The National Trust has partnered with Cotswold Outdoor for the first ever South West Outdoor Festival, taking place 23-25th September

Climbing, wild swimming and even axe throwing are among the outdoor adventures on offer the inaugural South West Outdoor Festival in Heddon Valley, Exmoor National Park, north Devon.

The festival is ideal for weekend adventurers, with something for all levels of skill, experience and fitness. All that’s needed is a willingness to have a go, try something new or take on a challenge. Alternatively, you can simply soak up the ambience, and enjoy the local food and entertainment.

Visitors can camp for the whole weekend in a riverside paddock, or just come and explore for a day.

Group sessions in kayaking, tree climbing, stand-up paddle boarding and wild swimming are available, or enjoy gentler activities such as star gazing, wild food foraging, camp cooking and nature walks around the coast and through the valley.

There will also be inspirational tales of adventure and exploration from well-known personalities, including; great escapologist Monty Halls, former GB rower Anna McNuff and International off-piste athlete Tobias Mews.

Over the course of the weekend, a series of timed and competitive adventure events will be taking place, including trail running races, cycling and multisport challenges.

Cotswold Outdoor, who are working in partnership with the National Trust, will be operating a knowledge centre throughout the weekend, offering a footwear clinic, bike health checks, camping stove demonstrations and rucksack fittings.

Places are limited so booking on to activities is essential.    

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