Once you have visited Exmoor you will want to return time and time again as there is so much to see and do.
There are numerous bed and breakfasts, guest houses, farm houses and charming hotels that can accommodate you whether you are looking for a short break or a long week’s holiday. From Exmoor National Park to the Quantock hills you will find stunning landscapes, England’s highest most spectacular sea-cliffs, clean air, tranquillity, high heather moorland, remote bays, wooded gorges, waterfalls, ancient oak woodland, valleys and combes.
The Exmoor National Park is a protected area; Exmoor was given its National Park status in 1954 to help conserve the area’s natural beauty and wildlife. It is home to a diversity of wildlife including the famous native Exmoor pony, wild Red Deer, over head buzzards and foxes.
It is possible to walk for hours across Exmoor and not see a soul. Although it is one of the smallest national parks it never feels too busy. Although Exmoor is hilly, it offers great cycling for all. Its hills present challenges to road cyclists and off-road enjoyment to mountain bikers. So bring your cycle and enjoy Exmoor’s absence of traffic and explore its peaceful roads, country pubs and quaint tea rooms.
Here in Exmoor there are many riding stables that can cater for novice and experienced horse riders and offer hacks over the beautiful National Park. There are over 400 miles of well maintained bridle paths. If you decide to bring your own horse for a holiday look out for farm houses and B&B’s that cater for both you and your horse.
If you just want to sit back and soak in the scenery then you will find that there are many private companies which operate safaris and bus tours which run over Exmoor on tracks away from the busy roads.
There are a number of places to visit, including five National Park Visitor Centres at Dunster, Lynmouth, Combe Martin, County Gate and Dulverton. There are many historic houses and gardens, including those of Arlington Court to the south of Combe Martin, Knightshayes Court south of Dulverton and Dunster Castle. Other popular places to visit include Tarr Steps (largest clapper bridge in Britain) popular with visitors and locals alike and the Church of St Beuno at Culbone which claims to be the smallest church in Britain.
If travelling to Exmoor by car then from the M5 junction 27; follow the dual carriage way of the A361 down to the Tiverton roundabout, Turn right and follow the signs to Exmoor, Dulverton. If travelling by train then Wessex trains operates services from all over the country to Barnstaple, Taunton, Tiverton and Exeter.