Places of Interest in Exmoor
Exmoor’s Northern boundary stretches for 34 miles from Combe Martin through Lynmouth and Porlock to Minehead. It is England’s highest coastline and the coastal pathprovides spectacular walking. Dunkery Beacon (1707 feet above sea level) is within four miles of Triscombe. The gentle climb to the summit gives panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and several counties.
A drive or walk across the wild moorland is sure to be rewarded with scenes of wild Exmoor ponies, cattle and sheep. In spring, walk or ‘park and ride’ to Snow Drop Valley three miles away. The National Park arrange guided walks throughout the summer. Riding stables are within a few miles.
The National Trust villages of Selworthy and Horner are picturesque. Enjoy a walk through Horner Woods, one of Britain’s ancient woodlands. There are mountain bike trails. Coarse and fly fishing are also available locally at Wimbleball and Clatworthy lakes, sea fishing on the coast is within ten miles.
Historic Dunster, overlooked by the Castle and with the ancient Yarn market, working water mill, Priory Church Gardens and every kind of gift shop and hostelry, is also well worth a visit. Dunster’s prosperity was based upon the cloth making and wool trade and today is a bustling village six miles from Triscombe Farm.
Special events, festivals and carnivals take place throughout the year. Dunster’s Country Fair at the end of July and Dunster by Candlelight in December are particularly popular.
In the early May the traditional Hobby Horse entertains in Minehead in aid of local charities. Details of specific events are available from Exmoor National Park and can be found in the cottages.
- Exmoor National Park
- Visit Exmoor
- Visit Devon
- Somerset Tourism
- What’s on Exmoor
- South West Coast Path
- Two Moors Way
- Exmoor Producers
- Exmoor Adventures
- Red Stag Safari
- Exmoor Pony Society
- Historic Dunster Castle + Watermill
- West Somerset Steam Railway
- Tarr Steps on River Barle
- Dulverton – Headquarters of Exmoor National Park
- Lorna Doone Valley
- Valley of the Rocks
- Lynton & Lynmouth
- Knighthayes (Tiverton)
- Hestercombe Gardens (Cheddar Fitzpaine)
- Watchet Marina
- Wimbleball Lake
- Channel Adventure
- Somerset Cricket Museum (Taunton)
- Birds of Prey Centre (Bossington)
- Cleeve Abbey and Washford Mill
- Barnstaple and the North Devon Coast.
- Quantock Hills
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Events in 2018
Many of the events run by the National Park are free – they just ask for a donation to CareMoor for Exmoor, which raises necessary funds for the National Park. Please click the links to find out if you need to book in advance and for more details. There’s also an event planner on the Exmoor National Park website.
14th October Minehead Triathlon, organised by Channel Events
20th October – 4th November Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, celebrate and explore the wonders of Exmoor after dark. Many events sold out in 2017 so book well in advance.
20th October Ralegh’s Cross Long Walk, 9.45am-3.45pm
20th October Porlock Apple Press and Rural Crafts Festival, 10am-4.30pm
23rd October Barton Woodfest in the woods above Watersmeet, Lynmouth, family event
25th October Watersmeet and the East Lyn River, moderate walk, 11am-2pm
25th October Exmoor Pony Centre Halloween Activity Afternoon, noon-3pm
31st October The Webber’s Post Big Adventure, family games and activities, 10am-4pm
4th November Lymouth Beachside Bonfire Bonanza, bonfire & fireworks with lantern parade, food and drink etc, 5pm
10th November Mineral Line Bus Trip, follow the path of the original mineral line from Watchet to the Brendon Hills
19th November Open Day at Simonsbath Saw Mill, 10am-4pm (open 3rd Monday of the month)
2nd December Dulverton by Starlight, celebration of winter with crafts, Father Christmas, fireworks etc
7th & 8th December Dunster by Candlelight, celebration of winter with live entertainment, Dunster Castle decorated for the festive season and lots of street food and drinks, from 4.30pm.
9th December Christmas Fair at Exmoor National Park’s Lynmouth Pavilion, children’s crafts, 10am-4pm
15th & 16th December, 21st – 24th December Santa Specials on Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
22nd – 30th December Watersmeet Christmas Trail, 11am-3pm
29th December – 1st January Mince Pie Specials on Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Various shows and performances at The Regal Theatre in Minehead – more details on their website