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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":98,"Name":"Exmoor \u0026 Country","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to self-catering Exmoor \u0026amp; Country holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmoor holidays have it all; from the beauty and contrasts of Exmoor National Park, to pretty surrounding towns and villages. A break in Exmoor is ideal for quality time as a family, or a quiet break for two. Exmoor National Park is bordered by the counties of Devon and Somerset, and whichever location you choose for your holiday \u0026ndash; you will have an unforgettable stay. Although smaller in size than Dartmoor, the experience of Exmoor is just as special.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Exmoor\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe National Park lends itself perfectly to walking, hiking, fishing, horse riding and mountain biking \u0026ndash; so there is plenty of opportunity to try something new during your getaway! Although much of Exmoor is privately owned, there are hundreds of rights of way so that visitors can make the most of the spectacular natural sights within the Park.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor those who love walking, visiting the North Devon Exmoor Walking Festival is a must on your itinerary. This ten day festival at the end of April to the beginning of May takes you through the beautiful landscapes of the National Park, the Quantock Hills and North Devon. With 30 guided walks, this is the perfect way to get up close to the fauna and flora of the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnother highlight for those who enjoy long walks is the Drone Valley. Starting in Malmsmead, continuing over the moors and through valleys, this 8.5 mile walk includes some sites mentioned in the famous novel Lorna Doone. Fans of the book will be excited to see the places depicted in the novel as well as seeing some of the prettiest sites in the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eExmoor Attractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmoor has many attractions that\u0026rsquo;ll give you an insight into the history of the area. Dunster Castle overlooks the beautiful Exmoor landscape and allows guests to get a glimpse of the medieval gatehouse, mysterious tower and costume guided tours. The alluring castle grounds contain tropical gardens and bluebells. Take a riverside walk and explore the mesmerising grounds in all their glory.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf spending the day unwinding in the outdoors is more your thing, we\u0026rsquo;re sure that you\u0026rsquo;ll enjoy Park Mill Farm Fishing. The river is open to the public for fishing while guests can get a day\u0026rsquo;s pass for the private fishing lake. Fly and coarse fishing in the Little Dart river is your chance to catch salmon, carp and sea trout. You\u0026rsquo;ll need a fishing license to access the lake along with your own equipment but you\u0026rsquo;ll highly enjoy getting a few catches in this idyllic part of the Devonshire countryside.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpending time getting up close to nature is one of the best ways to spend to spend a holiday in the countryside. Exmoor Zoo is the ideal animal park for those of all ages to enjoy. Children will love seeing the many cats, wolves and smaller animals that the zoo has to offer. Those feeling brave can take part in an animal handling session while those who prefer to stand back from the crowd will adore attending a show or talk.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRestaurants in Exmoor\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmoor has a real mix of international cuisine. Tongdam Thai is a surprise to visitors in the countryside. This eatery has authentic Thai food on its menu and alongside a friendly welcome, it\u0026rsquo;s somewhere you\u0026rsquo;ll want to visit again and again.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor food with a little character, why not stop by Podshavers. Located in a former milking shed, this eatery set within a barn gives you the perfect taste of Devon. Choose from a menu bursting with local produce and get your appetite going with a delicious meal. The stunning dining room opens out onto an original courtyard to give a beautiful evening view or dine inside for a cosy dinner.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to enjoy a meal beside the sea, head to Sashes. Overlooking the sea front in the town of Minehead, this family friendly restaurant offers home cooked meals in a soothing, fire lit setting. If you fancy local pub grub, go to the Mason Arms. Providing Michelin Star meals in a 13\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century cottage, this pub has an historic feel that\u0026rsquo;ll give you a taste of Devon\u0026rsquo;s past. Whether you choose a meal from the A La Carte menu or relish a glass of champagne, this eatery is one of our favourite spots.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"exmoor-country","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364564531.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Exmoor National Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOnce an ancient royal hunting forest, Exmoor has a foot in both north Devon and Somerset and includes 267 square miles of national park. The park is home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest thanks to their flora and fauna, so it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect hiking ground for anyone who loves nature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmoor may be very pretty, but its terrain is still ideal for an invigorating walk during any season. With more than 1000km of public footpaths and bridleways that seem to venture through every type of landscape walking is a great way to get close to the area\u0026rsquo;s history and wildlife. There are also guided walks available throughout Exmoor, so if you don\u0026rsquo;t want to miss anything you can have an expert on hand to point out some of its most impressive sights.