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A holiday cottage in beautiful Exmoor National Park

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Apart from all the birds, animals, prehistoric sites, medieval market towns and scenic views you can see while walking, cycling or driving on Exmoor, here are some ideas for those times when you want to do something different. More information and ideas can be found in the cottage.

Railways trips. Ride on an old fashioned 'chuffer' from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard and back. The West Somerset Railway is the longest vintage steam line in the country. There's also a water-operated cliff railway between Lynton and Lynmouth and a narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway that is gradually being restored.

National Trust Shops at Dunster Castle, Knightshayes, near Tiverton (which has beautiful gardens), and Watersmeet, near Lynmouth.

Farmers markets run every week at towns like Dulverton, Minehead, South Molton or Tiverton.

The day trip to Lundy (Puffin Island) combines a cruise (nearly two hours each way) from Ilfracombe or Bideford, with time to explore an unspoilt island, see grey seals and rare birds, and visit the Marisco Tavern. Lundy has its own stamps.

Join a guided walk on the Brendon Hills to see how iron ore was mined and then transported by mineral railway to Watchet, and on to Ebbw Vale. See what was considered a feat of Victorian engineering. There's also a display at the Watchet Market House Musuem.

Tiverton Musuem is small and packed with touchy-feely artefacts that explain mid-Devon social history. Find out about cider making, poaching, how Heathcoat lace was used for all royal weddings since Queen Victoria or what a Second World War shelter felt like when the air raid warning went off.

The West Somerset Morris Men, with their bells and clashing sticks, dance their way round Exmoor villages over the summer.

Children of all ages can make electricity, operate water wheels and fire water canons at The Power of Water attraction in Lynmouth.

The falconry and animal farm at Allerford, near Porlock, runs falconry experience days and introduces you to owls, eagles and parrots as well as farmyard animals.

Free Cider tasting from the barrel at the Torre Cider Farm and Tearoom at Watchet.

At the Exmoor Pony Centre, just over Winsford Hill, you can learn about this ancient breed, ride them, adopt a pony or sponsor a foal

Horse riding. The grandchildren have enjoyed riding at West Anstey Farm Stables, near Dulverton, tel: 01398 341354.

Fishing. Beside the Rivers Exe and Barle for salmon or trout, the Exe Valley Fishery at Exebridge has three trout lakes, smoking facilities and a shop. Further away, Wimberball Lake also offers trout fishing, as well as watersports.

Tarr Steps, one of the most famous sites on Exmoor, is four miles from Winsford: an ancient 'clapper' bridge of huge stone slabs spanning the River Barle. Tarr Farm Inn nearby serves lunches, cream teas and elegant dinners.

Learn all about honey and see bees at work at the Quince Honey Farm, South Molton.

Woolacombe Bay in North Devon has more than two miles of sandy, Blue Flag beach. It is the best place for a day out at the seaside – swimming, surfing or building sand castles.

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