Top tips for National Parks Week in Devon
PUBLISHED: 10:46 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:46 21 July 2014
As the only county in the UK to boast two National Parks, here’s Stay In Devon’s top tips on making the most of them
With both Dartmoor and Exmoor within its borders, Devon arguably offers more during National Parks Week than anywhere else in the country.
They display spectacular scenery and National Parks Week presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate these diverse landscapes with a variety of events and activities.
Taking place between 28 July and 3 August, this year’s National Parks Week theme, ‘Space to Grow’, looks to the future of those that will continue to appreciate and look after the National Parks in the years to come. With a desire to captivate people of all ages, National Parks Week is hoping to encourage many to get out and explore the great outdoors.
On top of the events that the National Parks has organised, Stay In Devon has come up with its top 10 recommendations of things to do, to help make the most of the breath-taking locations on our doorstep.
1. A firm favourite with many locals and visitors in North Devon, the Valley of the Rocks in Lynmouth boasts incredible views out to sea with sights of Wales on a clear day. Here, you will be able to see wild goats as they clamber about on the rocks, during a walk along the cliff top coast path.
2. While in Lynmouth, why not hop on the Cliff Railway for an uphill journey towards its twin village, Lynton. The water powered railway has been running since the 19th century and is a unique mode of transport giving impressive views of the bay and Bristol Channel.
3. Voted as one of Devon’s top beauty spots, a list of things to do in the county’s National Parks wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Becky Falls in Newton Abbot. Take part in one of the trails, one of which entails climbing boulders and thus the possibility of getting extremely wet!
4. Home to the Dartmoor Pixie, this magical attraction may be more appealing to the younger ones in the family, although set in the heart of the countryside it’s hard not to fall in love with the beautiful gardens at Pixeland in Dartmeet.
5. Now that the pretty clapper bridge has been fully restored, Tarr Steps makes for a great day out while visiting Exmoor. Make your way across this ancient attraction, before exploring the wooded valley of the River Barle.
6. Originating on Dartmoor, there couldn’t be a better location for trying your hand at letterboxing. To those who may have not heard of this outdoor hobby before, letterboxing requires searchers to follow clues and find hidden boxes containing a unique stamp which can be collected in a notebook.
7. Landacre Bridge is one of the many tranquil rivers that meander through the vibrant green moorland of Exmoor. It makes the perfect spot for a swim, with crystal clear waters and a dunking pool for those that like to make a splash. It’s often relatively quiet too as it’s a spot that the locals like to keep on the down low!
8. Nestled on the outskirts of Dartmoor, Hotel Endsleigh in Milton Abbot places you in a picturesque setting, with 108 acres of its own landscaped gardens. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire cream tea in the outdoor seating area while marvelling at the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside.
9. For panoramic views of Exmoor, we recommend heading to the top of Dunkery Beacon, which is the highest point of the National Park. Simply bring a picnic along and take in the breath-taking setting.
10. Fancy something a little more adventurous? The River Dart has some of the best mid-grade white water in the UK, as well as a selection of activity centres that provide kayak hire. Challenge yourself and reap the rewards as you admire the stunning valley from different perspective.
For more information about the best things to do in Devon or to find the perfect holiday in the county, visit Stay In Devon. You will find a wide selection of accommodation, events, and things to do as well as a full range of other useful information for visiting the county. Devon has been nominated in the British Travel Awards in the Best UK Holiday County or Region category, for more details and to vote visit stayindevon.co.uk/vote-devon