A magical village you absolutely must visit. Clovelly is in the county of Devon, with cobblestones and cute little whitewashed village cottages, leading down to a fishing port lost in time.
The village is closed to cars so the only way down is on foot (wear suitable footwear for the cobblestones!) Getting back up by foot is steep, it’s a good workout (and certainly worked off the calories consumed in the tasty Cornish ice cream we scoffed at the bottom!) If you don’t feel up to it there is a Land Rover service that will bring you back up to the top for £2.50 a head.
You must pay to get into Clovelly but charges are reasonable and it can be a whole day out if you choose to.
History of Clovelly
Clovelly was once owned by the King and included in the Domesday Book.
However, since the 13th century it has been associated with only 3 families. today, the village is still privately owned by the Rous family.
What to do in Clovelly
There are a number of things to do in Clovelly. When we went we spent an afternoon there, we leisurely walked down to the bottom to the fishing port exploring different sites as we went down.
There is a donkey stable where you can pop in and say hello and give them a well received stroke. It was the donkeys of Clovelly that would once upon a time transport the much needed supplies in and out of the village. When the two hotels of Clovelly opened up, the donkeys would be used to carry the luggage. Today, sledges are used instead, with the donkeys now chilling out in their stables, or in the summer months, taking children on rides.
One of the highlights for the boys was holding an owl. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Daniel stand so still!
When you get to the bottom there is a pebble beach at the port. The tide was out when we got there so we were able to walk along the coastline and explore some more.
We made it down to the waterfall. And yes, they did climb behind it 🙂
It is possible to fish from the harbour or from a chartered boat.
Other activities you can take part in include pottery, silk scarf making and other crafty activities.
If you want to learn more about the history and traditions of Clovelly you can take part in one of the village tours. They last about 1 hour and cost £3 for an adult and under 12s are free.
Hotels in Clovelly
If you want to make the magic last a little longer it is possible to stay in Clovelly. There are 2 hotels within Clovelly to choose from; The Red Lion Hotel, situated for the perfectly idyllic harbour views, or step back in time and stay at the 17th century New Inn.
There is also a choice of 3 bed and breakfasts within the village.
Further information at www.clovelly.co.uk
Open all year (except Christmas)
Admission Prices (2015)
Child: £4.35 (ages 7 to 16)
Family: £18.25 (2 adults, 2 children)
Children under 7 years of age go free