Our Top 8 Beauty Spots on Exmoor

Our Top 8 Beauty Spots on Exmoor

In my opinion, Exmoor is one giant Beauty Spot. (Not that I’m biased, of course). But it is true – this area has not been made a National Park for nothing. There are acres of stunning moorland and rolling pastures. Gentle streams wind through hidden valleys to the craggy coast. Also, find gnarly ancient oak woodlands and dark, mysterious pine forests.

Clearly, the natural landscape provides a feast of variety for the heart and the eyes. But in addition to this, you’ll find a few markers of the humans that have inhabited this ancient landscape for millennia. These monuments and cairns, bridges and ports are sympathetic to the character and vibes of ancient Exmoor; created with care, in respect of the natural beauty that they honour.


Tarr Steps

A well-photographed spot – and good with reason! Head to Tarr Steps, a prehistoric stone bridge over the River Barle. The bridge itself is a thing of gravity and wonder (quite literally – those slabs are heavy..!), but additionally, the surrounding woodlands are well worth exploring.


Dunkery Beacon

For the ultimate head-clearer, why not head to the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon. Offering breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside, I love this atmospheric spot, whatever the weather.

The track to the top - Dunkery Beacon
Moody skies over Dunkery. credit: exmoor4all



A picturesque valley where the rivers East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water meet. From here, you’ll find scenic walking trails and a tea room. Oo, nothing quite like a cream tea to wash down a beautiful morning…


Lynmouth Bay

Next on the list, how about a mosey around Lynmouth Bay?  This charming seaside village has a picturesque harbour, sitting nestled between two steep hillsides. You could head up the water-powered cliff railway to visit neighbouring Lyton, for more scenic views.


Valley of the Rocks

One of the most visited spots on Exmoor, the stunning Valley of the Rocks is majestic and awe-inspiring. Enjoy a circular walk from here, or clamber up towering rock formations for spectacular views out to sea… You may even come across the herd of feral goats here, who seem to love doing the same!

The sun sets at The Valley of the Rocks. credit: stuckeyphotography


Wimbleball Lake

Whether you fancy an easy amble or cycle on the flat, or something more adventurous, Wimbleball Lake will have you covered. This beautiful reservoir is surrounded by rolling hills, with plenty of options on ways to enjoy the area. Find out more on Things to Do from Wimbleball Lake.

The greens and blues of Wimbleball Lake. credit: jamies__adventures


Porlock Weir

One of my absolute favourite places ever. Porlock Weir is quaint village on the coast with a charming harbour; only small but perfectly peaceful and authentic. Cross the bridge onto ‘Turkey Island’ and back around the shingles onto the marsh (..unless the tide is too high!). There are a few spots for an ice cream or coffee and a pub for some tasty grub.

Horner Woods

This understated yet pretty, peaceful woodland is in fact the largest one of the largest ancient oak forests in Britain. There are pretty walking trails, perfect for spotting wildlife…and even a few spots for some wild swimming if you fancy a plunge!

A mystical streamside in Horner Woods. credit: rogerdodger71


So there you have it… A most definitely non-exhaustive list of some fabulous spots on Exmoor. But to be honest, you’re pretty sure to find somewhere beautiful wherever you go in this little fairy-tale land.

For more Exmoor holiday inspiration, try this driving route, or learn more about Exmoor’s beaches. We also have a post dedicated to dog friendly Exmoor and Exmoor walks, or try peruse our guide on Exmoors Villages.

You will no doubt be looking for somewhere to stay after realising Exmoor has plenty to keep you entertained for weeks on end! We are a locally based, family-run business offering the best selection of holiday cottages on Exmoor. And they really are gorgeous; why not have a browse and see for yourself?


Credit for cover image: Leanne Coles