Summer’s blended into Autumn, there’s a chill in the air and the night’s are drawing in.
Never the less, there’s still plenty of stuff to get out and do for adventuring families as Autumn kicks in. We love planning adventures around the log fire, hunkering down with a hot chocolate.
We’ve found 5 awesome adventures in Devon to get stuck into this Autumn and Winter. From walking a llama over Dartmoor, getting deep and dirty caving in South Devon or paddling rivers by day and NIGHT!
You’re going to LOVE them! Keep adventuring!
1. Llama walking on Dartmoor
Children will love leading their new furry friends over heather moorland or discovering deep wooded gorges and tumbling rivers in this stunning National Park. The Hot Chocolate Walks are perfect for little legs, being a doable 2 hours long starting with a short introduction to the gentle llamas. Stop off to rest little legs and warm chilled bones by devouring a slice of cake and sipping a hot chocolate laden with whipped cream and marshmallows! It doesn’t get better than that!
Children need to be able to hike the distance (there are no rides on llamas!) and will be sharing a llama between two. Half term is fully booked so, to make your date with a llama, call Diane or Steve on 01364 631481 for the remaining October dates (8th/21st or 29th).
Dartmoor Llama Walk – 01364 631481 (£30 adult/£18 child)
2. Caving at Pridhamsleigh Caverns
There’s nothing quite as exciting as being underground! But with the deluge of rain that’s fallen of late – is it safe? Pridhamsleigh Caverns in South Devon is super safe and is the PERFECT cave for a family introduction to caving. No flash floods here – it takes nearly 3 weeks to flood, giving expert instructors from Isca Outdoors plenty of time to evaluate conditions. The caves here are beginner friendly and ridiculously MUDDY! Kids will relish getting filthy exploring tunnels and caverns (don’t worry you’ll be provided with oversuits).
Nervous about small spaces? Fear not, Pridhamsleigh Caverns has routes for all levels with passages as wide as rivers and caverns as big as houses!
Local outdoors specialist company, Isca Outdoors, never mix groups so a family would have their own instructor allowing them to chose whichever route suits them best. Surprisingly caving is the ideal Autumn/Winter activity with temperature down below a steady 9-10 degrees! So – what are you waiting for? Contact Simon at Isca Outdoors to book on 01392 340484.
£30 per person – 1/2 day (min charge £90, so 3 person min)
There is no minimum age but the equipment does have to fit, so this generally 6 or 7 years of age. Contact Simon to discuss.
3. Night Paddle the River Dart
If your family fancies a new adventure, this one’s definitely a winner, BUT you’ll have to book early and by that I mean, now into 2018.
This Saturday evening (Sept 23rd) a lucky few will push away from the banks of the River Dart on Wildwise’s hugely popular Night Paddle events. Unfortunately it’s completely sold out and it’s the last one of the year (we were secretly hoping to get onto this one – darn it!)
So why I am still bothering to whisper it in your ear? Because I love these guys, their ethos and what they do. Wildwise in South Devon run a huge calendar of exciting, challenging and inspirational outdoor courses, camps and events for kids, teenagers and families.
These family friendly night paddles are scheduled a couple of times throughout the year and get booked quickly. Join their mailing list to keep an eye on 2018 events.
AND if you’ve got teenagers lurking in their bedrooms – I highly suggest you check out their HUNGER GAMES camps. Connecting with nature, sleeping under the stars, and the opportunity to emulate Katniss Everneen (such a fabulous role model for girls!) will lure your teenagers away from screens for sure. My 9 year old can’t wait to kill a few years to get to the minimum age (12) required for these awesome camps.
Contact Joanna at Wildwise on 01803 868269
4. Get high at Tamar Trail’s Tree Surfers
Get the adrenaline pumping by getting stuck into the Tamar Trail’s Tree Surfer’s high rope adventure courses in the Tamar Valley, West Devon. Climb 50ft into the canopy to tackle three course of swings, bridges, and zip wires and much more. You’ve got to clear 1.5m to do the big one, but don’t worry 1 metre or more kids can brave the Juniors course, still challenging, but lower down.
Junior course (4-12) £16, Main course child £24, adult £30.
Tamar Trails also have an excellent number of off-roading mountain bike trails, walking trails and loads of other brilliant activities for families such as archery and canoeing. In fact, they have a brilliant canoe safari happening on Sat 30th September. Families can get out on the water to paddle the River Tamar with Tamar Trails next Saturday (30th). Enjoy a 3 hour trip on the water that divides Devon & Cornwall, from Qotehele Quay at Qotehele House, a beautiful national trust property. Min age 3+ £24-30 each
5. Canadian canoe the River Barle – Nov 4th
Older kids (12+) can join Exmoor Adventures on a full day adventure in Canadian Canoes on the River Barle/Exe on November 4th.
Get taught the basics, travel down a section of grade I/II river, and expect to get wet! Exmoor Adventures provide all the equipment, including wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets. This is not for complete beginners – some previous paddling experience is required.
For more information contact Exmoor Adventures on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07976 208279
November 4th – 10-3pm – £50pp
Have you planned any outdoor Autumn adventures in Devon? Do you know of an amazing family friendly outdoor activity that we can get our teeth stuck into? Let us know!