8 miles from Little Owl Dulverton is known as the Southern gateway to Exmoor. The town stands between the rivers Barle and Exe which converge a mile or so down the valley. Standing next to the Barle at the western end of Dulverton is Exmoor House, the headquarters of the Exmoor National Park Authority. The town has several streets of shops including a butcher, NatWest Bank, Post Office, fish & chip shop, greengrocer, late-opening supermarket, art gallery, hairdressers, guns and fishing tackle shop. There are a number of quality boutiques and interesting gift shops. Lewis's Tea shop and the new Browns restaurant are very popular. Just along the road is the National Park Information Centre, which shares premises with the local public library.
Bampton10 miles from Little Owl Bampton in mid Devon lies close to the Somerset border, and is on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. For the visitor it is therefore ideally sited for road and rail links, and is at the centre of an area where there is much to do and explore. The whole of the centre of Bampton is a conservation area, and there are almost 100 listed buildings and other objects within the parish. The little town has a surprising range of local amenities - shops, pubs, restaurants, businesses, and places to stay. It also has quite a history from its early Saxon origins, the Norman castle, the wool and pony trade, the 12th century church, the quarrying of the local stone; now it is a thriving centre used by local villagers and visitors.
South Molton9 miles from Little Owl South Molton is a small market town on the River Mole, trading mainly in sheep and cattle. Market days are Thursdays and Saturdays 8.30am-1pm. Local produce, flowers and plants, fish, meat, cheese, fine goods and general goods. Farmers market every 4th Saturday. South Molton offers lots of shabby chic shops and is a lovely place to browse. Don't miss out on The Corn Dolly tea shop on the main street.
Barnstaple20 miles from Little Owl Is the largest town in North Devon and is situated on the river Taw. You will find daily markets in the Pannier Market on the main shopping street as well as all the high street names. Butchers Row offers local produce including a butcher, baker, fishmonger, delicatessen and florist.