Things To Do
Exmoor is somewhere to enjoy nature at its best. By day the hiking, along the coast path, along hidden river valleys or across the open moors, is second to none, with views of the Bristol Channel to one side and the rolling hills on the other. Mountain biking is popular too, with many trails and challenges along hundreds of miles of bridleways and paths. For those with strong legs road cycling can be a real challenge, especially around Lynton.
If you like rock pooling then Exmoor is perfect for you. Combe Martin has a sandy beach but there are rock pools too, as well as at Lee Bay, Woody Bay, Lynmouth and Watermouth Cove. Ilfracombe also has beaches that have to be reached via a series of Victorian tunnels. The Tunnels Beaches are Blue Flag beaches too. Another Victorian oddity that’s worth the entrance fee alone (for sheer open-mouthed gawping) is the water show at Watermouth Castle. There’s more there besides, including old fashioned penny arcades and rides and amusements but that’s our tip for entertainment!
There are a number of golf courses in the region, with some more famous courses nearby. The Royal North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho! is England’s oldest course whilst the links at Saunton are a real challenge. Other courses are at High Bullen, High Bickington and Chulmleigh.
For fishing and watersports the South West Lakes Trust lake at Wimbleball is a real treat. You can take courses or hire equipment from here – and that includes sailing dinghys, rowing boats, kayaks and even gilis for the day.
As far as family friendly attractions are concerned there is no shortage of fun to be had for everyone. Exmoor Zoo is small but perfectly formed with lots of lovely creatures and touchy feely sessions for anyone who dares to get up close and personal with spiders and snakes. If you don’t like that you can always go and say hello to the meercats and otters. Guaranteed to lift your mood.
Scarier than even a big spider (although not real) are the dinosaurs at the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Seriously, if you like being squirted with water by a life size Tyrannosaurus Rex then this is for you. Of course there’s more besides, including lions, sea lions and lovely lemurs. You can feed them too.
If you prefer to see animals in the wild then you could always take an Exmoor Safari in a 4x4 with expert guidance. You might not see the Exmoor Beast (supposedly an escaped big cat) but you will see red deer, Exmoor ponies and plenty of wildlife of the feathered variety.
If you like the idea of a blissful holiday in the great destination of Exmoor, then why not take a look at our great selection of cottages in Exmoor. We have cottages in Exmoor that will be ideal for a large group or family that needs lots of space and a safe surrounding. If you fancy a quiet romantic getaway, you will love some of our smaller properties in Exmoor, some with an open fire-place, some with internet access and you can even treat yourself to a cottage with a hot tub.Read more