Exmoor National Park – and other places in Somerset/Devon

We recently had a week in a small, 2 person barn conversion inside the Exmoor National Park. It was our first visit and we were not disappointed. The first challenge was finding the accomodation, but for once the SatNav took us straight to it (a bit hairy in places, with the sides of the road touching both wing mirrors!). The view from the cottage was worth it..

The nearest village was Dulverton, the main commercial point in the south of the park…here’s the ‘Square’

and the bridge by the ‘Bridge Inn’.

DSC_0037Dulverton proved to be a great place to base ourselves. We took our dog – EVERYWHERE seemed to be dog friends – pubs, shops and restaurants. They were very clued up on the requirements of a Coeliac (me) for eating Gluten Free – always eager to adapt as much as possible.

There were free-roaming exmoor ponies as well as red deer – these were taken from the cottage one evening…

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There are lots of quirky places along the North Somerset Coast – Porlock Weir was a favourite

DSCN1539Although we had typical british summer weather (rain and sun in equal amounts) we did manage to climb to the top of Dunkery Beacon.. the view was spectacular (the beacon is a little over 1700 feet above sea level) but actually an easy walk from the car on the road – a round trip of about 1 and a half miles… The view across the Bristol Channel was spectacular you almost feel you could reach up and touch the clouds…

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We also visited Tarr Steps – a prehistoric Clapper-Style bridge – recently rebuilt after suffering flood damage..

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We also ventured over the border into Devon for a day and visited Ilfracombe and Combe Martin – both very interesting. In Ilfracombe they have the strangest (in my opinion) statue on the Harbour Wall (see Below)…

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The statue is called Verity and is a piece by the artist, Damien Hirst who lives in Ilfracombe and is on loan to the town for 20 years. From one side the statue is a pregnant nude woman holding aloft a sword. From the other, the skin is peeled back to show the skull etc. Certainly a discussion point.

It was a great week and there was still more to see. I hope this has given a flavour… thanks for reading.

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