Date for the Diary: Simon Dawson at the Simonsbath Festival

Wednesday 11 May @ 7:30pm – St Luke’s Church

Simon Dawson

London Suits to Welly Boots

the true and funny story of how I accidentally fell in love with the Good Life

Following a drunken misunderstanding, Simon Dawson agreed to give up his Simon Dawson 1 London life and move to the wilds of Exmoor, where he and his wife Debbie started from scratch a 20 acre self sufficient smallholding, cram-packed with opinionated, characterful free-range animals. 

Simon is an author of several books including, The Self Sufficiency Bible and two comic memoirs, Pigs in Clover and The Sty’s the Limit. He is also a journalist and radio personality. He has cooked on TV with Gary Rhodes, appeared on Countryfile with Adam Henson and was featured in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild UK on Channel 5.

Simon Dawson 2For more details about Simon and Debbie please see the Hidden Valley Pigs website (external link).

Advance booking: £10 to reserve the seat of your choice; £5 for unreserved seating (£6 on the night); 14 year-olds and under free.

To book tickets and snacks please use the online form at Order Tickets or contact Marian Lloyd.

Dates for the Diary: The Walking Book Club

Love walking, love reading?​ Then this could be the book club for you.

Our next walk is on Saturday 11th April and we are reading WAKE by ANNA HOPE. Copies available direct from Number Seven priced at £6.00 RRP £7.99. Joining the book club is free and we look forward to welcoming new members and meeting up with our regular two and four legged friends this year. Postage can be arranged if you would like to join us whilst on your holidays here on Exmoor – simply call the shop to make payment 01398 324457

This year we plan to meet every second Saturday of the Month – see dates below. Our May walk will be part of the 2015 North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival and we shall be reading H IS FOR HAWK BY HELEN MACDONALD Copies available from Number Seven priced at £6.00 RRP £8.99

DATES FOR 2015: 11th  April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July,

12th September, 10th October, 14th  November & 12th  December.

*Please note a level of walking fitness is required and walkers must be comfortable around dogs

*there will be no walk in August

For further information about upcoming book selections, please go to the website of Number Seven in Dulverton.

Letter from Exmoor: THE OLD WAYS – Exmoor Walking Festival 2014

This post was originally published by Davina Jelley on the Number 7 Dulverton blog.

On Friday I led a walking book club special as part of the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival which is now in it’s fourteenth year. Walkers were asked to read The Old Ways – A Journey On foot by Robert Macfarlane, which seemed a very apt choice for a walking festival, particularly as the route I had chosen would include two beautiful holloway tracks.
The weather was perfect for walking, bright, a slight breeze, not too warm and dry and so I guided the group to Dulverton’s alternative venue, our favourite book club spot, the den that is situated on the site of an old hill fort in Burridge woods.

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There were plenty of fallen logs for us all to find a spot to sit amidst the emerging bluebells. The book met with a mixed response, some found it far too in depth and intellectual, others thoroughly enjoyed his style of writing and sense of place. Personally I loved it. I tend to steer away from non fiction, so was a little tentative about starting this book. What if here was the first book club choice that I would be not be able to finish. My fears were immediately alleviated as I was lost in his magical description of a nighttime walk in hushed snow and keen to read on.
Discussion over it was time to continue on a walk and chat in smaller groups about the book, had it inspired our walkers to walk on their own, plan longer walks, walk in different countries or perhaps write about their own journeys on foot.

Not all the group were keen to tackle the steep climb that leads to Court Down, so we said our farewells at Marsh Bridge and they walked along Northmoor Road with the River Barle to accompany them back into town – leaving the keener walkers to continue on the advertised route.

Reading The Old Ways has sparked an inclination to read other non fiction nature writings. Although why I was perturbed I don’t know, as I loved Roger Deakin’s Waterlog, sometimes it’s good to be gently  reminded and nudged back into forgotten territory, surely that is the beauty of a book club. On my list are a couple of proofs that look interesting including Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel and just published Dip by Andrew Fusek Peters.

Thank you to all who joined us on The Old Ways walk, our regular book club members and those who were discovering the woods around Dulverton for the first time.

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If you’d like to find out more about Number 7 Dulverton and join their Walking Book Club, then please pop over to their website. The next walk will take place on 31 May 2014.

The Walking Book Club

Love reading? Love Walking? Then this book club is for you!



“Join us at 2pm on Saturday 27th April for an amble in the woods and to discuss the month’s selected book.​ We shall depart from Number Seven in Dulverton, allow approx two hours, wear stout footwear; happy dogs are welcome!”


Visit  the Number Seven website  to choose one of the three titles pictured below. A more detailed synopsis is available over at the Chapter Seven Blog post. To vote simply email the shop via their contacts page. You may also send in suggestions for later sessions. The selected book will be announced at the end of March – which allows you plenty of time to relax and read!

Circus Picnic Pilgrimage


Future dates for your 2013 Diary

Saturday 27th April​ – Saturday 25th May​ – Saturday 29th June​ – Saturday 27th July​​ – Saturday 31st August​ – Saturday 28th September​ – Saturday 26th October​ and Saturday 30th November