Breath-taking coastal walking, timeless seaside villages and great company in north Devon
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The northern coast of Devon includes a large stretch of the Exmoor National Park. This incredible coastline, boasting the highest sea cliffs in England and miles of ancient woodland, is the perfect place for a sociable weekend of wandering.
We’re based in a hostel deep in the Exmoor National Park, where we can gaze out over the moors before going back inside for hot drinks, fresh food and a friendly group of fellow walkers.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the beauty of the Exmoor coast and moors through a day and a half of guided walks, at a pace the whole group can manage with the emphasis on enjoying the scenery.
- Stay in a hostel right in the heart of the park, with one day by the coast and one inland.
- Meet a friendly group of people who are all keen to get the best out of a sociable weekend away.
- Admire the fantastic views, the pristine woodlands, the peace of the river valley, and perhaps an ale or two at the local pub!
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm where your Large Outdoors host will be there to greet you and get you settled in. From then we recommend heading straight out into the garden, before relaxing with a cup of tea or glass of wine in the lounge.
We’ll be serving dinner for 8pm and then going through the final plans for the next two days.
After breakfast we’ll make packed lunches and head out on the day’s walk. The best option today is to drive to the coast and have a wander along the stunning cliffs!
We’ll be heading around Butter Hill to visit the lighthouse at Foreland Point, and from there head east to follow the coastal path for as long as we want, enjoying the spectacular views and looking out for dolphins!
After our picnic we’ll turn inland and drop down into the valley of the East Lyn River. There’s a path following the riverside as it passes through farmland and then wildlife-rich woodland. There’s even a tea room with proper Devon scones at Watersmeet we should probably pay a visit to! We can gaze outside at the waterfalls where the East Lyn River is met by a tributary, only a short way before it finally enters the sea.
After our journey along the river, we’ll pop back up next to Wind Hill and return to the bunkhouse, ready for a relaxing evening.
Once we return the hostel there will be time to relax and freshen up before we head to a local pub for our evening meal. Please note this is not included.
This morning after breakfast we’ll pack up and leave the hostel. The aim is to head out for a morning walk of around 3 hours, finishing somewhere we can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.
About the Area
Exmoor National Park
The Exmoor National Park straddles the north coasts of Devon and Somerset in the south-west of England. Inland, there are high moors and steep valleys, but where they meet the sea the hills end abruptly, forming the highest sea-cliffs in England, most of which are cloaked in woodland. There are picturesque fishing villages, old light-houses, and the whole coast is accessible via the South-West Coast Path. In the sea it is not unusual to see dolphins and porpoises, and on a clear day you can gaze across the water at South Wales.
Good to know:
- This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
- You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
- We have only booked a number of rooms in this venue and will be sharing it with other walkers.
- Saturday night we head out to a local pub and this is not included.
Age Limit– You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs – I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time– You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers:This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
Transport during the weekend:
As often as possible, we aim to walk straight from the door of the accommodation. However, sometimes the best walks are a little further away and we need to drive. For these occasions, we encourage our guests to car-share to get to and from the walk location, so that we fit into as few vehicles as possible. If you are a driver, if would be very helpful if you would consider volunteering for this if required!
Please also remember to bring some loose change for car park charges, which are sometimes unavoidable.
Foods and Drinks:
For this weekend we provide the following meals:
- Evening meal on Friday.
- Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
- Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
- Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.
As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018