Dulverton is known as Exmoor’s southern gateway with its famous medieval bridge at Tarr Steps and its idyllic location deep in the beautiful valley of the River Barle.
There is a good choice of shops, inns and eating places in the narrow streets and it is a charming country town with many attractions for those considering a quieter pace of life with easy access to a wide range of county pursuits. The delightful town of Dulverton lies on the southern edge of Exmoor National Park – Europe’s first International Dark Skies Reserve – and makes an excellent base for exploring the moor, day or night, summer or winter.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the town is close to Iron Age hill forts and a castle. With a proud history of serving generations of farming communities as a market town, Dulverton still has many independent shops and award-winning eating places. In the Middle Ages its importance grew as a centre for the wool trade and its fresh water was used to wash fleeces.
The surrounding area boast a number of notable bridges, the best known of which is the prehistoric clapper bridge Tarr Steps, a highlight of any visit to the National Park. It is part of a nature reserve internationally significant for its mosses, liverwort and lichens and home to deer, dormice, otters and bats.
To help visitors make the most of their time in the town there is a National Park Centre with exhibitions on its heritage and a gallery. There is also the Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre in the former Lamb Inn buildings where one of the cottages has been retained to give an idea of life in the town at the turn of the last century.
Bampton Church of England Primary School
Bolham Community Primary School
Dulverton Middle and Community School Acorn School