The Devon village of Parracombe lies in the Heddon Valley, in Exmoor National Park. With a population of less than 300, this rural community is perfect for visitors seeking a peaceful base from which to explore the area. In the heart of the village, near the banks of the River Heddon, the Fox and Goose is an atmospheric pub serving Exmoor ales and delicious food prepared with the finest local ingredients. Nearby, on Ley’s Lane, Jeremy’s Books has a fascinating collection of Exmoor maps and literature. Exploring the narrow lanes running into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Parracombe, you will notice graceful St Petrock’s Church, a listed building dating from the 13th century. There are several other historic sites to look out for, including a pair of Iron Age hillforts, Bronze Age barrows and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle. Many scenic walks can be enjoyed on North Devon self-catering holidays in Parracombe. 

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A couple of miles north of the village, there is a National Trust car park at the Hunter’s Inn. From here, a narrow path winds through a steep valley, along the banks of the River Heddon, to the sea at Heddon’s Mouth. A few miles further east, Woody Bay is a spectacular rocky beach overlooked by towering wooded cliffs. A short drive east on the A39 from holiday cottages in Parracombe, the twin communities of Lynton and Lynmouth are home to galleries, tearooms, pubs, an ancient harbour and a Victorian cliff railway. Walking a stretch of the South West Coast Path, which runs east toward Porlock and west toward Combe Martin, is highly recommended. One of the area’s top family attractions is Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, home to wolves, lions and animatronic dinosaurs hiding in the woods. 

The sandy surf spots of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe are a few miles west of Parracombe, while inland, beautiful walks can be enjoyed on the high, heather-covered moors of the national park, where wild ponies and deer roam.