Thursday, 11 May 2017

Exmoor House, Dulverton. 2nd May

Well we have been to this site before many times in November/December, so we decided to visit again in late spring.
We had a good run down stopping in Wells for a burger and a mug of tea.  When we reached the site it was very full, but we were able to find a good south facing pitch.  We were soon set up in the very warm sun.

This really is a lovely tidy site, close to the centre of town. It is very clean and is extremely tidy. The new wardens Keith and Debbie are very helpful. We had met them before at Burrs Country Park and also Start Bay.

On the Wednesday after a proper breakfast I went on the 'Heritage walk' round Dulverton. There were 12 of us on the walk, and was really informative.

Dulverton Main Street. 

 Their used to be another row of cottages down the middle of the street.

Their are many cottages built of brick, rather than local stone.

This waterway feeds three mills further down.

We drove over to Minehead on the Thursday. We took the opportunity to visit the West Somerset railway where we had coffee and watched the trains for a while before adjourning to Lidl to do the shopping.

The moor still looks quite forbidding, even with the Gorse in flower.

Just about to depart to Bishops Lydeard
This is the next engine to be restored!

I spent the Friday wandering round Dulverton, browsing the amazing second hand bookshop, before spending time in the Dulverton Heritage centre and their fabulous model railway.  More details of the railway are on the Dulverton Heritage centre website.
As the campsite is only a few minutes walk from the town I went up to collect fish and chips for our supper.

The Lynmouth and Barnstaple railway was our destination for Saturday. This is a narrow gauge railway, and at present is only a mile and a half long.  Plans to expand it to about nine miles are well in hand though. It really was an outstanding railway with everything being very clean, tidy and well presented. We rode down the line and then stopped for a light lunch.

Taking on Water

The turn round at Killington Lane

Looking down the line

We loved the station signs.

The views from the railway over the countryside were outstanding!

I went to church in Dulverton on Sunday morning, and then at lunch time as it was so warm we adjourned to the bridge inn for a lunch time drink.

We went to Woods on Monday!  This is a really outstanding restaurant, and the food certainly lived up to its reputation,

We cleared up on the Tuesday and had a good run home.