Barnstaple is the main town for North Devon. It has all of the major stores such as Monsoon, Next and Fat Face so is worth a day out to go shopping. Banburys is the main independent department store in the High Street which is worth a visit.
The best days to visit Barnstaple are Tuesdays and Saturdays as the Pannier Market is in operation. Here you can buy from local food and craft suppliers a range of some of the best local produce around.
Next to the Pannier Market is Butchers Row which is open every day with quaint open fronted shops. Make sure you go in to East West bakery for their speciality breads and the best chocolate brownie around!