Things to do on Exmoor
There are some great opportunities for watching films on Exmoor, they just take a little tracking down!
Dulverton, Winsford and Porlock have characterful film showings once a month in the village hall, you are assured of a warm welcome and either a cuppa with homemade cake or a pay bar.
Lynton has a wonderful old fashioned cinema showing all the latest releases.A visit here and to one of the many eateries in Lynton or Lynmouth makes a great afternoon or evening’s entertainment.
There are many opportunities for riding on Exmoor, depending on your abilities and requirements as a group.
Please contact us if you run a stables and would like to be included here.
The Exmoor pony centre
Genuine Exmoor ponies and a great all round experience of the breed, you can go out on a trek, spend time grooming and getting to know the ponies and foals in season, or even adopt a pony. Lovely for children.
Very safe and varied riding with a good assortment of steady horses and ponies to ride in beautiful scenery
A knowledgeable and very caring set up, with rides out to suit your pace and ability.
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
A full on day’s entertainment with barefoot, naturally trained horses and a bird of prey experience, suits experienced riders after something a bit different!
There are some really unusual and interesting museums
Rural life Museum, Allerford,
A wonderful walk down memory lane for the older generation and a superb way of bringing social history to life for schoolchildren. I learnt that the bits of iron work knocking around in our inglenook are the remains of the mechanism by which the kettle could be held over the fire and safely poured….fascinating stuff!
A visit here combines well with paddling in the adjacent stream, maybe a little walk to Bossington for tea or tea at the old post office in Allerford itself, which has a pretty garden.
Bakelite museum, Williton http://www.bakelitemuseum.co.uk
Sounds bizarre but this is a great museum, housed in an 18th century watermill with tearoom. It is only a walk from the Williton station of the West Somerset Railway and so makes a great day out from Watchet or Bishops Lydeard.
Lynton flood disaster
There are many references to this terrible disaster of 1952, when a huge flood washed away many houses with the loss of 34 lives. As you walk around Lynmouth and Lynton it is well worth popping in to the church in Lynmouth and visiting the Glen Lyn Gorge for an overview, or visit the national park centre and The Lyn and Exmoor Museum.
There are, needless to say, many good tearooms which you will come across as you explore Exmoor, but the following are a little bit different and worth a visit in their own right. If you would like to recommend a favourite of yours, please get in touch and we’ll visit……any excuse for a cream tea!
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, Allerford. This is actually in between Allerford and Bossington and is a great place for tea in the garden with Macaws and chicken scratching about, plus they offer a popular bird of prey experience. Maybe check out the Allerford rural life museum too and make a day of it.
Pulhams Mill http://www.pulhamsmill.co.uk…One of my all time Exmoor favourites. The cakes are irresistable and Sunday lunches superb, all housed in an ancient mill that dates back to 1086. Close to Wimbleball lake for a spot of birdwatching and walking, or childrens activity centre.
Check out their regular events and courses…I still have the spoon I whittled there in full use as the mulled wine stirrer at Christmas!
Kitnors Tea room and garden, Bossington. A delightful place to visit with a potter around the area, beautiful stream and woodland walks nearby, and could be combined with a “proper” walk along the coastal path or up to North Hill…magical.
Toucan Wholefoods Vegetarian Cafe, Minehead….. OK, not strictly Exmoor National Park but you are bound to find yourself in Minehead at some stage and this place is great, friendly with delicious food and lots of holistic type of courses on offer as well, a real hub of all things healthy.
Horner Village. Two great tea rooms and a beautiful place to walk in the woods, or you could combine a visit with a ride at Burrowhayes.
Such a great way to entertain the children and have fun as a family!
- Explain how geocaching works
- Provide a gps 72 Garmin to seek out your caches,
- Point you in the direction of the most scenic areas
- Provide a splendid picnic with snacks to keep everyone happy
- Get you started on a competitive and entertaining hobby, suitable for all ages!
Fishing is available on the rivers of Exmoor, by permit and/or with the permission of the landowner.
If you are staying at Spindrift Barn http://www.airbnb.co.uk/21607532 then you are very welcome to fish our stretch of the Exe, with brown trout, grayling and the occasional salmon or sea trout to play for.
Fly fishing for trout is available at Wimbleball Lake through the Southwest Lakes Trust http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk
- There is entertainment both on and around the lake to keep the rest of the family happy.
- We can provide a picnic or suggest nearby eateries….the Duck cafe is excellent if it is open, or head back towards Brompton Regis for Pulham’s Mill, a fabulous historic mill listed in the Doomesday Book.
- There is a good mayfly hatch in late June/ early July and the lake is regularly stocked with Rainbows up to 8lb to ensure good sport. Brown trout are catch and release only.
- Self launch for kayak and float tubing is available
The Dulverton Angling Association (DAA) is a small and welcoming group with several beats on the rivers Barle, Exe and Haddeo. If you would like to fish you can join at “Lance Nicholson fishing and game shop” in Dulverton, by phoning 01398323409 or on line at http://www.dulvertonanglingassociation.org.uk
The price for 2018 is £35.