Our guide to self-catering Chulmleigh holiday cottages
If you want to experience real Devon in all its thatched glory, then Chulmleigh is about as close as you can get. This pretty little village is dotted with the kind of thatched cottages that grace postcards, and – most importantly - it’s home to the traditional Chulmleigh Old Fair!
Things to do in Chulmleigh
If you pick up the historic Tarka Line at the railway halt you can venture a little further afield to Exeter or Barnstaple. The Tarka Line runs right through the valleys of Yeo and Taw, and the scenery you’ll pass has changed so little over the decades that it’s almost like stepping back in time.
You’ll find Eggesford Forest just outside the village, and it’s a beautiful patch of woodland that makes just the place for a wander and a picnic. Or, if you’re feeling competitive, head to the pitch and putt and show off your skills – it’s a great spot to try your hand at golf for the first time.
If you love nothing more than a long stroll, then hike the Tarka Trail. Following a 180 mile route throughout north Devon, explore the rural landscapes of the local area, including valleys and beaches. You don’t need to trek along the whole walk so it’s perfect for taking the whole family along. There are lots of signposts and train routes along the way. Therefore, if you don’t fancy walking the whole way you can hop on and off the train, choosing to explore the parts of Devon you prefer to see. It’s a great way to get close to the Devonshire countryside and there are even 21 points along the way that inform you about the history and wildlife along the trail.
There is a wonderful allure to Chulmleigh and part of that magical vibe is its attractions. There are plenty of things for all the family to see and do while in the area. One of the more unique attractions is the Quince Honey Farm. Open since 1949, its impressive indoor apiary allows you to get up close to bees as they work. You’ll also be able to get an insight into how the production of honey takes place. Why not take home a pot of delicious honey from the shop or try the tempting Devon Honey ice cream?
One of our top picks for getting up close to wildlife is the North Devon Falconry. You can spend a whole day or half a day hunting with Harris hawks and learning how to handle them.
For more active pursuits, take a bike ride on the Braunton to Barnstaple trail. Following the Taw estuary, take a cycle amongst some of the most scenic sites in the area. As well as views of the estuary, you’ll discover Barnstaple’s historic bridge, St Augustine’s Church, or you can follow the route of the Tarka Trail to see some impressive parts of the countryside. If you’re taking the Braunton to Barnstaple trail, make sure you stop off at the end at Barnstaple Quayside. It’s the perfect place to grab a refreshing drink.