Whether you’ve lived in Exmoor your whole life or it’s your first time to the area, there’s always something new to uncover amongst the region’s historic towns and heritage sites. Go behind the scenes at one of these open days or learn about the region’s ancient past on a guided walk.
Discovering Dunster’s Hidden History – Tuesday 4th October, 2-4.30pm
Join the Exmoor Society on a leisurely amble around Dunster village, marvelling at its historic buildings and uncovering some of its secret places. Round it off with tea and cake in the village. An easy-going 1.5-mile walk, suitable for everyone.
Details: meet at Dunster Visitor Information Centre, Dunster TA24 6SE
No booking required
Dulverton, A Town Tour – Sunday 9th October, 3pm
During this gentle stroll around the market town of Dulverton, your local guide will bring the town’s ancient past to life, regaling you with stories of old and teaching you about the town’s medieval history.
Details: meet at the Dulverton Heritage Centre; www.dulvertonheritagecentre.org.uk
No need to book, just turn up.
Simonsbath Sawmill – Monday 17th October & Monday 21st November
This historic, water-powered mill, located in Simonsbath in the rolling Exmoor countryside, opens its doors for regular demonstrations and tours throughout the month when visitors can watch the wheels in action and learn about the restoration of this beautiful Victorian sawmill.
Details: www.simonsbathsawmill.org.uk, or call 01643 831202
Free event but donations welcome
Cowbridge Sawmill, Minehead – regular dates throughout the year
Dating back to the 14th century, this privately-owned mill is undergoing extensive renovation to bring it back to life, and the regular open days are a wonderful opportunity to see what’s being done, including a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of the 700-year old waterwheel, now in operation. Guided tours and blacksmithing demonstrations available throughout the day.
Details: Cowbridge, Timberscombe, nr Dunster, Minehead TA24 7TD; www.timberscombeinfo.com
Booking essential; see website for upcoming open days.