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Food and drink

Farmers Markets

Both Wellington and Taunton run farmers markets, Taunton’s is weekly (on Thursday) and Wellington’s is monthly.

Wiveliscombe and Milverton both have local markets where you can pick up everything from jam, cakes and vegetables to clothes and gifts.

Runnington Fruit Farm

Only a mile down the road, the Runnington Fruit Farm offers pick your own strawberries and raspberries all summer.

Rumwell Farm Shop

On the road between Taunton and Wellington this local farm shop stocks fruit, veg and meat as well as other local specialties. 7 miles from White Post.
www.rumwellfarmshop.com

Dart Farm Shop

Farm shop with deli, bakers, butchers, restaurant, fish shed, home and garden gifts, childrens clothes and toys. 25 miles from White Post.
www.dartsfarm.co.uk

Sheppy's Cider Farm, Shop and Museum

See the cider works and visit the rural life museum and farm shop, cider tasting available. Visitors are welcome to wander on the farm and through the orchards. Children's play area. On the road between Taunton and Wellington 7 miles from White Post.
www.sheppyscider.com

Shopping

Exeter City Centre

The city of Exeter is the regional capital for culture, leisure and shopping. It is an intimate city brimming with character and steeped in more than 2,000 years of history. Enjoy interesting architecture, exclusive shopping, diverse attractions and award winning restaurants. A year round calendar of events offers something for everyone, from arts festivals and open-air theatre to live music and food markets. 25 miles from White Post.
www.exeter.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=297

Activities

Mountain Biking

The Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is just 8 miles from White Post. As well as being an excellent hiking location, the area boasts an extensive range of mountain bike tracks including challenging downhills and steep climbs. The huge variety of terrain offers a range of cycle routes of varying lengths for all abilities. Bicycle hire and guided rides available locally.

Hiking

Exmoor also offers varied terrain and tracks for cycling and walking. Three main walks are the Coleridge way, the Tarka Trial and the South West Coast Path. The Valley of the rocks, Lynton, Lynmouth, Porlock and Wimbleball Lake all make good day trips from White Post.
www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/index.htm

The Blackdown Hills are also a good walking location on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateaux, valleys and springs create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Horse Riding

With miles of unspoilt countryside, and plentiful bridle paths, horse riding in locally provides the perfect way to appreciate nature at its best. You can find stables offering riding for beginners or the more experienced on the Quantocks, Exmoor and the Blackdowns or even closer.

The nearest riding stables is Millhouse Equestrian Centre in Bradford on Tone just a few miles from White Post.

Langford Lakes

A mile from White Post is Langford Lakes, with four lakes (Carp, Mixed, Roach & Perch and Syndicate) set in 30 acres of Nordman Fir Plantation. There is something for beginners and experienced anglers alike.
www.langfordlakes.co.uk/coarsefishing/index.htm

Wellington Sports Centre

Wellington Sports Centre is just 4 miles away in Wellington. It has a 25 metre swimming pool, ‘Splashabout’ sessions for kids with balls, floats and toys, badminton, squash and fitness sessions.
www.toneleisure.org.uk/?centre=wellington&location=1

Combe Sydenham Country Park

Combe Sydenham Country Park nestles in a hidden Exmoor Valley. The buildings give you a very special opportunity to see history restored. The estate allows you to observe unspoilt nature at its best. Enjoy a guided tour around part of the historic house and gardens. Explore the 500 acre estate to see fallow deer and a rich variety of birds and other wildlife around the peaceful woodland paths. There is also trout fishing, 4x4 driving and mountain bike tracks. 11 miles from White Post.
www.information-britain.co.uk/showPlace.cfm?Place_ID=1446

History and Culture

Exeter's Historic Quayside

Exeter's Quayside is one of the most attractive areas of the city, popular with locals and visitors alike for its fascinating history, interesting architecture and lively pubs and restaurants. Just a 10 minute walk, or short bus ride, from the city centre, the Quayside is the ideal place to browse in antique shops, walk and cycle, take a relaxing boat trip or find something good to eat. There is an extensive programme of events including "Jazz on the Quay", 'Slow Food' markets, dragon boat racing and art exhibitions. There is plenty to occupy families and children of all ages. 25 miles from White Post.
www.exeter.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2820#3

