Our top 10 things to do on Exmoor. Exmoor is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and fantastic walking, but there is plenty more to see and do here. Here are a few suggestions from us to whet your appetite…
Cross Tarr Steps
This ancient ‘clapper bridge’ crosses the river Barle, near Withypool and Dulverton. Possibly dating from the Bronze Age, this bridge has stood here for hundreds if not thousands of years and is still functional to this day. 55 meters in length, this is the longest bridge of its type in Britain. You can complete a circular walk from here. Follow the river for about a mile before crossing a footbridge to return on the other side, finally crossing the Tarr Steps to return. Follow this link for more information on Tarr Steps
Visit Dunster Working Watermill
Since the medieval period, a water mill has stood on this site. Recently restored, the mill is now in full working order. Wholemeal organic flour is produced and available to purchase on site. Find out more on Dunster Castle, Grounds & Watermill
Amble around Porlock Weir
We particularly love Porlock Weir, but we’re not the only ones – Lonely Planet advises Porlock Weir as the number one place to visit on Exmoor National Park. Found out more on the vibes of Porlock Weir.
Climb up to Dunkery Beacon
At the top of Dunkery Hill sits Dunkery Beacon. This is the highest point in Somerset at 519m above sea level, also the point across the whole of southern England outside of Dartmoor. For epic panoramic views, you can either park just over half a mile away or walk from further afield to enjoy the rugged open moorland here.
Ride over the open moors
With so many miles of moorland, not forgetting forestry trails and ancient woodland paths… There’s no way to explore quite like on horse back. Whether you get in touch with a local riding centre or even bring your own horse on holiday, this is a fabulous place for a day in the saddle.
Walk the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path extends along the entire west country coastline. You can join it at various points along its length. Try a section from Bossington car park for a 4km (2.5 mile) walk on easy tracks and footpaths with some gentle ascent and descent, with views over Porlock Marsh and the Porlock Vale. Bossington car park – TA248HF
Visit Dunster Castle
There is plenty to see within the grounds of Dunster Castle, you will easily pass 4 hours here if you choose to. For more information on Dunster Castle click here
Take a trip to Cleeve Abbey
For an idea of monastery life 800 years ago, a visit to the magnificent Cleeve Abbey is an interesting yet tranquil day out in Washford.
Exmoor Pony Centre
The Exmoor Pony is truly rare – with world numbers lower that of the Giant Panda, this prehistoric breed is potentially threatened with extinction. Head to the Exmoor Pony Center Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Free admission although donations greatly appreciated!
Get active across Exmoor
Kayaking, coasteering, mountain biking, rock climbing and more! for a taste of outdoor adventure on Exmoor, there is plenty to choose from with local adventure companies such as Channel Adventures
Find the Goats at The Valley of the Rocks
Walk in a stunning landscape peppered with interesting rock formations and herds of feral goats (!). Find out more on The Valley of the Rocks
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Accommodation on Exmoor
We love Exmoor and hope you do too! If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, why not have a look at some of the cottages we have available. We are a small, family-run agency local to Exmoor and love to help guests find great places to stay and things to do here. Below are a few examples of our cottages, or follow the link to browse the full collection.