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 bunkhouse 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!
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.
You’re welcome to arrive at the bunkhouse 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 an 8am 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’re back the leader will get on with dinner, leaving you with plenty of time to chill out in the lounge and re-live the day’s memories, or head to the local pub, just a short walk away.
We aim to have dinner at around 7.30pm.
This morning after breakfast we’ll pack up and leave the bunkhouse. 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.
Blindwell Bunk House
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I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009