Stay in Exmoor
Situated on the border of West Somerset and North Devon, Exmoor is rich in hidden haunts, deep valleys, ancient oak woodland, England's highest sea-cliffs, sparkling rivers and waterfalls. The Exmoor landscapes and seascapes are dotted with medieval towns, villages, harbours and holiday resorts full of character and charm. Most of Exmoor also enjoys special protection. The National Park status guarantees natural beauty of the highest order and an abundance of wildlife, including the Exmoor Pony and wild red deer, whilst close by is the picturesque Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Exmoor landscape makes a great choice for all kinds of holidays and short breaks. You can enjoy a few days by the sea, explore the beautiful countryside, or local heritage. You could stay in a picturesque village, on a farm, or a popular resort. In Exmoor you can go walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing or wildlife spotting or simply relax and view the stunning scenery.
There is a broad range of accommodation in Exmoor. You may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering holiday cottage or a holiday park, simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
The 267 square miles of Exmoor is a unique moorland landscape that has been shaped by the people and by nature over thousands of years. When you visit Exmoor you will find remote Exmoor villages, traditional thatched cottages and narrow country lanes. On the edge of Exmoor are Minehead, Dunster and Dulverton, all well worth visiting.
On the north Devon coast are the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with a fascinating history that dates back many hundreds of years. From what was a rural coastal farming hamlet that has now become a popular tourist destination, yet they have retained charm and character. The towns are linked by a Victorian cliff railway, driven only by the power of water.
Lynton and Lynmouth
Known to the Victorians as Little Switzerland, these twin towns offer a tranquil and atmospheric setting for a romantic holiday. Full of quirky interest and stunning scenery including the spectacular Valley of the Rocks, the area makes a fantasic base for exploring the coastal fringe of the Exmoor region. Artists, photographers, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts all wax lyrical about the array of vistas and attractions on offer.
Minehead and Dunster
Famous as the setting for one of the largest Butlin's complexes in the UK, Minehead is also the terminus for the highly-recommended West Somerset Railway which wows holidaymakers with sensational views of the countryside as it steams through the hills on its 20 mile journey inland to Bishop's Lydeard. Minehead is also noted for its annual May Day festival, where a hobby horse (or sailor's horse) parades through the streets for three nights in early May culminating in Bootie Night amidst much revelry.
The nearby village of Dunster is a picturesque place to visit and soak in the atmosphere, with its romantic and well-preserved castle looming over the high street and its famous 17th Century yarn market.
Porlock is a small seaside village boasting links to the Romantic poets, notably Coleridge and Wordsworth, a flooded nature reserve that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a sunken forest. The South West Coastal Path and the Coleridge Way pass through the village which sits in a deep coastal hollow below the brooding heights of Exmoor. The weir offers facilities for sea fishing and there are stunning views across the Bristol Channel and over the Exmoor hills away to the south.
Porlock Weir is the location for an excellent visitor centre that charts the history of an area that used to be inland until about 8000 years ago, and where you can now see the remains of aurochs, the larger forebears of European domesticated cattle.
For your stay in Exmoor, you may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering cottage or a holiday park – simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
There are many exciting events happening near Exmoor through the year and Exmoor offers several excellent visitor attractions not to be missed.