SIMON WHALEY

Enchanting Exmoor

This week’s issue of The People’s Friend (dated 6th June 2020) has my travel piece about Exmoor on the front cover.

Enchanting Exmoor – The People’s Friend – 6th June 2020

Exmoor is a wonderful place to explore, and also a bit of a walker’s paradise. This huge hand-holding-open-a-map sculpture in Minehead marks the start of the South West Coast Path.

South West Coast Path Sculpture at Minehead

And at Lynmouth, near the park’s westerly edge, is another sculpture called “The Walker” because Lynmouth is on so many long-distance routes.

The Walker at Lynmouth

Of course, if you’re looking for thatched cottages and quaint villages, Exmoor has them by the beach bucket-and-spade-ful. Porlock Weir has some on the road to the harbour.

Thatched cottages at Porlock Weir

And we stayed at the charming village of Monksilver, where the church is believed to have been the venue where Sir Francis Drake married his second wife, Elizabeth Sydenham.

Monksilver Church

In the article I tease my nephew about how easy it is to see Wales from much of Exmoor. And it is. Even in this photo of Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor’s highest point, Wales is visible across the Bristol Channel.

Dunkery Beacon … and Wales!

For some history, check out Dunster. Not only is the castle a worthy visit (and home to only three families during its lifetime), the Yarn Market is also worth exploring. Cloth traders built it to keep their products dry during inclement weather (it does rain here on occasions), and the overhanging roof also helped to keep potential customers dry.

Dunster Yarn Market

But Exmoor’s coastline is spectacular, whether it be the beach at Minehead …

Minehead

The dramatic North Devon cliffs …

North Devon’s coastal cliffs

Or the harbour at Lynmouth …

Lynmouth harbour

And no visit to Lynmouth would be complete without a trip on the Lynton and Lymouth Railway!

Passing carriages.

If you fancy visiting Exmoor’s coastline, check out the following links:

https://www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle-and-watermill

https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/

https://www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk/

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