Local Area

Exmoor, Dartmoor & North Devon Coast

There are few places in Britain that lay claim to such a beautiful combination of stunning landscapes. A coastline of spectacular cliffs, secret coves and golden beaches together with a hinterland of wild moorland, sparkling river valleys and lush rolling hills make North Devon and Exmoor a very special place to visit. With a 171 sq km area of outstanding natural beauty and World Class Status, North Devon is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its blend of special landscapes and wildlife areas, rich cultural heritage and communities that care about it and want to sustain it into the future. North Devon is a truly unique place to visit. North Devon has managed to maintain a delicate balance between its heritage and modern life. It is a friendly, laid-back and beautiful part of the country.  

There are lots of things to see in the local area but below are a favourites ….

South Molton

South Molton (the nearest town to us, journey time by car 5 minutes), originated in early Saxon times. It is rich in traditional architecture and has a growing reputation for its antique shops, There is a regular pannier market on Thursdays and Saturdays, selling fine arts and crafts and local produce. Today it still flourishes as a market town and also boasts the largest honey farm in the country. South Molton also boasts a modern indoor climbing wall also an indoor swimming pool.

Exmoor

Exmoor, one of the smallest of Britain’s National Parks, is also known as Lorna Doone country as it is the base of R.D. Blackmore’s famous novel of the same name. Amongst the beautiful moorland lie several beautiful villages including Dunster – with its magnificent Dunster Castle. Exford is the ideal base to explore the ancient Tarr Steps and to take part in fishing, shooting and riding. Journey time by car to the moor is approximately 10 minutes.

Dartmoor

Whitechapel is extremely well placed for exploring the whole of Devon. We are also situated within an hour’s journey of Dartmoor, meaning South Devon is easily within reach.

Lundy Island

Lundy Island is 3 miles long and half a mile wide and has a history stretching back to Neolithic period. The name ‘Lundy’ derives from Norse for ‘Puffin Island’ – and you can still see many of these unusual birds on the island today.

It is owned by the National Trust and welcomes visitors to view its stunning landscape and beautiful and diverse wildlife. You can sail there on the MS Oldenburg from Ilfracombe or Bideford, or if you’re feeling really adventurous you can fly there by helicopter.

Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth are known as the Little Switzerland of England.
These two little villages grew slowly around two deep wooded river valleys in Exmoor. The Victorians made holiday centres of the towns and opened a cliff railway in 1890 to connect Lynmouth to Lynton, creating some stunning views. Journey time by car is approximately 45 minutes.