South Molton Market Town
South Molton is a small town in North Devon, with a population of approximately 4000 people. The town originates from Saxon times, having been occupied as early as 650 AD.
Its early wealth came from the wool trade, for it to decline in the 18th and 19th centuries, with administration and services taking its place. However today South Molton flourishes as a market town. The pannier market takes place every Thursday and Saturday, with farmers’ markets taking place once a month. For sale are local produce, meat, dairy, flowers and other goods.
One of South Molton’s most popular attractions is Quince Honey Farm. Founded in 1949, it is now the largest honey farm in the country. Over 1500 hives are operated over 2500 square miles. Here, you can see for yourself the life of the bees and how they help make honey for yourself, without getting stung! You can also learn about the whole honey manufacturing process, from the beehive to the jar, and visit the store to take some back with you. Also available are beeswax products, skin products, and gifts and souvenirs.
For chocoholics there’s Melchior’s Chocolate Shop, which sells handmade praline, liquor, fruit and luxury chocolates for all occasions. The store is owned by Carlo Melchior, a Swiss chocolatier who has been there for 17 years and counting. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to catch him and his team at work crafting the chocolates.
In the town centre you can follow the heritage trail, where you can see buildings from throughout the ages, originating from medieval, Georgian and Elizabethan times, and learn a great deal about the town’s past. In June every year, the South Moltion Olde English Fayre also takes place, where you can watch the traditional festivities of the crowning of the Queen and the floral dance. For more about the history, there is also an award-winning museum you can visit, home to many interesting displays, including one of the earliest fire engines. Other collections include archaeology and mining, along with one of the oldest surviving cider presses.
South Molton is also an ideal spot for countryside exploration. It is known as the Gateway to Exmoor, as it is just to the west of Exmoor National Park, while to the left you can explore the remainder of Devon’s stunning countryside. To the north lies beautiful rugged coastline, facing the Bristol Channel, with famous beaches such as Woolacombe and Croyde.
Besides things to do, there are many places to eat. South Molton boasts many restaurants, tearooms, take-aways, and also 8 different pubs and inns. South Molton will promise you a great day out, and opens doors to so many other places close by for your own exploration.