The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

The Brewhouse houses a 350 seat Main Auditorium, The Brewhouse Gallery and Link visual art exhibition spaces and a Café Bar. Its offers a varied programme of events for all ages, from comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions, workshops and classes. Located in Taunton just 8 miles from White Post. www.thebrewhouse.net

Dunster Castle

Romantic castle with turrets and towers, dramatic hilltop location with sweeping views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. Terraced gardens with subtropical plants. 20 miles from White Post.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-dunstercastle

West Somerset Railway

Reopened in 1976, the WSR is Britain’s longest preserved steam railway. Steam and heritage diesel locomotives operate from Bishops Lydeard, along the Quantock Hills to the West Somerset coast, terminating at Minehead. There are ten stations over twenty miles, with various railway museums, signal boxes and station buildings, which have all been restored to their Great Western heyday, enroute. Why not try one of the special events such as the Spring and Autumn Steam Galas, the Sunset Specials, the Murder Mystery Night, ‘Steam and Cream’ or ‘Fish and Chip’ specials? The Bishops Lydeard station is 8 miles from White Post.

Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre

Willow-growing processing and basket-making. Museum of baskets. Willows and Wetland Visitor Centre and showroom with tea room. 20 miles from White Post. www.englishwillowbaskets.co.uk

Coldharbour Mill

A 200 year old spinning mill set in the tranquil village of Uffculme, Devon, Coldharbour Mill is a rare example of surviving Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise. The mill has continued to produce high quality worsted knitting yarn on its period machinery. Take an exciting factory tour or visit the mill shop. 9 miles from White Post.
www.coldharbourmill.org.uk

Family

Minehead

The town has a harbour, beach and promenade, and is the home of Butlins holiday camp recently revamped. You can visit Butlins on a day ticket to try the rides and use the pools. 20 miles from White Post.
www.mineheadsomerset.co.uk

Tropiquaria Wildlife Park

15 miles from White Post is Tropiquaria, an indoor and outdoor wildlife park with lots of hands on fun. Puppet theatre and 2 life-size pirate adventure ships. Also new indoor play castle.
www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Exmoor Falconry & Animal Farm

A falconry centre with owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and other animals set in medieval farmyard. 30 miles from White Post.
www.exmoorfalconry.co.uk

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Home to 300 unwanted animals, Ferne Animal Sanctuary is set in 51 acres, there is a nature trail, picnic area and animals to see including chipmunks, donkeys and a giant cow. Visit for free and experience the tranquility and beauty of the glorious Somerset Countryside in which is situated. 30 miles from White Post.
www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org

Wookey Hole Caves

The famous Wookey Hole is a popular destination with families whatever the weather, visit the spectacular underground caverns, get lost in the mirror maze, visit the fairy garden, play in the Victorian Penny Arcade, explore the Valley of the Dinosaurs or tour the handmade paper mill. 40 miles from White Post.
www.wookey.co.uk

Cheddar Gorge

Magnificent limestone gorge carved into the southern slopes of the Mendip hills above the village of Cheddar. Walk the beautiful gorge trials, visit the Cheddar Cheese factory, or do a bit of shopping in the picturesque village of Cheddar. 40 miles from White Post.
www.enjoyengland.com/destinations/find/south-west/somerset/cheddar-gorge.aspx

Gardens

Cothay Manor

Cothay Manor, a 15th century mediaeval manor, is one of Somerset’s finest historic houses. Cothay is surrounded by twelve acres of magically romantic gardens that are open to the general public. 2 miles from White Post.
www.cothaymanor.co.uk

Hestercombe Gardens

Forty acres of woodland walks, cascades and temples, vivid colours, formal terraces and views that take your breath away. A unique combination of three period gardens: the Georgian landscape, Victorian terrace and formal Edwardian garden. 12 miles from White Post.
www.hestercombe.com

Fyne Court

Former pleasure grounds of the now demolished home of the pioneer electrician, Andrew Crosse. This nature reservce is leased by the Somerset Wildlife trust and contains a visitor centre for the Quantocks Hills. 14 miles from White Post. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-fynecourt

Montacute House, Barrington Court and Killerton House are also nearby.

Other useful websites

www.visitsomerset.co.uk

www.somersettouristguide.com