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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Family butterfly trail - Wednesday 15 July 2020 to Tuesday 01 September 2020

Heddon Valley is home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies, attracting some of the rarest species in Britain. In celebration of these unique residents we have created a fun family trail through the valley, with butterfly clues to find along the way. You might even spot some of the real things! Pick up your £1 trail map from the Heddon Valley National Trust shop EX31 4PY.

The event takes place between 10:00am - 3pm and is suitable for all ages.  Dogs on leads are welcome.

Please wear clothing suitable for weather conditions on the day and sturdy shoes are recommended.  Please be aware of undulating ground which may be muddy at certain times.

For more information please visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/355976bb-ca5f-4853-84d8-2041a18e38bc/pages/details

Barton Woodfest - Tuesday 27 October 2020

Celebrate the beautiful autumn colours with this fun day of woodland events and activities for all the family between 10.30am - 3pm. Join the Exmoor Rangers for this fun Autumn event in the woods above Watersmeet. Learn more about traditional woodland skills such as green woodworking and horse logging, and have a go at wildlife spotting, campfire cooking and other fun activities. Donations welcome. Accompanied children of all ages are welcome; dogs on leads are welcome.

The event will take place in Barton Wood above Watersmeet. Please park at Watersmeet or Combe Park Lodge and follow the signs. Please park at Watersmeet or Combe Park Lodge and follow the signs. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. Please understand some paths are steep and there may be some steep climbs. 

Christmas at Watersmeet - Saturday 19 December 2020 to Thursday 24 December 2020

Come out to Watersmeet this Christmas for a relaxing time between 10.30am-3pm. With the sounds of water and birds around you, you'll find moments of stillness to relax and unwind at Watersmeet.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and know paths may be muddy.

There is limited access into the valley. Please call 01598 753348 for more information.

Watersmeet Christmas Trail - Saturday 19 December 2020 to Thursday 24 December 2020

Brave the chill for a fun Christmas trail through the valley where the Hoar Oak water and the East Lyn river meet.

Find the clues to make a festive word, and head back to Watersmeet tea room for your well-earned prize.

The free trail is available from the tea-room during opening hours. Donations welcome. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Christmas in the Heddon Valley - Saturday 19 December 2020 to Thursday 24 December 2020

Join us for a magical Christmas experience in the Heddon Valley between 10.30am-3pm. There's plenty to discover and enjoy in the Heddon Valley for the whole family this Christmas. Why not come out and find out for yourself? This event is suitable for accompanied children; dogs on leads are welcome. Please dress appropriately for conditions and be aware paths may be muddy.

Heddon Valley Christmas Trail - Saturday 19 December 2020 to Thursday 24 December 2020

Explore the Heddon Valley with this Christmas themed self-led trail. The trail is appropriate for all accompanied children. Dogs on leads are welcome. You may get a trail map from the Heddon Valley shop between 10.30am-3pm. Donations welcome. Please dress appropriately and know that paths may be muddy.

Christmas at Watersmeet - Saturday 26 December 2020 to Sunday 03 January 2021

Come out to Watersmeet this Christmas for a relaxing time between 10.30am-3pm. With the sounds of water and birds around you, you'll find moments of stillness to relax and unwind at Watersmeet.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and know paths may be muddy.

There is limited access into the valley. Please call 01598 753348 for more information.

Watersmeet Christmas Trail - Saturday 26 December 2020 to Sunday 03 January 2021

Brave the chill for a fun Christmas trail through the valley where the Hoar Oak water and the East Lyn river meet.

Find the clues to make a festive word, and head back to Watersmeet tea room for your well-earned prize.

The free trail is available from the tea-room during opening hours. Donations welcome. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Christmas in the Heddon Valley - Saturday 26 December 2020 to Sunday 03 January 2021

Join us for a magical Christmas experience in the Heddon Valley between 10.30am-3pm. There's plenty to discover and enjoy in the Heddon Valley for the whole family this Christmas. Why not come out and find out for yourself? This event is suitable for accompanied children; dogs on leads are welcome. Please dress appropriately for conditions and be aware paths may be muddy.

Heddon Valley Christmas Trail - Saturday 26 December 2020 to Sunday 03 January 2021

Explore the Heddon Valley with this Christmas themed self-led trail. The trail is appropriate for all accompanied children. Dogs on leads are welcome. You may get a trail map from the Heddon Valley shop between 10.30am-3pm. Donations welcome. Please dress appropriately and know that paths may be muddy.