Dulverton, Exmoor National Park

Dulverton, Exmoor National Park

Major Exmoor gateway town on the southern border of the National Park.

Dulverton is located on the southern border of Exmoor near the famous Tarr Steps. Wimbleball Lake is to the north east. The nearby A396 climbs over the National Park's high moor on its way to meet the A39 and the West Somerset/Exmoor coast. Ideal location for wooded valleys, rolling countryside and high moorland.

 

Best things to do in Dulverton

To help you choose Dulverton, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Food and drink

As you would expect with a National Park gateway town, Dulverton is packed with places to eat and drink. Try The Bridge Inn down by the River Barle or Tantivy Cafe, the Lion Hotel and Woods Bar and Restaurant in the centre of town. Dulverton is a relatively small place so wander around and see what takes your fancy.

Tarr Farm Inn by Tarr Steps. Alternatively, enjoy food and drink in a super location nearby. Tarr Steps is a famous Westcountry clapper bridge in a glorious setting. It attracts large numbers visitors. Tarr Farm Inn is above the north/east bank of the River Barle.

If you want something very special, head for The Mason's Arms in Knowstone south west of Dulverton. It's an award winning 'one star Michelin Restaurant with exceptional local cuisine using only the finest ingredients, presented with taste and style. Wonderful friendly service completes your experience in this first class restaurant or our traditional bar area'.

 

Culture and visitor information

Lorna Doone Statue in Dulverton. R.D.Blackmore's Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor is a classic. See the Lorna Donne Statue by Exmoor National Park Authority's headquarters.

Dulverton National Park Visitor Centre. Learn more about the National Park in the town's visitor centre.

Further away, walk the Coleridge Way to the National Trust's Coleridge Cottage. Coleridge lived in Nether Stowey on the edge of what is now the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Coleridge Cottage, managed by the National Trust, is a fascinating place.

 

Walking

Exe Valley Way. The Exe Valley Way follows the Exe Valley/River Exe from Exford in Exmoor National Park down to Starcross on the Exe Estuary across the water from Exmouth. The Exe Valley Way is over 50 miles long. It runs through Dulverton. Note that there's an extra section of path that takes you to Exe Head on remote high moorland. This extra section is about 12 miles long.

Two Moors Way. In Exmoor National Park, the Two Moors Way runs from Lynmouth on the coast down to Badlake Moor Cross on the edge of Woodland Common just west of Dulverton. Try the stretch around Tarr Steps.

Macmillan Way West. Over a 100 miles of long distance walking path between Barnstaple in North Devon and Castle Cary in Somerset. Follow the section up at Dunkery Beacon which is the highest point in Exmoor National Park.

Coleridge Way. Runs between Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre on Exmoor and Coleridge Cottage on the edge of the Quantock Hills AONB:

South West Coast Path. See our Best Exmoor SWCP/South West Coast Path Walking listing for more information.

 

Beauty spots and views

Tarr Steps. Famous Westcountry clapper bridge in a glorious setting. Particularly beautiful in Autumn when the leaves turn in the Barle River Valley. The bridge is owned by Exmoor National Park Authority and is within the Tarr Steps Woodland National Nature Reserve. Top place. Big car parking area from which you walk down to the bridge.

 

Wildlife

Red deer. Exmoor National Park is famous for its red deer and ponies. Some of the deer herds are huge and seriously impressive.

Exmoor ponies. These native British ponies roam the high moor and surrounding countryside.

The Exmoor Pony Centre. Also visit the pony centre located in Ashwick between, roughly speaking, Dulverton and Tarr Steps in the south section of the National Park.

To increase the likelihood of seeing red deer and ponies, book a trip with Exmoor SafariExmoor Barle Valley Wildlife Safaris or Red Stag Safari.

 

Moorland

Dunkery Beacon. The highest point on Exmoor. Glorious views. There are plenty of parking places on the moorland road that crosses Dunkery Hill including one pretty much below the beacon.

 

Visitor attractions

Wimbleball Lake. Major Westcountry recreational lake by the south east border of the National Park.

 

Pretty villages

Winsford. North of Dulverton. Visit The Royal Oak Inn.

Exford. To the north east of Dulverton in the heart of the National Park.

 

Exmoor coastline

Dunster. Beautiful village dominated by the National Trust's Dunster Castle.

Minehead. Major Westcountry holiday resort. Beginning/end of the South West Coast Path.

Porlock Bay/Porlock Weir. Stunning coastal destination.

Lynton/Lynmouth. Iconic Exmoor, and UK, coastal villages.

Martinhoe. Provides some of the best coastal walking in the UK

Combe Martin. Where Exmoor National Park meets the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Beyond the National Park boundary

National Trust's Knightshayes. Follow the A396 south of Dulverton and you come to the National Trust's Knightshayes. Fascinating place.