Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe

Exmoor Pony next to Winsford Hill Stone

Exmoor pony

Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe

Bampton is a historic charter town nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park with a bustling centre.

St Michael’s And All Angels Church houses the Heritage & Visitor Centre featuring fascinating local artefacts and information about the town’s rich heritage. The 12th century church contains many interesting features and curiosities. Find out more about the town and its eclectic stories by joining a guided Town Trail.

There are an abundance of quirky independent retailers, as well as a traditional pharmacy, greengrocers and butchers. Foodies will be well satisfied with more than one award-winning pub to choose from.

Bampton’s Norman motte is one of the best preserved in Devon and offers wonderful views. The Exe Valley Way runs through the town and lots of footpaths meander through the surrounding woodland. The wilderness of Exmoor, its famous ponies, and the real-life locations of Lorna Doone, is just a stone’s throw away. Cyclists can challenge themselves on routes around the winding country roads and steep climbs of Devon’s typical rolling hills.

Every October the town holds the ancient Bampton Charter Fair which is over 750 years old – lively fun and entertainment for all ages.

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Bampton

Bampton is a historic charter town nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park with a bustling centre.

There is an abundance of quirky independent retailers, as well as a traditional pharmacy, greengrocers and butchers creating an oldie worldie atmosphere to immerse yourself in for a morning or afternoon.

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  • Towns and Villages

Oakford

The beautiful historic parish of Oakford lies north of Tiverton near to Exmoor National Park. Close to Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway and Tiverton Parkway Railway Station, Oakford is conveniently located and easily reached by visitors.

With numerous stunning rural walks through wooded valleys and open countryside, there is no shortage of interest for the keen or casual walker. For those who enjoy walking on high open moorland and along steep valleys, Exmoor is within a short driving distance. Wild deer can be seen grazing both locally around Oakford and on Exmoor, which is also home to the famous Exmoor ponies.

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  • Towns and Villages

Stoodleigh

Stoodleigh lies about 800 feet above the Exe Valley, roughly equidistant between the north and south Devon coasts and close to the Devon/Somerset border.

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Features

  • Explore Mid Devon
  • Towns and Villages

St Michael and All Angels Church

The church, which stands in the centre of Bampton, contains many interesting features and curiosities. The church you can see today in part dates from the early twelfth century but this replaced a religious building that had been there much earlier. Keep an eye out for a stone tablet at the base of the tower […]

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Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps is an ancient clapper bridge, a bridge made of unmortared stone slabs, which crosses the River Barle about 6.5 miles upstream from Dulverton. The Grade I listed bridge, possibly dating back to 1,000BC, is the longest of its kind in Britain and a scheduled Ancient Monument. Some of the stones weigh 5 tons and were said to have been placed there by the Devil to win a bet. The bridge is nestled in the beautiful wooded valley of the River Barle, well known for its wildlife and well worth exploring.

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Features

  • Place of Interest
  • Picnic Spot
  • Explore Mid Devon
  • Viewpoint

Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake is situated in the hills on the South East corner of Exmoor National Park. Wimbleball Lake is a reservoir lake managed by the South West Lakes Trust and the area is open to the public for recreational activities. Take in the views or watch out for birds with walks around the various nature […]

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  • Price Car Parking £2 for two hours, £4 all day
  • Address Activity Centre, Wimbleball lake, Lower Goodacre, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9NU
  • Website linkwww.swlakestrust.org.uk/wimbleball-lake
  • Phone number 01566 771930
  • Email info@swlakestrust.org.uk

Winsford Hill

Winsford Hill is a heath-covered common with three Bronze Age Wambarrows and good views to Dunkery, Dartmoor and the Blackdown Hills. 

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Facilities

  • Viewpoint

Features

  • Historic Monument
  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Viewpoint
  • Nature and Wildlife

Devon Badger Watch

A rare opportunity to watch wild badgers as they about their nightly lives. From the very edge of their natural sett, observe these fascinating animals at eye level from the seated comfort of our purpose-built hide. Special photography evenings also available. The hide can also be booked for exclusive use, please telephone for details.
(No photography allowed during a normal watch).

Information

  • Address Just 5 miles north of Tiverton, Devon
  • Website linkwww.devonbadgerwatch.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 351506
  • Email info@devonbadgerwatch.co.uk 

Facilities

  • Family Friendly

Features

  • Nature and Wildlife

Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre

Please Note - Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre will be closed from Tues 17th March 2020 until further notice. Trustees regret this decision but in light of government guidance it is the right step to take to protect the safety of their volunteers and visitors.

Located within St Michael's and All Angels Church, learn about Bampton's history presented through genuine local artefacts, colourful information boards, short video films and oral memories, booklets and guides.

Children's activities include dressing up costumes, quizzes, and an interactive video game.

Bampton Heritage and VIsitor Centre offers:
- Monthly guided town trails
- Interactive talks and presentations on a wide range of Bampton's heritage within the Centre or externally. These talks can focus on the railway, industrial and social history, key buildings and more.
- A free family town trail and quiz, available at our centre and online.
- Group visits - from a couple of hours to a whole day, by arrangement.
- Curriculum themed activities and talks for visiting school groups

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Information

  • Price Free entry. Toilets close by, with large public car park. A variety of cafes and restaurants close by, within easy walking distance
  • Address St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Bampton, Tiverton, Devon
  • Opening times Winter (November-March) - Thursday - Saturday 11am to 3pm Summer (April-October) - Wednesday - Saturday 11am to 3pm
  • Website linkhttps://bampton.org.uk/heritage-centre.html
  • Phone number 07967277738
  • Email bamptonheritage@btinternet.com

Facilities

  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Open All Year

Features

  • Tourist Info
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor
  • Walking
  • Heritage & Culture

Lundy Island

Lundy Island lies in the Bristol Channel approximately 11 miles from the coast of North Devon, three miles long and half a mile wide.
It is a place of outstanding natural beauty, the simple pleasure of  just relaxing on this remote and tranquil island or adventuring out to take in the breathtaking views with the gentle pursuit of bird watching or walking.

