Kenny’s top 3 National Trust spots in North Devon
North Devon is one of the most beautiful and varied parts of the UK, with an abundance of protected Nation Trust spots to keep the county unspoilt.
In John Fowler’s North Devon holidays parks, you have the perfect base to visit my top 3 National Trust spots – particularly appealing for the keen walkers and wildlife enthusiasts out there.
Lying around 12 miles off the North Devon coast is a wildlife haven, Lundy Island.
The dramatic three and half mile island is managed and financed by the Landmark Trust on behalf of the National Trust.
Lundy’s main draw is its varied and often rare wildlife. It is England’s first Marine Conservation Zone and is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. On the island birdwatchers can find puffins, falcons, and razorbills as well as vagrant North American birds. Snorkelling will give you the opportunity of seeing grey seals, dolphins and even basking sharks.
Walking around Lundy you‘ll take in the islands long history of smuggling and piracy, including Bensons cave – an 18th century man made cave which housed smuggled bounty and convicts. Elsewhere you’ll find the remains of a World War II German Heinkel bomber, the old lighthouse offering panoramic views of the island and nearby coast, and cannons that used to warn passing ships of the hazards of the island.
During the seasonal months you can travel to the Island from either Ilfracombe or Bideford onboard the MS Oldenburg. The boat has retained much of its traditional foundations with some modernisations including a licensed bar, heated saloons and information centre.
For those of you that have visited Croyde during your holiday parks UK breaks and not discovered Baggy Point before, it’s a must for this summer.
The impressive headland forms part of the Site of Special Scientific Interest and separates Croyde from Morte Bay, near Woolacombe and Putsborough.
The point offers some of the most scenic views on the South West Coast Path and there are even opportunities to coasteer and climb.
Baggy point also carries some wartime history, with the American forces using it for training during the D-Day Normandy Landings.
If you continue up the lane from Croyde beach you’ll find the National Trust car park. Parking is free for members and the friendly staff will set you off on your walk with a map and information on routes and the local wildlife.
The easy access footpath gives the whole family a chance to get out and enjoy the rugged coastline and sweeping views.
Located on the outskirts of Exmoor is a neoclassic style country house steeped in history.
Arlington Court is the complete family estate, spending over 500 years in the Chichester family. Today, the house, grounds and furniture is owned by the National Trust and open to the general public.
The Carriage Museum on property is home to a 50 strong collection of horse-drawn carriages, which includes the Speaker’s State Coach – loaned from the Houses of Parliament.
Visitors to the property today have over 20 miles of footpath to discover, featuring a 2 mile lake and bridge walk.
Red Devon cattle and sheep graze the open grounds whilst also providing seasonal dishes for the menu. Birdwatchers can observe from the birdhide or discover the two species of bat that roost in the cellars.
These 3 spots, and many more situated in North Devon, are easily accessible from 5 of John Fowler’s holidays parks – Ilfracombe Holiday Park, Devon Coast Holiday Park, Golden Coast Holiday Park, Combe Martin Beach Holiday Park and Sandaway Beach Holiday Park.