Things To Do

You won’t be short of things to do during your visit to Exmoor National Park and Stag’s Head Farm bed and breakfast is an ideal base from which to explore all that Exmoor and North Devon has to offer.

Walking

Exmoor National Park offers some of the most spectacular walking in the country with its stunning wild moorland and tranquil, lush valleys.  Exmoor has acres of heather clad moor, vast expanses of woodland, sparkling streams, a coastline of majestic cliffs and miles of byways and bridle paths to explore.  The famous Exmoor ponies roam freely and sighting them on a walk is a truly breath-taking experience.

The Exmoor Society’s guided walks programme 2017 lists 33 walks with a wide variety of subjects, lengths and locations across Exmoor. The programme runs until 26th October 2017 with 4 – 6 walks each month. Well worth checking out!

Outdoor Sports

The variety of landscape on Exmoor lends itself to a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling, kayaking, surfing on the North Devon coast, sailing and windsurfing at nearby Wimbleball Lake, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and fly or sea fishing.  The iconic Ironman event, which takes place in June each year, includes a gruelling 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run and also takes place at Wimbleball Lake.  We highly recommend Exmoor Adventures as a provider of all outdoor activities, including mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and coasteering.

Wimbleball Lake

We are just 5 miles from Wimbleball Lake which offers a variety of water sports, as well as an excellent adventure playground (suitable for toddlers to teenagers) and an accessible footpath walk along the lake, ideal for wheelchairs, prams or those less able to walk on tougher terrain.  It is also host to the annual Ironman competition as mentioned above.

Hunting

The famous Emperor of Exmoor may now no longer roam the wild moors, but Exmoor still offers some of the best hunting in the country with Dulverton Farmers’ Hunt and Dulverton West Hunt both operating locally.  Stag’s Head Farm bed and breakfast is, of course, so named because of the majestic stags which roam our land, making the B&B an ideal base for hunters.

Tarr Steps

Just 6 miles away is Tarr Steps, a medieval clapper bridge which crosses the River Barle.  The bridge is made up of stone slabs weighing up to 2 tons apiece and are said to date from 1000BC.  According to local legend, the steps were placed by the devil to win a bet and he has still has sunbathing rights on the stones!  Tarr Steps are classed as a grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.  A visit to the steps followed by a classic Somerset cream tea at the nearby Tarr Farm inn and restaurant is a must-do while in Somerset.

Dunster Castle

Stag’s Head Farm is just 11 miles from Dunster Castle, a beautiful National Trust property with stunning grounds to explore.

 

 

 

West Somerset Steam Railway

The West Somerset Steam Railway stops at Dunster and Minehead and is a lovely way to see the Somerset countryside.  They also have regular events such as murder mysteries and cheese and cider specials, as well as driver experience courses.  A highly recommended attraction.

 

Local Towns & Villages

If you fancy taking it easy, then Stag’s Head Farm is within striking distance of many picturesque and historic towns and villages where you could easily wile away a day browsing independent shops, enjoying a Somerset cream tea or a couple of drinks in the many cosy pubs.

 

Dulverton – 4 miles

Our nearest town, Dulverton is full of natural charm and was used as a back drop to the well-known British film, The Land Girls. It is also the Head Quarters for the Exmoor National Park and has many wonderful cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops.

Dunster – 11 miles

Home to Dunster Castle, as mentioned above, as well as exclusive galleries, gift shops and tearooms.

Minehead – 14 miles

A larger town on the north coast with beaches, the steam railway mentioned above, theatres and shops.

Brompton Regis – 3 miles

A charming and friendly village with a pretty church and annual village show.

Bampton – 8 miles

Famous for its floral displays, Bampton in Bloom, the town has won the national Britain in Bloom competition no less than six times.  Bampton has also won five RHS gold medals from South West in Bloom in recent years and is well worth a visit to admire the beautiful blooms.

Porlock – 12 miles

On the north coast near Minehead, Polock boasts breath-taking views over the Bristol Channel.

Further Afield

If you fancy exploring more of north Somerset and neighbouring Devon, these attractions are worth a visit:

The Masons Arms, Knowstone – 14 miles

This family run inn has one Michelin star awarded for its cooking so is worth a visit for a special meal.  However, the proprietors Mark & Sarah Dodson also run monthly masterclasses where you can learn how to cook like a Michelin starred chef.  A two course lunch and wine is also included.

The Bakelite Museum, Williton – 15 miles

A must-visit for design fans and collectors.

Exmoor Zoo, Bratton Fleming – 22 miles

Home of the ‘Exmoor Beast’! Actually a black lady leopard who is just one of five left in captivity in Great Britain.

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park – 25 miles

Feed lions, swim with sea lions and watch bird of prey displays amidst 28 acres of spectacular gardens.

Tiverton Canal Co. – 18 miles

The last Horse-Drawn Barge in the West Country.

We will gladly help you to plan your activities during your stay at Stag’s Head Farm, and will book local attractions, pubs and restaurants for you, if possible.  We also offer advice and recommendations for local walking routes and can provide packed lunches for you.

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