Dotted throughout this evocative stretch of Devon are communities of various sizes, all offering some great choices for the visitor.  Larger towns such as Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe have long established attractions, museums and shops, and an impressive selection of accommodations and eateries, and a host of smaller towns and villages offer great bases for holiday makers.  But it’s what the area offers beyond its habitations that draws the attention as much as anything.  Long sandy beaches with extensive sand dunes behind, a coastal path offering extraordinary views, steep sided river valleys that lead from lush woodland to green pastures, areas of great natural beauty, plenty of stories to tell, and a distinct lack of people make this a wonderful part of England to explore.