North Devon occupies, as you would expect, most of the northern portion of Devon an is fairly sizeable with an area of 850 square miles. To the east it blends into Exmoor and west is Cornwall. The principal towns are: Barnstaple, Braunton, Fremington, Ilfracombe, Instow, South Molton, Lynton and Lynmouth.
The coastline of North Devon is designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Within the AONB exists an extraordinary array of stunning scenery, spectacular landscapes and diverse habitats. The Hartland Heritage Coast, North Devon Heritage Coast and the world-renowned UNESCO Biosphere Reserve around Braunton Burrows are all within the AONB.
North Devon has a number of spectacular yearly festivals such as the North Devon Festival and the Goldcoast Oceanfest.
The North Devon festival uniquely combines both highbrow artistic events such as visual arts and literature readings as well as traditional historical fayres and live music. It represents all the cultural life of the region.
The Goldcoast Oceanfest is a frenetic adrenalin packed celebration of all things extreme sport and is held at Croyde Bay. The beach is a great natural facility for surfing, paddle racing and other water sports. On the beach itself are beach football and volleyball competitions and landlubbers can engage in mountain bike trails and skateboarding inland. After you have overdosed on adrenalin one can partake of the live music stage and big screen entertainment. A large trade village has many beer tents and licensed bars if all that salt water has given you a thirst.
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