Restoring North Devon's stone faced hedgbanks

Croyde, Woolacombe and Mortehoe, Devon
The exterior of Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon
The sitting and dining room at Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon
A dormitory at Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon
The exterior of Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon The sitting and dining room at Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon A dormitory at Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon

At-a-glance details

  • Dates24 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
  • Holiday typeTrust
  • AvailabilityNo longer available
  • Activity type Coast and countryside, Construction, Rural skills
  • Cost£190
  • Physicality6
  • Holiday code20ATQ145
  • AccommodationExmoor Bunkhouse

About Restoring North Devon's stone faced hedgbanks

Help restore 200 year old banks using traditional walling skills.

With more hedgebanks than anywhere else in the UK, North Devon is a great place to learn traditional walling skills. Found all across Devon, a stone-faced hedgebank is an earth bank that is then faced with stone, sometimes with bushy shrubs or even mature trees on the top.
The North Devon coast boasts dry-stone walls and stone-faced hedgebanks that are over 200 years old and in need of restoration to bring them back to life. You’ll learn the art of stone-faced hedgebanking on this 7-day holiday and in doing so, you’ll be providing vital habitats for many wildflowers, as well as home for voles, reptiles, insects and birds. Working in and around areas popular with locals and visitors like Croyde, Woolacombe and Mortehoe, you’ll be surrounded by big coastal views, and there will be lots of opportunities to spot wildlife (like the wonderful Kestrel) while you learn about this ancient skill.

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.

Facilities: garden, drying room.

Bedding: pillow and base sheet provided.

Notes for guests

What to bring: A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page. 
 

Enquire and book

Call 0344 800 3099

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 7pm
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
We are also open 9am to 5pm on bank holidays.

Email working.holidays@nationaltrust.org.uk

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