AGM Weekend 2018: Exmoor

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by OWPGweb_editor

updated 16th July


Fri 12th October to Sunday 14th 2018

at Simonsbath House Hotel, Simonsbath, Minehead TA24 7SH. Tel 01643 831259.

(Link to current members’ activity and accommodation choices will be come here – updated 14th May)


Booking forms (downloads):

  1. accommodation
  2. activities

When completed, please return your accommodation and activities forms to Stan Abbott at

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 He usually answers fairly quickly, but as a fallback if he is out on the hills on any particular day you can also try (who is out on the hills a lot in July and August!) or


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.
  • Sea kayaking and paddle boarding; Axe-throwing and archery; both courtesy of Channel Adventure, Minehead.
  • All-day guided mountain bike ride in Simonsbath area. Advance booking required. (Option to self guide in PM)
  • CPD Activities – Improving your writing skills; Making the most of social media

1630 AGM – AGM papers can be accessed in the members’ area (foot of the page)
1900 for 1930 dinner and awards

Dinner: (choices will be recorded in a pdf to be linked at a later date)

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
  • Horse riding near Simonsbath – pre-booking essential; Visit Dunster Castle (NT) and nearby Forestry Commission land, with England’s tallest tree
  • CPD –  Making the most of your SLR camera; Aerial photography by drone

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

1930 – Dinner

2100 – (if postponed from Friday). Dark sky presentation with Tim Wetherell, of Exmoor Stargazers. Exmoor was Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Tim will bring a telescope.


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.


£25 per person per night for dinner

Wifi and mobile phone


In the meantime – for any queries, please contact Stan Abbott our AGM Organiser, at AGM-Organiser [AT]

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