Falconry at The Hoops

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a bird of prey swoop out of the sky and land on your fist?

The Bird of Prey Experience is based in the picturesque village of Clovelly in North Devon and offers a variety of experience activities for all ages in the stunning surrounding countryside.

Beginners can experience holding a falcon, hawk or owl on the fist and taking them out in the field to practise basic handling and training skills.

Those wishing a more advanced program can spend time with a Master Falconer and receive expert tuition in basic bird management and training methods, how to keep a bird of prey and how to make some of the necessary equipment.

If you are on holiday in North Devon why not visit Clovelly and enjoy a Hawk Walk along the coastal paths or around the Clovelly Estate.

If you want to experience the art of hunting with these wonderful raptors you can spend some time enjoying the amazing skills of our Harris Hawks hunting on the site of the oldest Iron Age Fort in Europe, the Clovelly Dykes.

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"My wife and i have just returned from a stay at the hoops for two nights hoping to find a comfortable characterful place to stay in to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and to use as a base to explore the coastline of the region. well the hoops certainly delivered exceeding our expectations. our room for the first night was a standard room which was spacious enough to suit our needs, very comfortable, clean, quiet and with a modern en-suite. we originally wanted to book the more luxurious mallow suite which was not available for our first night but, the owner upgraded us to this room for our second night at no extra charge. our second night in the mallow suite was truly wonderful with its very comfortable four-poster bed, settee and large modern bathroom containing a jacuzzi as well as a large walk in shower. the bar area is cosy with a country pub atmosphere serving three different real ales straight from the barrel. you can dine in the bar choosing from either the bar or restaurant menu, both offering a wide selection of dishes. the restaurant is also comfortable and inviting to dine in. we ate dinner in the hoops both evenings of our stay and found the quality of food to be of a high standard and the service prompt from friendly helpful staff. the hotel has the advantage of a large car park providing plenty of space to park your car, particularly if you have a long estate car like ours. we would thoroughly recommend the hoops as an idyllic place to stay, providing all the comforts you would hope to find in a country inn and a good base to explore this part of devon at an affordable cost. we will certainly stay here again" Sept 2012

- via Tripadvisor