Ruins of the largest castle in Devon in an outstandingly picturesque setting on a wooded spur above the rushing river Okement. Okehampton castle is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and boasts a Norman motte and the jagged remains of the keep.
A place of great natural beauty. It retains its role as a family home and is increasingly a
flourishing centre of rural enterprise but also has a wonderful range of activities for
children such as woodland walks and play areas
Devon's most magnificent historical gardens, the park is home to many beautiful and rare
species collected from around the world and houses a spectacular palm house. Also
plenty of activities s for families with an all year ice rink, narrow gauge railway, museum
and numerous play areas.
11th Century house with glorious hillside garden and renowned Killerton dress collection
exploring fabulous and luxurious dresses of the past 200 years. Killerton House built in
1778-9 brings to life the generations of Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families and the
garden created by John Veitch is a real gem with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare
trees surrounded by glorious rolling Devon countryside.
Striking Victorian Gothic mansion with richly decorated interior set within one of Devon's
finest gardens which is renowned for its rare trees and shrubs. The restored and fully
productive organic kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce.
A Dramatic landscape comprising wide open moors, peaceful woodlands, picturesque farms,
and charming valleys; Exmoor National PArk is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Featuring 692km²
of wild and rugged terrain that is waiting to be explored, you will have no shortage of
grand adventures on your next visit to this beautiful region that is steeped in history.
Walk out of Belstone village on the western side, go through the gate and
out on to the moor, then make your way towards Belstone Tor. Near the base of the Tor
you will see a stone circle or cairn erected to surround a round burial barrow from the
Bronze Age, or Kistvaen, as they are named on Dartmoor. On the Ordnance Survey Map
the stone circle appears as Nine Stones, but it is more widely known as The Nine
Home to England's highest waterfall situated within Dartmoor National Park. The
waterfalls tumble down to ancient rock formations to meet the tranquil lakes below
offering some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in Devon.
Archaeological remains confirm that a community has existed here for at least
4,000 years. In historical times, Chagford grew due to the wool trade and from tin mining
in the area, and in 1305 was made a stannary town where tin was traded. A cattle market
in the town survived until the 1980s. Today Chagford is a thriving community with busy
streets, and an unusually wide range of shops for a town of this size.
Spectacular 1.5-mile-long ravine with plunging whirlpools and dramatic waterfall. This
lush oak-wooded steep sided river gorge can be explored through a variety of exhilarating
short or long walks.
Surrounded by forest and open moorland, and is a beautiful area in which to spend
free time. From the main car park, a purpose-built path has been constructed following the
route of Potter's Walk. From here you will enjoy good views over prehistoric hut circles,
the magnificent dam and the reservoir itself.
Exmoor has many varied places to explore, we recommend: Lynton and The Valley of
the Rocks; Porlock Weir and Dunster Castle.
General information please see: https://www.exploredevon.info
Exe Valley Way
(45 miles) - Starting on Exmoor, crossing Devon's heartland north and south through the
scenic central part of the route to reach the beautiful Exe Valley.
Grand Western Canal Country Park
(11 miles) - A level walk along the banks of the canal starting in the canal basin in Tiverton.
Two Moors Way
(100 miles) - Passing through Devon's heartland to link Dartmoor and Exmoor.
(180 miles) - A figure of eight shaped walk, centred on Barnstaple but slipping into
Devonshire's heartland in the Eggesford area. The trail follows the travels of Tarka the
Otter. The Eggesford part of the walk is approximately four miles and an easy circular
route which should take a couple of hours.
Sara Nunan moved down to Devon from London in 2011, having worked for 20 years as an art editor, graphic designer and illustrator for book publishers such as Dorling Kindersley, Harper Collins, and BBC worldwide.
She now works mainly as an illustrator on commercial and private commissions and on her own work for exhibitions together with the sale of prints and greeting cards.