Exmoor National Park
2017 North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival
Exmoor National Park great to explore the West Country Walks are the organisers of the Exmoor Walking Festival . They have developed some great booklets for full day walks, half day walks, cycle rides and best picnic spots. North Devon has a great network of rights away making access to this stunning landscape easy to enjoy.
The National Park boundary starts at Combe Martin and is very typical of Exmoor landscape, with steep cliffs and giant rocks. It is a special place to explore and with so many activities on offer there is something for everyone starting with Combe Martin which is only 22 miles from here, you can go and enjoy the wilderness for the day and return to the great amenities in Braunton.
Combe Martin has the longest High Street in the U K with a good selection of gift shops. It’s a safe and calm bay that is ideal for inflatable boats. Search for crabs in the rock pools, fish from the beach or rocks, or hire a kayak.
Lynton & Lynmouth
The best way to enjoy the area is to travel between these towns on the Cliff Railway gliding 500 feet above the cliffs taking in the dramatic North Devon coastline or take one of the boat trips that run daily from Lynmouth and get up close to the cliffs and wildlife.
Recommended places to eat for views, excellent food and service. The Glasshouse Restaurant, Lily Mays for afternoon sandwiches and cakes and The Cliff Top Cafe .
Valley Of The Rocks
Famous for it’s mountain goats and giant rocks a must visit and only ten minutes from Lynton if walking. Valley of the Rocks used to be a river bed and the sight does take your breathe away and feels a bit like Jurassic Park. The backdrop has been used for film and T V which is not surprising at all.
If you like challenging walks and climbing in a dramatic setting then this is the place. If you just want to look, there is a car park here and tea rooms.
It wouldn’t be North Devon without more beaches and a walk from Watcombe Beach with caves as big as double-decker buses and so popular with divers. This walk takes you through woodlands, then Valley of the Rocks onto the coast path and down to Maidencombe Beach a sheltered cove with a Beach Cafe with views of the spectacular red cliffs.