Dulverton

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The charming town of Dulverton is the Southern gateway to Exmoor and a great base for or anyone who loves to walk or ride, or is just looking to get away from it all in a beautiful moorland setting.

About Dulverton

This quintessential moorland town is the Southern gateway to Exmoor and is a great base for those looking to explore the National Park as well as nearby Exeter and Dartmoor, both of which can easily be reached on a day trip.

Home to a range of wonderful independent shops, cosy pubs and restaurants, and the excellent Heritage and Arts Centre, Dulverton also plays host to a range of events throughout the summer months including festivals, concerts, and an annual carnival.  

The town lies in a steeply wooded valley which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and draws visitors for its abundant wildlife and also for its famous prehistoric clapper bridge, Tarr Steps.

Exmoor National Park boasts over 700 miles of footpaths and bridleways, and is the perfect place for anyone who loves to walk or ride, or is just looking to get away from it all. The fantastic countryside scenery descends down to dramatic sandstone cliffs and the wider Exmoor area is also home to Simonsbath, Withypool and Winsford villages, each offering fantastic pubs with a quaint local feel.

A holiday cottage in Dulverton provides a great base to unwind and explore picturesque Exmoor at your leisure.

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Dulverton Heritage Centre
(Less than a mile)

Open seven days a week from April to October, Dulverton’s Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre gives visitors a taste of old Dulverton, a main exhibition which changes either annually or every two years plus a varied programme of short term exhibitions.  There’s also a gift shop for crafty souvenirs.

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Tiverton Castle
(10 miles)

Dating from 1106 Tiverton Castle was once home to the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and today is a fascinating mix of the remains of the medieval castle and a 17th century country house, all surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Open to the public from Easter Sunday to October 31st.

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Dunster Castle
(11 miles)

On a wooded hill with an impressive medieval gatehouse, the National Trust’s Dunster Castle is on a site that predates the Norman era.  It has spectacular views towards the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and the moors of Exmoor.  Tours are available, there’s a shop, paid parking and Dunster village is filled with lovely places to eat.

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Holnicote Estate
(12 miles)

A 12,000-acre National Trust property, Holnicote Estate is part of Exmoor National Park, made up of rugged moorland, shingle beaches, ancient woodland and charming thatched villages.  Walk, cycle and horse ride as far as the eye can see, see red deer, Exmoor ponies, bats and rare butterflies as you go.  There are picnic tables, footpaths and toilets as well as pay and display parking.

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Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre
(12 miles)

A great all weather attraction in beautiful Exmoor countryside where you can learn to fly owls and hawks yourself on a Birds of Prey Flying Experience, ride horses, watch the public  flying displays and enjoy some delicious food in the tea room.  For damper days there is an indoor flying barn and picnic area.   

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Tantivy Shop, Cafe & Deli
(Less than a mile)

You won’t regret stopping off at this family run shop, café and deli in the heart of Dulverton with its great array of local produce and gifts.  Relax in the outdoor courtyard with a coffee or something from the café menu, or stock your cottage fridge with delicious local cheese, meat, drinks and lots more.

The Tantivy Traditional Shop, Café and Deli, Fore Street, Dulverton, Exmoor, TQ22 9EX 01398 323465: 

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Woods Bar & Restaurant
(Less than a mile)

Winner of multiple awards, Woods serves inspiring menus championing local produce in a relaxed, stylish setting.  Pop in for a drink at the well-stocked bar, or settle around the log fire for some banter with the locals after your meal.  Well behaved dogs and children welcome and there is a pretty courtyard garden for sunny days.

Woods Bar & Restaurant 4 Bank Square, Dulverton TA22 9BU (T: 01398 324007)

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Well worth a visit. Staff very nice but food excellent! My only wish is it moved nearer to my home. Very reasonable for the quality of the food. Highly recommend!

September 2017



The Copper Kettle
(Less than a mile)

A traditional family run tea shop in the heart of Dulverton with large, sunny rear garden as well as cosy indoor seating by the woodburner for cooler days.  A great spot to enjoy a full breakfast, light lunch, delicious cream tea or a choice of homemade cakes.

