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 partner and I stayed at The Hoops Inn for 3 nights in March 2012 for one of our many mid weeks breaks this year (staycation in UK). Cost 55.00 per night, inc breakfast for 2, which we both thought was quite reasonable. We stayed in room 11 which we were happy with. I think it was one of the best nights sleep we have ever had on one of our breaks away, it was so quiet, at night only hearing the pheasents from time to time and the dawn chorus from the other birds at day break, bliss...

A good breakfast menu to choose from with plenty of toast, tea and coffee also offered. There was also a good choice with an evening meal menu from the bar, in which we sampled from the 3 nights that we were there, which were excellent. Some nice local beers from the cask to choose from, it's always nice to try the local ales. And last but not least, all the staff were very warm and friendly. If we stay in the area again, The Hoops Inn will certainly be at the top of our list to stay at. Thank you to the Managment and Staff at The Hoops Inn, you really did make our stay enjoyable and relaxed.

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