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Woolacombe, Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands and Croyde beaches are all within easy reach of The Poplars B&B. They showcase the region with long sandy beaches, popular with surfers and a wide range of other sports- great for spectating and participating! Sandcastles and a Hockings ice cream are highlights for a family day at the beach and we always enjoy an afternoon people watching at either Appledore or Instow. Damien Hirst’s sculpture ‘Verity’ still gets people talking and is worth taking in as part of a visit to Ilfracombe, he has a bar/restaurant in Ilfracombe, so if you have a lot to say its a good place to stop.

Barnstaple is within easy reach of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere Reserve’s area is based on the catchments of the Rivers Taw and Torridge in North Devon. The core area of Braunton Burrows is one of the UK’s most spectacular dune systems whilst other Biosphere habitats include a rocky foreshore, mud and sand flats, saltmarshes of various types, lowland farmland, ancient and semi natural woodland, grazing marsh and coastal heath.

The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way that runs in a 163 mile figure-of-eight through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter. It is a fantastic and sustainable way to explore our Biosphere Reserve from the coast, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments. The Trail passes through towns such as Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way. The Poplars is situated on an offshoot of the Tarka Trail giving easy, safe access to this network of paths and trails.

Exmoor National Park – Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity; Exmoor is a real treat. A glimpse of wild Red Deer or the native Exmoor Pony, are just a couple of the sights that make Exmoor unique.

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