It’s a Right old Carry on as Matt Johnson and Johnny Robinson put on their tuxedos – as you do - and head to the stunning landscape of Dartmoor in Devon, to try their hand at wild camping, in a two-part special.
Devon is perfect for outdoor activities with its miles of beaches, National Parks and superb unspoilt countryside. On land, there are walking and cycling options for everyone - from gentle circular strolls to challenging long distance trails. Horse riding enthusiasts are spoilt for choice from trekking across the moors or down miles of bridleways. For Devon's green side there are outstanding golf courses on offer. In the water there is canoeing, scuba diving and world-class waves - Devon offers some of the UK's best year-round watersports in stunning locations. There are also clean rivers, fishing lakes, exciting deep-sea angling trips and organised fishing weekends at any time of year. For more information please visit www.visitdevon.co.uk.
Over the course of two days, Johnny truly puts the camp into camping and eventually drives Matt over the edge, quite literally, as they try their hands at abseiling, or should that be Abba-seiling? Plus they take the War Horse Tour on horseback; make ice cream, milk a cow (and yes this has to be seen to be believed); commentate on miniature pig racing; and to add a touch of class, visit to the spectacular art deco hotel on Burgh Island, and just wait till you see how they got there. So join Matt and Johnny for their exciting adventures in It’s a Right old Carry On.
Their first stop on their tour is Dartmoor as they pitch their tent for a spot of Wild Camping on Dartmoor. It’s one of the few places in Britain where you can still do Wild Camping on the moors, there are local bylaws you need to adhere to so please take a look at the link for more information www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/visiting/vi-enjoyingdartmoor/camping.
Matt and Johnny did have a little luxury however whilst wild camping as they stayed in a beautiful bell tent. Prices for a 3-night, fully furnished bedroom tent start at £270, for 2-4 people www.bellabode.co.uk.
Note from the Producers: Johnny and Matt’s wild camping adventure on Dartmoor was - despite appearances - carried out responsibly and sensitively and in conjunction with expert guidance fromDartmoor
Liberty Horse Ride
Matt and Johnny then took to horseback to explore the beautiful landscapes that Dartmoorhas to offer. Liberty Trails have a War Horse Ride that takes in the stunning Dartmoor locations used in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie War Horse. They also offer a Wild Camp accommodation option which is perfect if you want to completely lose yourself in nature for a few days, camping on Dartmoor. Please visit their website for prices: www.libertytrails.co.uk
Our intrepid adventurers had a go at abseiling at the beautiful Dewerstone Rock. Sprit of Adventure provide adventure activity holidays in Devon. Visit their website for my details and prices: www.spirit-of-adventure.com
After a fun-packed day it's time for some relaxation for our campers so they head to Burgh Island, where Poirot was filmed. Here they experience a delicious dinner by the sea and cocktails. Burgh Island Hotel is an iconic Devon landmark, a shining white ocean liner, moored on its own tidal island. Built in 1929, extended in 1932 and, since 2006, completely restored to its thirties glamour. It is no surprise that Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and other pre-War luminaries made BurghIslandtheir second home. Starting prices from £400-£640 per night per room including dinner, bed and breakfast for two people: www.burghisland.com
The two then went to Pennywell Farm to witness piglet racing. At Pennywell Farm you can meet the animals, ride the new Red Rocket and Tractor and Trailer rides, cuddle a miniature pig and enjoy the best views in Devon. There’s lots to do and see for the whole family. Entrance is £10.95 per adult and £8.95 per child. www.pennywellfarm.co.uk
Taverner’s Farm is family run farm set in restored barns. They offer local food and drink in the Farm Shop, home made ice cream made from milk from the South Devon cows and they have a restaurant that serves home cooked meals. Matt and Johnny jump on quad bikes to sand-herded the cows in to the barn and they did something they never thought they’d do – they milked a cow and made their very own ice cream – needless to say, they did a grand job and it was delicious! www.tavernersfarm.co.uk
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