Clovelly is a village on the north Devon coast, England, about twelve miles west of Bideford. It is a major tourist attraction, famous for its history and beauty, its extremely steep car-free cobbled main street, donkeys, and its location looking out over the Bristol Channel. Thick woods shelter it and render the climate so mild that even tender plants flourish.
Visitors usually park in a municipal car park above the town, at the end of the B3237 road; service buses make calls at the car park also.
There is a visitor centre (consisting of a barrier to the village, a cafe and gift and guidebook shop) at the car park and a number of tourist-oriented shop units. Visitors can enter the village through the visitor centre. A taxi service operates in summer using Land Rover vehicles, between the car park and the harbour.
There is a public road down to the harbour (followed by the Land Rover taxi), although parking at the bottom is all private, and there is a sign warning visitors against going down that road
The scenery is famous for its richness of colour, especially in the grounds of Cary Court, and along The Hobby, a road cut through the woods and overlooking the sea. The South West Coast Path National Trail runs past the village, and the section from Clovelly to Hartland Quay is particularly spectacular.
The surgeon Campbell De Morgan (1811 – 1876), who first speculated that cancer arose locally and then spread more widely in the body, was born here.
Lovely Clovelly; It's within Easy Driving Distance of Birmingham but Has a Charm All of Its Own. GRAHAM YOUNG Visits North Devon
Jan 01, 2012; Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG ALTHOUGH I'm fairly well travelled at home and abroad, North Devon has eluded me since childhood. And the...