Exmoor National Park
Exmoor is an area of beautiful, unspoilt countryside that has something to offer throughout the year. Walking, cycling, riding, fishing, surfing, golf, exploring... There is so much on offer. Or it is an ideal spot for friends, families or just couples to escape and relax, in total peace and quiet, with just the wildlife for company!
Nestling at the heart of the spectacular Exmoor National Park, these holiday cottages have an enviable position. Although completely secluded, Simonsbath, a well known Exmoor landmark is barely a mile away with pub and Hotel, and Exford is within a 5 minute drive. Here there is a local shop, post office, pubs, hotels and a petrol station.
Situated in the middle of the National Park, Winstitchen is an ideal base for a walking holiday; you could go for a different circular walk from here every day of the week! There are over 600 miles of way marked walks in the National Park, varying in grade from challenging to gentle, but all with spectacular scenery.
- The South West Coastal Path begins in Minehead.
- The Two Moors Way starts in Lynmouth.
- Tarka Trail This is a 180 mile path which follows a figure of eight.
Walking maps and guides of Exmoor National Park are available, plus Walking Guide: www.walkingnorthdevon.co.uk
Some of the Tarka Trail follows the traffic-free disused rail track from Braunton to Petrockstowe. 25 miles of cycling which is ideal for families.
National Cycle Route. Route 3 of this network follows from Petrockstowe through Barnstable to Exmoor and then on to Dulverton.
If you can not or choose not to bring your own horses, there are plenty of good riding opportunities available locally.
- Knowle Riding Centre, Timberscombe Tel: 01643 841342
- Huntscott House, Wootton Courtenay. Tel: 01643 841272
- Burrowhayes, Horner Valley. Tel: 01643 862463
- Liscombe Riding Centre, Tarr Steps. Tel: 01643 851551
- Brendon Manor Farm. Tel: 01598 741246
- Periton Park, Minehead. Tel: 01643 705970
- Doone Valley, Cloud Farm. Tel: 01598 741278
- Westermill Farm, Exford. Tel: 01643 831238
- Fly Fishing:
- Clatworthy Reservoir - Tel; 01984 623549
- Horner Water - contact Horner Tea Gardens.
- Wimbleball Reservoir - 01837 871565
- Sea Fishing: Porlock Weir and Blue Anchor
- Saunton Golf Club, Near Braunton. Tel 01271 812436
- Ilfracombe Golf Club, Hele Bay. Tel: 01271 862176
- Portmore Golf Park, Barnstable. Tel: 01271 378378
- Highbullen Golf Course, Umbereigh. Tel: 01769 540561
- Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club Tel: 01643702057
The coast of Devon and Somerset is just a short 15 minute drive away with spectacular cliffs and coastal paths to explore.
- Minehead - A sandy beach with a long sea front, a lifeboat station and a small harbour at the western end.
- Croyde Bay - A great beach for surfing. No dogs allowed.
- Woolacombe - EU Blue Flag beach with 3 miles of sand and surf. A lifeguard always in attendance. Dog access restricted.
- Putsborough - Good sandy and surfing beach. Wonderful walking from Putsborough around Baggy Point and on to Croyde Bay. Dog access restricted.
- Saunton Sands - a three mile long expanse of sandy beach facing due west backed by impressive sand dunes. Dogs permitted.
- Hele Bay - a rocky bay, offering shingle and some sand at low tides. With much to explore, Hele provides fun for children with it’s abundance of rock pools.
- Watermouth cove is a very secluded harbour creating an ecosystem for many rare marine species. Surrounded by rocks the bay is sheltered from wind and tidal forces. Many boats moor here for this reason. Dog access restricted.
More information www.northdevon.com
Tarr Steps, Exmoor, North Devon.
Tarr Steps is a medieval clapper bridge over the river Barle which spans the fifty-five foot river in seventeen spans of flat stone. Close by are burial mounds of Bronze Age men from 5,000 years ago.
Watersmeet, Lynmouth, North Devon, This world-famous beauty spot lies in a deep tree-lined gorge where Hoar Oak Water joins the East Lyn River on its way to the sea at Lynmouth. There are many paths to and around Watersmeet to explore.
Braunton Burrows, Braunton, North Devon A stunning world class dune system a core part of the Biosphere Reserve. Set in a breathtaking location, and renowned for the diversity & aboundance of rare plants.
Valley Of Rocks, Lynton, Dominating the valley is Castle Rock, while other strangely weathered formations bear names such as Ragged Jack & Devil's Cheesewring. The valley is also populated by wild mountain goats.
Braunton Marsh & Great Field, Braunton, North Devon,N orth Devon N Braunton Marsh was reclaimed from the sea in the 19th centry with the building of massive banks & a network of delphs. An outstanding community of marshland plants, insects & related wildlife can be seen.
Taw & Torridge Estuary, North Devon The estuary is of major importance for its over-wintering & migratory populations of wading birds, as well as rare plants growing along its shores. Many rare species of birds can be found & seals are frequent visitors.
- Cascades Indoor Fun Pool Croyde Tel: 01271 890884
- Ilfracombe Swimming Pool Ilfracombe Tel: 01271 864480
- North Devon Leisure Centre Barnstable Tel: 01271 373361
- South Molton Swimming Pool Tel: 01769 572522
- Aquasplash, Minehead Tel: 01643 708000
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