South Molton the Gateway to Exmoor
Published: Tuesday 7th Jan 2014
South Molton has been a thriving town since the earliest days of recorded history. There have been two Royal Borough Charters granted, one by Elizabeth 1st in 1590 and the other by Charles 2nd in 1684 – these are held in the local Museum.
The town is flourishing with its square surrounded by small local, independent shops and the bustling market. Main market day is Thursday with an extra Pannier Market on Saturdays. These markets incorporate a wide range of locally made and produced goods and are the hub of the town. There's a wide variety of interesting things to see and do, for example the Museum, located on the ground floor of the Guildhall and open March-Nov, shows the social history of the town and its evolution through the centuries. The Museum contains many interesting artefacts to view. Entry is free. Melchior Chocolates invite visitors to their factory and onsite boutique, whilst Quince Honey Farm is a fascinating place for the young and young at heart to enjoy. Quaint shops selling locally crafted gifts, antique shops, restaurants and unique clothes shops all combine to make South Molton a great place to visit. After time spent exploring the town why not relax with a cuppa and a delicious lunch or afternoon cream tea at the Corn Dolly. Scrumptious homemade cakes and old fashioned treats will tempt even the hardiest of dieters! Don’t worry though – you can soon burn off the calories with a trip to the local swimming pool!
South Molton is a delightful place to visit as I am sure Rowan Atkinson, who was spotted in the town this week, would agree!
A short drive from the town leads to the beautiful expanse of Exmoor and the small towns and hamlets scattered amongst it….but that’s another story!