There is a rich tradition of locally produced food on Exmoor; check out the Exmoor Producers Association site for a few ideas. There are also a multitude of pubs and restaurants around Exmoor serving delicious food and drink.
In no particular order:
Tarr Farm Inn - Dulverton TA22 9PY (for Sat Nav purposes use TA22 9QK)
01643 851507 www.tarrfarm.co.uk
The Royal Oak - Withypool TA24 7SH
01643 831506 www.royaloakwithypool.co.uk
Woods Bar & Restaurant - Bank Square Dulverton TA22 9BU
01398 324007 www.woodsdulverton.co.uk
The Bridge Inn - Bridge Street Dulverton TA22 9HJ
01398 324130 www.bridgeinndulverton.com
The Masons Arms – Knowstone EX36 4RY
01398 341231 www.masonsarmsdevon.co.uk
The White Horse – Exford TA24 7PY
01643 831299 www.exmoor-whitehorse.co.uk
The London Inn – Molland EX36 3NG
01769 550269 www.londoninnmolland.co.uk
The Tongdam Thai Restaurant - Dulverton TA22 9DJ
01398 323397 www.tongdamthai.co.uk
The Crown Hotel - Exford TA24 7PP
01643 831554 www.crownhotelexmoor.co.uk
The Royal Oak - Winsford TA 24 7JE
Tel:01643 851455 www.royaloakexmoor.co.uk
The Forest Inn - Simonsbath TA24 7SH
01643 831341 www.exmoorforestinn.co.uk
The Black Venus - Challacombe EX31 4TT
01598 763251 www.blackvenusinn.co.uk
The Lion Hotel - bank Square Dulverton TA22 9BU
01398 324437 www.lionhoteldulverton.co.uk
But a short drive away North Devon has some of the most wonderful beaches and seaside towns of the UK.
Best for sand, surf and shallow swimming.
Best for exploring and things to do
Lynton and Lynmouth – check out valley of the rocks and the vernacular railway.
Porlock, Porlock Wier and Bossington – have a pint at the Ship and visit the owl sanctuary.
Best for fossils
Best for rock pools
Hartland Point (part of a hartland abbey and gardens visit)
Sat nav works well but why not just drive around at your leisure and enjoy the beauty of what Exmoor has to offer. For those who like to be a little more organised an ordinance survey map (one of our cottage resources) should assist with route planning.
Closest main line station - Tiverton Parkway, station Road, Sampford Peverell EX16 7HD (0345 7000 125 Website: www.gwr.com/plan-journey/stations-and-routes/tiverton-parkway). This is located six miles east of Tiverton, M5 junction 27.
Steam / Water Rail
The impression that life on exmoor runs at a slower pace and recaptures memories of yesteryear is reflected by the varied opportunities which exist to travel by steam/water driven rail.
West Somerset Railway - The Railway station, Minehead TA24 5BG, 01643 704996. www,west-somerset-railway.co.uk
Lynton & Barnstaple railway - Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple EX31 4RA, 01598 763487, www.lynton-rail.co.uk
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway - The Esplanade, Lynmouth EX35 6EQ,
01598 753486/01598 753908
Devon Railway Centre - Bickleigh, Tiverton EX16 8RG, 01884 855671, https://devonrailwaycentre.co.uk
Stretching back into the mists of time, Exmoor is littered with burial mounds and standing stones (Menhirs). Watch history come alive at Torrington 1646 and right up to date at the Cobbatton Combat Collection. Museums detail the sometimes colourful past of the area. Check out the Lyn and Exmoor Museum in Lynton, South Molton Museum, Dunster Dolls Museum and others in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple.
West Hollowcombe is an ideal site from which to star gaze.
All of our cottages are supplied with binoculars and a telescope can be hired from the Exmoor National Park centre in Dulverton. www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.
We are thinking about building our own observatory but this is a project for the future.
Historic Houses and Gardens
The National Trust has a number of interests in and around the Park, notably Knightshayes, Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Lundy. You can take a boat trip to Lundy Island, spend the day walking around this spectacular National Trust Island watching the seabirds, and even perhaps spot the basking sharks and puffins. Just as spectacular is the Valley of the Rocks and Watersmeet; just off Lynmouth and Lynton.
Walk / Cycle / Ride
On foot - walking/running
Each of our cottages contain walking guides; namely five easy to follow walks from Hawkridge produced by the Exmoor National Park in conjunction with Shirley and Mike Hesman + Walk Exmoor By David and Carol Hitt. An ordinance survey map covering our own small part of the world should also be available but unfortunately they disappear with monotonous regularity
Lockable storage facilities can be provided. On road/off road trails can be followed but locally most of them incorporate steep hills and perilous decents. That said easier routes such as the
Tarka Trail are not too far away.
Tarka Trail Cycle Hire - Barnstaple EX31 2AU. 01271 324202, www.tarkabikes.co.uk
Exmoor Adventures - The old Bus garage, Porlock Weir TA24 8PE. 01643 863536/ 07976 208279, www.exmooradventures.co.uk
Pompy's Cycles - Mart Road Minehead TA24 5BJ. 01643 704077, www.pompyscycles.co.uk
Bike Trail Cycle Hire - Fremington Quay EX31 2NH. 01271 372586/07788 133738, www.biketrail.co.uk
Abbotshood Cycle Hire - The Globe Inn, 14-16 Lower Town, Sampford Peverell Tiverton EX16 7BJ. 01884 821214
In addition to our own
horsey dedicated facilities two riding stables are located within a three mile radius of us.
