You can easily reach the beaches of the north and south coasts of the Westcountry peninsula from the Rock Inn - they are within a half hour drive at their closest points. The rolling hills of South Devon are below us and the rugged moorland coastline of Exmoor is to the north - Exmoor is on our doorstep. Further west are the wide open spaces of Dartmoor, as different as can be from Cornwall’s Bodmin moor beyond it, and all around are the country houses, gardens and craft centres for which Somerset and Devon are renowned.
This is a land of wide open spaces where there is plenty of room for horses and dogs. The latter are as welcome at the Rock Inn as our guests. Our streams and lakes hold trout and salmon and the local pheasant and partridge shooting is among the best in the land. You can even spot the magnificent red deer of Exmoor within yards of our door. This is paradise for bird and wild animal watchers, wild places that hardly exist further north until you reach the Pennines.
Wimbleball lake, only a short distance from the Rock Inn at Waterrow, was formed in the ‘70s to retain drinking water for local people. It’s a place where trout fishers, dinghy sailors, wind surfers and walkers can lose themselves in their own thoughts. If you decide to walk Wimbleball, it’s probably worth bearing mind that it’s an 11 mile round trip!
Just over the Somerset border is Clatworthy reservoir, a beautiful tree-fringed lake, smaller than Wimbleball but with trout fishing that draws anglers of a different stamp. Migrating opsreys occasionally visit in the early parts of some years as they travel further north to nest. When ospreys become more common, as they are beginning to, Clatworthy may well be where they first choose to nest in the south of the country.
At the far western end of Exmoor is the Valley of the Rocks - many of our guests find that most appropriate! The drive there is beautiful - right across the Exmoor National Park to Lynton - and the scenery when you arrive is peerless. Cliff walking here is splendid - the Valley of the Rocks even has its own herd of wild goats.
There are a million things to do from the Rock Inn - here are a few of them.
- Horse riding on Exmoor
- Flyfishing the rivers and lakes
- Riding to hounds
- Magnificent country houses and gardens
- Arts and crafts galleries and fairs aplenty
- Dog walking country
- Sailing on coasts and lakes
- Creams teas
- Flying kites
- Bird watching
- Music festivals
- Farmers’ and other local markets
- Painting and photography
- Antiques fairs and centres
We can fill you in on the details, but if you are planning a trip let us help you in advance - click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!