PLACES TO EXPLORE

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BLACKDOWN HILLS

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a tranquil and diverse landscape, on the border of Devon and Somerset.

 

The area is rich in wildlife and heritage. For many, it epitomises the English countryside, with hedgerows and copses, small farms with intricate field patterns, deep valleys and narrow, winding lanes.

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OTTERFORD LAKES

The river Otter runs along the lower boundary to Frys Moor House and Otterford Lakes are a short distance away.

 

Originally part of the large landscaped estate, it is now a nature reserve.  Perfect for a gentle walk - starting near the lodge a trail leads from the car park through the reserve with its variety of woodland, river and open water habitats.

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FORDE ABBEY

Home to the stunning Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. Through the centuries, it has played host to Cistercian monks at prayer, 19th-century philosophers and politicians, by misfortune implicated in the Monmouth Rebellion. 

If any of Forde Abbey’s 12th-century Cistercian monks were to return today they might well recognise their quarters, their kitchen and refectories, and their chapter house. It is rare to see so much of a medieval monastery preserved as an integral part of a private dwelling.

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LYME BAY

Lyme Bay is situated on the south coast of England, towards the western end of the English Channel. Boasting a mild and temperate climate, the Lyme Bay coast makes for an ideal winter as well as a summer holiday destination.

With stunning views beaches and walks, it a wonderful place visit and enjoy the scenery.

You will find various types of restaurants along the Lyme Bay coast, including Seafood, Diners, Inns, Public Houses (Pubs) and Fish and Chips.

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EXETER

A small city that packs a big punch, Exeter is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in England.

With a vast number of visitor attractions including its unique Underground Passages, free Red Coat Guided Tours, magnificent Cathedral, imposing Roman wall and beautiful Quayside. Exeter is also home to the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum where visitors can explore the city’s 2,000-year history under one roof!

Exeter has a real sense of individuality, its varied cultural scene is embraced by proud locals, and the diverse mix of eateries means it is renowned as one of the foodie capitals of the South West. Head to the West Quarter or the cobbled Gandy Street to discover great mix of independent shops and boutiques, cafes and bars.