At one time this large town, port and ship building centre served as an important link with the New World and was the birthplace in 1541 of the English naval hero Sir Richard Grenville.
Its huge bay stretches for 14 miles, with Hartland Point at its southern end.
A remarkable, 24-arch bridge measuring more than 600ft and dating to the 13th century spans the River Torridge.
The Victorian writer Charles Kingsley wrote parts of his novel 'Westward Ho!' here while living at the Royal Hotel.
|In contrast, The Big Sheep is a farm-based tourist attraction offering activities such as cheese making and sheep shearing while the Burton Art Gallery has a collection of model ships made from wood and bone by French Napoleonic prisoners.|