Scenic Countryside Drive & Devonshire Cream Tea

  • Port

    Ilfracombe, England, United Kingdom

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included


Ilfracombe is the largest harbor on the North Devon coast. Hidden from seaward, its natural harbor has a charm and beauty unmatched in the Bristol Channel. It has been a port for several centuries and is today an ideal center from which to explore lovely North Devon.

Set out from Ilfracombe on a scenic circular drive across the countryside of lush pasture divided into a patchwork of tiny fields and threaded with narrow lanes.

Cross the River Taw by way of a modern bridge, and continue to Braunton. This is one of the largest villages in the west of England -- it overlooks Barnstaple Bay and, being only two miles from the coast, calls itself the gateway to the sea, sand and surf. At the coast, you'll encounter fine views across to Croyde Bay. This is part of the beautiful Heritage Coastline in North Devon and a favorite destination for families and surfers.

Drive through the village of Croyde Bay -- a charming little hamlet of thatched cottages -- before continuing to its larger neighbor, Woolacombe Bay. The resort has been voted 'Best British Beach' and its three-mile-long stretch of golden sand is known for its cleanliness, water quality, and facilities.

At a hotel overlooking the beach, relax over a Devonshire Cream Tea. The Devonshire Cream Tea is an institution in the British Isles, so you can happily justify a departure from your normal caloric intake for the sake of such a significant cultural event. Custom dictates that the experience be relaxing and soothing to the senses -- the perfect excuse to dismiss any reservations. This legendary refreshment consists of tea, often served with cream, accompanied by a delicious, flaky scone topped with fruit jam and fresh clotted cream. The people of both Devon and Cornwall claim all other versions are inferior to their own. The color, texture and taste of clotted cream are affected by the breed of cow, the type of feed, pasture and even the time of day the cows are milked. History records that monks were making butter from clotted cream in the early 14th century.

Morning tea can now be worked off with an independent stroll through the village. You will have 45 minutes for browsing and shopping in Woolacombe Bay or just enjoying the views across the beach and bay before commencing the scenic 45-minute drive back to Ilfracombe.