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re after long distance trails to really make the most of Exmoor, choose from The Coleridge Way, the Exe Valley Way and many more. The Coleridge Way follows the footsteps of the great Coleridge, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass some of the scenery that inspired his most treasured works. The Exe Valley Way is 45 miles long and follows the Exe Estuary. This is ideal for those who like to pass through the odd town or city as they walk, as it cuts through Exeter, Tiverton and one or two other urban areas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you just want to hike Exmoor for a day you can form circular routes and shorter walks using the path network, so it\u0026rsquo;s a flexible landscape for hikers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1667,"LocationLongitude":-3.75,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364805675.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmoor-country/exmoor-national-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364805675.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Exmoor Zoo","Body":"\u003cp\u003eExmoor Zoo is nestled in the countryside of North Devon, and its friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect animal park for children to enjoy. The zoo prides itself on enclosures that enable visitors the best views of the animals, and the winding, natural layout of the park makes this one of the county\u0026rsquo;s most informal attractions. Those brave enough can even join in the animal handling sessions...would you hold a spider in your hands?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWho\u0026rsquo;s heard of the foreboding Exmoor beast? Well prepare to come face to face with it, as Exmoor Zoo\u0026rsquo;s many cats include the mysterious black creature often sighted roaming the moor. Other animals include puma, wolves, tapir, sand cats and many more \u0026ndash; and the zoo\u0026rsquo;s carefully planted plants and trees mean it feels as natural as possible even while you wander the park. There are regular chances to feed some of the animals too, and the wallabies in particular are always more than happy to accept their meal from a new friend.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are feeding talks and shows too, so this is a great attraction for animal lovers as you\u0026rsquo;ll learn all about them as you enjoy your day. Close to Barnstaple, Exmoor Zoo is ahaven from the hustle and bustle and a lovely day out for the whole family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.148,"LocationLongitude":-3.92401,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364805972.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmoor-country/exmoor-zoo","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364805972.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Masons Arms","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Masons Arms serves up Michelin Star meals in true Devon style, offering local cuisine in the setting of a 13th century cottage. The thatched building and warm welcome mean visitors enjoy fine dining in a cosy, relaxing atmosphere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Masons Arms has all the charms of an historic village local (which it still is by the way) and attracts foodies eager to sample its fine dining as well as those just looking for a quiet drink by the fire. Regulars and their dogs sit back and relax after a busy day, and the warm lounge area is always full of diners sampling Devon\u0026rsquo;s produce from an impressive Michelin star menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWash down an award-winning meal with real ale or take advantage of the champagne served by the glass to add a chic touch to your evening. The pub is found right on the edge of Exmoor National Park, and the owners Mark and Sarah serve up the finest of ingredients with flair.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmoor is one of those places where it\u0026rsquo;s almost a shame to stop exploring while you stop for a meal indoors and the terrace means diners can sit outside and enjoy every moment of their day on the moor while they eat. The A La Carte menu is happily influenced by some of the very best local produce, so diners have the chance to try Devon beef, Somerset cheese and a range of seasonal offerings from the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9955,"LocationLongitude":-3.6717,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/Plate of food3 steak.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmoor-country/masons-arms","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/Plate of food3 steak.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"North Devon Exmoor Walking Festival","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Spring Walking Festival runs for ten days between the end of April and the start of May, luring hibernating walkers back on to the paths of north Devon. The festival\u0026#39;s walks encompass North Devon, the Quantock Hills and the beautiful National Park that is Exmoor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe festival starts in North Devon, and includes up to 30 guided walks around the region \u0026ndash; so those in Croyde will need to keep their eyes open for any related events in Croyde or the surrounding area. The guided walks will range in length from between 4 miles and 11 miles, and the programme will include half and full day hikes, food stops and cream teas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.196,"LocationLongitude":-4.01841,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/Exmoor.