The Area

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


"My wife and i have just returned from a stay at the hoops for two nights hoping to find a comfortable characterful place to stay in to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and to use as a base to explore the coastline of the region. well the hoops certainly delivered exceeding our expectations. our room for the first night was a standard room which was spacious enough to suit our needs, very comfortable, clean, quiet and with a modern en-suite. we originally wanted to book the more luxurious mallow suite which was not available for our first night but, the owner upgraded us to this room for our second night at no extra charge. our second night in the mallow suite was truly wonderful with its very comfortable four-poster bed, settee and large modern bathroom containing a jacuzzi as well as a large walk in shower. the bar area is cosy with a country pub atmosphere serving three different real ales straight from the barrel. you can dine in the bar choosing from either the bar or restaurant menu, both offering a wide selection of dishes. the restaurant is also comfortable and inviting to dine in. we ate dinner in the hoops both evenings of our stay and found the quality of food to be of a high standard and the service prompt from friendly helpful staff. the hotel has the advantage of a large car park providing plenty of space to park your car, particularly if you have a long estate car like ours. we would thoroughly recommend the hoops as an idyllic place to stay, providing all the comforts you would hope to find in a country inn and a good base to explore this part of devon at an affordable cost. we will certainly stay here again" Sept 2012

- via Tripadvisor