Destination: Exmoor


Coastal national park region of North Devon


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Introducing Exmoor

Exmoor is one of the smallest of Britain's National Parks, but contains within it an open landscape of wild open moors and wooded valleys so you can enjoy walks, cycle or take a horse ride along the excellent trail network, including 600 miles of marked footpaths. The national park is home to many rare and important species of plants, birds and animals, a treat for all nature lovers. You can also enjoy the comforts of a local cream tea in one of Exmoor's beautiful villages including Dunster with its 14th century church and priory, 18th century water mill and castle which overlooks the village. On the north coast of the National Park lie the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth - dubbed the Little Swizerland of England bye the Victorians because of the spectacular scenery and cliff railway.


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Region: South West England

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

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What's nearby? Devon, Torquay

What transport do you recommend? Transport is limited and there are local buses but a vehicle is by far the easiest transport option in the region.

Did you know? The 'Beast of Exmoor' is a black phantom wild cat similar to a cougar which has been regularly sighted in the region since the 1970's.

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What can I see in and around Exmoor?

Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton is a bright airy Victorian village with a selection of shops, tearooms and cafés, while Lynmouth, 500ft below, is the pretty harbour that nestles quietly beneath the cliffs where you can wander through the quaint fishing cottages that tumble down the street towards the quay and the distinctive Rhenish Tower. You can take the Cliff Railway (the most popular attraction in the area) which opened in 1890 taking passengers between the two places.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Lundy Island

Lundy is a unique and unspoilt island off the North Devon coast, where cars are not allowed. You can take a day trip there by ferry and view the fascinating array of wildlife including deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and rare birds. As well as walking, climbing and birdwatching on land there are water-based options including fishing, diving and snorkelling. There's even a 13th-century castle close to the island's small village.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information


Ilfracombe has been settled since the Iron Age. The resort has been popular since the 1830s when the Victorians started to visit the area and much of the architecture today is a reminder of that era. Each year the streets are awash with colour from June to October due to the town's growing reputation for its floral displays.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Woolacombe Beach

Just round the corner from Ilfracombe lies a spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headlands, which make a great place for walking and finding solitude with nature all around you. You can see the jagged slate rock formations and enormous boulders east of Morte Point, experience the long 3-mile stretch of golden sand at Woolacombe beach (one of the top 10 beaches in the world!) before you reach the quaint thatched cottage village of Croyde which dates back to Saxon times.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information


Barnstaple was first settled by Saxons over 1000 years ago, when the settlement was known as Barum. Today it is Devon's principal market town with a great fusion of Medieval, Victorian and Georgian architecture. The Pannier Hall has held a craft market since 1855. The unusual Butchers Row is a line of open fronted shops selling speciality foods from meat and fish to traditional clotted cream.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Coombe Martin

Coombe Martin is a popular seaside resort which includes the unusual 18th century 'Pack o' Cards Inn' which has 4 floors to represent the 4 suits, each with 13 rooms, making 52 rooms to represent a full pack of cards.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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