The area abounds with places of interest.
On Folly’s doorstep is the Caratacus Stone, believed to have been erected by Pagan inhabitants of Winsford, and which dates from late Roman times.
Only a few hundred yards away from Folly is the deep combe known as the ‘Punchbowl’ which is thought to be on the southernmost point of the last ice age, and at its summit are the ‘Wambarrows’, bronze age burial mounds. From these you can see the highest point on Exmoor, the famous Dunkery Beacon, and -
Perhaps just as old (nobody knows), but still in use, is the ancient Saxon ‘clapper’ bridge at Tarr Steps , on the River Barle.
The village of Winsford, just a mile down the hill, is home to the famous thatched Royal Oak Inn, dating from the 16th century but with its origins in the 12th. Part of the pub is the Oak Shop for newspapers and essential provisions, with a Post Office.
The Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms is another very popular attraction, with menus to cover Breakfast, Lunch, and Tea. (With cream, of course.)
The river Win flows into the Exe in the village, and between them there are 8 bridges some of which are thought to be many hundreds of years old.
There are several more pubs and restaurants also serving good food within a short drive.
The town of Dulverton, about 10 minutes drive away, has numerous shops, including a late-
If you don’t want to sit quietly at home enjoying the wonderfully silent peace and lovely views, then copious footpaths and bridleways make the whole of Exmoor a walkers’ and riders’ paradise with endless delights to explore.
Exmoor is perfect for walking, riding, cycling, bird watching, fishing, and many other leisure activities.
For the more energetic there are cycle routes mapped out in the area, and canoeing on the nearby River Barle.
If you are really venturesome, you could try more vigorous activities like Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, or Tree Climbing on land, or Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddle Boarding or even Coasteering at sea., all organised by EXMOOR ADVENTURES.
(Our local Pubs and Restaurants are pretty good, too!)
EXMOOR was Europe’s First International Dark Sky Reserve so views at night are great, too. You can hire a telescope in advance from either Dunster or Dulverton National Park Centre or directly from Dark Sky Telescope Hire.