Exmoor holidays are a dream for nature lovers and adventure seekers! Situated in the southwest of England, this special place overflows with natural beauty, charming villages, and opportunity for adventure. From rugged cliffs and windswept beaches to the tranquil rivers and deep valleys, Exmoor is the perfect place for a holiday whether it be for relaxation or for fun.

 

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Things To Do In Exmoor

There is so much to do and see on Exmoor whether out with the family or for solo adventuring. Here are some of our favourites…

Walking and hiking

Exmoor offers over 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways. This makes it a haven for all those who love the outdoors. To discover some of its best routes why not visit the Exmoor National Park Authority’s website where you will find information on everything from strolls and short walks suitable for all ages, to longer routes for more experienced hikers. You’ll also find a handy walking map as well as articles covering topics like dogs and accessibility.

Cycling

Exmoor is renowned as one of the premier and most challenging off-road cycling destinations in the UK and offers more than enough miles for both beginners and experienced cyclists with off-road routes and gentle country lanes a-plenty. Its stunning scenery and varied landscapes make it a dream for anyone who loves to explore on two wheels.

Horse riding

Exmoor National Park features over 300 miles of bridleways, catering to riders of all skill levels. Explore the park’s 267 square miles of  scenery that takes in wide open moorlands, inviting woodland trails, farmland fields, and country lanes.

Canoeing and Sea-kayaking

Some of the best parts of Exmoor lie along its 35 miles of coastline, much of which is inaccessible by foot. Sea kayaking opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to explore and appreciate the beauty of Exmoor from the water. Canoeing is not generally permitted on Exmoor’s non-tidal inland rivers, but it is allowed during winter on certain sections of the River Barle and East Lyn, subject to water level restrictions. Wimbleball Lake, near Brompton Regis, offers a variety of options and comprehensive on-site facilities.

 

Top attractions in Exmoor

Dunkery Beacon

This well-known landmark offers stupendous views from its position high up on Exmoor National Park, so whether you’re looking for an incredible spot to witness the sunrise over the landscape, or for that perfect photograph, it’s hard to beat.

Valley of Rocks

This beautiful landscape is eerily captivating thanks to its unique rock formations and resident population of wild goats. A must-visit attraction when you’re in the area.

Tarr Steps

This ancient clapper bridge nestles in an enchanting, almost mystical woodland setting, and is a tourist hotspot for good reason. Beautifully picturesque, it’s also very tranquil and a lovely place for a picnic.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The steepest railway in the world powered solely by water, this wonderful funicular has been voted one of the best historic attractions in the UK by a readers’ pole in 202o. Make a day of it and enjoy a cream tea at its cliff top café which perches 500 feet above the lower station and take in the spectacular views.

 

Beautiful towns and villages of Exmoor

Exmoor is full of picturesque towns and villages, each with its own unique charm:

Dunster

A medieval village with an impressive castle, charming tea house and octagonal yarn market,

Lynton and Lynmouth

These two villages are often referred to as “Little Switzerland” and are connected by the historic cliff railway which offers spectacular coastal views.

Porlock

Known for its picturesque harbour, ancient churches and traditional pubs.

Simonsbath

Located in the heart of Exmoor, surrounded by lovely moorland and offering peaceful walks.

 

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