We were delighted to receive this feedback from Clare and Charlie Tait who won a Country Walking Magazine competition for an Exmoor weekend break for two.
How lovely to be the winner of your competition. My husband and I were thrilled to bits when I opened the envelope! We both enjoy walking but have never visited Exmoor before, and we were both impressed with the beauty and diversity of the area; there was a lot to see!
We were so lucky both with the fantastic weather which always help and as we drove through the countryside towards Wheddon Cross we truly felt that we were leaving the weeks stresses behind. Frank and Rosie at Exmoor House were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. We had dinner at the Pub and had a good nights sleep in the B&Bs comfortable bed.
After being spoilt with an excellent breakfast and including homemade bread and local sausages we drove to Porlock (past ponies, little streams, stone bridges and tall, round chimneys- so pretty!!!) where we met the Moor Rover transport which took us to the start of our walk in Minehead. They had been extremely helpful in helping my husband plan the route ( being land locked in Shropshire we yearn for a view of the sea). We wandered along towards Bossington not believing how lovely it was. It was also very quiet, being used to the Peak and Lake District it was unusual to have the route almost to ourselves.
Bossington was just a delight; the archetypal picture postcard village! We found our car in Porlock and with a little time left drove out to Porlock Weir, well worth a visit. We had earned our ice-cream and we had a wander about looking for the submarine forest. I was a little confused as to whether this was a WW2 relic or some sunken trees!!
On our way back to Wheddon Cross we drove through Dunster WOW! Just beautiful! So next day after breakfast we visited Dunster Castle. This felt as every visitor attraction should. Hardly any roped off areas. Friendly NT volunteers, a wonderful atmosphere, lush gardens. My favourite NT property to date.
We left for home having genuinely enjoyed our whole experience, thank you. And we will have to return; I haven't yet seen a deer!
Kindest regards and many thanks,
Clare and Charlie Tait