North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Rockham Bay

The North Devon Coast AONB is defined by its Special Qualities. These are what make our AONB so special. There are 14 Special Qualities and for each of these we have chosen a place within the AONB where you can see what we mean.

Special Quality 1 – Diversity of scenery contained within a small area, including some of the finest cliff scenery in the country (as mentioned at designation)

The AONB coastline along the North Devon High Coast faces northward into the Bristol Channel and the rocks near Rockham Bay are largely comprised of the Morte Slates, providing a direct contrast to the sandstone cliffs of the west facing Atlantic Coast, though at times no less dramatic. This is what makes the North devon Coast so diverse.