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  • 5 Autumn Ambles | Dog Friendly Exmoor | Duddings News -
    fitness level Walk Lynton and The Valley of the Rocks Distance 2 7 miles Grade Easy A classic easy walk along a relatively level section of high cliffs between Lynton and the spectacular Valley of Rocks Children will love the stories associated with the spectacular rock formations and the herd of friendly feral goats A good walk in autumn when the crisp rust coloured bracken of the heathland is punctuated with banks of purple heather and vivid gorse Walk A Castle and a Cross Distance 2 1 miles Grade Moderate This walk begins and ends at Selworthy Beacon viewpoint car park Take a short walk through picturesque woodland with a kind route consisting of tracks and footpaths As you could probably guess from the name of this particular route it passes a 19th century memorial cross which was erected in memory of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland the 11th Baronet and an MP Open heathland awaits accompanied by far reaching spectacular views and a well preserved prehistoric enclosure Why not explore the ancient ramparts and ditches of the Iron Age hillfort Don t forget to take a picnic with you the views and the surrounding are spectacular Walk Moor Wood Distance 2 5 miles Grade Moderate This route starts and ends at Quay West car park in Minehead A walk that involves paths tracks and narrow woodland footpaths through ancient and modern woodland teeming with some of the 1000 different types of plants and flower found on the moor If you re lucky you might just see one or more of the coveted Red Deer a fourteenth century church that is hemmed in by thatched cottages and remnants of the Second World War This route is packed full of wildlife and nature at its finest Enjoy stumbling upon the wartime relics

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  • 5 Exmoor Sea Fishing Spots | Duddings News -
    6 History and Heritage days out around Exmoor 10 Facts on marshes Porlock Marsh 5 Exmoor Sea Fishing Spots Duddings News Local Features 5 Great Sea Fishing Destinations around Exmoor Fishing around the coast of Devon West Somerset is a very exciting prospect for keen fishing enthusiasts as well as the more leisurely line wetter If you are visiting the Exmoor area and staying in the popular Exmoor holiday cottages but fancy getting a day off from the countryside to have a crack at catching some tasty fish then we have five great destinations for you to check out You can expect to be fishing areas of deep sea reef rock bottom and drift fishing Depending on the time of year you can look forward to hooking such species as summer Tope Conger Huss Pollock Winter Cod and Whiting 1 Minehead There are a number of charter boats that are available to take you out from Minehead and all the skippers are full of the local knowledge to ensure you stand a chance of catching your very own Moby dick 2 Combe Martin Combe Martin offers a charter trip with the Osprey Fishing Trips Company They operate along the Bristol Channel coastline which includes Lundy Island Deep sea trips can last anything from 4 to 12 hours and this depends on your requirements Mackerel fishing trips usually last about 1½ hours or longer if necessary 3 Porlock Weir Local fishing aficionados will tell you that the best way to catch here is baits Baits score for most species while worm baits are suggested for the cod and plaice This is an area where the odd turbot can be caught but they won t be any record breakers If you are fishing from the shore fishing to the west of the

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  • Children on Exmoor | Days Out | Duddings -
    abundance of things to see and do here for kids of all ages A huge range of different types of animal live within Tropiquaria and you can get up close and personal with them and hold a snake lizard or a creepy crawly They have cuddly friends that make a surprise visit too You can expect an assortment of play facilities both inside and out that permit younger folk to play The facilities include two full size replica pirate ships an outside ply area with zip wire as well as a play fort Even the indoor café has a fort and a small ball park that s been made with the under fives in mind 2 Exmoor Owl Hawk Centre This unique outdoor activity centre located in the Porlock Vale on Exmoor National Park and only 15mins away from Dunster offers one of the finest assortments of flown owls in the world Not only this but with hawks and eagles on show indoor owl shows the tea rooms and gardens horse riding on Exmoor alpaca walks there s certainly a jam packed day ahead for the whole family to enjoy 3 Ilfracombe Aquarium Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award winning all weather educational attraction within the coastal town s harbour 75 species are on offer as visitors follow a unique zoned journey It all starts at the source of an Exmoor stream working its way down river to an estuary a local rockpool the harbour and coast before finally reaching its way out to Lundy Island and its unique marine reserve You can expect to keep the little ones busy with free quiz trails presentations and experienced fish keeper guides while offering feeding demonstrations and interactive opportunities that are all available throughout the day to keep the whole family entertained 4

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  • Shooting on Exmoor | Exmoor Holiday Cottages | Duddings -
    best Our favourite shooting days out on Exmoor Miltons Based just to the North of Dulverton on Exmoor the Miltons Shoot has been running with great success since the 1980 s with it pioneering shoots You get to experience their shoots over 5 000 acres of the best countryside the country has on offer Their local success and popularity has led to the development of famous pheasant drives such as Collies Head Howe Wood Dark Corner Rookery and Tom s Hedges Since 2005 Miltons has seen many keepering teams elect to return year after year and this lies mainly with the superlative quality of the birds here The main focal point for the shoot is Hollam Farm located in the middle of the estate where guns will meet in the morning and then return for tea With its all fantastic all round package Miltons lays a strong claim to being genuinely one of the countries most appealing shoots Exmoor Estates The driving force behind Exmoor Estates is Tom Flanagan and partner Caroline Tom s lived and worked on Highercombe Farm for over thirty years and is a registered firearms dealer He established a small driven shoot providing feathered game such as duck and pheasant with the occasional partridge snipe and woodcock Other shoots are also available from deer to simulated to clay pigeon The catering for these activities is coordinated by Caroline who produces delicious meals Choices range from delicious picnic style food for eating out in the field to full blown roast dinners to be consumed back at Highercombe She can organise the catering to individual needs for parties of up to 20 nothing is too much trouble Depending on the time of year Highercombe can offer mini driven days of up to 100 birds with up to 8

