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The Hoops Inn & Country Hotel


Horns Cross is a tiny hamlet on the A39 Atlantic Highway, midway between Bideford and the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly.

The Hoops dates back to the 13th century and was reputedly the haunt of smugglers and a meeting place for seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Richard Grenville.

The Hoops makes a great base from which to explore this spectacular area – to the north lies the Atlantic Heritage Coast with spectacular views over Bideford Bay, while to the south lie acres of farmland, unspoilt countryside and the spectacular National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Energetic walkers and birdwatchers can follow in the footsteps of Henry Williamson’s otter on the Tarka Trail, take a trip to magnificent Lundy Island some 12 miles off the Devon coast or ramble along the South West Coast Path. Leave the Coast Path and carry on down to the rocky shoreline where there is a sandy beach at low tide. It seems a lot longer on the way back up so don't carry too much!

The narrow, winding lanes with steep hedges around the Hoops lead to nearby picturesque hamlets and villages. For those who love walking there are a number of trails in the area including Green Lane that runs parallel to the coast path along Northway, but one of Horns Cross's best kept secrets is ‘Peppercombe’. The quaint name refers 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 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.

Contact Us

The Hoops Inn,
Horns Cross, Near Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5DL

Tel: 01237 451222
Fax: 01237 451247

Email us at sales@hoopsinn.co.uk

Opening Hours

Bar Opening Times
Mon to Sat: 10am – 11pm
Sun: 12 noon – 10.30pm

Food Served
Mon to Sat: 7.30am – 9pm
Sun: 8.30am – 9pm

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