Highcliffe House – Attractions & activities in the local area

activitiesWe do now have a new activities page that you can view here.

North Devon’s gardens, nine in total stretch from the very edges of Exmoor to the tucked away coastal valleys and encompass formal, informal, naturalistic, ancient and modern – something for everyone. Most notably the RHS Garden at Rosemoor draws people from all over the UK.

For steam train enthusiasts the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway operates from Woody Bay Station which is three miles south of Lynton. This narrow gauge railway originally opened in 1898 and closed in 1936 is now being slowly restored. To the east at Minehead the West Somerset Railway runs standard gauge steam locomotives for twenty miles to Bishops Lydeard on the outskirts of Taunton.

For wildlife lovers Barle Valley Safaris offer an off road adventure taking leisurely trails across the moor to experience the ever changing moods of this sensational landscape. For a more hands on experience The Exmoor Falconry at Allerford offers the chance to fly these magnificent birds of prey, in the field, up the river, in the barn. Or take a boat ride to Lundy Island to get really close to the marine life of these local waters.

For more energetic activities horse riding is close by and several facilities offer varying levels of competence. Contact Outovercott Riding Stables to discuss your requirements. Try your hand at surfing on one of North Devon’s spectacular beaches with Nick Thorn surfing school at Woolacombe.

The National Trust owns several country houses that are open to the public between Easter and the end of October, Arlington Court and Dunster Castle are both within a 30 minute drive of Highcliffe House.

If you are looking further afield why not cycle in Dorset and south Somerset and take in the picturesque villages and markets.

We have launched our new Activities and Attractions page. Please click here to take a look.