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. The evening is then your time to meet your fellow walkers and wind down from the stress of the week.
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.
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:
- 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.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“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
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
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