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Exmoor - Moor to Sea

Exmoor ponies

Exmoor is an area of open moorland covering the northern coast of Devon and West Somerset. Although its exact boundaries are relatively hard to pin down, the area termed as Exmoor stretches from Hangman Hill near Combe Martin in the west to Minehead in the east. Dulverton effectively marks its southern boundary.

Facts and Figures

Exmoor sceneThe area was granted National Park status in 1954 and covers an area of 267 square miles (692 sq. km.) of which 29% lies within the county of Devon and 71% in Somerset. Its highest point is at Dunkery Beacon, standing some 1,703 feet (519m) above sea level. Its four main settlements are Porlock, Dulverton, Lynton and Lynmouth. Taken together these towns contain about 40% of the whole population of Exmoor. Other settlements of note are Withypool, Exford and Simonsbath. The large market town of South Molton in Devon is often said to be the 'Gateway to Exmoor' and is an excellent base for provisions or from which to explore the area.

Highlights of Exmoor

Exmoor scene 2There are many places to visit on Exmoor and each visitor will get something different from their trip. Here are just a few of our ideas:

  • Valley of the Rocks
  • Dunkery Beacon
  • Dunster - Yarn Market and Castle
  • Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
  • Tarr Steps
  • Watersmeet
  • Heddon's Mouth

Suggested Walks

Exmoor in DevonOnce again everyone will have their favourite walk on Exmoor, some wish to have a gentle mile long stroll not too far from their vehicle others may wish to utilise the number of excellent footpaths on the moor such as the Two Moors Way or the Coleridge Way.

There are a number of excellent guidebooks to the area, two of the best being Exmoor - Rangers Favourite Walks and also Exmoor - The Official National Park Guide. We have selected our favourite walks, each in our opinion allow you to feel the real flavour of Exmoor:

  • Tarr Steps and Hawkridge
  • The Valley of the Rocks and the Lee Valley
  • Hunter's Inn Parracombe to Heddon's Mouth
  • Doone Country
  • Cow Castle & the River Barle

Other Activities

There are a wide range of activities available on Exmoor, with the main ones being walking, horse riding on over 400 miles of bridleways and cycling. Other activities include mountain biking, orienteering, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, sea kayaking, fishing, coasteering, sailing, sailboarding and a host of other watersports. Eastern Exmoor has a number of woods such as Horner Woods, a Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI, to explore, picnic in or simply relax in.

Further Information

There are three main Information Centres to help you get the very best out of your visit to Exmoor. They are:

Dulverton National Park Centre (Southern Exmoor)

7 - 9 Fore Street, Dulverton, West Somerset, TA22 9EX

Dunster National Park Centre (Eastern Exmoor)

Dunster Steep, Dunster, Minehead, West Somerset. TA24 6SE

Lynmouth National Park Centre (Western Exmoor)

Lyndale Car Park, Lynmouth, Lynton, Devon. EX35 6EX

All Centres are now open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Withypool, Wheddon Cross, Exmoor and Dulverton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowMinehead

arrowDunster

arrowWiveliscombe

arrowWatchet

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowWithypool

	arrowMinehead

	arrowSimonsbath

	arrowDunster

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Winsford, Dulverton, Exford and Porlock.

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