Grab your camera and head to one of these North Devon landscape photography locations!
If you are a lover of landscape photography, then North Devon has so many picturesque and photogenic locations. However, if you don’t know the area it can often be overwhelming to know where to visit for the best photo opportunities. As someone who lives in the area, and is passionate about many of the locations I’ve come up with my top ten North Devon photography spots to visit for landscape photography.
1. Westward Ho!
Did you know that Westward Ho! is the only town in Britain to have an exclamation mark in its name?! It has a vast sandy beach that extends for two miles north of the village of Westward Ho! and is backed by a pebble ridge. The pebble ridge leads onto the grassy plains and salt marshes of Northam Burrows.
Westward Ho! has numerous beach features which make excellent subjects for landscape photography including wooden groynes, rock formations, a sea pool, remains of a Victorian pier, rock pools, beach huts as well as the vast sandy beach.
Instow is on the estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet, between the villages of Westleigh and Yelland and on the opposite bank of Appledore. The beach is perfect for landscape photography as it enjoys few waves because of the sandbanks at the mouth of the estuary cancelling out most of the ocean swell. There are also a large number of boats anchored on the sand which make great subjects. Further down the beach towards Yelland, there is a very photogenic wreck and old jetty.
3. Hartland Peninsular
The magnificent cliffs at Hartland Quay with their incredibly contorted rock layers are always worth a visit and at low tide, there is plenty of sand, rock pools and rocks to scramble over. This wildly beautiful bay offers an ancient quay as well as some of the most spectacular geology in Northern Europe,
If you drive to Brownsham National Trust car park on the Hartland Peninsula, near Clovelly, you can enjoy a lovely walk which encompasses both woodland and sea and takes you to the spectacular Blackchurch Rock.
Clovelly is well recognised for its steep cobbled streets and quaint cottages but it also has a pretty harbour. This is such a quaint and picturesque location.
Woolacombe has a long expanse of sandy beach or venture half a mile down to Barricane which is a small picturesque location with rocky outcrops and rock pools.
Croyde is a village with old world charm, based on the west-facing coastline of North Devon. It’s sheltered bay makes it a fabulous location for various water-based sports. There are three fantastic sandy beaches to choose from and some pleasant walks along the cliff top footpaths.
7. Great Torrington
Great Torrington is a small market town in the north of Devon, England. Parts of it are sited on high ground with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. Torrington is surrounded by 365 acres of common land surrounding the town on all but the eastern side.
Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge. Bideford has an old arched stone bridge which was built in 1535 and spans the River Torridge. The tree-lined quay still bustles with fishing vessels, cargo and pleasure boats.
Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon, England and possibly the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. The River Taw flows through the centre of Barnstaple. It has a traditional pannier market as well as fine buildings and attractive narrow streets and alleys.
Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs. The seaside town is home to renowned artist Damien Hirst’s famous 20m high sculpture, Verity. This picturesque harbour town is steeped in maritime history and remains one of the key working fishing ports in North Devon
Which of these North Devon locations is your favourite landscape photography location?
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