West Anstey Stables - West Anstey TA22 9RY
01398 341354, www.westansteyridingstable.co.uk
Pine Lodge Riding Stables - Higher Chilcott Farm, Dulverton TA22 9QQ
01398 323559, www.pinelodgeexmoor.co.uk
Go Wild on an Exmoor Safari
Book a local land ranger tour by 4x4 or put your best foot forward. Incredible wildlife to be spotted.
Exmoor Wildlife Safaris. 07977 571494, www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.co.uk
Discovery Safaris of Exmoor. 01643 863444, www.discoverysafaris.com
With all of the natural beauty of the area a lot of people come here for the riding, both horse and, for the extra fit, cycling (storage for bikes available). Why not go down the road to Wimbleball Lake, where there are water sports, walking, cycling, boating and fishing available. The Ironman competition is held there on an annual basis.
The North Devon Leisure Centre has swimming and a fitness gym. Outside the Park there are a number of Golf Clubs including the Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington, Portmore Golf Park at Barnstaple and Saunton Sands near Braunton.
There are numerous walks direct from our doorstep, either through West Hollowcombe woods or along the Two Moors Way. Alternatively why not go to www.walkingbritain.co.uk and see if something can be tailored to your requirements.
For advice and equipment regarding shooting and fishing contact Lance Nicholson who is based in Dulverton. If you want a guide and know your way around a fishing rod try hart fly fishing.
North Devon has numerous activities for all the family which, amongst other things, include Go Karting, Ten Pin bowling as well as:
The Big Sheep
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
The Milky Way
Quince Honey Farm
The West Somerset Railway
If you would like to try some more adventurous activities, why not contact the Mill Climbing Centre and see what they can lay on.
Arts and Crafts
As can be expected the area abounds with a host of arts and crafts, for instance:
The Old Corn Mill and Pottery, Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre,
Pulhams Mill for Furniture and Crafts
Exe Valley Fishery
and many local artists and sculptors
Alternatively go and visit the Dartington Crystal factory in Torrington; have a guided tour and then browse in the factory shop for some spectacular bargains!
Not only theatres around the area such as the Queens at Barnstaple or the Landmark in Ilfracombe but numerous other smaller events covering all aspects of music and word.
There are many other events going on in the area all through the year, some traditional, others more contemporary.
You are very welcome to try your luck in the Danes brook; a small tumbling river which marks the southern boundry of our land. The fish,mainly brown trout, are however very elusive and generallyof modest dimensions.
Exe Valley Fishery -Exbridge TA22 9AY, 01398 323008, www.nickhartfishing.com
John Dawson Fly fishing - 29 Bourchier Close, Bampton, Tiverton EX16 9AG
01398 331498/17816 453474, www.johndawson.co.uk
Dulverton Angling Association -Lance Nicholson, "Fishing&Guns", 9 High Street, Dulverton TA22 9HB, 01398 323409, www.dulvertonanglingassociation.org.uk
Exmoor provides some great opportunities for all abilities both on some of its rivers and at sea.
Wimbleball Lake near Brompton Regis offers a range of options and full on-site facilities. 01398 371460, www.southwestlakes.co.uk/location/wimbleball-lake
There is no general permission to canoe on Exmoor's non-tidal rivers but it is allowed during the winter months on some sections of the river Barle (I.E. Tarr Steps to Dulverton - very close to us) and East Lyn subject to water level restrictions.
Exmoor Adventures - The Old Bus Garage, PorlockWeir TA24 8PE, 07976 208279, www.exmooradventures.co.uk
Exmoor Canoe Club, https://exmoorcanoeclub.org.uk
Surfside Kayakhire - Combe Martin EX34 0DQ, 01271 883220, www.surfsideclothing.co.uk
For a general overview see www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/watersports
Mainly on the 374 acres covered by Wimbleball Lake
Wimbleball Sailing Club - Wimbleball Lake, Brompton Regis, Ta22 9NU, 01398 371149, www.wimbleballsc.org.uk
Many opportunities exist; notablyat Croyde Bay, Woolacombe, Westward Ho, Saunton Sands, Putsborough Sands and Lynmouth
Most of these venues have surf shops and tuition is readily available.
The thrills and spills of Karting are offered at a limited number of tracks.
Quad World - Exeter Road, Bradninch (J28, M5) Exeter devon EX5 4LB
01392 881313/07850 889162, www.quadworld.co.uk
Butlins - Minehead TA24 5SH, 0330 102 5306, www.butlins.com
Mansell Raceway Outdoor Karting - Dunkerswell EX14 4AH, 03445 441992
North Devon Karting -Upcott Avenue, Braunton Road barnstaple EX31 1HN
07584 874049, www.northdevonkarting.co.uk
Whether its a rocky crag or climbing wall Exmoor has something to offer all abilities
Rock & Rapid - Hacche Mill,South Molton EX36 3NA, 01769 309002, https://rockandrapidadventures.co.uk