Dunkeswell Abbey

Close to the Madford River and the village of Dunkeswell are the remains of one of Devon's major Cistercian monasteries, founded in 1201. While it isn't a large site, it is a fascinating one. [...]

Dunkeswell Airfield

Not everywhere in the Blackdown Hills AONB is hilly! Dunkeswell Airfield is on very flat terrain with plenty of even, tarmacked surfaces. There are plenty of parking spaces (60 or more). This [...]

Culmstock Beacon – views

The site of the Culmstock Beacon was no doubt chosen for its views. It was used in Elizabethan times for lighting fires to warn of advancing enemies, for example, The Spanish Armada. From the [...]

Wellington Monument approach

If you're looking for somewhere to walk which isn't too strenuous, a safe bet is the approach to Wellington Monument. The tree-lined walk from the carpark to Wellington Monument is along a [...]

Castle Neroche – views

From Castle Neroche there spectacular views over the vale of Taunton towards the Quantock Hills and Exmoor. On a clear day, you can see as far as Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills.

Staple Hill – views

Staple Hill is the highest point in the Blackdown Hills and part of the Forestry England's woodlands.

Dumpdon Hillfort

Impressive Iron Age earthworks, Dumpdon sits on one of the largest and most striking hills in the beautiful Otter Valley. The climb up to the fort is well worth the effort . There are fantastic [...]

Landscape that inspired the Camden Town Artists

It is easy to see how the countryside around Clayhidon and Ringdown inspired the Camden Town Artists. Their work in this area celebrates an apparently idyllic rural scene just before the first [...]

Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre

RAF Upottery (also known as Smeatharpe) is a former second world war airfield. Active between 1944 and 1948, and was used by the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces and the United [...]

Loughwood Meeting House

Now owned by the National Trust, Loughwood is one of the earliest surviving Baptist churches in the UK. Founded in secret during a time of great persecution towards non-conformists, it has [...]

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