The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
In a beautiful setting in the Heddon Valley, here you'll find a menu created using local produce and quality wines and ales. With a choice of bar areas inside there is also lots of outdoor seating, ideal for summer months.
A stunning location with great food
We had a lovely meal here on our last night. The Inn is about a 15 minute drive from Middle Dean on some very narrow and winding roads. It is a stunning building in a beautiful setting. The interior decor is a bit disappointing but the food and service were excellent, with good vegan options.
Accessed via a series of four man-made tunnels carved through the cliffs, Tunnels Beaches near Ilfracombe are truly unique. Created in the 1820s, the tunnels lead visitors out onto sand and shingle beaches, complete with a Victorian sea pool. Sheltered by the cliffs, the beaches afford beautiful views and special atmosphere. A landscaped garden lends itself perfectly to picnics in the sun and there is even sun bed and wetsuit hire available. A cafe serves refreshments and lifeguards are on duty in the summer. A fee applies.
Not for the faint hearted, this bracing six mile walk takes you around the rocky headland high above the sea, through ancient woodland and then up onto Martinhoe Common. The breathtaking coastal waterfall should make the climb worth it!
Combe Martin is on the edge of Exmoor and claims to have the longest village street in England. Visit the Pack of Cards Inn, built to celebrate a large win at cards by George Lay in 1626; it has 52 windows, one for each card in the pack, and four floors, each with 13 doors. The beach is perfect for the whole family with rock pools, cliffs, caves and pebbles plus lots of soft sand when the tide is out.
Great for kayaking
Combe Martin is an attractive little bay and we had a great kayak tour with Surfside Kayaks. The Pack of Cards Inn is worth a visit and has an interesting history
This route is along the highest of the sea cliffs in the Exmoor National Park. Starting at Combe Martin take the coast path around Wild Pear Beach, then a stiff climb to Little Hangman (715 feet high). Climb on - more gradual this time - up to 1046 feet and the summit of Great Hangman to get the best of the panorama across Combe Martin Bay.
The countryside is breathtaking and a real must to visit. Quaint shops, great pubs and beautiful walks through all kinds of terrain. Dogs are clearly very welcome which is a rarity in other areas of the south west.
Some of the finest coastal scenery in England, do not miss it! The Valley of the Rocks, a little further east, is particularly dramatic.
A Regency house with extensive gardens that is home to a huge collection of period horse drawn carriages, a famous colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats, red deer and peacocks. Carriage rides are available.
Most knowledgeable and informative guides in house and museum. Good value restaurant. Superb collection of model ships. Our visit lasted 4 hours
Some amazing animals, including cheetahs and Arctic foxes. Close encounters are possible with some of them, including snakes and spiders.
Exmoor Zoo - rare animals
I visited this zoo on a rather damp misty day and there were very few people until it brightened up in the afternoon.The animals are nearly all endangered species some of which I had never heard of before. As most of them are small the area to walk around is not huge - there are no elephants, lions, camels etc. There are about 35 cages and a signed route so you don't miss any. There are talks/ feeding and some hands on every half hour but that means doubling back to and fro if you want to do them all. I enjoyed feeding and stroking a wallaby with a joey in her pouch and stroking a snake. There are some birds and off site they were rearing 4 rare parrots to be returned to the Amazon. There is an excellent very large covered area with picnic tables , a snack shack for drinks and a rather basic cafe. Extremely small number of toilets! There are some well known animals -as well as the wallabies there are meerkats, cheetahs, gibbons and some rare tiny marmozets in an indoor area.
Close to the coast and within Exmoor National Park, there are plenty of options for picturesque rides from these stables.
Quad bike courses for children as young as six years old, a 4x4 off-road course, paintball and pony trekking.
Quads and horses
Something for everyone, some on the horses some on the quads, but both lots had fun.
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