arrangement is available for similar organisations in your own country. It probably won’t be but worth a try!

This list is far from being exhaustive; suggestions for additions are welcome. We work hard to keep this page up-to-date; please notify us of any changes or broken links.

This list is solely to assist visitors and The Braund Society do not receive any incentive for including events and destinations on this list, nor should inclusion on this page be taken to be an endorsement. If you are planning a visit you are advised to check such things as dates and opening times as we cannot be responsible if any details change.

General hints about visiting Devon and Cornwall from outside the UK can be found here. If you would like a list of accommodation in the area, please contact us.

There are similar pages for:

           South and Mid-Devon

           Cornwall

           Somerset

An explanation of Braund branches can be found here.

BRAUND CONNECTIONS

Black Torrington (branch 1, branch 4, branch 19 and branch 20)

Bradford (branch 3)

Buckland Brewer (branch 2, branch 4 and branch 24)

Buckland Filleigh (branch 3)

Bucks Mills (branch 2)

Clawton (branch1)

Clovelly (branch 2 and branch 23)

Cookbury (branch 14)

East Putford branch 25)

Fremington (branch 15)

Halwill by Holsworthy (branch 7)

Hartland (branch 4)

Hatherleigh (branch 7)

Holsworthy (branch 1)

Milton Damerel (branch 7 & branch 12)

Northlew (branch 6 & branch 19)

Parkham (branch 25)

West Putford (branch 2 & branch 5)

EVENTS

Torrington March - a celebration of the anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Torrington. Torch lit procession and fireworks in Torrington. A Saturday in mid February.

Clovelly Palm Sunday Service - join the donkey procession from the church to the village.

Hartland Easter Sunrise Service Church service - held on the cliff top at Hartland at sunrise on Easter Sunday.

Clovelly Maritime Festival - held in July.

Appledore Book Festival - held in September.

HISTORIC SITES

Arlington Court, near Barnstaple - a Regency house, formerly the home of the Chichester family. You can also visit the National Carriage Museum and grounds.

North Devon Maritime Museum, Appledore - there is a small Braund related display amongst the exhibits.

COUNTRYSIDE

South West Coastal Path - long distance trail that extends in to Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. The North Devon section is roughly 100 miles long. Wonderful scenery but mostly quite rugged and most sections are suitable for walkers rather than gentle strollers. 

Hartland Quay Rugged granite scenery.

Lundy Island - reachable by boat from Bideford and Ilfracombe April-October. Lovely scenery and wildlife but be prepared to walk as there is little else to do on the island. Overnight stays are possible. 

Exmoor National Park - beautiful Moorland Scenery particularly Lorna Doone Valley and Tarr Steps 

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Clovelly Village A privately owned fishing village. See the unique cobbled high street. Includes fisherman’s museum and video presentation. We recommend that you visit as part of a Braund Society trip. Overnight stays can be made.

Dartington Crystal, Torrington - glass making centre

Lynton and Lynmouth - famous for the serious floods of 1952. Take the funicular railway down the cliff side. 

RHS Gardens Rosemoor, near Torrington.

Watersports - Croyde and Saunton are renowned for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing.

FOOD

Seafood, particularly shellfish. Devon pasties and cream teas with clotted cream are must-try iconic foods of the region.

Clovelly Lobster Festival - held in September.

Clovelly Herring Festival - held in November.