Exmoor National Park
It’s difficult to imagine any part of Britain more awe-inspiring than the rugged wilds of Exmoor. Covering an area of over 250 square miles, this National Park is every rambler’s idea of heaven, where red deer and wild ponies stalk the steep valleys and gorges while buzzards and falcons soar overhead.
A distinctive coastline …
The North Devon coastline has its own distinctive charm, encompassing some of the finest and importantly the cleanest beaches to be found in Europe. Stretching along the coast from Woolacombe to Westward Ho! there are miles of golden sandy beaches backed by extraordinary dune systems interspersed with dramatic headlands.
Nearby Lynton & Valley of the Rocks
Nestling beneath the cliffs, the pretty harbour of Lynmouth is a romantic escape from modern day living with its row of fishing cottages tumbling down the street towards the quay and the distinctive Rhenish Tower.
Not far from Lynton, hidden from view, is the spectacular Valley of Rocks, an extraordinary area of strangely weathered rock formations where wild goats scramble amongst the rocks and scuttle precariously along the coastal footpath, perhaps admiring the dramatic views out to sea.
East Lyn River to Watersmeet
Offering a complete contrast, the steep sided wooded valley of the East Lyn river follows the course of the water to Watersmeet where a Victorian fishing lodge is now a National Trust run tea shop. Dramatic waterfalls and spectacular autumn and spring colours provide a constantly changing view.
Activities are all within easy distance of Lynmouth Holiday Retreat. If you prefer sightseeing by horseback, there are three local stables for trekking. Golf can be enjoyed at Saunton (a wonderful championship course) and Ilfracombe (situated up high overlooking the Bristol Channel). Fishing is available on three local reservoirs, Wimbleball, Slade and Wistlandpound, and river fishing licences can be obtained locally.