Umberleigh Bridge
A lovely historic village of thatched cottages, set beside the River Taw in northern Devon, 7 miles from the market town of Barnstaple. Umberleigh boasts a medieval 3-arched bridge across the Taw, and fine walks along the riverside.
From the bridge you can take beautiful walks along the River Taw towards Barnstaple. There is private fishing on the river if you enjoy a spot of angling, and 4 pubs within a few miles if you prefer a different sort of relaxation!

The manor of Umberleigh was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, though it is likely that King Athelstan had a royal palace here in the 10th century. Part of the estate was a nunnery, given by William the Conqueror to the abbey at Caen, in Normandy. The manor house, a Georgian farmhouse known as Umberleigh House, stands on the site of the Norman nunnery.

Beside Umberleigh House, which is not open to the public, stands all that remains of Umberleigh Chapel, a 13th century chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Only a single wall of the chapel remains, built into a farm building. Medieval monuments from the chapel were removed to Atherington church, including the 13th century effigy of a knight thought to be Sir William de Champernowne. In a curiously appropriate historical twist, the original church at Atherington was founded by King Athelstan himself.

Umberleigh rail station lies on the famous Tarkas line, lining Exeter and Barnstaple. The line is named for Henry Williamson's popular novel about Tarka the Otter, and the journey offers wonderful views of the Devon countryside.

Just north of the village on the B3227 is the Church of the Good Shepherd, a picturesque 19th century church built for workmen on the Great Wester Railway as a chapel of ease for Chittlehampton.

The Cobbaton Combat Collection at Chittlehampton, near Umberleigh, is a museum housing military vehicles from the times of the Boer War to the present day. The collection began as a hobby, but grew to the point where it required special premises. It now houses over 50 combat vehicles right up to the Gulf War.