Hazel, horses and hollyWest Exmoor, Barnstaple
- Dates13 October 2019 to 19 October 2019
- Holiday typeTrust
- AvailabilityPlaces available
- Activity type Rural skills, Special interest
- Holiday code19ATZ266
- AccommodationExmoor Bunkhouse
About Hazel, horses and hollyLearn the art of traditional horse-logging.
Our West Exmoor estate incorporates some of the Trust’s largest woodlands in the South West and needs careful management to preserve its unique character and beauty. To ensure that our woodland management is effective, truly sustainable and low impact we are using traditional horse logging techniques. Join our ranger team to learn how this ancient skill translates into up-to-date management and help us coppice hazel, clear holly and check out fungi in the glorious autumn woods.
About the accommodation
A stone-built barn that was converted in the 1970s and is situated on the Watersmeet Estate on the North Devon coast. The bunkhouse provides a warm and comfy place to relax after a hard day’s work. There are two dormitories, a leader’s room and bathroom upstairs plus an additional bathroom downstairs. There is a pleasant garden with picnic benches and a barbecue. If you want to venture a little further, there is a delightful country pub a short walk away. The views of the coast and surrounding countryside are dramatic and spectacular.
Notes for guests
A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page.
Similar working holidays
Learn traditional woodland skills of charcoal making and coppicing. Take part in the annual dormice survey and join the National Trust's only deer stalker for a fascinating insight into Exmoor's famous red deer.
Join local rangers in hazel coppicing and small-scale charcoal production.