Picturesque villages, a National Park and plenty of activities
Next door to the pub is Kevin Green's Stoneware Pottery, making beautiful, functional, decorated stoneware pottery. Please call to confirm pottery opening on 01598 763516.
Take a stroll around Parracombe. View the famous Holwell Castle, a well preserved Norman motte and bailey castle from the porch of Christ Church and watch the River Heddon flow by from the bridge right next to the Fox and Goose.
Venture a little further and you will find the original village church St Petrock's, some parts of which go back to the 13th Century. There's also the Norman Holwell Castle to see - thought to be one of the best preserved examples of motte and bailey in England. But the history of this area stretches even further back. On Parracombe Common you will find one of the earliest signs of settlement on Exmoor, an earthen ring henge and further evidence of the Bronze Age at Chapman Barrow and Holwell Barrow.
Parracombe's location in the Exmoor National Park right on the edge of the forest makes it a good starting point for some stunning walks. There are a number of walks of varying difficulty around the Heddon Valley where Parracombe is situated. Walks which include some coastal paths for example to Combe Martin and another through Martinhoe and the Valley of Rocks to Lynmouth. Or how about a Circular Walk which starts and ends at the Fox and Goose? Ideal!
Or for a bit of fun Parracombe is an epicentre for geo caching - treasure hunting with a difference. Why not try it?
Parracombe was once served by a halt on the Lynton-Barnstaple Narrow-Gauge Railway, which opened in 1898 and closed in 1935. In 1979 a group of volunteers decided to restore the railway and today you can board a train at Woody Bay Station close to Parracombe and travel to Killington Lane and back on a two mile round trip behind a narrow gauge steam locomotive.
Just 4 miles away from Parracombe are the picturesque twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth where Exmoor meets the sea and with a 500m cliff railway connecting the two.