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Things to do

Exmoor Activities

Exploring further afield through the neighbouring National Park land will lead visitors to Cornham Ford, (3 miles) the most beautiful and peaceful place in the whole of Exmoor and on to the ‘Forest’ offering a huge selection of different routes.

Here you can have a picnic by the River Barle or explore the old caves; two are easy to spot, either side of the valley. If you look closely you can find the third cave down by the river. Other walks from the house can take you to Cow Castle, an Iron Age Hill Fort and the Barle Valley leading back to Simonsbath where you can stop for lunch at the Exmoor Forest Inn.

Walking

Exploring further afield through the neighbouring National Park land will lead visitors to Cornham Ford, (3 miles) the most beautiful and peaceful place in the whole of Exmoor and on to the ‘Forest’ offering a huge selection of different routes.

Here you can have a picnic by the River Barle or explore the old caves; two are easy to spot, either side of the valley. If you look closely you can find the third cave down by the river. Other walks from the house can take you to Cow Castle, an Iron Age Hill Fort and the Barle Valley leading back to Simonsbath where you can stop for lunch at the Exmoor Forest Inn.

Water sports:

For those looking for something more adventurous take the plunge and try a variety of water sports with windsurfing, sailing and rowing at either Wimbleball Lake near Dulverton in the east or Whistlandpound Reservoir near Blackmoor gate in the west. For the more experienced it’s also possible to canoe down the River Barle or the infamous East Lyn river during the winter season.

Cycling

Emmett’s Grange is perfectly situated for cycling on Exmoor, being one of the highest houses on the moor the hard work has already been done for you! The Sustrans Cycle Routes both border the estate with signed cycle routes will take you to Sandyway and beyond to explore Withypool or the beautiful, renowned Lanacre Bridge. Alternatively, you can head north past Moles Chamber, where there was a legendary villains’ drinking haunt, (long since disappeared.) Cycle on and down the gated road to Challacombe to enjoy lunch at the renowned ‘Black Venus’ which passes an ancient packhorse bridge.

Riding

Once you have ridden on Exmoor, nothing will ever compare again!

Emmett’s Grange has stabling for up to 12 horses if you wish to bring your own. You can ride straight out from Emmett’s for some spectacular riding with no need to ‘box up’ or, alternatively there are several ‘Hireling yards’ if you prefer a seasoned local horse that knows the moor. Alternatively, there are lots of riding stables who can take you on an escorted ride, give you a helping lesson and generally catering for your personal requirements.

Country Pursuits

For those wanting to spend time fishing, shooting, hunting and pursuing falconry there are a number of traditional activities amongst the communities of Exmoor. Due to the seasonal nature of many of the activities details are available on request.

Local family attractions

The Quince Honey Farm at South Molton, Exmoor Zoo, The Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Watermouth Castle are just a few of the local family attractions all just within a 30 minute drive away that are guaranteed to keep the kids happy.