The small village of Clovelly was one of the many beautiful places I visited on my trip to North Devon last month and I think it was possibly my favourite of them all (although it’s very difficult to decide!).
Clovelly is unlike any other village I’ve ever visited, because it is (and has been since the Elizabethan times) privately owned. There is a small entrance fee of £7.75 per adult, although me and Lynsey only paid about £4 altogether as we arrived after 4pm (the official visiting hours as per the village’s website are from 9am – 6pm!). This also included parking and the money goes towards maintaining the beauty and the history of the village.
Clovelly is built on a 400 feet (121 meters) cliff with no access to public transport, although there is a Land Rover service operating from Easter until October taking tired visitors back up the hill – it can be quite a trek (we took many breaks on the way up…)! It’s well worth it though – the winding streets are filled with gorgeous cottages and flowers and there are some great spots for breathtaking sea views, too.
Read on for a small mini guide to Clovelly as well as plenty of photos!
If you’re lucky, you might see this little cutie on your way down!
Although we didn’t do it, it’s possible to stay over and spend the night in Clovelly. There are two inns, one hostel and a few different B&B:s for you to choose from:
The Red Lion Hotel is the one that looks the most impressive – it’s a 4 star hotel right at the quay with 11 unique rooms. We stopped for a drink in their lovely bar, and if it’s anything to go by, you’ll have a very pleasant stay here. The restaurant looked so beautiful, too!
The official website of Clovelly will have more information on other accommodation options as well as a full list on the most adorable looking B&B:s!
If you’re going to Clovelly from London or the south coast, it’s easiest to do it by car if you can (it’s about 4.5-5 hours by car from both London and Brighton). But don’t worry if not – it can be done with public transport, too – it’ll just take a bit longer!
The closest train station to Mortehoe is Barnstaple which is about 5 hours away from Brighton and about 4 hours from London. It’ll then take you about another hour by bus to get to Clovelly (luckily the bus will take you all the way to the visitor centre, so you shouldn’t get lost). As the journey will take you quite a while to complete, I’d recommend making the most of North Devon and take off a few days to explore other parts of the beautiful district, too.
I’ve previously written a guide/photo diary about Mortehoe, which is another amazing place to visit in the area, and definitely one to add to your itinerary!
The beautiful Red Lion hotel by the quay.