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The Cottage Life across Exmoor

The Exmoor enjoy a landscape in which to walk, ride or drive over heather covered moorland with rare Exmoor pony, and at the same time witness the dramatic sandstone cliffs, which descend to the secret Coombes forest and the sea. If you walk or drive, you'll love Exmoor with over 700 km of trails for exploring and horseback riding, even in high season you can get away from it all. Real Exmoor moorland sometimes gives way to softer wooded valleys where hikers will find the villages of Simonsbath, Winsford Withypool and all the pubs and a good cream tea, with the old moorland town of Dulverton.

Toad Hall Cottages is one of the leading holiday cottage agencies in the south-west of 'England, with a range of over 300 self catering cottages and holiday homes in Devon, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Whether you are looking for cottage breaks in Devon or Cornwall, dog friendly holiday homes, houses for couples or large groups, of prestige and luxury houses or apartments with swimming pools, Toad Hall Cottages can offer a first class, to ensure a service that you have a great holiday or short break.

The village of Withypool is located in the heart of Exmoor. Exmoor has over six hundred miles of horse and foot paths to explore. The marsh is rich in history and is unsurpassed in terms of openness of the landscape and beauty, Erica Bella, deep wooded Combes and hidden coves.

Characterized by its distinctive granite tors, the land that is in part to more than 2,000 feet. There is no change in the landscape here, from the barren remoteness of the higher moorland where the rivers run on granite boulders in the deep wooded valleys and traditional activities. The Tors are huge granite outcrops left standing after the last glacial period and it is these that are the focus of attention in the famous "Tors 10 'walk, when hundreds of school children to compete in this field, as the robust system for the Duke of Edinburgh award.

In fact the whole area lends itself to the open air, such as horseback riding, walking, fishing and climbing, or for many, just to stroll and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna. The famous Dartmoor ponies are thought to be descended from domesticated stock are grazing on the marsh, as soon as the Iron Age. The history of the place can be seen everywhere you look, not only in the beautiful old buildings located around the swamp, and in every village, but the many standing stones, which is the ancient circles, boundary markers and circles refuge .

Exmore / Dartmoor letter-boxing have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are currently 1000 mailboxes hidden on the moor and the search for them may become addictive. There are brochures available that give directions to the places of some of the boxes and when you find one, after using the stamp and the book of visitors, which must be left behind, there may be another clue to the next box .

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