Ilfracombe, England, United Kingdom
Exmoor National Park & Devonshire Cream Tea
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3½ Hours
From the bustling harbor town of Ilfracombe it is a 45-minute drive to Exmoor National Park. Exmoor covers 267 square miles and is a scenic area of high rolling moorland and farmland. Dotted across this wild, natural place is a vibrant collection of varied and inspiring landscapes, as well as farmsteads, villages and hamlets where the people who shaped Exmoor have lived and worked for generations. The park lies on top of a huge sandstone plateau, split by deep combes (wooded valleys) creating some of England's most dramatic scenery. The road leads across the center of the moor, where you'll enjoy peaceful, open spaces, heather-clad vistas, ancient forests and sparkling streams. You may catch glimpses of the unique and rare breed of Exmoor pony, or the large herds of red deer that roam freely here.
At Lynton, Exmoor meets the sea. This mainly Victorian village is perched on the cliff top offering splendid views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. Relax over a Devonshire Cream Tea in this delightful setting. This sinfully delicious, seductive treat consists of tea, often served with cream if taken white, accompanied by a delicious, flaky scone topped with fruit jam and fresh clotted cream. Some would call it a snack; others, an institution. Here in the southwest of England, the Cream Tea reigns supreme. Custom dictates that the experience be relaxing and soothing to the senses -- rushing through it would be an insupportable travesty. The people of both Devon and Cornwall claim all other versions are inferior to their own. The color, texture and taste of clotted cream are affected by the breed of cow, the type of feed, pasture and even the time of day the cows are milked. History records that monks were making butter from clotted cream in the early 14th century.
Sufficiently soothed, sit back and enjoy the scenery as you retrace your route across part of Exmoor and then continue along the North Devon coast.
The approach to the village of Combe Martin is packed with stunning views. The village itself is situated in a beautiful and fertile valley on the western edge of Exmoor. You will have 30 minutes for strolling or shopping in this seaside village, with its selection of inns, cafés and variety of small shops, before re-joining your motorcoach for the drive back to Ilfracombe (30 minutes).