Grey Willow Yurts is nestled in the rural Blackdown Hills in Devon, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We're a short drive away from some of the South West's amazing beaches and the most breathtaking walks in the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Whether you're seeking an adventure at Go-Ape, a fun day out at AutoSpeed, or discovering the history of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Devon has something to offer everyone.
The Blackdown Hills (0 mins by car)Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Blackdown Hills has a good mix of landscape and points of interest to be explored with many beautiful walks and cycle routes.
Honiton (10 mins by car)- Our closest town with excellent cafes and restaurants, and has a thriving market two days a week (Tuesday & Saturday). It's famous for its pottery and lace; the lace for Princess Diana's wedding dress was made here. It's very convenient for supermarkets and petrol stations.
Axminster (29 mins by car)- Home to the famous Axminster Carpets, this small town is worth a stop if you're heading to the south coast. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has his famous River Cottage Canteen here, which holds courses as well as a restaurant and fresh deli.
Lyme Regis (35 mins by car)- A very popular small harbour town with lots of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and a beautiful beach, where you can hire kayaks and paddle boards in the summer. As well as the famous Harbour Cobb where 'The French Lieutenants Women' was filmed.
Taunton (28 mins by car)- A large town in Somerset which has all the high street shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. There is also an excellent cricket ground for fans in the summer.
Exeter (40 mins by car)- The historic city in Devon that has many wonderful things to do and see. These include St Peter's Cathedral, the historic quay and Roman city walls, and shopping in the newly redeveloped Princesshay area.
Dartmoor (50 mins by car)- A beautiful National Park in the centre of Devon covering 368sq miles of moorland. It's capped with many exposed granite tors providing a wealth of fascinating walks and home to the famous Dartmoor Ponies!
Exmoor (1hour by car)- Another beautiful National Park in North Devon and Somerset covering 267sq miles including 34miles of coastline. It boasts the highest cliffs in the UK rising 1 mile from the water. The area is also rich in flora and fauna.
West Bay (45 mins by car)- The stunning towering cliffs and surrounding areas of West Bay are an integral part of the hit TV show, Broadchurch, and are one of the things we have all grown to love about the setting of the show. Follow the Broadchurch trail to see the many local filming locations!
Sidmouth (36 mins by car)- A seaside town, with plenty of shopping, excellent restaurants and a large beach. Home to the lively Sidmouth Folk week that takes place each year!
Beer (32 mins by car)- The working fishing village of Beer although small has lots to offer, with art galleries, pubs, fresh fish stalls and in the summer small self-drive boat hire.
Autospeed at Smeatharpe Stadium (5 mins walk)-
Short oval motor racing is a fun day out for all. Race meetings usually consist of between 12 and 15 races. The stadium is only a short walk from Grey Willow Yurts.
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens (34 mins by car)-
The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages. Historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, indoor and outdoor children's play complexes, restaurant and shop.
Crealy Adverture park (30 mins by car)-
From rides to adventure zones while also getting nose to nose with nature and animals, Crealy Adventure Park has something for all the family.
Escot House (21 mins by car)-
Against the backdrop of this beautiful corner of East Devon, visitors can explore the beautiful gardens, solve the world class maze and watch the wildlife (including otters, birds of prey, wild boar and red squirrels). There's exciting forest play areas and you can enjoy home cooked local food and delicious cream teas.
GO APE! (46 mins by car)-
For the the more adventurist type, head to Haldon hill for GO APE! A high-wire forest adventure. They have built giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country's best zip lines for you to enjoy!
Fleet Air Museum (42 mins by car)-
The Fleet Air Arm Museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30,000 artefacts the Museum is the world's second largest naval aviation Museum.
Haynes Motor Museum (46 mins by car)-
The Haynes Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220, everything a car enthusiast could want.
Pecorama (33 mins by car)-
For families, garden lovers and model railway enthusiasts alike, there is something for everyone to make your day out really special.
Seaton Jurassic (35 mins by car)-
Share the excitement of the discoveries made by local fossil hunters, geologists and evolutionary-thinkers as they uncovered the stories of life on Earth all the way back to the Jurassic World, 200 million years ago.
Sheldon Riding Centre (15 mins by car)- Small and friendly riding school, approved by the British Horse Societ. Suitable for all ages from 4+ and abilities. Offering small group lessons or one-to-one private tuition from fully qualified and experienced instructors. Hacking also available around some local routes. Access to bridal ways, woods and the quiet country lanes, a great way to unwind.