Places To Visit
You don’t have to be religious to enjoy Exmoor’s churches. They vary from the cute little Culbone Church, seating 35 people at capacity, to the rather grand St Dubricius at Porlock with a fine alabaster tomb belonging to John Harington, who fought alongside King Henry Vth in France.
St Mary at Oare is famous for its connections with R.D.Blackmore’s novel, Lorna Doone https://wildaboutexmoor.com/walking-holidays-on-exmoor/
The isolated and, unusually, undedicated church at Stoke Pero completes the trio in the rhyme “Culbone, Oare and Stoke Pero, three churches where no priest will go!” Couple these with one of our myths and legends walks for a taste of old Exmoor! https://wildaboutexmoor.com/holiday-type/walking-holidays-exmoor/
We always visit a church that is on our walking route and have really grown to appreciate these small pieces of history, particularly on a wild and windy day when the atmosphere of these stoical little buildings is strongest. The shelter given by Countisbury’s cliff top church even extends to an overnight stop for those caught out on the moor, although I think we would probably struggle on to reach the Blue Ball Inn, if opening hours permitted!
The guys at Exmoor Adventures are totally committed to making sure you have the best adventure experience on Exmoor! We have had great fun mountain biking, canoeing and coasteering as a family and joining other groups so if you are travelling with the family, or just fancy something different then please, give Dan a ring!
West Country Farm Tours
Saun and his farmers combine to give you a totally unique experience of the Exmoor working countryside. Do check out the website or phone him to see what he is planning for the time that you are here, or give him some warning and he may be able to set something up just for your group.
Something a bit different! The West Somerset Railway http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk runs from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton to Minehead with stops at Dunster, Blue Anchor, Washford , Watchet ,Williton Stogumber and Crowcombe. They run regular dining specials, driver experience courses and family days out so it is worth looking on the website to see what is happening during your stay.
The cute little steam train at Woody Bay station http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk is a great way to spend an afternoon.It is part of the old Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, although it currently visits neither town, but plans are afoot for extending the line again! Your tickets allow unlimited travel between Killington Lane and Woody Bay and entrance to the tea gardens, wildlife reserve and platforms are free.
Dogs are welcome to travel on either of these trains, so a ride can be combined with a local stroll or to take a walk back…. Minehead to Blue Anchor along the beach footpath is a good bet, but read the signs regarding access to the beach for dogs as it varies seasonally.They are always allowed on the footpath, and the extension on to Watchet is an interesting walk, whether you ramble inland or keep to the coast. The seaside town and port of Watchet is well worth a visit.
Exmoor Zoo http://www.exmoorzoo.co.uk
A great option for a rainy day, as you will have the place to yourselves and lots of the talks and animals are inside, although it is also a great place to spend a sunny day when you can enjoy the gardens and the beast of exmoor may be outside, sunning himself!
Quince Honey Farm http://quincehoneyfarm.co.uk
This unusual attraction is the worlds largest honeybee exhibition, and a great all weather visit. It is a working honey farm with viewing galleries over the various working areas, play areas and a cafe, and combines well with a visit to the pannier market in South Molton.
Liscombe ice cream parlour
A wonderful farm enterprise with Swiss Brown cows. You can watch the robotic milker at work and see the equipment and process involved in the making of their delicious ice cream. You can even pick a cow, have it milked and then have the milk made into ice cream for you to enjoy!
An amazing variety of flavours can be tried and bought at the shop and the farm is close to Tarr steps so the circular walk around the River Barle there with lunch or tea rounds off a day nicely.