These links are to pages outside the Shirwell site: I therefore cannot
take the credit for the content, or the blame if they prove to have disappeared,
or transformed themselves into something completely different.
Jonathan Rhind Architects are based in Shirwell, and their site includes pictures of the work they've done in the area.
Get Ahead Hats Debbie Lewis at Hartland View Farm in Shirwell hires and sells hats as a member of this national farmers cooperative.
Thinking Horses The North Devon Equestrian Centre.
Brendon Valley - website devoted to another local village - Brendon, near Lynton on the North Coast
Kentisbury - just up the road, a tiny village community.
West Down - community website with lots of information about local events.
The North Devon Journal - the local paper. Gives a real feeling of what the area is like.
Marwood Hill Garden, Garden Tea Room and Plants sales are open daily from March to October.
Twenty acres of beautiful gardens created by Dr Jimmy Smart.
The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford is worth a visit if you are in the area. Don't forget to visit the coffee shop while you are there - very good light meals and scones!
The Stag's Head pub in Filleigh will do you a fine meal, and is not too far away. They have worked very hard on their website, why not take a look?
The Exmoor Attractions Site has a number of rather corny attractions listed, but is still worth popping in to.
More North Devon Links
Devon Life The website of the magazine. No North Devon content, alas, but still developing and worth a look.
The Atlantic Heritage Coast
site seems to really have its heart over the border in Bude, but none the less is worth a visit if you are interested in watersports.
Grokel(n) - Devonian term for a tourist or other 'foreigner'. Distinguishing characteristics of grokels include caravans, getting lost, and driving at under 30 mph along lanes which are 6 feet wide with grass growing along the middle.
Despite these traits, grokels are normally very welcome in North Devon (as long as they keep their dogs on a lead). This is not only because grokel consumption of cream teas, fudge, and surfing accessories is a backbone of the local economy, but because they are a welcome source of news and entertainment in what would otherwise be a very quiet and perhaps rather insular part of the world.
foreigner(n)- anyone who lives more than an hour's travel away from one's own house.To Devonians the people of Cornwall and Somerset are 'over the border' and the Welsh are quite definitely 'foreign', even though Swansea is only about 20 miles away across the Bristol Channel.
Surrounded by foreigners as they are, Devonians find it easy to get on with people from all over the world, on the grounds that they are only slightly more odd than those weird people over in London.