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmoor-country/north-devon-exmoor-walking-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/Exmoor.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dunster Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf there\u0026rsquo;s one Exmoor attraction that gives you a glimpse of the area\u0026rsquo;s history it\u0026rsquo;s Dunster Castle. This Somerset treasure overlooks the Exmoor landscape from high above on a leafy hill, a site which has been home to a castle since Norman times.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eA day at Dunster Castle includes the mysterious ruined tower, romantic medieval gatehouse and spectacular views of Exmoor from the castle\u0026rsquo;s vantage point. If you visit during season you can take advantage of the costumed guided tours which bring the castle to life and reveal its darkest secrets. The castle grounds are just as mesmerising as its inside, as they\u0026#39;re home to subtropical gardens and (if you time your visit right) carpets of bluebells and riverside walks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome throughout the gardens but owners are asked to keep them on leads.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1816,"LocationLongitude":-3.44383,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/Exmoor.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/dunster-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/Exmoor.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Combe Sydenham Fisheries","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSpending time on Exmoor is all about enjoying peace and quiet, getting close to nature again and doing what you never quite get time to - so Combe Sydenham Fisheries is just the place to help you relax - your way. If you\u0026rsquo;re a keen angler, or if you just feel like trying something new to relax during your holiday, Combe Sydenham Fisheries is one of the most popular sporting attractions on Exmoor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTucked away in the beautiful park, Combe Sydenham Fisheries is a great place for an unforgettable day\u0026rsquo;s fly fishing. Set in a scenic private estate, the fishery sits amidst 600 acres of Somerset woodland making it a lovely and peaceful spot to see what you can catch.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe fishery aims to make the fly fishing experience as quality as possible, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find well-stocked lakes in beautiful surroundings that make every visit a memorable one. You\u0026rsquo;ll find the fishery less than a mile from the pretty village of Monksilver, so why not book yourself some time out during a day exploring Exmoor National Park?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1218,"LocationLongitude":-3.32218,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/blue lake.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/combe-sydenham-fisheries","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/blue lake.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Quince Honey Farm","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOne of the more unusual Devon attractions,\u0026nbsp;Quince Honey Farm\u0026nbsp;has impressed visitors with its indoor apiary since 1949. The apiary includes completely safe displays of bees that enable visitors to watch them while they work...and trust us, it\u0026#39;s a fascinating sight. Many of the hives are interactive and can be opened with the push of a button, engaging younger visitors to learn more about these fascinating and busy insects.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eQuince Honey Farm offers an insight into the production of honey from the hive to the honey pot, and if the visit gets you in the mood to sample some of the bees\u0026#39; wares there\u0026#39;s even an opportunity to take some home from the shop. Lastly, make sure you keep your eyes open for the unforgettable Devon Honey ice cream.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0205,"LocationLongitude":-3.83845,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2015/02/bee.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/chulmleigh/quince-honey-farm","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2015/02/bee.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dunster by Candlelight","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe first Friday and Saturday of every December light the way for the Christmas season as Dunster by Candlelight takes place in a pretty Somerset village.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe picturesque medieval village right in the heart of Exmoor transforms into a heart-warming shimmering scene for two nights, as the street is lit up with traditional lamps. Residents parade thorough the cobbled streets in period costume and enjoy family activities, and this event is a unique one that gets everyone into the Christmas spirit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe entertainment includes costumed stiltwalkers, carol singing, and of course Morris dancers, and the Christmassy atmosphere adds to the village\u0026rsquo;s historic charm. Dunster\u0026rsquo;s local shops will be open for the Exmoor event, and street stalls will also offer food and drink. The roads around Dunster close for the event so it\u0026#39;s best to take the Park and Ride in if you want to join the fun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.1846,"LocationLongitude":-3.44429,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/08/carol singing2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/dunster-by-candlelight","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/08/carol singing2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Dunster Show","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Dunster Country Fair is a much-loved event on Exmoor and is usually held in July. Set on the outskirts of the medieval village of Dunster, the Dunster Show isone of the most popular in West Somerset. The Dunster Show is all about a good time with an emphasis on country living, and participants gather horses, dogs and hounds before enjoying traditional country activities.