updated 8 Oct 2018 (No dress code)

Fri 12th October to Sunday 14th 2018

at Simonsbath House Hotel, Simonsbath, Minehead TA24 7SH. Tel 01643 831259. www.simonsbathhouse.co.uk.


Booking forms (downloads):

  1. accommodation
  2. activities


When completed
, please return your accommodation and activities forms to Stan Abbott at AGM-Organiser@owpg.org.uk


Payment Details (for deposit):

Please pay £60 deposit (£50 if before end of July) by BACS to same account as your October subs renewal (ends *****868)
If you don’t have the application form (or a recent email) with bank details, or to pay by cheque or Paypal, please contact our treasurer David Foster  foster.dm@outlook.com. David’s address, for cheques, is on his OWPG profile page.


Fri 12th
arrive from lunchtime.

1745 Welcome from Exmoor National Park (short presentation).

1815 A brief history of gin, and – on the sustainable economy in a national park theme – of Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin, in particular. Presented by Julie Heap, co-founder of this small batch craft distillery

1945 – Dinner (sandwiches available for late arrivals)

2130 – Dark sky presentation with Tim Wetherell, of Exmoor Stargazers. Exmoor was Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Tim will bring a telescope. If forecast is unsuitable, this activity will switch to Sunday.

Sat 13th

Choice of activities including:

  • Tour of Simonsbath with National Park guide, taking in historic sawmill and archaeology; circular walk in Barle Valley, including Cow Castle and Wheal Eliza mine.
  • All-day guided mountain bike ride in Simonsbath area. Advance booking required. (Option to self guide in the afternoon.)
  • Workshop – Making the most of social media

1630 AGM – AGM papers can be accessed in the members’ area (foot of the page) from 15th September)

1900 canapés and pre-dinner drinks, sponsored by Cicerone

1930 dinner and awards

Dinner: you’ll be asked for your menu choices closer to the time

Sun 14th
Daytime activity choices include:

  • All-day point-to-point walk on the Two Moors Way, to Lynmouth, with OWPG member Sue Viccars. Visit Lynmouth to Lynton cliff lift.
  • Walk to explore the Mires Project, with Morag Angus. This project is aimed at reducing moorland water runoff (it’s also interesting scenically!); Railway walk on trackbed of former Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, plus train ride
  • Workshop –  Writing for the digital age
  • Wet weather option to view Alan Hinkes film (see below)

1730 – Showing of Terry Abraham’s film, Alan Hinkes: the First Briton to Climb the World’s Highest Mountains.

1930 – Dinner

2100 – (if postponed from Friday). Dark sky presentation with Tim Wetherell, of Exmoor Stargazers.

Plus opportunities to Visit Dunster Castle (NT) and nearby Forestry Commission land, with England’s tallest tree, plus horse riding at nearby stables.

Dress Code

There is no dress code.


at Simonsbath House Hotel – we have exclusive use of the hotel including hotel rooms, cottages and dorm rooms.

Public transport

is very limited. Car sharing should be arranged beforehand. A forum board for those seeking / offering lifts is at www.owpg.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=835.0

Nearest public transport point is Minehead, by bus 28 from Taunton, but that’s still about 20km away. Nearest useful rail stations are Bridgwater, Taunton – about an hour away by car. (Barnstaple station is 20km west, by scenic Tarka Line from Exeter.) Car hire is available from Bridgwater or Taunton, choice of providers.


£25 per person per night for dinner

Wifi and mobile phone

There is wifi at the hotel. Mobile connections are dodgy.

In the meantime – for any queries, please contact Stan Abbott our AGM Organiser, at AGM-Organiser@owpg.org.uk.

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