Self Catering on Exmoor LITTLE FOLLY

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 - on a good day - across to Dartmoor on one side and into Wales on the other.

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-opening supermarket, and also a Post Office, Doctors and Vets.

Copious footpaths and bridleways make the whole of Exmoor a walkers’ and riders’ paradise with endless delights to explore. For days when you’d prefer not to use your car and would prefer not to have to take a circular path you can book the Moor Rover which is a flexible transport service for anyone – resident or visitor – wishing to access Exmoor for walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing, and many other leisure activities. The bus will pick up and drop off anywhere on Exmoor, and can also transport dogs, and bicycles. For the really energetic there are cycle routes mapped out in the area, as well as canoeing on the nearby River Barle.

EXMOOR  DARK SKY RESERVE is one of only 3 areas in the UK recognised by the International Dark Sky Association so views at night are great, too.  You can hire a telescope from either Dunster or Dulverton National Park Centre or directly from Dark Sky Telescope Hire.