The Two Moors WayOpen or Close
(It passes through the village)The Two Moors Way is a long-distance walking route between Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor and Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor. It has a total length of 102 miles 163km, making it an ideal week’s walk.
Devon Coast to CoastOpen or Close
Exe Valley WayOpen or Close
Or can be accessed
at various stages
along the route45 miles across Devon between the Exe Estuary and the heights of Exmoor; the route is partly waymarked, except in the urban areas and on Exmoor.
Passes through the city of Exeter and the market town of Tiverton, as well as Bampton and Dulverton.
Historic South MoltonOpen or Close
Quince Honey FarmOpen or Close
17 MinutesQuince Honey Farm is a family run business which has been producing quality honey since 1949. Our 1500 hives are kept deep in the North Devon Countryside amongst the wild flowers from which the bees collect their sweet nectar. Every August, when Exmoor turns purple, all of the hives are moved up to the moors to collect the exquisite Exmoor Heather Honey.
Picturesque DulvertonOpen or Close
National Trust - KnightshayesOpen or Close
21 MinutesVictorian country house with richly decorated interiors and garden Discover Knightshayes, a gothic Victorian mansion set in the heart of the rolling mid Devon countryside. There’s plenty to see from looming gargoyles, imaginative carvings including the (seven deadly sins) and the medieval great hall complete with minstrel’s gallery.
National Trust - Arlington CourtOpen or Close
45 MinutesIntriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel: a complete family estate. The intimate Regency house contains treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters. Offering incident and contrast, the 19th-century picturesque garden is a perfect place to explore, picnic or play.
Great Western CanalOpen or Close
23 MinutesThe Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and Lowdwells (near the Somerset border). Extending to just over 11 miles, the Country Park provides a wonderful location to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride along the towpath.
Tarka TrailOpen or Close
Barnstaple Rail Station
(Or can be accessed at various stages)The Tarka Trail is 180 miles long and follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamson’s famous novel. The Trail splits into 2 loops centred at Barnstaple and is a great way to explore cycling or on foot the world class environment of North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere that stretches from Dartmoor to Lundy and Exmoor to Hartland.
Tarr StepsOpen or Close
19 MinutesThe Tarr Steps are a prehistoric clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. They are located in a National Nature Reserve about 2.5 miles (4 km) south east of Withypool and 4 miles (6 km) north west of Dulverton.
Spa Treatments – in Room
If it is of interest, we have a great local professional massage therapist who can give you a massage in your room eg. Aromatherapy massage: £30 for 90min. Pre-booking required. We also have a talented Nail Technician with a local salon who is happy to come and give Manicure and Pedicures. £15 for one or £25 for both.
Please be aware that the whole village of Knowstone and its outlying hamlets have the same postcode, so Sat Nav will only get you to the general area.
From the A361-"North Devon Link Road" take the turning marked "Knowstone" and cross the cattle grid onto Knowstone Moor, watching out for wandering livestock, after 200 yards take the left turn marked "Knowstone" and follow the lane for a mile down into the village. As you come down a steep narrow straight section into the village itself, you'll reach a T-junction and be facing whitewashed thatched cottages, TURN LEFT and follow the lane downhill another 100 yards where you'll see a sign for Rosemary cottage. After this the lane turns to the right, but we are straight ahead 50 yards down the hill past the "Pound House". If you find yourself at the Masons Arms, you've turned right instead of left at the T -junction. Just turn around, retrace your way and keep going straight until you get to the Rosemary cottage sign.
If you are walking the Two Moors Way from the South you will enter the village either on the road or on the path.
If you arrive on the path at the church with the pub opposite, Turn Left and walk through the village following the rows of cottages. You will come to a long row of whitewashed thatched cottages, keep following the narrow lane downhill past them and in another 50 yards where you'll see a sign for Rosemary cottage. After this the lane turns to the right, but we are straight ahead 50 yards down the hill past the "Pound House".
If you are walking into the village on the road from the standing stones and North Devon Link Road, As you come down a steep narrow straight section into the village itself, you'll reach a T-junction and be facing whitewashed thatched cottages, TURN LEFT and follow the lane downhill another 100 yards where you'll see a sign for Rosemary cottage. After this the lane turns to the right, but we are straight ahead 50 yards down the hill past the "Pound House".