Tickets on sale for the first South West Outdoor Festival (23-25 September)

A child toasting marshmallows over an open camp fire at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire.The South West is a mecca for outdoor activities and adventure pursuits, and this year the inaugural South West Outdoor Festival is inviting everyone to come and explore the incredible range of opportunities that are taking place around one unique place: Heddon Valley in Exmoor National Park.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival, run in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, the National Trust’s official outdoor retailer, which takes place over the weekend of 23–25 September. The event is suitable for everyone from young families to adventurous individuals, with something for all ages and levels of skill, experience and fitness. All that’s needed is a willingness to have a go, try something new or take on a challenge. Alternatively, you can simply soak up the ambience, and enjoy the local food and entertainment.

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Charting North Devon and Exmoor’s unique seascape

Watermouth Copyright North Devon AONBFor the first time, the iconic coastline and surrounding seas of North Devon and Exmoor have been studied in meticulous detail. Published this month, a new report North Devon and Exmoor Seascape Character Assessment  not only celebrates the many, valued natural, cultural and perceptual aspects of both land and sea but will also become a vital tool in future conservation and planning activities. Continue reading…

Can you help tell the story of Allerford Forge?

Stories, memories and photographs of one of the oldest businesses on Exmoor are being sought by the National Trust to help illustrate its rich history to visitors.

Allerford Forge – next door to the Allerford Museum – is at the heart of the Holnicote Estate in the Exmoor National Park. The estate is one of the largest to be donated to the National Trust and is home to more than 200 tenants including farms, cottages and commercial businesses – with Allerford Forge being one of the oldest businesses on the estate. Continue reading…