The North Devon countryside is the perfect place to get up close with nature. The National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor are home to a massive variety of wildlife and habitats.
Sharp eyed visitors might spot red deer on the moors as well as the wild ponies and all number of specialist birds including short eared owls, hen harriers and the famous Dartford warbler.
No trip to Devon would be complete without trying the quintessential local speciality – a clotted cream tea.
Traditionally served with a pot of tea, plain scones (pronounced like” owns”), strawberry jam and a mountain of rich, thick and delicious Devon clotted cream.
Although the moors are wonderful places to enjoy the outdoor life, it is important to be aware of the dangers and to treat them with respect.
Even on the brightest sunny day the weather on the moors can change in an instant and catch out the unprepared. Always make sure you have adequate clothing in case this happens and unless you have the proper training and equipment do not stray too far from the beaten track.
The rolling breakers of the Atlantic Ocean make for some incredible surfing conditions but can also be extremely dangerous for those who don’t have experience of this environment.
Always swim at a beach where there is an official lifeguard patrol and pay attention to warning flags at all times. Every year visitors are drowned because they do not give the ocean the respect it demands.
The National Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to the preservation of the UK’s cultural and environmental treasures, has a multitude of interesting sites dotted around the North Devon region.
From castles and gardens to parkland and country houses, a day at a National Trust property is guaranteed to be fun and educational with something for the whole family to enjoy.