Autumn adventures in North Devon

Boy running through autumn woods

Autumn is one of the best times to see the North Devon countryside, particularly the wooded valleys which come alive with colour. Why not join us for some fun outdoor activities celebrating this wonderful time of year?

Discover fantastic fungi this autumn
Fungi and Foraging Heddon Valley
Discover fantastic fungi this autumn

Exploring the woods and coast this autumn

Fungi and foraging, Heddon Valley, Sunday 7 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Fungi come in many shapes, sizes and colours - some very edible, some poisonous. Would you like to learn more? Join fungi and foraging expert Patrick Watts-Mabbott and an Exmoor ranger for a chance to discover how many wild treats you can find in the Heddon Valley at this time of year. Adult £6, child £3.

Barton Woodfest, near Watersmeet, Tuesday 23 October, 10am-3pm

Join the Exmoor rangers for this fun autumn event in the woods above Watersmeet. Learn lots of woodland skills, such as green wood working, and have a go at archery, wildlife spotting and other fun activities. Donations welcome.

Camp out under the stars, Kipscombe Farm, near Lynmouth, Tuesday 23 October, 6.30pm-8pm

Fancy a guided tour of the stars on the edge of Exmoor and the Bristol Channel, followed by a night under canvas to experience dark skies at their finest? Indoor multimedia presentation by an astronomer followed by guided stargazing through telescopes, and optional camping in one of our bell tents or on our gorgeous wild(ish) site.
£20 without camping (£5 child ticket), £30 with (in your own tent), £100 for up to 4 in a cozy bell tent, at Kipscombe Farm (EX35 6NE).

Brownsham family nature trail, Brownsham near Hartland, 20-28 October, anytime

Can you find the animal clues hidden in the woods? This gentle self-led nature trail starts from the car park at Brownsham, near Hartland Point, and winds through the beautiful woodland. Pick up your trail map for free from the car park.

Family volunteering: bash and burn, Mortehoe, Thursday 25 October, 11am-3pm

Bring all the family for some free outdoor fun. Help the rangers cut and burn gorse bushes at Mortehoe and then toast some delicious marshmallows. Tools and training provided by our Rangers to ensure that you have fun in a safe environment. Suitable for children age five and above.

Walling workshop, Mortehoe, Monday and Tuesday 22-23 October, 10am-4pm

Learn the ancient skills of drystone walling in this action packed 2-day course. Join the experienced Rangers at Mortehoe, near Woolacombe and help to rebuild an ancient Devon stone-faced bank that may be over 200 years old. Learn about courses, how to shape the stones and what makes a good capping stone. This is a hands on, practical way to learn and help repair our heritage. We will provide tools, training and equipment. £40, booking essential.

Volunteer with us at a bash and burn event
Bash and burn mortehoe
Volunteer with us at a bash and burn event

For more information or to book please call 01271 891972 or email northdevon@nationaltrust.org.uk.