Explore Exmoor & North Devon
Great Days out from Croft House
Winding leafy lanes lead you to charming villages and hamlets, unspoilt as if lost in time, where cultural charms, true hospitality and the special flavour of local food can be sampled.
Admire the heather-topped hills, sweeping combes, spectacular cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, and rivers in deep wooded valleys.
There are castles, gardens, Exmoor’s landscapes, Devon’s sandy beaches, ancient monuments, a remote island, villages locked in the past and more to enjoy.
Take in the view from Dunkery Beacon visit Dunster Castle and tour a stunning coastline.
Drive through Exmoor via Simonsbath then to Dunster Castle overlooking the medieval village of Dunster and return along the stunning coastline to Lynton & Lynmouth.
Go via Dunkery Beacon – 1708 feet above sea level – the highest point in Exmoor with unrivalled views. Visit Stoke Pero church, one of England’s smallest churches or Horner Wood – one of England’s oldest woodlands and a good place to spot the Red Deer.
Stroll sandy beaches, see Damien Hirst’s’ sculpture and visit a haunted house.
Explore some of Britain’s best beaches, just over 30 minutes away there’s Woolacombe – one of the world’s top ten beaches – with its huge sandy expanse and its tiny secluded Barricane Bay.
A few miles on is Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands, popular surfing spots and then the unique dunes of Braunton Burrows.
Return via the coastline to Ilfracombe to see Damien Hirst’s sculpture ‘Verity’ and have a meal at his famous restaurant The Quay or visit intriguing Chambercombe Manor that was the focus of Living TV’s Most Haunted series.
Walk over medieval Tarr Steps and visit Dulverton and the Victorian house and gardens of Knighthayes Court.
Take the B3223/4 from Lynton through the heart of Exmoor. The route was voted by the Caterham 7 sports club as one of Britains Best Driving Roads, with stunning views of coast and country.
Carry on to visit Knightshayes Court an extraordinary Victorian Gothic delight with richly decorated interiors and extensive gardens,
Experience a breath taking 21 mile Scenic Drive through Little Switzerland
Experience a breath taking dramatic drive along narrow lanes, cliff edges and down deep valleys with some lovely walks and stunning vistas.The 21 mile Scenic Drive
There are many places to stop for refreshments and admire the scenery.
Opportunities for short walks en-route:
Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley to the sea
The rock formations at the Valley of Rocks
A short walk to Watersmeet waterfalls
Along the river from Rockford
Brendon through Lorna Doone country
Visit the ancient village of Clovelly and the Hartland Peninsula or sail to Lundy Island.
Step back in time in Clovelly, a 14th century village still with cobbled streets, no cars, an ancient quay and Court Gardens.
Take a boat trip to Lundy, a beautiful car-free island designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s a haven for wildlife lovers with dolphins, seals and puffins, and for snorkelers with its array of sea life and coral beds in its Marine Nature Reserve
Visit some of North Devon’s finest gardens including Castle Hill and Rosemoor Garden
Set out towards South Molton and visit Castle Hill Gardens, with its 18th century landscape with grass terraces and statues.
Then head towards Torrington and visit Rosemoor, home of the Royal Horticultural Society, this stunning garden is a photographer’s dream.
Arriving or returning home from the North, Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton is well worth a visit.