Horns Cross is a tiny hamlet, straddling the boundary between the parishes of Alwington and Parkham, branching out from the cross roads on the A39 Atlantic Highway perfectly positioned midway between Bideford and the famous fishing village of Clovelly.
To the north lies the Atlantic Heritage Coast with spectacular views over Bideford Bay, to the south lies acres upon acres of farmland and unspoilt countryside, the landscape changing with the seasons.
The narrow, winding lanes with steep hedges lead to nearby picturesque hamlets and villages. For those who love walking there are a number of trails in the area including Green Lane which runs parallel to the coast path along Northway, but one of Horns Cross's best kept secrets is "Peppercombe". "
The quaint name applies to the scattering of old cottages in a sheltered, wooded valley leading down to the sea." This little known sheltered cove with its unique red cliffs is neatly hidden away between Westward Ho!and Bucks Mills. It's a leisurely walk down to the shoreline through the valley, rich in ferns, foxgloves, primroses, bluebells & wild garlic.
Seasoned walkers can join the South West Coast Path or you can carry on down, down, down until you reach the rocky shoreline. There is a sandy beach at low tide. It seems a lot longer on the way back up the steep track whichever route you take, so don't carry too much. Unlike Bucks Mills, there is no car park so why not stay and make Horns Cross a base for your holiday.
Content by kind permission of Pat Adams - thenorthdevonfocus.co.uk
"We stayed here for 3 nights and had a most comfortable break. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. The breakfasts and bar snacks were superb and dinner in the restaurant was outstanding. Altogether a wonderful break. We intend visiting again within a few months." Sept 2012
- via Tripadvisor