Valley Farm Holiday Cottages

Hills, Moors and Marshes

Colyford Common

Colyford Common is an important site for many of the birds that live on the Axe Estuary. Among the many species found here in summer are various warblers which abound in the areas of reed and sedge around the marsh, and a small population of redshank which make their nests in the large tussocks. Redshanks only breed at two locations in the County, the upper Axe estuary being one of them.

Winter brings a different range of species, many of which are visiting from the far north. Flocks of widgeon feed on the saltmarsh and large numbers of wading birds such as curlew can be seen in the area.
http://colyfordvillage.co.uk/reserve.html
5.5 miles  12 minutes

Seaton Marshes

A favourite walk for many local residents, Seaton Marshes is a Local Nature Reserve with a wide variety of wildlife, especially wild fowl and other birds. Awarded a Green Flag for its natural history, access and facilities, it also has a community focus with events throughout the year, including some ‘wet and wild’ weekends with many activities for all ages, as well as regular ‘meet the birds’ sessions at the bird hide.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-sites/seaton-wetlands/
https://avdcs.wordpress.com/about-us-2/local-reserves/
5.6 miles : 12 minutes

Holyford Woods Nature Reserve   

Oak, ash and hazel abound at Holyford Woods where birds nest in tree holes, bats roost in handy crevices and tangled roots can provide nest sites for weasels and wood mice. A goyle, or sunken stream runs through the heart of the woodland, feeding the Stafford Brook which runs into the Axe estuary at the nearby Colyford Common Local Nature Reserve.

The site offers great walking throughout the year with various routes available using the public and permissive footpaths around the site.
http://www.holyfordwoods.org.uk/
6 miles 14 minutes

Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An area of unspoilt rural landscape of great beauty with an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna to discover.

The Blackdown Hills form a tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateau, valleys and springs create a charming mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features.
http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/
8.2 miles  16 minutes

The Quantock Hills

Characterised by deep wooded valleys or “combes”, open heath land and rich flora and fauna, the Quantocks are ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. Such is their special quality, that this area was the first in the country to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956   Amongst the many picturesque villages are: Kingston St Mary, Bishops Lydeard, Holford, Crowcombe and Nether Stowey, one time home of romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and starting point of the 51 mile Coleridge Way
http://www.quantockhills.com/
34 miles   1hour 5 minutes

Dartmoor

National Park  Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. 

But Dartmoor also has a very gentle side. Safe, quiet areas where you can picnic with the family, easy to follow trails for strolling, walking and cycling.

Indulge your inner horticulturalist at one of the many gardens, lose yourself in an ancient abbey, wander ancient ruins, be amazed in a museum, take in some heritage and feel inspired in a gallery.

See miniature ponies, pet llamas, swim in the open air, and visit the famous zoo. Not enough choice? Marvel at the marble museum, up your heart rate on exciting fairground rides, be transported back in time with a ride on a steam train, or study the history of Dartmoor in one of the National Park Visitor Centres. 

Be amazed by foaming waterfalls and deep gorges, spend a quiet afternoon exploring a sculpture exhibition in an arboretum, walk around one of the stunning reservoirs, or visit the farm that provided the inspiration behind War Horse. 

Whatever you love to do, if you are looking for an inspiring or exciting attraction to visit with the family, Dartmoor has something for everyone.
http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/
50 miles  1 hour 15 minutes