The quiet unspoilt village of Withypool lies in the heart of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. With its characterful cottages, country pub, and traditional tea rooms, this ancient village is a wonderful place to base your Exmoor holiday.
Surrounded by interesting Bronze Age sites, bridleways and footpaths, Withypool is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get loose on the moor for a walking holiday. Even those with just a desire to take in some clean air, star gaze, and then cosy up in a country pub will feel right at home. From the village, the 3-4 mile walk to the ancient clapper bridge, Tarr Steps, and its wonderful adjacent inn, makes for a very enjoyable excursion.
Exmoor boasts over six hundred miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore. The moor is steeped in history and is unsurpassed in terms of its natural open scenery and beauty, with pretty heather, deep wooded combes and its famous Exmoor ponies and red deer.
The nearby village of Dunster and its ancient castle, stunning gardens and traditional tea rooms are well worth a visit, as are the pretty coastal harbour towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.
A holiday cottage in Withypool offers a peaceful moorland retreat for those looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning countryside setting.
A family-run business, Escot House and estate is a beautiful country house and events venue in Devon. It’s also home to the Wildwood family day out, where you can come nose-to-nose with British wildlife past and present. See red squirrels, wild boar and lynx as you make your way around the park, and explore the adventure playground with a drop slide, indoor soft play area and a maze. Prices start at £9.50 for adults, and £8.00 for children, and the fee will support Wildwood Trust's Conservation Projects.
A soft play facility in Honiton, Playdome Indoor Play has a café on site, and is a safe environment for children to play and explore. It’s perfect for kids’ parties, and is open seven days a week. Prices start at £3.90 for children aged 1-4 years, and £5.30 for those over the age of 5.
Honiton is famous for its historic lace industry, and the Allhallows Museum is an homage to some of the highest quality production in the world. In Honiton’s oldest building, dating back to 1327, it features examples of 16th to early 20th century Honiton lace. The museum also incudes Honiton pottery, a mid Victorian furnished doll's house; palaeontology; children's toys; war memorabilia, mementos of Allhallows School and the Borough of Honiton; coins and trade tokens. There are children’s activities when you visit, and lace making tutorials are of course a highlight, helping to keep the craft alive for future generations. The museum is open from March to October although hours vary so keep an eye on the website. Admission is free, but it is a charity, so all donations are welcome.
A historic beamed inn that has been the focal point of Withypool for over 300 years and a great spot to relax whilst exploring Exmoor. A good wine cellar and well stocked bar including an extensive range of Whiskies complements a restaurant menu brimming with local ingredients and produce.
The Royal Oak Higher Mead, Withypool, Minehead TA24 7QP (T: 01643 831506)
A pretty village pub dating from the 15th century where walkers, families and everyone in between can enjoy the excellent food, local Exmoor Ales and warm welcome from the staff. Light lunches, sandwiches, hearty roasts and restaurant standard evening meals are offered in the cosy bar, restaurant or outside in the garden.
The London Inn South Molton, Somerset EX36 3NG (T: 01769 550269)
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)
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)
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)