Exmoor’s Outdoor Festival kicks off next month
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NORTH DEVON and Exmoor’s annual Walking Festival begins on May 1 (2017) and this year it has been rebranded as an Outdoor Festival to help attract more people to the area.
The month-long event run by Visit Exmoor includes forestry, coastal and moorland walks as well as routes through pretty hamlets and lots of other outdoor activities are also being encouraged too.
Leading Chef Donna Berry, who runs The Swan with her husband Paul and loves the outdoors, welcomes the event. She said: “This festival is a great way for people to find out and experience for themselves North Devon’s and Exmoor’s most glorious countryside.
“The proposal this year is that all of May 2017 will be known as an Outdoor Festival month, with plans by Visit Exmoor for guided walks, as well as other outdoor activities.
“One of the places we recommend our guests visit is Tarr Steps near Dulverton. It used to be very famous and tourists flocked there but now it’s a bit quieter, even on nice sunny days in the summer.
“For those who don’t know it, Tarr Steps is a bridge made of stone slabs over the river Barle. It’s the longest of its kind in Britain and was first mentioned in documents in the Tudor times, but is thought to be much older. It’s a truly magical place.”
Bampton is also on the Exe Valley Way walking route and on the West Country Way cycle route. It boasts easy walking around the town, including a ‘Town Trail’, and in the summer, it has floral displays for visitors to see too.
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“The Heritage & Visitor Centre in the 12th century church, which is just behind us here at The Swan, includes lots of information about the town’s extensive history, so is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
“Our part of the world is perfect for both experienced and leisure walkers to explore. And there are many more wonderful walks in the area too including the Two Moors Way, which is not far from us and crosses the whole county coast-to-coast, from Plymouth to Lynmouth.”
For more information about this year’s event, which comes under Visit Exmoor’s Outdoor Festival, please visit www.visit-exmoor.co.uk.
Donna added: “Keen outdoor pursuit fans wishing to explore the area during Visit Exmoor’s Outdoor Festival can stay with us and rest their aching limbs in our comfortable beds and soak their weary feet in our bathrooms. We also welcome walkers just wishing to stop off for lunch too.”
To find out more about The Swan, please call 01398 332248 or visit www.theswan.co.