Exmoor Attractions & Events


Exmoor is a special place, unspoilt and hauntingly beautiful. 

It is a place that invites exploration, a place of contrasts; dramatic coastlines with plunging cliffs, sheltered bays, beaches and historic ports, and then the wide open space and wilderness of the moors, that lead down to wooded valleys with quiet trails for you to enjoy.

"...a place where you relax in quiet charm, or get stuck into a wide range of outdoor activities"

Dulverton

Our nearest town is Dulverton, known as the Gateway to Exmoor.

It is a delightful historic town, full of character and a good selection of independent shops, galleries, antique and second hand book shops and inviting tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, just two miles from the cottage.


"...an ideal Sunday morning stroll along the river for papers and coffee"

Dulverton, Somerset - Photo by David Smith © David Smith


Exmoor National Park

© Paul Waby

The Park’s night sky is the first place in England and only the second in the world that has been awarded special protected status. The remarkable lack of light pollution produces exceptional conditions for stargazing. 

"... a meteor shower and expect to see around 50-60 shooting stars an hour, but don’t forget the blankets and a flask of hot chocolate!"

Visit some of the highlights, such as the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps.

To check what events are on during your stay visit: Exmoor National Park.

The Tarr Steps bridge across River Barle - Photo by Lewis Clarke © Lewis Clark


Exmoor National Park - Photo by Mike Watson © Mike Watson


Exmoor Safari, Birds of Prey and Owls

Explore the unspoilt moorland, valleys, woodlands and wildlife of Exmoor National Park in the comfort of air-conditioned vehicles and with experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Discovery Safari provide a 2.5 hour long tour of the unspoilt moorland, valleys, woodland of Exmoor combined with a lively, informed commentary.

Exmoor Safari offer a selection of wildlife excursions and tours that are sure to captivate even the most avid of wildlife enthusiasts.

Red Stag Safari offers carefully planned 3.5 hour safaris that take you across the wildest and most stunning parts of the moor, with views of local landmarks and the wildlife.

Barle Valley Safari offer 3 hour long tailored tours of seldom frequented tracks and ancient bye-ways and view of the elusive Red Deer and the famous Exmoor Ponies in their natural habitats.

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.



Cycling

Exmoor is perfect for cycling both on and off road. Visit the Exmoor National Park website for comprehensive information on cycling and cycling events.

Or, take some of the effort out of cycling and hire an electric bike at Exmoor Unplugged.


Cycling in Exmoor National Park




Exmoor walking path - Photo by Lewis Clarke © Lewis Clark


Walking

Walk straight out of your front door, with your dog, and explore the unused railway track, pretty country lanes or watch the local red deer herd at dusk.

Maps and guides for numerous Exmoor walks including the Dulverton Circular Walk and the Exe Valley Way which pass nearby are available in the cottage for your personal use.

Visit the Exmoor National Park website for more comprehensive walking on Exmoor maps.

Join a Treasure Hunt. We personally loved doing this downloadable Treasure Hunt. It’s great fun and it gives a good overview of Exmoor and North Devon. Try the one that starts in Dulverton.

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

Wimbleball Lake, just a short drive away, 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.

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.




Places of Interest

Discover the timeless village of Clovelly, where the steep, cobbled street tumbles down past gleaming white cottages to the tiny, deep-blue harbour.

Wild, beautiful and untouched the Hartland Peninsula is a designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a walkers’ paradise with shady lanes, sheltered footpaths, ancient bridleways and open moors.

Lundy Island off the coast of North Devon, is a peaceful and unspoiled granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide, with nothing between it and America across the Atlantic ocean.




Clovelly cobbled streets - Photo by Philip Halling (CC) © Philip Halling




West Somerset Steam Train - Photo by Mike Watson © Mike Watson


Railway and Boat Trips

Take a trip back in time on the West Somerset Steam Train, running between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. Alight at Washford Station to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Cleeve Abbey.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway - A trip to these picturesque towns in North Devon wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the famous cliff railway powered by water.

See seals, porpoises and dolphins during a coastal cruise aboard Ilfracombe Princess based in Ilfracombe.

The 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.

Arctic Sun super yacht charter, whether the charter is for family and friends or business colleagues, this flybridge Sunseeker provides a relaxing environment while the crew offer an attentive service.

Houses and Gardens

Dunster Castle, an ancient castle with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens, set above the medieval village of Dunster.

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.

Magnificent  National Trust country estates include:

Knightshayes Court, Somerset - Photo by Mike Watson © Mike Watson


Outdoor Pursuits


© Mike Watson


Beach Lovers

Woolacombe Beach (between Morte Point and Baggy Point) is only an hour’s drive away; a haven for beach bunnies and surfers of all abilities.

Visit on a sunny day and you’ll soon see why this three-mile long stretch of golden sand has won both the Blue Flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards, as well as being hailed as Britain’s Best Beach by Coast magazine in 2012, and more recently by Trip Advisor in 2015.

Take Kite Surfing lessons at North Devon Kitesurfing at Saunton Sands with its epic 3.5 mile stretch of golden sands.

Learn to surf at North Devon Surf School, with the longest established surfing school, just 50 metres from Westward Ho! beach.



Fishing

Fly fishing day tickets can be purchased for beats on two of Exmoor’s stunning rivers, The Barle and The Exe, available from Lance Nicholson the fishing and gun shop in Dulverton.

Nearby Wimbleball Lake, stocked with Rainbow trout, and Exebridge, Exe Valley Fishery where Nick Hart Fly Fishing and the Hart Fly Shop are based also offers good fly fishing opportunities and expert coaching.

For up to the minute conditions visit Fish the Exe and Southern & Soutwest Game Angling websites.

Deep sea fishing day trips are available with Osprey Charters in Ilfracombe on the beautiful North Devon coast.


Wimbleball trout angling fishing, Somerset




Horse Riding and Drag Hunting

Burrowhayes Farm, West Luccombe organise escorted rides for mixed abilities.

Brendon Manor Riding Stables, Lynton have a range of horses available to suit a range of abilities.

West Anstey Farm Stables ride on horseback straight onto the moor.

The Exmoor Pony Centre showcases this beautiful rare indigenous wild breed.

Exmoor Fox Hounds

Devon and Somerset Staghounds

Dulverton West Foxhounds

Exmoor Hireling

  

Shooting/ Clay Pigeon Shooting

Exmoor boasts some of the most exhilarating game bird shooting in the country.

We can arrange clay pigeon shooting with Shalden Shooting School at their ground in Shillingford, Devon.

Matt Brammer runs a ‘have a go’ sessions ideal for groups, ladies days and refresher coaching to polish up your technique in preparation for the game season.

We provide a gun cabinet at the cottage but ask for a small deposit for the key.



  

Ballooning, Exmoor Somerset



Hot Air Balloons

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime by Hot air Ballooning over the most awe-inspiring areas of the South West of England with a leading UK ballooning company, while sipping away on your champagne.

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