After a break since the summer of 2017, the pretty Exmoor town of Dulverton is re-introducing its “Secret Gardens” self-guided tour on Sunday 2 July.
Of the numerous gardens scheduled to open this year by residents of Dulverton, many have not been seen before. This is a rare opportunity to visit some of the delightful gardens that are normally hidden away. The gardens are of all shapes, sizes and stages of development, some being established for many years, while others are more recently started. They are all located within walking distance of the centre of the town, making it easy to visit all of them during the day. The gardens will open from 10am to 4.30pm.
The entrance fee of £5 (in advance) or £7 (on the day) includes a map showing each garden’s location, together with a short description written by the owner. Tickets can be bought in advance from Dulverton Post Office or the Tantivy shop. Alternatively tickets will be available to buy on the day in Dulverton Town Hall, along with delicious refreshments.
Known as the Southern Gateway to Exmoor, Dulverton is one of the main towns on the moor. It is situated on the River Barle in West Somerset on the southern edge of the Moor and has the oldest mediaeval bridge on Exmoor. There are pleasant walks along the riverbank and the meandering leat which used to power 4 mills. Located in the main square is the National Park Centre, behind which is the Heritage Centre which houses exhibitions about the heritage of the town. This thriving community town has a wide range of independent shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs.
The event is organised by Dulverton Town Council and Visit Dulverton and a donation will be made to local charities.