Things to do

Exmoor really has something for everyone, it is a place full of contrasts; dramatic coastlines of plunging cliffs, sheltered bays and historic ports, wide open space and wilderness of the moors as well as the wooded valleys with quiet trails for you to enjoy. Exmoor is a holiday destination of unrivalled beauty and interest.

There is so much to see and do on Exmoor - here are some of our suggestions. The local Visitor Centres will also be able to provide you with a vast amount of information about the area, maps and suitable attractions.

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Walking on Exmoor

Exmoor is a walkers heaven, we can understand why people want to bring their walking boots and dogs with them on holiday!

The options are virtually limitless and many of our cottages have fabulous walking direct from the front door so you won't event need to start the car once you've arrived. Here are a few suggestion:

Horner Wood Walk and East Lyn Valley and Coastal Path Walk

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path National Trail passes right through Porlock Weir, starting in Minehead and finishing in Poole, Dorset. The coastal footpath links up with many other walking trails surrounding Porlock Weir, including Culbone Church, England's smallest complete church.

The Coleridge Way

Walk 36 miles through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work.

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Cycling on Exmoor

Exmoor has some of the best road and off-road cycling this country has to offer - the open moorland roads or tracks, steep valley climbs (and the descents of course) are unique to Exmoor.

If you are looking for a structured way to see the sights or test your cycling stamina, there are a number of annual events held on Exmoor including the Exmoor Beast Cycle Challenge, the Exmoor Beauty Cycle Challenge and Porlock Toll Road Hill Climb for the road cyclists. For the mountain bikers there's the ever popular Exmoor Explorer challenge.

r take (some of) the effort out of cycling - hire an electric bike at Exmoor Unplugged

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Dunster Castle

An ancient castle with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens, set above the medieval village of Dunster. Dating back over 1,000 years, Dunster Castle is now run by the National Trust as a tourist attraction with events and activities held during the year.

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Wildlife in Wood

An exhibition of life-sized wood sculptures, depicting many different species of wildlife found on and around Exmoor.

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Horse Riding on Exmoor

Burrowhayes Farm, West Luccombe organise escorted rides for mixed abilities. Brendon Manor Riding Stables, near Lynton have a range of horses and ponies available to suit a range of abilities.

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Dunster Water Mill

A working water mill built in 1680 - see how flour is produced as the wheat grain is fed down to the grinding stones before being bagged up for local shops.

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Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

Visit the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre to see their collection of owls, birds of prey and other friendly animals plus the opportunity to participate in full or half-day bird of prey experiences.

Tropiquaria Zoo

Tropiquaria is a small tropical house and zoo which is based in a 1930's art-deco BBC transmitter hall! As well as the animal displays and the opportunity to hold a snake, lizard or 'creepy-crawly', there other attractions including a Radio Museum and a range of indoor and outdoor children's play areas.

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo is neither a wildlife park or a city zoo, more a friendly and contact orientated zoo which has grown into the North Devon countryside. Opened in 1982 the zoo is now a good family attraction, especially for children.

West Somerset Adventures

Offering a variety of activities and day packages to suit those looking for an alternative Exmoor adventure, West Somerset Adventures is a local company based on the edge of Exmoor.

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures provides a range of outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, hill walking and orienteering activities across North Devon and Somerset.

Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake has lots of offer including tuition in various watersports activities, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rowing. Visitors can also launch their own craft or hire from the centre.

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West Country Farm and Food Tours

An opportunity to watch fine food being produced, visit real farms, learn about where what you eat comes from, and enjoy the most beautiful countryside all on a day out with West Country Farm and Food Tours. A return day trip includes a light lunch, visits up to three business, and stops at points of interest on the way - all with the company of a knowledgeable local guide with minibus transport and local food.

Torre Cider Farm

Sample and buy traditional Somerset Scrumpy.

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West Somerset Railway

Take a trip back in time on the West Somerset Steam Train, running between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

A trip to these picturesque towns in North Devon wouldn't be complete a ride on the famous cliff railway.

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Waverley Paddle Steamer

Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Sail from Minehead or Ilfracombe to see the stunning coastline of West Somerset or North Devon from this unique viewpoint!

Lundy Island

Lundy Island lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide.

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Dark Skie

Exmoor is one of the few places in England where low levels of light pollution allow us to truly experience the beauty of the night sky. In recognition of this, Exmoor has been designated Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve by the Dark Sky Association. You can enjoy star gazing on Exmoor at any time of year - just try and pick a clear night and there will be plenty to see.

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Watermouth Castle

A family tourist attraction featuring a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens.

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Woolacombe Beach

This three-mile long stretch of golden sand lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point on the North Devon coast.