Things to do

There are many things to do whilst visiting Clovelly! Why not try your hand at silk courses, pot-making, sewing, quilting, knitting, furniture painting, soap making, candle making, rag-rugging or maybe take a chartered fishing trip. There are lovely shopping experiences; galleries, museums and shops that sell many things to entice you.  

There are some wonderful walks along the cliffs, the beaches and through the village. The waterfall past the Lifeboat station has links to Merlin the wizard as there is a hidden cave behind – supposedly called his home! Alternatively why not arrive by yacht and moor on the quay.  For more details click here.

This picture shows a boat trip along the coast from Clovelly harbour. 

One of the best ways to appreciate the stunning setting of Clovelly is to stroll along the Hobby Drive.  The drive, created by returning soldiers from the Napoleonic wars, winds through the woods. It gives magnificent glimpses of the harbour and you can see lots of fauna and flora.

The coastal path to the secluded Mouthmill Cove passes through hay meadows and shady woodland. It also opens out to spectacular cliff-top views. On the beach is Black Church Rock with two vast windows carved through it by the tides. Hence once a favourite spot for pirates to work along the Clovelly coast back in the day. They would bring their bounty ashore and then take it to the village or store or hide it in the woods surrounding the Estate. These days the woods are now full of pheasants, deer and other birds 

Clovelly is also a perfect location for a relaxing break or to host a celebration.

Village Tours bring the history and stories of this famous little village to life.  Brad Brunsdon, (who acted as Charles Kingsley during the Kingsley Bicentenary), is in charge of the tours.  To pre-book please call the Visitor Centre: 01237 431781 or email You will come away with stories and information that make the village tour an exceptional experience.

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For tariffs and more information visit: “Visiting Clovelly