North Devon National Trust

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The northern coast of Devon is full of delights. Whether you are looking for a destination for your holiday or just somewhere to escape for a couple of hours, this area has it all.

North Devon National Trust looks after several stunning places; whether you are looking for hidden valleys to stunning coasts, you'll find all of that and much, much more.

In West Exmoor, our properties include Watersmeet, a dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands, with a seasonal tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings and the Heddon Valley, with towering cliffs, coves and a wooded valley all within Exmoor National Park.

Following the coastline to the west you'll get to Mortehoe, gateway to a wild, remote coast with a rich history of wrecking and smuggling, and Woolacombe, with its spectacular coastline of cliff, coves, beaches, dunes and headlands. Nearby you'll find Baggy Point, the impressive headland at Croyde with crashing waves and dramatic cliffs.

Further along the coast you'll find Bideford Bay and Hartland, miles of unspoilt coastline that inspired Rudyard Kipling. Venture inland and you'll find Dunsland, a grand Parkland abundant in wildlife and with over 900 years of history.

There's so much to see and do - where will you start?

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Heddon Valley History Trail - Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019

Discover more about the hidden history of Heddon Valley with this informative self-led walking trail for adults. From Roman forts to Victorian industry, the Heddon Valley has a rich and varied history. Learn more about its intriguing past with this self-led walking trail and discover some secrets spots along the way. Pick up your free trail map from the National Trust shop. Donations welcomed.

Magical Gingerbread Town in the Heddon Valley - Saturday 21 December 2019 to Tuesday 24 December 2019

We welcome you to come explore North Devon’s first Gingerbread Town this Christmas in the Heddon Valley. 

With so many illuminated gingerbread houses baked by local community groups and businesses, you’ll feel amazed under our festively decorated and sparkling tipi.

Be warmed with hot chocolate, mulled wine and marshmallows to toast, and decorate your own gingerbread men, all at a small price. For more information, click here.

21 December is our special grand opening to the public with events beginning at 11:00am.

Heddon Valley Self-led Christmas Trail - Saturday 21 December 2019 to Tuesday 24 December 2019

Explore in the outdoors and learn about nature over the Christmas holidays on this Christmas themed self-led trail. Trail maps are available from the Heddon Valley Shop or the festive tipee. For more information click here

Winter Warmer Guided Walk; Heddon's Mouth - Saturday 21 December 2019

Warm up with our free, guided festive Winter Warmer Walk down to the beautiful Heddon's Mouth between 14:30 - 15:30. Please meet outside the National Trust Shop. For more information please click here.

Brownsham Christmas Cracker Trail - Saturday 21 December 2019 to Wednesday 01 January 2020

It's a cracker! Find the terrible cracker jokes in Brownsham woodlands on this self led trail. For more information, please click here.

Heddon Valley History Trail - Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 22 December 2019

Discover more about the hidden history of Heddon Valley with this informative self-led walking trail for adults. From Roman forts to Victorian industry, the Heddon Valley has a rich and varied history. Learn more about its intriguing past with this self-led walking trail and discover some secrets spots along the way. Pick up your free trail map from the National Trust shop. Donations welcomed.

Watersmeet Self-Led Christmas Trail - Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 22 December 2019

Explore in the outdoors and learn about nature over the Christmas holidays on this Christmas themed self-led trail. Trail maps are available from the Watersmeet Café. For more information, click here.

Magical Gingerbread Town in the Heddon Valley - Thursday 26 December 2019 to Saturday 04 January 2020

We welcome you to come explore North Devon’s first Gingerbread Town this Christmas in the Heddon Valley. 

With so many illuminated gingerbread houses baked by local community groups and businesses, you’ll feel amazed under our festively decorated and sparkling tipi.

Be warmed with hot chocolate, mulled wine and marshmallows to toast, and decorate your own gingerbread men, all at a small price. For more information, click here.

Heddon Valley Self-led Christmas Trail - Thursday 26 December 2019 to Saturday 04 January 2020

Explore in the outdoors and learn about nature over the Christmas holidays on this Christmas themed self-led trail. Trail maps are available from the Heddon Valley Shop or the festive tipee. For more information click here

Heddon Valley History Trail - Friday 27 December 2019 to Wednesday 01 January 2020

Discover more about the hidden history of Heddon Valley with this informative self-led walking trail for adults. From Roman forts to Victorian industry, the Heddon Valley has a rich and varied history. Learn more about its intriguing past with this self-led walking trail and discover some secrets spots along the way. Pick up your free trail map from the National Trust shop. Donations welcomed.

Watersmeet Self-led Christmas Trail - Friday 27 December 2019 to Wednesday 01 January 2020

Explore in the outdoors and learn about nature over the Christmas holidays on this Christmas themed self-led trail. Trail maps are available from the Watersmeet Café. For more information, click here.