Find out more about Lundy Island

Information

  • Address The Lundy Shore Office, The Quay, Bideford, North Devon EX39 2EY
  • Opening times 31st March to 23rd October
  • Website linkwww.lundyisland.co.uk
  • Phone number 01271 863636
  • Email info@lundyisland.co.uk

Facilities

  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Bar
  • Café / Restaurant On Site
  • Family Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint

Features

  • Attraction
  • Self-Catering
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Heritage & Culture

Wellhayes Vineyard

Set on the edge of the Brendon Hills, 10 miles north of Tiverton, Wellhayes Vineyard occupies an ideal location on a South facing slope overlooking the small village of Clayhanger in Mid-Devon. Wellhayes Vineyard produces quality sparkling wine on site from grapes grown in the vineyard. Visits to the vineyard are available by appointment through the website at 3pm on Wednesdays and Sundays between May and September.

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  • Price Vineyard Tours are £12 per person. including a complimentary glass of Wellhayes Sparkling Wine and samples of Wellhayes luxury handmade truffles and liqueur chocolates. An optional cream tea is also available for £4pp.
  • Address Wellhayes Farm, Clayhanger, Devon EX16 7NY
  • Opening times The Vineyard is open for wine sales 7 days a week by prior appointment. Vineyard Tours are available at 3pm on Wednesdays and Sundays from May to September.
  • Website linkwww.wellhayesvineyard.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 361612
  • Email info@wellhayesvineyard.co.uk

Facilities

  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Features

  • Local Producer
  • Vineyard
  • Local Produce
  • Wine Bar
  • Events

The Ginger Peanut

Five luxury bedrooms in the heart of Bampton. A residents' pantry is stocked with teas, coffees, fresh milk and snacks. Our rooms offer luxury beds, flat-screen TVs, super-fast WiFi and power showers. In walking distance of all local amenities in the village and ideally located to explore Exmoor.

Information

  • Address 19 Fore Street, Bampton, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 9ND
  • Website linkwww.gingerpeanut.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 332244
  • Email clare@gingerpeanut.co.uk 

Facilities

  • Family Friendly
  • Wifi

Features

  • Guest Accommodation
  • Restaurant

Heron House

Award-winning stylish B&B in the heart of Bampton. Heron House will appeal to discerning visitors looking to rest, relax and explore and will seduce you with its tranquility. Beautiful cosy bedrooms, gourmet breakfasts, complimentary WiFi, optional Plat du Jour informal suppers. Easy airport access via M5 for our international guests. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence […]

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Facilities

  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Wifi

Features

  • B&B

Quoit-at-Cross Farm

Come and visit Theodore and Jefferson! Stay in one of our very comfortable ensuite rooms and relax in the Heart of Devon.
Our charming 17th century Farmhouse is situated in the centre of the peaceful village of Stoodleigh. Bring your dog along with you if you like! Ground floor room available too.
While you are here you can go walking on Exmoor, visit RHS Rosemoor, take a trip on the Horsedrawn Barge along the Grand Western Canal or spend time at one of the National Trust Properties in the area. There is so much to do!

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Information

  • Address Quoit-at-Cross, Stoodleigh, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 9PJ
  • Website linkwww.quoit-at-cross.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 351280
  • Email quoit-at-cross@hotmail.co.uk

Facilities

  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Wifi

Features

  • Vineyard
  • Walking
  • B&B

Three Gates Farm

Beautiful 17th century farm, with five 4 Star holiday cottages (sleeping from 2-6, up to 22 in total), set in the peaceful east Devon countryside. Super large indoor swimming pool (33ft), sauna, fitness room, children's play area, trampoline and two acres of grounds with amazing views over surrounding countryside. Pets welcome.

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  • Price All facilities free of charge for resident guests
  • Address Three Gates Farm, Huntsham, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 7QH
  • Website linkwww.threegatesfarm.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 331280
  • Email info@threegatesfarm.co.uk

Facilities

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Games / Play Area
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Wifi

Features

  • Retreat
  • Holiday Centre
  • Holiday Park
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Accommodation
  • Self-Catering

Devon Badger Watch

A rare opportunity to watch wild badgers as they about their nightly lives. From the very edge of their natural sett, observe these fascinating animals at eye level from the seated comfort of our purpose-built hide. Special photography evenings also available. The hide can also be booked for exclusive use, please telephone for details.
(No photography allowed during a normal watch).

Information

  • Address Just 5 miles north of Tiverton, Devon
  • Website linkwww.devonbadgerwatch.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 351506
  • Email info@devonbadgerwatch.co.uk 

Facilities

  • Family Friendly

Features

  • Nature and Wildlife

Winsford Hill

Winsford Hill is a heath-covered common with three Bronze Age Wambarrows and good views to Dunkery, Dartmoor and the Blackdown Hills. 

Find out more about Winsford Hill

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Facilities

  • Viewpoint

Features

  • Historic Monument
  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Viewpoint
  • Nature and Wildlife