The heart of ancient Exmoor
This trail takes you to the heart of ancient Exmoor. For a wild moorland experience over The Chains high plateau, try the 8 ½ mile walk from The Black Venus Inn pub - the walk takes you among standing stones and Iron Age barrows . It will set you up for a big dinner!
A more gentle 2 ½ mile walk can be found from Parracombe starting at The Fox and Goose or take a stroll on one of the public pathways in and around The Pyne Arms, near East Down.
If you are feeling energetic then the circular 8 ½ mile walk from the Black Venus takes in some of the most spectacular views on Exmoor, climbing to Pinkworthy Pond and the exposed moorland of The Chains. Head into The Black Venus Inn for some well-earned refreshments. They don’t mind a muddy boot or two and you can even bring your dog. Their Homemade Chilli Con Carne is famous round these parts!
Head to The Fox and Goose in Parracombe for a traditional home cooked lunch and then stretch your legs on the circular walk which starts from the pub car park. The 2 ½ mile jaunt will take you through the village and on a track across clear bridleways across fields taking in views of the village and Exmoor.
For more refined dining The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange is the northern base of the famous chef. Visit the The Coach House for classic Caines dishes in a smart but relaxed setting in the countryside.
Or try the Award winning The Pyne Arms near East Down. Just a short distance from Arlington Court and in extensive grounds, this self-styled ‘proper’ pub and Taste of the West Gold winner 2017 offers locally sourced food with a modern twist
Also nearby is Wistlandpound reservoir. The walk around the lake is accessible for those in wheel chairs. Pay and display parking is available on site.