What to do in Devon and the South West?
Grey Willow Yurts is nestled in the rural Blackdown Hills in Devon, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’re a short drive away from some of the South West’s amazing beaches and the most breathtaking walks on your doorstep as well as in the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Blackdown Hills has a good mix of landscape and points of interest to be explored with many beautiful walks and cycle routes.
Stargazing at Grey Willow Yurts is fantastic on a clear night. You can see plenty of stars without a telescope and just with the naked eye, but if you do have one, bring it along and as long as you have a clear night you won’t disappointed.
Our closest town with excellent cafes and restaurants, and has a thriving market two days a week (Tuesday & Saturday). It’s famous for its pottery and lace; the lace for Princess Diana’s wedding dress was made here. It’s very convenient for supermarkets and petrol stations.
Home to the famous Axminster Carpets, this small town is worth a stop if you’re heading to the south coast. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has his famous River Cottage Canteen here, which holds courses as well as a restaurant and fresh deli.
A very popular small seaside town with lots of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and a beautiful beach, where you can hire kayaks and paddle boards in the summer. Fossil hunting on the beach is a must, as well as the famous Harbour Cobb where ‘The French Lieutenants Woman’ was filmed as well as the new Mary Anning film, ‘Ammonite’.
The working fishing village of Beer although small has lots to offer, with art galleries, pubs, fresh fish stalls and in the summer small self-drive boat hire.
The stunning towering cliffs and surrounding areas of West Bay are an integral part of the hit TV show, Broadchurch, and are one of the things we have all grown to love about the setting of the show. Follow the Broadchurch trail to see the many local filming locations!
A large town in Somerset which has all the high street shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. There is also an excellent cricket ground for fans in the summer.
A beautiful National Park in the centre of Devon covering 368sq miles of moorland. It’s capped with many exposed granite tors providing a wealth of fascinating walks and home to the famous Dartmoor Ponies!
The historic city in Devon that has many wonderful things to do and see. These include St Peter’s Cathedral, the historic quay and Roman city walls, and shopping in the newly redeveloped Princesshay area.
Another beautiful National Park in North Devon and Somerset covering 267sq miles including 34miles of coastline. It boasts the highest cliffs in the UK rising 1 mile from the water. The area is also rich in flora and fauna.