Exploring Exmoor

Woke up this morning to driving rain, however after about an hour this had reduced to a drizzle. We met up with Kaye and Steve and went to Dulverton village. Continuing with our theme of the holiday (ie Poldark and film locations), they told us that Land Girls was filmed here.

I’ve wanted to go to Tarr Steps for years, so this was our next stop. The old clapper bridge is reputed to have been there since 1000 BC. I’m not sure how they prove this though. Very impressive and fabulous in its autumnal outfit (shame about the rain).

We walked back to the car park and popped in at the Tarr Farm Inn, where we had home-made carrot and coriander soup. Free WiFi meant that we could also upload our position on Facebook and download some Geocaches for our next stop which was going to be Dunster.

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The village grew up around Dunster Castle which was built on the Tor shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Castle is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The garden around the Priory is being restored as it would have looked in the days of Alys Luttrell and even on a cold wet day had lots of colour left in it.  The village became a centre for wool and cloth production and trade, of which the Yarn Market is a relic.

An episode of Poirot was filmed in Dunster making it a perfect place to stop.

There are some gorgeous little independent interesting shops selling everything from fairies to fork handles. Kaye and I went into Dunster Christmas Shop, oh my… good job I’d left my credit card behind.

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On the way back to the campsite we passed these gorgeous beauties all lined up as if at a beauty contest. Each cow had a number in one ear and a name in the other. We liked Lucy and Lilley.

After a long day, we met up this evening and went to the Anchor Inn at Exebridge. Food was really good, I had the Gammon steak, Mike had the Anchor Inn burger and Kaye and Steve both opted for the Sirloin. We all enjoyed the meals and the pints of Exmoor Ales went down a treat. Good friends, good food and good ale what more can you ask for.

 

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