The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Dogs and children are welcome in this 16th Century building, but please note, you can only pay by cash or cheque!
At four miles long, Porlock Weir Beach provides ample space for everyone. On the edge of Exmoor, the beach is surrounded by rolling countryside and marshland that is home to an abundance of wildlife. Take your binoculars and watch seabirds dip and dive on the thermals and then turn your attention to the huge expanse of beautiful sea covering the horizon. There is parking available in Porlock Weir village as well as shops, restaurants and cafes too.
A hilly ramble of four miles over farmland and crossing many streams so its not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Take in the stunning views over the Mole Valley en-route.
South Molton offers a great base from which to explore Devon. To the north is Exmoor; heaven for those who love untamed wilderness walks. Go west and you’ll find some of the country’s best surfing beaches, including Croyde and Woolacombe. There is plenty to keep golfing and fishing enthusiasts entertained or if that seems too energetic, you might like to browse the art galleries or visit the honey farm to see the bees in action.
Set deep in the north Devon countryside, The Rosemoor estate was once the home of Lady Anne Palmer. Lady Anne developed a passion for plants when she met noted plantsman Colllingwood Ingram while recuperating from measles in Spain. Over the next 30 years, she travelled the world to collect specimens for her garden, which she gave to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988. The estate now comprises 65 acres of land, which includes rose gardens, a winter garden, a fruit and vegetable garden, a formal garden, woodlands, and many stream and lakeside plantings, making Rosemoor an enchanting place to visit whatever the season.
Amazing place to visit even in the rain!! Beautiful gardens, credit to the staff! We had lunch in the restaurant which was amazing too - well worth the visit!!
Fabulous place, outstanding gardens
A return visit for us.
An exceptional day out if you love nature and gardens. We were lucky our visit coincided with the Festival of Apples in October. Beautiful place and everything offered is of the highest standard.
Spent the best part of the day exploring the walks around the estate and through the fabulous formal and informal gardens, plenty of seating in the grounds to appreciate the flowers, plants and trees, choice of refreshment options from snacks to restaurant, a very good shop and parking very easy, worth the effort to visit.
Gorgeous day out
As an RHS member and regular visit to Hyde Hall I’ve been keen to visit the other gardens so when on holiday nearby, a visit to Rosemoor was a must. It is truly fabulous, we visited on a beautiful, sunny, summer day so we saw it at it’s best but I can see how there is interest whatever time of year you visit.
The staff are friendly and we received a great welcome and explanation of the layout when we arrived, such a lovely touch.
The garden is split into two parts, Lady Anne’s garden which has beautiful trees and planting best seen at a gentle stroll and the more formal gardens laid our directly near the entrance which are also stunning. The cool garden was gorgeous especially on a hot day.
Beautiful selection of show gardens and fabulous fruit and vegetable gardens. Well worth a visit and a cream tea
Well worth a visit and 25 minutes from Forest View. Beautiful well kept gardens.
Beautiful, well-managed gardens, well worth a visit whatever the season.
The garden is absolutely gorgeous and very well looked after. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and the restaurant had great locally sourced food. A great day out for adults and children.
The rose collection - one of the largest in the West Country - is very impressive. In full bloom in the summer, the scent of over 2,000 flowers is quite sensational. The Rose Weekend, held in June, was very informative, with advice on growing your own, as well as walks and activities for children.
With a history dating back 300 years, the Royal Oak free house can be found in the heart of Exmoor. Recently re-opened under new management, the menu is created using seasonal local produce and guests can enjoy their food in either of the inn’s two bars or restaurant. As well as a range of local beers, the inn also serves an extensive selection of whiskies and wine.
Friendly and great food
Very friendly pub offering a nice menu, including specials, in a traditional Exmoor style.
The Royal Oak Inn, Withypool
Very charming inn, good food and selection of local ales, it's larger inside than it looks from the outside. Children and dogs are very welcome and service to a high standard.
The food and service at The Royal Oak were both fantastic. Very welcoming (to children and dogs!) I would highly recommend it. In my daughter's words, the sticky toffee pudding was "the best I've had, ever!"
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.
Lovely town very friendly with a variety of eateries
Also some lovely gift shops!
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.
The Sunday lunch here is something to behold - meats from Devon’s best farms are the star of the show.
Amazing country pub in a very pretty village setting. Good selection of
local beers and food was to a very high standard. Not to be missed!
Super pub in a remote location. Good selection of beers and excellent food in friendly surroundings. Excellent!
Cosy friendly proper pub
Gorgeous village pub which had a lovely feeling about it. The landlord was so geniune and the locals so friendly. The Sunday lunch was divine.
A real find - delicious food in a friendly pub in the middle of nowhere.
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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