This is the highest of all Exmoor’s attractive villages and has a sky-wide moorland setting. When the Crown sold off the last real bit of Exmoor forest around this area in the 19th century it was bought by a wealthy Midlands industrialist, John Knight, who introduced modern methods of farming to the region. Standing on the banks of the River Barle, Simonsbath lies close to The Chains, the second highest point on Exmoor at 1599ft, and the prehistoric Chapman Barrows. Exmoor ponies and elegant red deer grace the moorland wilderness.
Barle Valley - Photo: