North Hill & Selworthy Beacon
From outside our gate we can climb through the riding trails in the woods opposite to the top of North Hill and Selworthy Beacon, one of the highest points on Exmoor. The National Trust have Exmoor ponies grazing this hill, which frequently provide some entertainment for the horses. They are all used to one another, and have become quite relaxed and friendly in each other's company. With amazing views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales, and many miles of tracks and trails this is by far our favourite hill for riding – I call it our 'playground'. The moorland 'coastal heath' vegetation provides home to many nationally rare plants, birds and butterflies and in the summer you can enjoy the skylarks, stonechats and circling buzzards and peregrines. We can also ride around the Iron Age remains of Bury Castle, a scheduled ancient monument managed by the National Trust. There are so many rides over North Hill we could ride every day for a week and barely cover the same ground twice!