The Copper Kettle Fore St, Dulverton TA22 9EX (T: 01398 323697)

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The Bridge Inn
(Less than a mile)

A pretty riverside pub famous for its homemade pies along with other British classics, accompanied by a good range of cask ales and craft beers.  Dog friendly, with a stash of treats behind the bar for visiting dogs. 

The Bridge Inn 20 Bridge St, Dulverton TA22 9HJ (T: 01398 324130)

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Lovely pub! Went in a couple of times after walking the dog. Staff very friendly wine good! Didn't eat there but only because they were fully booked.

September 2017


Very welcoming and dog friendly, excellent food, and squashed us in last minute even though they were full on an off season, weekday evening. Highly recommended.

September 2017



The Bridge House
(5 miles)

Named after the old railway bridge that used to stand beside it, Bridge House is a popular pub serving classic British dishes utilising the fantastic range of quality ingredients the area has to offer.  On summer days enjoy a drink or meal in the lovely walled garden or on winter evenings cosy up inside by the log burner.

Bridge House, 24 Luke Street Bampton Devon EX16 9NF. (T: 01398 33 2138)

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Blue Anchor Bay & Dunster
(12 miles)

Long sand and shingle beaches peppered with alabaster rocks that are perfect for finding fossils, Blue Anchor Bay and Dunster Beach in Somerset are adjacent to one another, and are beautiful places to while away the afternoon, whatever time of the year. Dogs are allowed on the beaches all year round, which is a novelty, there are toilets close by, and a pub as well for those lazy lunches after a morning’s stroll.  The West Somerset Railway comes close to the beach, adding an extra layer of interest, and there’s plenty of parking close to both of them as well, which is always a blessing.  The beaches are tidal and can get a little muddy at low tide, so careful not to slip and don’t get caught out when the water comes in!

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Minehead Beach
(13 miles)

Perpetually featured amongst the best beaches in the area, Minehead Beach is in one of Somerset’s busiest holiday areas.  Divided into two sections, The Strand is a wide sand and shingle beach that faces North-to-North West, it looks out across the Bristol Channel towards Wales. Terminus meanwhile is the north-facing part that was almost completely washed away in the early ‘90s.  After a multimillion pound project, a sea wall was completed.  Today it’s an excellent spot for swimming, kite-surfing and windsurfing.  Dog restrictions apply in the summer and there are cafes, restaurants, toilets and shops all close by.

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Porlock Beach
(13 miles)

After 30 miles of Exmoor coastline that’s predominantly cliffs, at Porlock the land flattens out and a unique mile long shingle ridge and an inland salt marsh have formed.  It’s a short walk from there to the centre of Porlock, where there are lots of marked footpaths to explore.  Porlock Weir Beach itself is a pebble beach that welcomes dogs all year round.  It’s a prime spot for swimming, fishing, surfing and sailing, and there are cafes, restaurants, toilets, pubs and shops close by to explore.  There is pay and display parking close to the beach, so don’t forget your change when you visit, and you will be pleased to know that the water quality is reputedly excellent.

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Lynmouth Beach
(19 miles)

A shingle beach that arcs out into the sea from Lynton, Lynmouth Beach is a popular spot for surfing, but there’s no lifeguard cover so be careful when you go!  The area is known for its excellent scenery and pleasant walking along the sea front and along the banks of the Lyn River which flows between the two towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.  There is also a cliff railway from Lynton down to the sea front.  At Lynton there is a smaller beach with rocks at low tide, while Lynmouth Beach is longer and sandier.  Lynmouth has level access all the way along, and there are several car parks in the town as well as road parking by the river and beach.  Toilets, cafes and shops are close by, but there aren’t any activities available, it’s all about enjoying the scenery!

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Wringcliff Beach
(19 miles)

On the South West Coast Path, Wringcliff Beach is within walking distance of the little town of Lynton and a number of secluded bays along the coastline.  The beach itself is a secluded bay surrounded by high cliffs with a steep access path, making it a tricky one to visit if you have small children with you.  Of course, because it’s a little difficult to get to, it’s also wonderfully peaceful with incredible views to enjoy. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year around and it’s perfect for adventurous walkers.  There’s parking is in the valley of the rocks which is accessed and signposted through Lynton, but once you’re there it’s not that easy to reach toilets and restaurants, to if the weather permits, take a picnic and enjoy the day!

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