Dalwood

Dalwood is a charming village within the Blackdown Hills that holds importance from medieval times when Edward III granted the village the privilege of holding an annual summer fair. Dalwood boasts a community run shop and, surprisingly for it small size, it’s own award winning vineyard.

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Things To Do

Loughwood Meeting House
Take yourselves just south of the village and you will find a beautiful National Trust protected historic Baptist chapel. Loughwood Meeting House sits with it’s thatch roof in a small graveyard, enjoying peaceful views over the rolling fields.

Burrow Farm Gardens
For a calming stroll around the 13 acres of naturalistic planted gardens head just out of the village. The gardens themselves are sure to appeal as they are split into multiple areas, such as the Woodland Garden, the Rose Garden, the Millennium Garden and the Anniversary Garden amongst many more. The Tea Rooms offer up delicious home made scones and other light snacks whilst the Nursery allows visitors to purchase a part of Burrow Farm to recreate in their own gardens. There is a nominal charge for entry.

www.burrowfarmgardens.co.uk

Dalwood Vineyard
The vineyard is just a short walk from the Tuckers Arms in the centre of the village. This 3 acre wide vineyard is the real accomplishment of a group of locals who decided to team up and plant their first vines in 2009, harvesting them in 2013. Although not a typical day trip it is worth the walk just to marvel at the vines before nipping into the Tuckers Arms and tasting the produce. The sparkling wine that finally came arrived in 2015 from the first harvest was so special it won bronze at Decanter’s World Wine Awards.

Eat And Drink

Tuckers Arms
This highly recommended 13th century thatched inn provides warmth for weary travellers, both from the large inglenook log fireplace in the flagstone bar and the delightful menu that mixes traditional pub classics with modern lighter bites. Outdoor seating can be found in the garden amongst the floral filled tubs and window boxes, bordered by high hedges and rolling countryside. A double skittle alley provides amusement and a chance for a bit of light-hearted competition.

Calendula Café
This vibrantly colourful family run pop-up café offers organic dishes with a Mediterranean/Moroccon focus. Edible flowers are a constant feature throughout the menu, along with the home grown greens and wild foraged harvests, combined with the locally grown herbs and organic meat suppliers. They have no website but you can find their pop-up events on their facebook page.

Wild Walks

Danes Hill to Beckford Bridge and return via Horner Hill
A nice 2-3 hours walk to take at any time of the year. Leaving from the Tuckers Arms cross Corry Bridge and take the lane to the right hand side after the post box. Taking you over bridges and up to the peak of Danes Hill you will pass the Dalwood Vineyard and enjoy the abundance of wildlife that can often be seen, such as kingfishers and Herons. This route takes you alongside the Yarty River and through the woods. A number of stiles and the possibility of slippery banks in damp weather suggests this might be a better walk for those more physically abled.

www.dalwoodparish.com

Events & Festivals

JUNE

Music Day
A whole host of live bands and singers take up their mics around the village. Visitors can amble between the venues following the schedule in the free programme to find their favourites. Tickets can be bought in advance or from the helpful stewards on the door. The four venues are The Village Hall, St Peter’s Church, “Yetene” and The Tuckers Arms.

JULY

Dalwood Music Festival Gospel Gig
Following on from the successful Music Day the party then moves on for a late afternoon and early evening enjoying the Gospel soundtrack of more live bands in the Jubilee Fields.

Shop Til You Drop

The community run Dalwood shop and Post Office is entirely owned and run by volunteers. They stock all the basics, such as food, newspapers and household items. Open until 6pm during the week the shop provides a much loved hub for the community.

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