The sun is shining here in Ilfracombe, as it has been for so many weeks this year.  So, what better reason could we possibly have to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Atlantic Coast than with a delicious picnic filled with locally made delights?  We might even be tempted to a little bottle of fizz to enjoy too!

Beautiful picnic spots in North Devon that you won’t want to miss on your visit

With sunny summer days in mind, we’ve put together our list of our favourite picnic spots in North Devon.  Each location has been tried, tested and enjoyed by at least one of the team here at The Carlton Hotel.  This means that we can be absolutely sure we’re recommending only truly breathtaking destinations for you to enjoy at the height of summer.

The South West Coast Path

Here in Ilfracombe we are perfectly positioned on the South West Coast Path.  Exploring the path is easy as we nestle between the Atlantic coast and Exmoor National Park. With dramatic sea views to one side and vast rolling countryside to the other.

Now, what better picnic spots in North Devon than the beautiful sunny stops along the South West Coast Path?

Leave The Carlton Hotel in the morning, with your picnic being made fresh from our Deli. Walk in whichever direction takes your fancy.  Be adventurous and get slightly off the beaten path and you are sure to find the perfect secret spot.

Bicclescombe Park

Beautiful Bicclescombe Park is but a mile away from Ilfracombe town centre.  Well worth the stroll, it’s situated at the bottom of a valley with Wilderbrook stream trickling through. Big trees with plenty of sahde will offer respite from the midday summer heat.

For those who want to enjoy their picnic as part of a day out, Bicclescombe is an excellent choice.  Within the grounds are beautiful planted boarders, boat lake, duck pond, mill leat and wheel, tennis courts, play area and sensory garden. There’s even a millers wheel and cafe to explore.

It’s a green flag rated park with adventure playground included next to the tennis courts.

Relax with a picnic by the stream and enjoy the calming water running by.

Capstone Hill

Capstone Hill offers beautiful scenery perfect for any picnic.  It is situated between Ilfracombe Harbour and the Landmark Theatre.  We love it, even on the chilliest of day it’s worth getting out to enjoy. Andi the past two yeasr we are convinced that there have been more sightings of porpoises and dolpins than before.

For guests who love walking, Capstone Hill forms part of the South West Coast Path – yes we’ve already mentioned the coast path, but our list just wouldn’t be complete without Capstone Hill!

Local tip: enjoy Capstone Hill at sunset for the perfect picnic with a view!

Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches is a truly stunning picnic spot in North Devon.

With a unique walk through the tunnels, rugged coastal scenery, a beach to enjoy and the Atlantic Ocean to dip your feet in… Tunnels Beaches will mark itself in your memory.

Local tip: Tunnels Beaches is rich in wildlife, it’s worth bringing the binoculars.


This high ground has spectacular views over the harbour to the West and Hele to the East. With shaded parts and cuttings with seats to stop and relax. It is well known as the “sleeping elephant” becsue of its shape when viewed from Verity in Ilfracombe harbour. It is part of our local biosphere. It is the site of an Iron Age fort, the oultine wcan still be seen.

A Warm Welcome Awaits You

Whether you’re visiting North Devon for a day out or treating yourself to a break away from the hustle and bustle, The Carlton Hotel is a must on your visit. We’d love you to stop by and say hello!

For day visitors, our bar and brasserie offer mouth watering treats.  Book your table and end your trip to North Devon with a relaxing, lovingly prepared meal made of only the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Order your own picnic ingredients from our Deli and find your secret picnic spot this summer.

If you’re here to stay for a well deserved getaway, then let us look after you in style.  Request a newly refurbished room when you book and enjoy luxury throughout your stay.

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