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Home | Blogs | Local know-how – say hello to our newest team member, Emily 👋


Emily, Assistant Bookings Manager

If you’re looking for a tip from a local on the best place for a surf, hike, trail run, wild swim, SUP or pretty much anything outdoorsy… then Emily is the right person to ask! 

After returning to the West Country eight years ago from the French Alps, Emily is a fan of pretty much the majority of sports or outdoorsy activities available in Woolacombe and the surrounds. She says living on the North Devon coast feels a bit like being in an adults’ adventure playground!  

Emily is always happy to give an insider track on top locations and helpful local know-how. Here she shares with us some of her favourite spots in and around Woolacombe: “One of my favourite spots nearby is Putsborough for surfing. When the conditions are right the surf can be amazing as it’s slightly sheltered and sometimes a little quieter. Watch out though, the sunsets may blow you away!

“If you visit in summer you must try the curry on the beach at Barricane, it’s amazing and boasts such a nice summer vibe. Remember to take your own tipple, you are on holiday after all!

“Walk to Morte point and enjoy stunning views and a landscape like no other. When the conditions are right you can see all the way across Woolacombe, to Lundy Island, and across to Bullpoint lighthouse. If you’re super lucky you’ll see seals, porpoises, varied seabirds and local grazing livestock. It’s a special place to me as it’s where I got engaged.

“For those looking to visit a little further afield, another one of my favourite spots would be Lynmouth, linked to Lynton by the famous water powered funicular railway. Lynmouth, being the lower beachside town, has cobbled streets and a whole lot of ‘oldly worldly’ charm with some beautiful artisan shops and pubs. The drive to Lynmouth alone takes you through the parts of Exmoor that touch the sea and really are breathtaking. There are several stunning but rather steep walks around this area – I would recommend Watersmeet – so if you do fancy it, remember to pack good walking shoes!”

Look out for Emily in the Byron Reception 😊

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