Out and about in North Devon with Highbullen as your base

Published: 2017-11-20 / Author: Highbullen Hotel

Out and about in North Devon with Highbullen as your base

Autumnal it may be, leaves have changed colour and most fallen. There is no better time of year to get out and about see the stunning landscapes and wildlife of North Devon. Within one hour of Highbullen you can have driven through Exmoor National Park and be on the dramatic North Devon coast. The first most noticeable thing for those who do this, is the lack of traffic! Probably more four legged users of the road than cars.

The Exmoor Ponies are a shear delight to come across and are wild, so don't go too close. More plentiful but elusive, and far more numerous are the red deer for which Exmoor is famous. They are by no means confined to Exmoor, frequently seen in the Hotel grounds. The not so usual encounters whilst crossing the moor would be a hen harrier, red kite, merlin and often large flocks of golden plover. To the north of the moor, and a clear day and you can look down over 800 feet to the Bristol Channel below or into the distance to Wales.

The coast is the best place to see a peregrine or two, a Dartford warbler, yellow hammer, guillemots, razorbills , gannets, kittiwakes, fulmars and commonly seen are grey seals. The coastal path is stunning and the very best walk we can suggest takes in all the elements of Exmoor towering Cliffs, wooded combes and a small amount of open moorland. It takes 5 hours and needs planning and the correct gear, we can provide a satisfying picnic just to make sure you enjoy the day to the full. This walk takes in a climb from sea level to over 1000 feet on a very narrow path, so not for the faint hearted!

Or enjoy all that is on our doorstep, we own two acres of land adjoining the river Mole, there to be explored. From the centre of the Village it is a kilometre to the river on a footpath through semi natural ancient woodland. On the right day it's worth standing still for a few minutes and see what comes to you. Roe deer are common, great spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, tree creepers , nuthatches, siskins, bullfinches and even the goshawk to number just a few. I walked the river for 5 minutes the other day and straight away saw a kingfisher, dipper and soon found a well used otter slide into the river. Goldcrests and longtailed tits were making a fair din even over the sound of the water.

OK you have come or are thinking of coming to Highbullen to relax and walking or driving may just be too much. So 200 metres from the Hotel is our Deer and Wildlife hide. If great care is taken to get in careful without any noise, you may be lucky enough to see the red deer amble by. Usually in small herds and sometimes with impressive stags. On the way to the hide in October a herd came out onto the course to graze, a truly wonderful sight.Author: Highbullen Hotel

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