Grey Willow Yurts is extremely lucky to be positioned so that you can easily access the whole of the South West. We are in easy driving distance for days out in Dartmoor & Exmoor or maybe more locally the fascinating Jurassic coast of Sidmouth, Charmouth & Lyme Regis and not forgetting the Blackdown Hills of course!
Close by is the town of Honiton, famous for its lace and antiques, and the small town of Axminster, now home to Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall's 'River Cottage' Canteen & HQ, which not only is a great restaurant, the HQ now holds food courses too.

Places to go


The Blackdown Hills (0 mins by car) - 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.
http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/Routes.html


Honiton (10 mins by car) - The gateway to the southwest from London for many years, the old tollhouses can still be seen as you enter the town. The town has a thriving market two days a week (Tuesday & Saturday) and is famous for its pottery and lace; the lace for Princess Diana's wedding dress was made here. It is also very convenient for restaurants and a supermarket.

Axminster (29 mins by car) - 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.

Lyme Regis (35 mins by car) - With lots of boutique shops and cafes, this small harbour town is very popular. Fantastic shopping, eateries and a beautiful beach. 'The French Lieutenants Women' was filmed here on the Harbour Cobb.
http://www.lymeregis.org

Taunton (28 mins by car) - Another large town in Somerset which has a good choice of shops restaurants and leisure facilities. There is also an excellent cricket ground for fans in the summer.

Exeter (40 mins by car) - A historic city in Devon that has many wonderful things to do and see. These include St Peters Cathedral, the historic quay and Roman city walls and shopping in the newly redeveloped Princesshay area.

Dartmoor (50 mins by car) - 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. Home of the famous Dartmoor Ponies!
http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk

Exmoor (1hour by car) - 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.

North Devon Coast (1 hour 30 mins by car (Woolacoombe)) - The North Devon coast was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1959. It comprises historic quaint villages and towns, national parks and fantastic beaches. A great place to go for surfing, eating and culture. Interesting towns include Boscastle, Tintagel (home to King Arthur's Castle), Woolacoombe and Linton.


Days Out: A small selection of things to do in the area.

Autospeed at Smeatharpe Stadium http://www.autospeed.co.uk
Short oval motor racing is a fun day out for all. Race meetings usually consist of between 12 and 15 races. The stadium is only a short walk from Grey Willow Yurts.

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens https://www.bictongardens.co.uk
The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children's play complexes, ice-free skating, restaurant and shop.

Crealy Adverture park, Exeter http://www.crealy.co.uk/devon/
From rides to adventure zones while also getting nose to nose with nature and animals, Crealy Adventure Park has something for all the family of all ages.

Eden Project, (2 hours 30 mins by car) Cornwall http://www.edenproject.com/
The world famous Eden Project is a rich, global garden where people can learn about nature and get inspiration about the world around them. They have planted over a million plants from different climates around the world to show visitors the diversity of our world and the uses of each plant species.


Escot House, Ottery St Mary http://www.escot-devon.co.uk/
Against the backdrop of this beautiful corner of East Devon, visitors can explore the beautiful gardens, solve the world class maze, letterbox around the estate, watch the wildlife (including otters, birds of prey, wild boar and red squirrels), with exciting forest play areas and enjoy our home cooked local food and delicious cream teas.

GO APE! Nr Exeter http://www.goape.co.uk/
For the the more adventurist type, head to Haldon hill for GO APE! A high-wire forest adventure. They have built giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country's best zip lines for you to enjoy!

Fleet Air Museum, Ilchester http://www.fleetairarm.com/
The Fleet Air Arm Museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts the Museum is the world's second largest naval aviation Museum.

Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford Somerset http://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/home/index.html
The Haynes Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220, everything a car enthusiast could want.

Killerton House & Gardens, Exeter http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-killerton/
Killerton House is beautiful year round. The main house dates back to 1778 and brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families. Many of the families costumes are on view, with many fashion exhibitions throughout the year. The gardens have been created by John Veitch – with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees, all of which are surrounded by rolling Devon countryside.

Knightshayes Court, Tiverton http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-knightshayescourt
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built in the lush landscape of mid Devon, Knightshayes Court is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspiring architect William Burges. With medieval romantic interiors, rich decoration and ceramics. The restored and fully productive organic kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce. The vast garden is renowned for its rare trees, shrubs and seasonal colours.

There are 3 brilliant zoo's within our reach, each with something different to offer.
Paignton Zoo
/ Living coasts http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/
Exmoor Zoo http://www.exmoorzoo.co.uk/index.asp
Bristol Zoo http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk


Eating Out: These are a few of our favourites in the area.


The Half Moon, Clayhidon, 9mins by car. DOG FRIENDLY
http://www.halfmoondevon.co.uk
Tel: 01823 680291

The Half Moon is becoming well known for it's traditional food, presented with contemporary style in warm, welcoming surroundings. Everything is fresh and homemade, including our mouthwatering array of puds.

The pub has a fascinating history, an amazing view over the beautiful Culm Valley, a lovely log fire, and a great selection of Real Ales. These are all local and constantly changing. We are featured in the Good Pub guide and members of CAMRA. Also a Silver award from Taste of the West.


Route 66, Axminster Town Centre
A local family favourite, this family fun little eatery is run by Gina & Kirk, and has the best Home cooked American food in the area. Great for families and good value.


River Cottage Canteen, (30 mins Drive) Axminster. http://www.rivercottage.net/canteens/axminster/
Celebrity Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls River Cottage Canteen. They serve meals throughout the day, made from the finest seasonal ingredients, with menus constantly changing as produce comes in from the farms and fishermen of the local area.

The Sidmouth Arms, Upottery. http://www.sidmoutharms.webeden.co.uk/
Choose from their tempting selection of home cooked culinary delights or simply sit back and enjoy a pint (or two) of one of our very popular, locally brewed, Otter beers!

The Railway Inn, Honiton www.therailwayhoniton.co.uk
The Railway Inn is warm and relaxed environment where the emphasis is on good quality food with real ales and a welcoming atmosphere, you should try the Vanilla Ice Cream with olive oil and Sea Salt!


Events:


Axe Vale Festival, Axminster
http://www.axevalefestival.org.uk/
Full of Gardening, Arts, Crafts and Local Foods, a real day out.

Bath & West Show, Somerset
http://www.bathandwest.com/home/1/
The Royal Bath and West Show takes place near Shepton Mallet in Somerset over the Spring half term. There's more happening than you think at the country's biggest rural festival and there really is something for everyone, from food lovers to families and farmers to fashionistas!

Beautiful Days Music Festival, Ottery St Mary http://www.beautifuldays.org/

Devon County Show, Exeter
http://devoncountyshow.co.uk/
Devons Big Day Out! A Rural Festival with Agricultural competitions, horses & show jumping, flowers, dog shows, many food Halls, and lots more!

Honiton Show
http://www.honitonshow.co.uk/
Honiton Show represents a unique blend of tradition and new in an agricultural setting. It is a showcase for the best of local farming, crafts and rural skills.

Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels 5th November every year. http://www.otterytarbarrels.co.uk/
A unique tradition that dates back hundreds of years, where members of the town run through the crowded streets with flaming barrels of tar on their backs! They build a giant bonfire each year to warm your tosies through the night, and a fair ground is also on site. A night worth experiencing!