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can get up close to local livestock set in the midst of beautiful scenery close to Dunster Village. The pursuits to watch and join in are fun for the whole family, and it has become the leading agricultural show in Somerset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1822,"LocationLongitude":-3.44491,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/llamas.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/the-dunster-show","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/llamas.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Doone Run","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Doone Run is one of the more active Exmoor events, and this annual 10 mile run follows the footsteps of John Ridd all those years ago in R.D.Blackmore\u0026rsquo;s novel. Entrants are cheered on by local villagers as they race their way over the rugged Exmoor terrain, which includes paths, trails and roads.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePassing the \u0026lsquo;Valley of the Rocks\u0026rsquo; which features in Lorna Doone, the route takes runners past Exmoor\u0026rsquo;s stunning landscapes and past Lynmouth, Lynbridge and Lynton. The Doone Run is one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most enduring, and although challenging the views and supportive onlookers make it well worth a go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1656,"LocationLongitude":-3.74793,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/mikeD/2013/08/View over Lymnouth -1.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/the-doone-run","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/mikeD/2013/08/View over Lymnouth -1.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Wassailing the Apple Trees","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOne of the most quirky and traditional Exmoor events, Wassailing the Apple Trees takes place every January on the closest Saturday to the old Twelfth Night. Wassailing is an historic tradition that\u0026rsquo;s still practiced across Devon, and if you\u0026rsquo;re visiting the county during the season it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to get a glimpse into the wackier side of rural life that we all love.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWassailing takes place in an orchard and, for those of you who are wondering what it\u0026rsquo;s all about, involves a group singing for the health of trees to help them produce good cider-making apples. It wouldn\u0026rsquo;t be wassailing without a rousing chorus of the Carhampton Wassail song, and you haven\u0026rsquo;t experienced a real Devon event until you\u0026rsquo;ve joined four Wassailing veterans in songs to apple trees.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are all kinds of traditional apple wassailing rhymes, and it won\u0026rsquo;t matter that you don\u0026rsquo;t know them as you\u0026rsquo;ll soon pick them up and be able to add your voice to the crowd. Apple wassailing remains one of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most interesting events, and while you may not be too sure about singing to the tree spirits it\u0026rsquo;s great fun and everyone\u0026rsquo;s welcome to join in.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.1763,"LocationLongitude":-3.4257,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/apple-tree1.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/wassailing-the-apple-trees","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/apple-tree1.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Exmoor Walking Festival","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe annual Spring Exmoor Walking Festival takes place each May and spans 10 days. This Exmoor event sees a programme of guided walks around Exmoor and North Devon, many of which adopt specific themes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you like to walk through woodlands, to landmarks to through the countryside, the Exmoor Walking Festival will offer a special walk for you, and there is a range of lengths and challenge levels to choose from so you can find the ideal one. The 30 guided Exmoor walks will vary in length from between 4 and 11 miles, many of which include stops for food or cream teas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1666,"LocationLongitude":-3.74999,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/alan.taylor/2013/08/Exmoor Walk.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/exmoor-country/exmoor-walking-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/alan.taylor/2013/08/Exmoor Walk.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Tongdam Thai","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Tongdam Thai restaurant in Dulverton is a real surprise in the Exmoor countryside. Just 20 minutes drive from Tiverton, Tongdam Thai Restaurant is a beautiful, peaceful restaurant with an authentic Thai menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant is set in the beautiful town of Dulverton and is a great place for a special meal for two during a holiday in Exmoor accommodation. As well as the friendly staff, a highlights of the restaurant is the outside seating beneath twinkling lights and historic grapevine \u0026ndash; the perfect place to enjoy the spectacular cuisine on a warm night. 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