Dulverton is the main centre for the southern part of Exmoor. It is an historic village where fishing, shooting and hunting are strong traditions that remain today.
There is also excellent walking country nearby with riverside and woodland walks or more strenuous walks up to the moors. The upland oak woodlands in the Barle Valley are some of the best ancient woodlands in the country.
Dulverton is another of the main but small centres within Exmoor National Park. It is close to the Devon border and acts as a gateway into Exmoor's southern end. It is a popular centre for game sports and outdoor pursuits.
Dulverton can trace its history back to the Saxons and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It's full of character with many historic buildings dotted around the village. A historic trail (leaflet available from the Exmoor National Park Centre) will lead you round pointing out sites of interest. Dulverton has been used as a film location for the "Land Girls" and it is the starting point for the Exmoor Hunt.
It is home to Exmoor National Park Authority's headquarters. Dulverton has a Tourist Information Centre in Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL. Tel: 01398 323841. The pleasant village houses a good range of shops, galleries, bank, post office, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The Guildhall Heritage Centre is one of the historic buildings in the centre of the village that houses a range of exhibitions and work from local artists. Being one of the few centres within Exmoor there is a good range of holiday cottage, B&B and guest house accommodation as well as a caravan site on the banks of the River Barle.
A whole host of ancient upland oak woodlands surround Dulverton in the Barle Valley. Many of these have been protected as nationally important wildlife sites. These are gorgeous, species-rich woodlands. Many of the species that live and grow here have become rare but are left relatively undisturbed here. The Rivers Barle and Exe flow by the village and there are some beautiful walks around the village and up onto the moors near here.
Dulverton is also the location for one of the Exmoor National Park Visitor Centres. It is within a larger complex with exhibitions and displays on the heritage of Dulverton, an art gallery and library.
It's a useful stop-off to pick up all sorts on information on places to visit, events and guided walks within Exmoor. You can also buy a range of maps and publications for more in depth information.
There are also informative displays on Exmoor and the area local to the Visitor Centre. The Dulverton Visitor Centre has a display on the importance of the woodlands around the village. The free Exmoor Visitor newspaper is also helpful for events and things to do during your stay and can be obtained from the Exmoor National Park Centre.
Exmoor National Park Centre, 7-9 Fore Street, Dulverton, West Somerset TA22 9EX. Tel: 01398 323841. Email: NPCDulverton@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Dulverton is a good base if you want to do a spot of fishing during your stay. Fly fishing for trout and salmon is most popular in Exmoor with the River Exe and River Barle around Dulverton providing plenty of opportunities.
National rod licenses are required to fish on West Somerset rivers and permits are required from fishing rights owners. In Dulverton permits can be obtained from Lance Nicholson, Gun Shop, High Street, Dulverton. Tel: 01398 323409
There is a long tradition of hunting within Exmoor. Traditionally hunts pursued red deer and foxes. Obviously hunting has been undergoing a lot of change, but the tradition remains strong in Exmoor. Depending on your point of view you may want to see the hunting spectacle or avoid it and you can find out about when hunts are being held in the local press.
Shooting is the other form of hunting popular within Exmoor and appears to be increasing in popularity. There are a variety of shoots close to Dulverton offering world-class partridge and pheasant shooting. Days can be purchased from: Miltons, Chargot, Haddeo, West Molland, Molland & Wellshead shoots.