Welcome to Explore the Coast
Explore the Coast; a new map-based site from the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Locals, day trippers or holiday makers - there's so much to explore here on our magnificent coast! This website will help you and your family explore the fascinating and beautiful coastline from Combe Martin on the edge of the Exmoor National Park right through to Welcombe on the Cornish border. Whatever your interest - there's lots to do, for free.
There's information for all sorts of family days out, from great coastal walks, points of interest, activities, geology, history and lots more - not least an opportunity to check weather and tides.... an essential on any day out near the coast!
To make it easier and user friendly, we have an interactive map where you can pinpoint the areas you'd like to explore and the interests you have. Everything from great places to picnic, spot wildlife or get a feel for the local history and culture. It's an area which has inspired writers, poets and painters and an amazing part of the world to just relax, enjoy and unwind with breathtaking scenery all around.
So, time to get out there....... whatever your interest... surfing? walking? golfing? picnic-ing? siteseeing? nature and wildlife spotting? local history? geology? Don't forget, there's also info on public transport, refreshments and lots of special points of interest to look out for.
Enjoy your stay in North Devon, there's no where quite like it!
Be a day-trip advisor!
We've done our best to cover many of the key areas, features and stories of interest across the AONB, but we know we've only just scratched the surface... Why not share your experiences and knowledge with us via the review section a the bottom of each waypoint page!
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Enjoy surfing or swimming in the sea.... or know someone who does? If so, please share and be safe.
Please take care on the North Devon Coast - Rip Currents can be dangerous!!! If you drift into a rip current, panic can spur a misguided effort to swim against it in order to get back to shore. If you find yourself in a rip current, start by orienting yourself while you calmly tread water. Then swim parallel with the shore until you're outside the perpendicular rip. Head for areas with breaking waves, since that indicates water is flowing toward the beach. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves. These incoming waves often build sand bars near the beach, pushing up sand as more and more water collects between the bar and shore. This water eventually finds a gap in the sand bar or creates one, letting it rush back to sea through a narrow path. Some people think it seems safer because the waters can appear calmer than the breaking surf on either side. Rip currents usually move at about 1 to 2 feet per second, and they can reach 8 feet per second, which is too fast even for an Olympic swimmer.