North Devon Tourist Attractions and Local Area
The Pig on the Hill is located near the port town of Bideford and the village of Westward Ho!. It is a beautiful corner of North Devon that’s seeped in history and home to popular tourist attractions.
This stretch of the North Devon coast begins with the golden sands of Westward Ho! beach, popular with families and extreme sports enthusiasts alike. From here, the coast turns more rugged, the beaches more rocky, with a landscape marked by jagged cliffs and secluded coves.
From gentle waves lapping on the shoreline in the warm sun, to the boom of the surf in bracing wind, this coastal section is breathtaking in its beauty year round. Tranquil, dramatic, awe inspiring… and perfect for working up an appetite or a thirst!
Named after the Charles Kingsley novel (and famed for being the only place in the country to have an exclamation mark at the end of it), Westward Ho! Has been a beach resort since Victorian times. Rudyard Kipling went to school here, his taste for storytelling fuelled by exploring the caves and rock gullies beneath the cliffs.
The village is home to two miles of beach, perfect for family days out as well as activities such as surfing, kite buggying, sea kayaking, fishing and windsurfing. It is also home to one of the oldest golf courses in the country.
Described by Charles Kingsley as ‘The Little White Town’, history seems to waft along Bideford’s narrow streets, which are lined with historic buildings. In Elizabethan times it was one of England’s leading points of contact with the New World, and believed to be the place where Sir Walter Raleigh landed his first shipment of tobacco.
Bideford is still used by fishing boats and cargo vessels that frequently line its Quayside and the town is an embarkation point for the Lundy Island bound MS Oldenburg. As well as small shops selling arts and crafts and local produce, Bideford is home to the Atlantic Village outlet centre and Atlantis Adventure Park.
As well as its stunning landscape, parts of which are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this part of North Devon is host to many popular tourist attractions.
To the west there are scenic wonders like the unique village of Clovelly and the majesty of the rocks and cliffs of Hartland Quay. Two miles down the road is the award winning Big Sheep, an all weather attraction and a great day out for all the family.