Welcome to West Down

The Village

West Down is a vibrant village located in North Devon in the South West of England (Latitude 51.1611, Longitude 4.1239).

The towns of Ilfracombe and Braunton are equidistant at 4 miles to the north and the south of the village which provide some of the services necessary to support parishioners (i.e. doctors, lawyers, dentists, secondary schools etc.) and further to the south (at around 10 miles) is the large market town of Barnstaple.

It is in close proximity to four beautiful sandy beaches at Woolacombe (approx 5 miles) along with Croyde, Putsborough and Saunton Sands which are all approximately 7 miles.

The West Down Parish Council is within North Devon District and Devon County Council.

To read more about West Down please visit the ‘About the Village‘ page.

About the Website

West Down website is created for, and run by the residents of West Down.  It has been developed by a sub committee of the Parish Hall and it is intended that there will be a small management group which will oversee the site, content and future developments.

Its’ purpose is to inform the locals of what is going on in this busy village and to tell the world outside what we have to offer.

Important information regarding details and location of the village’s Defibrillator

West Down Parish Council wish to make everyone aware that we have a fully operational AED in the village

This is a Zoll machine and it is stored in the porch at the West Down Community Shop. It is stored in plastic box with an alarm on it, but there is no code to access the box and the alarm is only for noise purpose only.

This machine is simple to operate and once open you follow the instructions provided by the machine – with good quality CPR the best possible care is provided to a casualty, and chances are survival in a life threatening situation are raised considerably.

If anyone wanted further information regarding the machine or you wanted to consider some training please do not   hesitate to contact –  Sue Ayre 07980 182317

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library visits West Down Square approximately every 4 weeks on a Thursday from 10.50 to 11.20 am.

2020 dates for the mobile library are – Jan 30, Feb 27, March 26, Apr 23, May 21, Jun 18, July 16, Aug 13, Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3.

Click here for link to Devon Libraries


Bus To Barnstaple

A bus leaves the village at 10am from the Square (not Tuesdays and Sundays) and returns from Stand ‘L’ at Barnstaple Bus Station at 13.50pm arriving back in the village at 14.27pm.

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The ‘new’ Village postcard available from the West Down Community Shop

Old postcards



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