Join us for a Bogtastic day out!

Date: 31 May 2013
Times: 10am – 4pm

bog-eventJoin us on Friday 31st May for a fun-packed ‘drop in’ event for all ages discovering Exmoor’s bogs and wetlands with activities in and around Simonsbath and Blackpitts. Stream dipping, dam making, wildlife activities and guided walks. Explore and enjoy the boggy moors and the amazing River Barle and the historic water-powered sawmill at Simonsbath. (Part of the Simonsbath Festival !!!)

A View over Moorland at Prayway, Exmoor National Park. (click to enlarge)All-weather options such as undercover exhibitions, sawmill tours and face painting, complement the outdoor activities which include stream dipping, dam building, bird of prey demonstrations, crafts, and guided walks on the local nature and heritage. Simonsbath’s water-powered sawmill on the beautiful River Barle is the event base, close to the village’s tearoom and the pub. A shuttle minibus will carry visitors to the bogs near Blackpitts, enjoying spectacular views along the Exe valley.

David Rolls, Education and Outreach Officer for the Heart of Exmoor scheme said: “Exmoor bogs are amazing! This fun day is all about enjoying and learning more about them. We have loads of free activities and can even help with transport costs for community groups to attend.”

“Please wear outdoor clothing and bring your brightest wellies!”

Bogtastic is part of the Simonsbath Festival ( and is a joint initiative between the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership, Exmoor National Park Authority, Simonsbath House, Exmoor Mires Project, and is financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency.

Call 07875 565823 or National Park Centre Lynmouth 01598 752509 for more details. Admission is free. Refreshments available. There is a tearoom, a pub and accommodation at Simonsbath. Children must be accompanied by adults. Toilets available. Minibus shuttle between sites.

Activities located at Simonsbath Sawmill (Postcode TA24 7SH. OS grid ref: SS 773 393) and Blackpitts (OS grid ref: SS 764 415), 2km north of Simonsbath on the B3223.

Date: 31 May 2013. Times: 10am – 4pm.
Booking: No need to book – just turn up.
Charge: Entrance free, though some activities might be chargeable.
Grade: easy going stroll. Contact: 01598 752509 / 07875 565823.


About Programme Manager

Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park's moorland, and supporting those who take care of it.
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