The Bothy's Guidebook

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The Bothy's Guidebook

Great walks

Some spectacular walks across stunning Exmoor countryside. The Tarka Trail can be joined just 200 metres from the cottage.
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Tarka Trail
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Some spectacular walks across stunning Exmoor countryside. The Tarka Trail can be joined just 200 metres from the cottage.
For some of the most spectacular cliffs and seascapes, looking across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. Some wonderful bird life and wide open spaces.
South West Coast Path
For some of the most spectacular cliffs and seascapes, looking across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. Some wonderful bird life and wide open spaces.

City/town information

The market town of South Molton is thriving and well worth a visit, especially on Thursday and Saturday mornings, when the Pannier Market is in operation. Other shops including antique emporiums, fabric and interior shops and some lovely women's boutiques. Visit the Corn Dolly for the best tea and cakes in Devon!
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South Molton
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The market town of South Molton is thriving and well worth a visit, especially on Thursday and Saturday mornings, when the Pannier Market is in operation. Other shops including antique emporiums, fabric and interior shops and some lovely women's boutiques. Visit the Corn Dolly for the best tea and cakes in Devon!

Food scene

Great atmosphere, warm welcome and good grub! About 15 minute drive to the pretty village of Chittlehampton. It's advisable to book a table!
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The Bell
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Great atmosphere, warm welcome and good grub! About 15 minute drive to the pretty village of Chittlehampton. It's advisable to book a table!
Another great Exmoor pub. You can't book a table but they will always try and fit you in, so it's worth having a drink there and being patient! Great food and lovely people.
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The Black Venus Inn
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Another great Exmoor pub. You can't book a table but they will always try and fit you in, so it's worth having a drink there and being patient! Great food and lovely people.
Quite basic in interiors but classic pub grub and only 7 or 8 minutes drive. In the village of Filleigh, very close to the Castle Hill Estate
Stags Head Inn
Quite basic in interiors but classic pub grub and only 7 or 8 minutes drive. In the village of Filleigh, very close to the Castle Hill Estate
The Torridge estuary is stunning and the villages of Appledore and Instow are well worth a visit. Both have lovely pubs and cafes, as well as being great places for walking - including the nearby Northam Burrows. Quite busy in the height of summer but still well worth it. A visit to 'John's' in Appledore or Instow (there's a shop in both places) is a must for yummy cheeses, jams and a light lunch.
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Appledore
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The Torridge estuary is stunning and the villages of Appledore and Instow are well worth a visit. Both have lovely pubs and cafes, as well as being great places for walking - including the nearby Northam Burrows. Quite busy in the height of summer but still well worth it. A visit to 'John's' in Appledore or Instow (there's a shop in both places) is a must for yummy cheeses, jams and a light lunch.

Sightseeing

Owned for generations by the Fortescue family, this is a most spectacular estate and well worth a visit around the gardens, which are immaculate. The Estate is in Filleigh, just 7 minutes from the cottage.
The Castle Hill Estate
Owned for generations by the Fortescue family, this is a most spectacular estate and well worth a visit around the gardens, which are immaculate. The Estate is in Filleigh, just 7 minutes from the cottage.
Beautiful Regency National Trust house, with a spectacular collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and a wonderful garden. Visit to stunning orangery!
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Arlington Court
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Beautiful Regency National Trust house, with a spectacular collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and a wonderful garden. Visit to stunning orangery!
About 25 minutes in the car but well worth a visit! Not only is it spectacular in itself, but it is home to a unique herd of goats and one of the most stunning cricket pitches in the world! The SW coast path goes right past, so take a stroll and then visit nearby Lynton for some shopping and refreshment.
Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel
About 25 minutes in the car but well worth a visit! Not only is it spectacular in itself, but it is home to a unique herd of goats and one of the most stunning cricket pitches in the world! The SW coast path goes right past, so take a stroll and then visit nearby Lynton for some shopping and refreshment.
Just a 30 yard walk from the cottage, this lovely church is well worth a visit. A former rector of the church was Richard Blackmore, uncle to RD Blackmore, author of the immortal book, Lorna Doone. A memorial window was installed in the church to celebrate the centenary of RD Blackmore in 1925.
Charles St John the Baptist Church
Just a 30 yard walk from the cottage, this lovely church is well worth a visit. A former rector of the church was Richard Blackmore, uncle to RD Blackmore, author of the immortal book, Lorna Doone. A memorial window was installed in the church to celebrate the centenary of RD Blackmore in 1925.

One for the grandchildren......

If you want to visit one of the querkiest pubs in the UK, then this is your moment! Run by Steve, who is the world's greatest self-publicist, the rule of thumb is "if the door's open, then so are we". Don't expect food, there is no electricity in this remote pub on Exmoor, but Steve will always have a tale to tell and there are bound to be some interesting locals who love a chat! Worth a visit!!
Poltimore Arms
If you want to visit one of the querkiest pubs in the UK, then this is your moment! Run by Steve, who is the world's greatest self-publicist, the rule of thumb is "if the door's open, then so are we". Don't expect food, there is no electricity in this remote pub on Exmoor, but Steve will always have a tale to tell and there are bound to be some interesting locals who love a chat! Worth a visit!!