Simonsbath guided walks


Date: 16th Sep 2019 10:30am-5:00pm
Ashcombe Gardens - a late Georgian garden in the Picturesque style -have been lost to view for nearly a century. Work is now underway to reawaken this 'unexpected garden' on the top of Exmoor and the 'Scottish croft' which formed a part of it. Ashcombe Gardens lie at the heart of a 16,000 acre Georgian estate high on the top of Exmoor. The estate was created from barren moorland by John Knight and was begun around 1820. A great mansion was started and a wild valley garden begun in the Picturesque style. During 2019 work has begun to reawaken this 'unexpected garden' and to restore the little 'Scottish' croft, old gardeners' tool store and underground building which formed part of it. This is an opportunity to see initial progress on the gardens and to look around the croft and the other buildings on the site which are not normally open to the public. The Victorian sawmill will also be open with guided tours and demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Directions: Ashcombe carpark is the only public carpark in Simonsbath and is well signposted in Simonsbath. It lies just off the B3223 between the Exmoor Forest Inn and St Luke's Church. (It is on the road that runs from Simonsbath to Exford). TA24 7SH Other info: Booking not required. Allow 1 hour for your visit but you are welcome to stay longer. The site has a carpark and public toilets. The site comprises a group of buildings which are under conservation, so tours are limited to 6 people at a time and you will be required to wear a hard hat and high visibility jacket. Be prepared for it to be muddy underfoot. The gardens are adjacent to the buildings and are accessible on level ground from the carpark. It may be possible, for those who wish, to explore further into the gardens depending on weather and ground conditions and you are advised to bring wellington boots for this and be prepared for some uphill paths and rough ground. Contact for the day: Exmoor National Park Authority 01398 323665 (ref Simonsbath Heritage Open Day event)

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Location: Ashcombe car park, Simonsbath TA24 7SH
Booking: No need to book - just turn up
Charge: Free
Contact: 01398322285

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