Barnstaple is a town and civil parish in the local government district of North Devon in the county of Devon in England. It lies 68 miles (109 km) west south-west of Bristol, 50 miles (80 km) north of Plymouth and 34 miles (55 km) north-west of the county town of Exeter.
It is the main town of the district and claims to be the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. It was founded at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw, about 3 miles (5 km) from the Taw's sea fall at the Bristol Channel. By the time of the Domesday Book, Barnstaple had its own mint. Its size and wealth in the Middle Ages was based on it being within the staple, a staple port licensed to export wool, and its importance is still obvious in the town's name. The wool trade was further aided by the town's excellent port, with five ships being sent in 1588 to aid the fight against the Spanish Armada.
Barnstaple Tourist Information Centre:
The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LN. Tel 01271 375000
Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast with a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs.
The parish, which includes a significant rural area and other villages outside the town of Ilfracombe, stretches along the coast from 'The Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along The Torr's to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level.The landmark of Hillsborough Hill dominates the harbour and is the site of an Iron Age Celtic fortress. The award-winning Landmark Theatre (known locally as "Madonna's bra" is either loved or hated for its unusual double-conical design; it is distinctive and, with the St Nicholas's Chapel on Lantern Hill, a major landmark in the town.Westward Ho and Ilfracombe Tunnel Beach's have disabled access and disabled toilets with Life Guard cover in Summer.
Saunton is a village located approximately two miles from Braunton on the North Devon coast.
Several kilometres long, the village borders the former national nature reserve, Braunton Burrows. Its beach 'Saunton Sands', is part of the Taw-Torridge Estuary which forms part of one of the only UNESCO biosphere reserves in the UK