The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A country pub on the River Barle, on the edge of Exmoor National Park. They have been graded by the Green Tourism Scheme and serve classical British food with a twist. Dogs are welcomed with a gravy bone to chew on whilst you make use of the free WiFi!
Dunster Beach enjoys beautiful views of Blue Anchor Bay and out towards the Bristol Channel. A mixture of sand and pebbles, the beach is overlooked by the West Somerset Railway Line and is easily accessible via the South West Coast Path. There are also lots of parking options, with car parks and separate parking close by. With dogs only restricted from certain parts of the beach, Dunster's flat sands, gentle gradient and lovely scenery make it a lovely spot to breathe in the fresh air and go for a walk.
Advice and information to help you get the most out of your visit to Exmoor Natonal Park. The Dulverton centre is part of complex housing exhibitions on Dulverton heritage with interactive displays, plus an art gallery where local artists regularly exhibit, and a library.
This village is in the heart of Exmoor’s most outstanding countryside. Here you’ll find the Exmoor National Park Centre, which has stacks of information regarding activities on the moors, plus some pleasant cafes and pubs for lunch or a cream tea.
You could lose yourself in here for hours. A treasure house of second hand and antiquarian books, well worth a visit.
Very nice town with pretty shops and good Pubs and Inns
This is an excellent display of local artefacts, pictures, countryside etc. Also railway history and a good kitchen display with a "talking" cook and housekeepr. Upstairs there is more to see - it is especially worthwhile sitting and watching 4 short videos of local events. All this for FREE although they ask for a donation. Coming into Dulverton turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the road around a big curve until it ends in the carpark with access to the centre. otherwise access through the information centre in the main street. This also has a good supply of maps, leaflets etc and the best postcards!
An interesting little town full of conveniences.
Dulverton is not exactly somewhere I could imagine spending an entire day at, but it does provide a good centre by which to stop by and stock up. There are plenty of conveniences such as a local co-op for your simple needs (bread, milk and some alcohols: beers...not wines, go somewhere decent for wine), small thrift shops as well as some tea rooms including Lewis's which is a personal favourite. There is a beautiful church at the top of the town which is worth popping into, and in the centre of town there is a fish and chip shop which opens at lunchtime from 12 noon until 2pm. There is also a bakery which sells a selection of baked breads, pies, sausage rolls as well as many sweet items, the game pie is delicious and enormously filling. The tea rooms near the co-op (I have forgotten the name!) are smaller than Lewis's but offers an entirely different ambience, more cosy and homely, helped in no small way by the warm, friendly manners of the owners (of which the landlady kindly ushered us in for tea as we oogled the menu outside, proclaiming the redundancy of pneumonia when there are menu's indoors to browse).
By far this is no Dunster or Tiverton etc, but it is a quaint little town that is central to lots of local attractions and is worth stopping by for an hour or two.
A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.
Interesting house surrounded by magnificent gardens.
Free parking and walk for dog
We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.
One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!
The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.
Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.
Good National Trust property
Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.
Untwee tea! This award-winning tearoom has rave reviews about the divinity of its delicious indulgence in homemade cakes and nibbles.
The best Tearoom in Devon
Having stayed in nearby Bridgetown my partner and I ventured quite frequently into Dulverton before or after trips further afield to stock up on supplies and we never once missed an opportunity to stop by Lewis's Tearooms. The premesis is clean and tidy, warm and inviting with a rustic feel owing in part to the piles of firewood beside the woodburners as well as the large, heavy wooden tables and chairs which grace the front of house. Staff there were always friendly and efficient, no matter how frustrating we must have been taking so long to decide on what to have! Plenty of choice teas but our favourite was by far the Tregothan Cornish Tea - earl grey. Possibly the most delicious tea we have ever drunk. The food menu is decent with a selection of meals to chose from and which cater to a broad demographic. We did eat there twice and each time the food was flawless and timely. Prices are very fair and at no point did I find myself wondering just why something cost as much as it did, so that is always a good sign by my books. All in all a wonderful attraction endorsed by Classic Cottages and one of the many things I am already missing, post-holiday.
Situated in the idyllic Exe Valley on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Owner Nick Hart is a fishing icon. He wrote The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing and has starred on BBC2's The Urban Chef. Pick his brains or just pick up some fish. Try the rainbow trout; hand-reared and smoked to perfection.
The Exe Valley on the edge of Exmoor is a beautiful, tranquil location for fishing. There are plenty of wild fish in the surrounding rivers, including salmon and grayling, or rainbow trout in the peaceful lake at the fishery. There's also a good tackle shop on-site where you can pick up any gear you need.
The fish has always been top quality and very fresh, so you can be confident in what you buy.
The smoked trout hampers are something else - succulent and wonderfully flavoured. Great for a special treat.
Just outside Exmoor National Park, Bampton is everything you could hope for in a Devon town. Located entirely within a conservation area, Bampton’s streets are lined with historic listed buildings, giving the distinct feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. The town is famous for its flowers - having won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition no less than 6 times, Bampton is a magnet for the green-fingered, who make a pilgrimage here during the summer months to marvel at the floral displays.
Called in a small bakery here to purchase bread. Homemade and absolutely delicious, also purchased some venison burgers from a street vendor, the game and pheasant man. He also has a stall at another market nearby, where we paid him another visit to purchase duck and plum sausages. All the produce was exceptionally good and excellent value. We had a wonderful cup of tea in the bakery too , delicious and best value for money cuppa all holiday .
An absolute must for anyone staying in the area, this gem of a walk takes you to one of the oldest bridges in the world, through a peaceful valley and ancient woodland. Choose from a short stroll to a longer 12 mile trek.
Woodland walk to Tarr Steps
A classic woodland walk alongside the River Barle.
We didn't do the full walk, but visited the Tarr Steps with our dog, and walked along by the river and through woodland. I heard it can get quite busy, especially with the narrow lanes, so we went early in the day when it was quieter. A really enjoyable walk and crossing the bridge. (Car park, £2 all day, has toilets - but no dog poo bins nearby).
A lovely walk.
A lovely walk and with the stone steps across the river it is a sight not to be missed.
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