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  • Exmoor Facts | National Park | Duddings News -
    2013 we brought you some fun facts about the wonderful destination that is The Exmoor National Park most were largely uncommon facts Well as it s New Year we thought we d treat you to some more useful information for when you stay in your Exmoor holiday cottages in one of the South West s more picturesque and appealing areas Home to Europe s highest and lowest tides The Bristol Channel comes only second to that of the Bay of Fundy in Canada for the title of highest and lowest tides in the world meaning that Exmoor claims the title for Europe Records shows that the biggest range is a spectacular 45ft Remote land is Exmoor s middle name Due to the sheer height and steepness of the cliffs on the Exmoor shoreline you will not find any landward access between the six mile stretches from that of Heddon s Mouth in Combe Martin and Countisbury to Glenthorne therefore making it the most remote in England Exmoor s rocks are on the move Slowly Roughly 350 million years ago you would have found the majority of Exmoor s rock located in the southern hemisphere this is where they were formed They moved due to continental drift If we were to look forward another 100 million years we would find that Exmoor will be located north of the Arctic Circle Home of the UK s oldest breed of horse With only a few hundred of this special breed left on Exmoor and Worldwide combined the Exmoor pony finds itself more endangered than that of the giant panda not found on Exmoor They are the closest breed left that can be connected to the wild horses that originally meandered in Britain in prehistoric times Britain s longest path starts at Exmoor Starting

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  • Spring On Exmoor | Early Sightings | Duddings News -
    spring may have sprung already if reports from across the country are to be believed The news comes on the back of reports to the Woodland Trust of dozens of spring sights being seen The Trust said it has received reports from some of its thousands of volunteers of sightings of swallows snowdrops and more including one report from a couple staying in Exmoor holiday cottages So despite the fact 2014 is only two weeks old we thought we d take a look at four places to see the sights smell the smells and hear the sounds of an early spring Snowdrop Valley Given its name it probably isn t a surprise that Snowdrop Valley is one of the best places to see the flower The valley which is covered in a carpet of thousands of little white flowers every spring is at Wheddon Cross near Cutcombe making it the perfect place to visit from our self catering Minehead cottages The privately owned valley is opened up by owners The Badgworthy Land Company throughout February with Exmoor National Park Authority and Cutcombe Parish Council operating a park and ride service and an information point Visit www wheddoncross org uk snowdropvalley htm for more information Horner Wood The Trust has received nine reports of sightings of Swallows since December 1 which is highly unusual it s thought the birds must have stayed in Britain over the winter rather than fly south And if you want to catch sight of the first Swallow on Exmoor this spring you can head to Horner Wood near Porlock where the Somerset Ornithological Society has a hide The society also has a list of sites where birds are commonly spotted on its website www somersetbirds net exmoor htm Wistlandpound Reservoir Ducks with ducklings have also been

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  • Winter Walks | Pubs and Restaurants Exmoor | Duddings News -
    of winter upon us and spring on the horizon the time for long walks on Exmoor from holiday cottages Somerset is here But long walks on Exmoor just aren t the same if they don t end at a pub with a roaring fire where a tired walker can grab a pint of real ale hot cup of tea or a hearty meal So we thought it was about time we bought you a list of some of our favourite Exmoor pubs and restaurants for the hungry walker to stop in at The Masons Arms Knowstone The Masons Arms is the only restaurant on Exmoor with a Michelin Star but don t let that put you off popping in It s the village pub and the front bar is frequented by local tradesmen and farmers so you should feel perfectly at home in your walking boots Even though the dining room is more refined there s no reason not to feel comfortable there If you do visit the Masons Arms after a walk across the moorland surrounding the village then you should definitely sample the food it s delicious The Blue Ball Inn Countisbury The Blue Ball Inn sits right on top of Countisbury Hill and it s well worth the walk up Visit on a Sunday and you re guaranteed an excellent carvery in a charming atmosphere enhanced by the slightly over smoky open fire The views out of the pub s windows are excellent with vistas of the Bristol Channel right the way to the Welsh coast The Rising Sun Lynmouth The perfect place to finish a walk from Watersmeet down to Lynmouth is the Rising Sun If you just fancy a drink then the front bar provides the atmosphere of a classic maritime inn and offers excellent

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  • Alternative Days Out | Near Somerset | Duddings Feature -
    valentine to the top 4 alternative days out in Somerset So Valentine s Day is swiftly coming our way again this year you ve booked your Somerset holiday cottages to impress the loved ones with your romantic intentions We all know that you can never do enough for your valentine on the most loved up day of the year so with that in mind we provide you with some alternative options for things to do that break the normal clichés Love is in the air The chocolate house Dunster Voted as the second most popular attraction to visit in Dunster The Chocolate House in Dunster is the home of Nutcombe Chocolates of Minehead While this may come across as slightly cliché to take your valentine here it trumps other establishments with its original handmade chocolates and a range of interesting local gifts and the hot chocolate with the marshmallows are sublime The cosy café is the ideal place to indulge your sweetheart with hot chocolates hot and cold drinks as well ice creams not to mention homemade cakes Find out more at http dunsterchocolatehouse blogspot co uk West Somerset Railway This one s for the classic kind of romantics who have booked in at their Somerset holiday cottages The scenic 20 mile rail tour that begins at the Quantock Hills and travels all the way to the Bristol Channel coast gives the old fashioned romantics the chance to show that chivalry isn t dead when they recapture the romantic era of steam rail travel Find out mor e at http westsomersetrailway vticket co uk Tarr Steps Exmoor Tarr Steps on Exmoor is an interesting location to be able to see what was achieved 4 000 years ago and how it still does what it was built for You can impress

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