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Skirts of the Moor
Glorious and sensationally beautiful though Exmoor National Park undoubtedly is, the Park itself does not contain all the delights of the Exmoor area. Far from it, in fact. There are treasures to be sought out and stumbled
upon all through the wide sweep of country that surrounds the moor for many miles.

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Hill ranges that lie separate from Exmoor itself include the Brendons and the Quantocks to the east of the National Park. The thickly wooded Brendons rise south of Minehead, a tumbled country where long ridge roads fly the length of the uplands with great views east to the Quantocks, north towards the coast and the Bristol Channel beyond and west to where the Brendons blend seamlessly into Exmoor proper. The Quantocks, by contrast, stand apart, a rolling uplift of brown and purple shoulders of moorland. Here you’ll find the lovely small village of Nether Stowey, where poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge came to live in 1797 in a house in Lime Street – his great poetical friends, brother and sister William and Dorothy Wordsworth, settled at Alfoxden House in nearby Holford.

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Five Hidden Delights

Farmhouse accommodation St Mary’s Church at Molland, between Dulverton and North Molton, is a beautiful medieval building with arches askew, a moorland church with box pews, grand pulpit and panelling unchanged from the 18th-century. Peaceful and charming – an absolute gem.
a holiday cottage on Exmor 1 in 4 is a steep slope; that was the gradient of the West Somerset Mineral Railway’s Comberow Incline, near Roadwater on the eastern fringe of Exmoor, down which trucks full of iron ore from the Brendon Hill mines were lowered on their journey to the port of Watchet. The old mineral railway closed in 1910, but the grassy ascent may soon be open to walkers with plenty of puff – Exmoor National Park has acquired both the incline and its ruined but spectacular winding house.
Exmoor Cottage used for holidays Washford railway station, on the A390 between Watchet and Minehead, is the headquarters of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust. Here you can admire gleaming steam locomotives, enjoy the S&DRT’s fine museum, and chat to people who are restoring these splendid and beautiful machines.
Steam train near Exmoor If you get a kick out of fly-fishing for rainbow trout, you’ll love Wistlandpound Reservoir sunk among its trees a few miles north of Bratton Fleming. If your wish is sea angling, then there are many opportunities along the coast, along with organised boat trips from the local harbours.
holiday cottage Fancy the idea of cruising the Somerset coastline in a wooden sailing boat, helping to steer and set the sails? Make your dreams come true with a trip on Josefine (www.sailjosefine.co.uk), a gaff-rigged ketch built in Denmark in the 1930s, now based in the characterful old port of Watchet.

Famous names, extraordinary talents – but for the most part the story of these Exmoor fringes has tended to be that of the everyday life of a large scatter of comfortable, self-contained little villages and market towns. Three very enjoyable towns are Wiveliscombe, cradled at the feet of the Brendons; Bampton on the River Batherm, a place where every shop and street seems smothered in flowers; and South Molton with its thriving Pannier Market, Quince’s honey farm, and delicious smells issuing from Melchior’s chocolate factory. Add such ‘heavenly twins’ as East and West Anstey just south of the central moor, and East and West Quantoxhead, at the seaward end of the Quantocks, coupled with the many and varied pubs all around the outskirts of the moor - and satisfaction is guaranteed!

The eastern edge of the National Park meets the Bristol Channel at Minehead, but the coast of the region runs east for another thirty miles, past the popular holiday bay at Blue Anchor and the ancient little port of Watchet, now with a new marina, the moody shore at East Quantoxhead, Kilve with its fossil-rich cliffs and the lonely hulk of Hinkley Point power station, all the way to the flat and muddy bird watcher’s paradise of Stert Point on Bridgwater Bay. By contrast, the coast beyond the western boundary of the Park at Combe Martin is all dramatic, rocky cliffs and coves as it runs west past Ilfracombe’s fine beaches.
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