South Molton is a small market town in North Devon on the River Mole with a population of around 4,000 which, thanks to its quiet rural location, is a popular holiday destination for those looking to relax within the rolling hills of the beautiful Devon countryside.
Walking and cycling around the South Molton and North Devon countryside are always popular, especially in the summer months. Known as the 'Gateway to Exmoor', hotels and holiday parks in South Molton Devon are visited by thousands of holidaymakers each year who enjoy the great outdoors and delight in South Molton attractions such as Quince Honey Farm, Castle Hill Gardens and South Molton's very own chocolate factory!
Things to do in South Molton include a visit to the ever-popular Quince Honey Farm Devon, where visitors of all ages can discover the fascinating world of bees and the whole honey production process. Quince Honey Farm also has a shop selling gifts and toiletries made from honey grown at the Farm.
Plant lovers can visit the beautiful Castle Hill Gardens, while lovers of history can head to the South Molton Museum which contains a wide variety of exhibits and memorabilia including one of the first working fire engines in Devon. Meanwhile, perhaps the widest appeal of any South Molton attraction is that of the South Molton Chocolate Factory, which offers tours during which visitors can sample the chocolate made there - and who doesn't love chocolate?!
One of the most anticipated annual events in North Devon is the South Molton Vintage Rally which takes place on the first weekend in June. Held at nearby Coombesland Cross, the Rally features displays of some great vintage vehicles as well as events such as the Club Challenge which is not to be missed. Another highlight of South Molton's social calendar is the South Molton Olde English Fayre, which has its roots in the 12th Century and has taken place annually ever since. Attractions at the event include market stalls, children's entertainment and various activities and challenges.
For an overall experience of South Molton, visitors can book a place on the South Molton Heritage Trail to explore the town's history and architecture. The trail, which takes around an hour and a half, winds through the streets of South Molton where you will be given a fascinating insight into how the town was shaped by the events of its history into the tight-knit community that exists today.
South Molton accommodation can be found around the outskirts or, if you prefer, in the heart of the market town itself. Whether you need a hotel or B&B South Molton offers several options and there are also pubs in South Molton offering beds for the night. Hotel and bed and breakfast South Molton accommodation tends to fill up during the South Molton Vintage Rally so make sure you call well in advance if you're planning on staying during the first week in June.
To get to South Molton, exit the M5 at junction 27 and head down the A361 which takes you straight to the town. The South Molton train station was demolished in 2003 but a short bus or taxi ride from the nearby Barnstaple or Kings Nympton stations will take you straight to South Molton.
Town Centre image contributed by Dave Bushell. Young at Art image contributed by Loz Pycock. Livestock market image contributed by Lewis Clarke. All images are copyrighted but licensed for further reuse under the Creative Commons License.