Added on: 5th May, 2017 by Rachel_10573
KEEN walkers are being encouraged to come to North Devon and Exmoor this month (May, 2017) for an Outdoor Festival run by Visit Exmoor that coincides with National Walking Month.
The event hopes to inspire everyone from hardened ramblers to novice strollers, from far and wide, to pull on their walking boots and head for the area.
Outdoor enthusiast, Claire Sellar-Elliott, co-owner of The Jubilee Inn at West Anstey along with Executive Chef Sam Salway, said: “This part of North Devon and Exmoor is perfect for walkers of all abilities, as there is plenty to see and do with paths that are either challenging or easy to do.”
The Jubilee Inn is in the heart of deepest Devon, not far from the official ‘Gateway to Exmoor’– the bustling and picturesque market town of South Molton.
“Right on our doorstep here is the 117-mile Two Moors Way, which traverses the whole county, coast-to-coast, from Plymouth to Lynmouth. We get lots of walkers popping in to have teas, coffees and lunches with us en route.
“Often our guests stay with us to explore the immediate area on foot, so we provide pack lunches, everything from basic and family options, to luxury champagne hampers, on request too.
“We also welcome a lot of cyclists and caravan-holiday visitors who come to the area to enjoy the outstanding views and landscapes. We provide secure bicycle storage and free parking for those transporting their bicycles to the area from further afield, if they wish to use us as a base for a wider holiday.”
The Visit Exmoor Outdoor Festival aims to promote everything from coastal to forestry and moorland walks, as well as paths taking in the area’s quaintest villages and many other activities are being promoted too.
“Festivals like these are a great way for everyone to explore North Devon and Exmoor and take in some of our finest vistas, and just to enjoy the simpler things in life like hedgerow flowers and birdsong too.
“But it’s not just about visitors coming into the area, the festival overlaps with National Walking Month, which is designed to encourage us all to get out and walk more, wherever we live. Experts say adults need to do at least 21 minutes of walking a day for health, fitness and general well-being, so it’d be really great if locals got involved too and came out walking in the area this month as well.
“We’re also close to the South West Coast Path, which has wonderful, breath-taking views. There are lots of circular walks here too, perfect for all abilities.
“But it’s not just about us humans, this part of Devon is wonderful for anyone with a dog as well and we are super dog friendly here with pet-friendly rooms. A senior member of staff also has their own Cruft’s Winner and offers doggy bathing and care!
“Those wishing to take their horses onto Exmoor for some outstanding trail riding are actively encouraged too as we’ve box parking and local horsey knowhow to hand!”
For more information about this year’s event, which comes under Visit Exmoor’s Outdoor Festival, please visit www.visit-exmoor.co.uk.
The Jubilee Inn was taken on by Claire and her family in 2012. After having spent three years closed, they fully refurbished and re-launched it in 2015 with the help of Sam, and now after extensive renovations they are rejuvenating its fortunes.
Claire said: “Guests very often treat themselves, at the end of a long days rambling, to a meal in our fine dining restaurant before settling into one of our luxury guest rooms for a good night’s sleep, then continuing their Two Moors Way adventure the next day.
“We’ve created a successful restaurant and boutique B&B with an excellent reputation for ambience, customer service and fabulous food. We’re open throughout the week, except Mondays apart from for staying guests, serving seasonal dishes with ingredients sourced locally. We also have a handful of beautiful and individual guest rooms that are all luxurious and inviting, creating a real home from home atmosphere.
“We provide our guests with luxurious accommodation, fabulous fine dining in our restaurant or classic comfort food in our bar. All our dishes are cooked to perfection, feature local and regional seasonal produce and are accompanied by fine wines and ales.
“Sam’s decade in Paris, in fine dining and Michelin-star restaurants, has introduced an exciting classic French twist to the menus at prices, which remain excellent for the quality of the dishes served.”
To link with the Outdoor Festival and National Walking month, The Jubilee Inn is offering visitors throughout May, a special buy one, get one half price offer for Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes from dishes selected from its daily Menu du Jour*.
It is also offering guests a special buy one, get one half price on all main course Sunday roasts until August 31, excluding the Bank Holiday weekends. Booking is essential to participate in any offers.
For further details about The Jubilee Inn, which is on B3227 at West Anstey near South Molton, please call 01398 341401 or visit www.thejubileeinn.co.uk.