I’ve been trying to keep my travel posts rich in storytelling. Whether that means portraits, photos of the car or photos of Aaron, they usually involve a certain amount of staging. Our trip to North Devon was just for fun. I didn’t actually plan to write a blog post about Clovelly. On arrival, however, I realised I would be taking a lot of photos, and that this quaint little village definitely deserves its own blog post. I may not have had my tripod, remote shutter, car, etc., but I wouldn’t want to detract from the village itself anyway.
Clovelly is in North Devon. Apart from a few holidays as a child, I’ve not spent much time in the area. It was a new and exciting adventure for me. Before you arrive, you’ll pass Clovelly Court Gardens. The cost of admission is included in your ticket to visit the village.
Once you get to the main street, the narrow and steep cobbled streets lead to a harbour and some pretty coastal walks.
One of my favourite things about the main street in Clovelly is that it’s inaccessible to cars. For the Instagram-obsessed like myself, this is basically gold dust. Donkeys were traditionally used for transporting heavy goods. Whilst this is no longer the case, you’ll find happy, work-free donkeys dotted around the village, which make for some very adorable photos.
Because the walk to the harbour is so scenic, we were distracted by how much of a descent we actually made. Thankfully, in tourist season there is a land rover at the harbour that operates as a taxi service, so you don’t have to climb back up.
Honestly, I don’t really know how this place hasn’t become an Instagram hotspot yet? I feel that it’s only a matter of time.