Attractions & Activities on Exmoor
There are many things to do in the area surrounding Wood Advent Farm, many of which we can arrange for guests – all you have to do is ask!
Wood Advent Farm is an ideal B&B base for groups of people on walking holidays as it is located in the heart of the countryside, with walks from the farm directly up on to the Brendon Hills and Exmoor. We can organise a programme of accompanied walks, or provide maps and directions to enable you to explore the countryside.
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, activity filled or more relaxing, we will do our best to make sure our guests enjoy every minute of their stay at Wood Advent, and we look forward to welcoming you to our lovely farmhouse.
There are many walks from the farm itself ranging to 2 – 13 miles, we will be happy to provide you with maps and routes for these.The newly opened Coleridge Way (www.coleridgeway.co.uk) runs through Wood Advent Farm, so we are an ideal bed & breakfast stopover if you are walking the full distance
Exmoor and the Quantocks are both just on the doorstep and offer a fantastic range of riding for all abilities. Whether you bring your own bikes or we arrange hire for you, you are sure to love riding in this neck of the woods! We can also provide maps and packed lunches if you plan to spend the whole day exploring.
We offer clay shooting for all abilities from beginners to experienced shots. This is organised on the farm so please call to book. £40 per person minimum group 3 guest.
Road cycling is popular in Exmoor and the surrounding areas as it can offer tough hill climbs, like Pollock Hill and open fast cruising across the Somerset Levels. You are sure to find something to suit you. Again routes can be provided.
On The Water
Wimbleball Lake is not far from the farm and offers a variety of watersports, including windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking, as well as flyfishing. There are some lovely walks around the lake, and a picnic area. For more information and a diary of events go to www.swlakestrust.org.uk. We can arrange flyfishing from a number of other ponds and rivers, depending on how experienced you are, or if you prefer we can organise sea fishing trips in the Bristol Channel from the nearby port of Watchet.
If you are a horse owner you can bring your horse to Wood Advent. This is a wonderful area for riding, with Exmoor often being described as having some of the best riding country in England , where you can ride for hours without ever having to go on a road! Exmoor is popular with endurance riders, with the famous Golden Horseshoe ride taking place here every May. We can arrange horse riding for guests at nearby stables; either Knowle Manor or Periton Park. www.knowlemanor.co.uk and www.peritonpark.co.uk . These offer rides by the hour or longer half or full day rides.
Brian our fully qualified archery instructed offers archery within the grounds of the farmhouse. Please book with us before your arrival.
There are several interesting historic houses and monuments in the area. Cleeve Abbey, owned by English heritage, (www.english-heritage.org.uk) is just a couple of miles away from Wood Advent. The abbey was founded in 1198, and gives visitors a fascinating glimpse of medieval monastic life 800 years ago. The National Trust owns Dunster Castle, Knightshayes House, and Arlington Court, all well worth a visit. The picture postcard villages of Selworthy, Bossington, Allerford and Luccombe with their pretty thatched cottages are also mostly owned by the National Trust. For more information about other trust properties go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Nearby Dunster is a fascinating village. Often referred to as the ‘Jewel of Exmoor’, there are many buildings dating back to medieval times, including the famous Yarn Market, and visitors taking a stroll around the village will find many things to delight in, before indulging in a Somerset cream tea at one of the quaint little tea shops. Dunster is host to numerous festivals and fetes throughout the year, and more information can be found at www.visitdunster.co.uk.
Red Stag Safari are a great way to explore the local area and interest your knowledge of the local wildlife and landscapes. www.redstagsafari.co.uk
Two other attractions close to Wood Advent Farm are Torre Cider Farm at Washford, where you can see how West Country cider is made, and sample some straight from the barrel, and Cotlleigh Brewery in Wiveliscombe who offer tours on during the summer months. See www.torrecider.com and www.cotleighbrewery.com for more information.