“The Gateway to Exmoor”, South Molton’s pseudonym, is placed on the southern edge of the moor, some 20 minutes from the Tiverton junction on the M5 in the East, and 20 minutes from Barnstaple in the West.
Being pleasantly situated not far from both coastal and inland beauty spots it will suit visitors of all tastes. In close proximity are forests, moors, rivers and coast, with churches and other buildings of historical significance. Residents find the quiet charm of the area attractive and visitors soon experience the sense of civic pride held by the locals.
South Molton’s appeal lies in the pace that is governed by the seasons and not the clock, and the need for visitors to relax and shake off the pressure of daily routine before really understanding and enjoying their time here. From the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene, which dominates the skyline, through the imposing Guildhall which contains the towns Museum and fronts the Pannier Market (markets on Thursday and Saturday mornings) to the George Hotel, with its unusual facade, the town is steeped in heritage.
Those visitors wishing to learn more about the town can do no better than take up the “South Molton Heritage Trail” challenge, which will find them visiting some 30 places of special interest within the town, and all within approximately 2 hours. The booklet accompanying the “trail” says more about the towns’ history and is a souvenir to be treasured.