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Head out to Horns Cross
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Horns Cross forms part of the Parish of Parkham and as such residents here can take advantage of the facilities of the neighbouring village of Parkham with its school, church and village community events. The sign reads "Horns Cross - Public House, Post Office & Store" but sadly the Post Office Stores has recently closed. Bucks Cross Post Office Stores is now the nearest. The Coach & Horses Inn still offers travellers a welcome break on their journey through to Cornwall. We hope you don't go on to Cornwall and decide to stay. You can choose to holiday in a traditional farmhouse, self-catering cottage, hotel, inn or bed & breakfast accommodation. A little further along the A39 you will find the Hoops Inn, a 13th century thatched inn believed to have been the haunt of smugglers and ancient mariners such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Richard Grenville. This tiny hamlet, straddling the boundary between the parishes of Alwington and Parkham, branches 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.
>Accommodation
The Coach & Horses, Horns Cross
>>Walk this way for Peppercombe
A39 >Bideford Bound
Bringing in the Harvest
Under Horns Cross Skies>>>
The Hoops Inn
Triplets - Basking Bullocks
Triplets - The Nosy Ponies
At peace with the world!
Cross country to Bideford/Parkham/Buckland Brewer
Over to Clovelly from Green Lane
Northway Holiday Cottages
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