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Stretching for some 40 miles from Kilve in the east to Combe Martin in the west, the West Somerset, Devon and Exmoor coastline is characterised by its dramatic sea cliffs - the highest in England - romantic coves, thick coastal forests and lofty headlands. Each town and village along the coast has something different to offer.

Lying at the northern end of the Quantocks, Kilve is a picturesque village consisting of three settlements. Here you will find the ruins of the old Chantry, founded in 1329 and once used for storing barrels of spirits smuggled into Kilve Pill. The beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a favourite haunt of geologists with its spectacular rock formations and fossils, including amonites and reptile remains.

The ancient little seaport of Watchet has a quirky charm and a history of Viking invasions. It's an intriguing mix of narrow streets, old maritime buildings and a swish new marina. Coleridge is said to have written his epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner after a visit to Watchet in 1797 - this is celebrated by a magnificent statue.

For traditional seaside fun and a base for some great walking, go to Minehead with its wide promenades and sandy beach. Take a stroll up the Parade to admire the vibrant floral displays. The colourful, popular seafront is filled with family attractions and amusements but the resort has a quieter area around Quay Street and the harbour, the beautiful Blenheim Gardens and the picturesque higher town on North Hill with its lime washed thatched cottages. North Hill marks the start of Exmoor National Park and the South West Coast Path starts in Minehead and runs all the way to Poole in Dorset.

Further along the coastline flattens out to reveal a unique mile-long shingle ridge and inland saltmarsh at Porlock Weir.

On the Devon side of the Exmoor coast, sheltering below the cliffs at Foreland Point, lies Lynmouth. It's almost too good to be true, a perfectly preserved period piece in miniature - a little harbour, cluster of balconied waterfront buildings and palm-fringed parkland. The unique water-powered cliff railway carries passengers up to the equally charming holiday centre of Lynton. From here it is a short walk to the Valley of Rocks - the dry valley is lined with craggy outcrops which have been eroded into fantastic shapes. Look out for wild goats and enjoy stunning sea views.

Further west, remote rock-bound bays and coves appear tantalisingly through thick cover of magnificent oakwoods- aptly named Woody Bay is extraordinarily beautiful. The cliffs finally subside past Hangman's Point at Combe Martin, a pretty seaside resort with a sheltered, sandy beach and the longest high street in the country.

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Abbeyford Woods, Near Okehampton, Tel: 01409 221692
Big Sheep (The), Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP Tel: 01237 472366
Bradworthy Transport Msm, Higher Alsworthy Farm Tel: 01409 241597
Braunton & District Museum, Braunton, Tel: 01271 816688
Brocklands Adventure Park, West Street Bude, Tel: 01288 321225
Broomhill Art Hotel & Gardens, Muddiford Tel: 01271 850262
Burton Art Gallery & Msm, Kingsley Road, Tel: 01237 471455
Castle Hill, Filleigh, Barnstaple, EX32 0RQ Tel: 01598 760 336
Clovelly Court Garden, , Clovelly , EX39 5TA Tel: 01237 431
Clovelly Village Visitor Centre, Clovelly, Bideford, Tel: 01237 431781

Cobbaton Combat Collection, Chittlehampton, Tel: 01769 540740
Cheristow Lavender, C Lavender Farm, Hartland, Tel: 01237 440078
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, C.Martin, Tel: 01271 882486
Dartington Crystal, Dartington Crystal, Torrington, Tel: 01805 626242
Docton Mill Gardens, Spekes Valley, Hartland, Tel: 01237 441369
Dovetails Gallery, 60 High Street, Ilfracombe, Tel: 01271 864769
Dragon Archery Centre, Westcott Cott, Holsworthy, Tel: 0800 0372466
Eggesford Forest, Eggesford, Tel: 01409 221 692
Eggesford Garden & Country Centre, Eggesford, Tel: 01769 580250
Exmoor Zoo Park, South Stowford B. Fleming, Tel: 01598 763352

Gnome Reserve, West Putford, Nr Bradworthy Tel: 01409 241435
Halsdon Wood, Great Torrington, Okehampton, Tel: 01392 279244
Hartland Abbey & Gardens, Hartland, Nr Bideford, Tel: 01237 441264
Hartland Peninsula, Hartland, North Devon, Tel: 01237 431504
Hartland Pottery, Hartland, Nr Bideford, EX39 6DE Tel: 01237 441693
Heddon Hall Gardens, Parracombe, EX31 4QL Tel: 01598 763541
Holsworthy Community Woods, Holsworthy, Tel: 01409 221692
Ilfracombe Aquarium, Ilfracombe Harbour, Tel: 01271 864533
Lundy Island, The Quay, Bideford, EX39 2LY Tel: 01271 863636
Marwood Hill Gardens, Marwood Hill, EX31 4EB Tel: 01271 342528

Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, Bideford, Tel: 01237 431255
Plough Arts Centre (The), 9-11 Fore St, Torrington, Tel: 01805 624624
Queens Theatre, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, Tel: 01271 324242
Quince Honey Farm, North Road, South Molton, Tel: 01769 572401
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Rosemoor, Torrington, Tel: 01805 624067
Tarka Cruises, 20 Market Street, Appledore, Tel: 01237 476 191
Tarka Garden Tours, Barleycott Blakewell, Barns, Tel: 01271 375002
Tarka Line (The), D & C Rail Pnership, Plymouth, Tel: 01752 233094
Torrington 1646, Castle Hill South St, Torrington, Tel: 01805 626146
Tropiquaria, Washford Cross, Watchet, TA23 0QB Tel: 01984 640 688

Tunnels Beaches, Bath Place, Ilfracombe, Tel: 01271 879123
Watermouth Castle, Ilfracombe, EX34 9SL Tel: 01271 867474
Westcountry Nurseries, Donkey Meadow, Bideford, Tel: 01237 431111

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Serious Shopping: Dartington Crystal, Green Lanes and of course Atlantic Village.

And finally for the active ones: Loads of Golf, Cascades, North Devon Karting and Skern Lodge.

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