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Exmoor Red Deer

Recreation

Threadneedle is an ideal base to explore Exmoor, the North Devon Coast and West Somerset. Why not take advantage of our “Wildlife” or “Hospitality” evenings during your stay at Threadneedle? The Red deer are a special attraction of Exmoor and often difficult to find. The unique and native Exmoor Pony can also prove to be quite elusive. Exmoor is totally unspoilt and provides a natural habitat for many wild animals and birds. It is the perfect location for those of you who love bird watching. Exmoor is recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Activities and things to do during your stay

Fishing on Exmoor

Fishing permits can be obtained locally to allow the keen fishermen amongst you to enjoy a day on the river Barle or Exe or at the near-by Wimbleball Lake; we also have several local trout fisheries that are open to the public. Sea fishing can be arranged from Ilfracombe or Minehead. There are many good spots to fish from the shore.

Walking and outdoor attractions

Exmoor has some 525 miles of footpaths and over 350 miles of bridle-ways to explore. The 267 square miles of Exmoor National Park is an unspoilt wilderness. The National Cycle network, The West Country Way, The Coleridge Way and The Tarka Trail allows walkers and cyclists to enjoy wonderful scenery as they pass through wooded river valleys; coastal areas and open moorland. The North Devon coast has many award winning beaches, which are ideal for surfing or a family day out. The “Two Moors Way” and the “South West Coast Path” enable walkers to roam freely over way-marked paths where breathtaking scenery can be enjoyed. Exmoor has many excellent bridle paths. Horse riding can be easily arranged at local riding stables. Exmoor has it’s own “Olympic Challenge”, Dunkery Beacon. This is the highest point on Exmoor 1705 ft (519 m) above sea level. From the top you can enjoy exhilarating views across Exmoor, Bristol Channel and the South Wales coast. Exmoor is also host to the "Ironman UK" Triathlon based at Wimbleball Lake; 10 minutes drive from Threadneedle B&B. The lake has excellent watersports facilities and daily fishing permits can be purchased.

Threadneedle is located near to many market towns in North Devon such as South Molton, Barnstaple, Torrington and Bideford. It has maritime connections in nearby Watchet, Bridgwater and Bideford also.

Dunster and it's Castle offers a fantastic day out during your stay at Threadneedle as does the West Somerset Railway in Minehead.

Things to do for couples on Exmoor

For the less energetic why not visit the romantic location “ The Doone Valley”, home to the fictional Lorna Doone and John Ridd. "The Valley of the Rocks", Woody Bay Lynton and Lynmouth known as “Little Switzerland” offer an enchanting excursion.

Evening entertainment and dining on Exmoor

If you enjoy dining out there are some superb pubs and restaurants to be found on Exmoor. Johanna and David will be pleased to direct you to the best the area has to offer.

The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe present a varied and modern programme of events. Exmoor is host to many festivals and events throughout the year including The Two Moors Music Festival and the North Devon and Exmoor Walking and Cycling Festival.

Exmoor Cream Tea at Threadneedle cottage

Exmoor has some food specialities of its own which should be enjoyed during your stay on Exmoor at Threadneedle B&B. Delicious beef produced from the Red Ruby Devon Cattle. Traditional farmhouse cider sometimes refereed to as "Scrumpy" or "The Cream Tea" an irresistible plate of freshly baked scones with Whortleberry Jam and a generous bowl of Clotted Cream and a freshly brewed pot of tea.