Exmoor National Park, Devon and Somerset

If you fancy a good day out when you’re on holiday at one of our Devon country cottages at Stonehayes Farm, take yourselves over to Exmoor National Park where you can explore to your heart’s content. This is one big beautiful and varied landscape that covers 267 square miles in Somerset and Devon and has some of the most spectacular scenery in England; head over the rufty-tufty moors, covered with heather in the summer, where Exmoor ponies live wild and free and the views are incredible – especially from Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in the park.

A day in Exmoor National Park is a day of discovery; follow the narrow winding lanes to picturesque villages, like Selworthy where low thatched cottages stand around the green and cream tea can be had at Periwinkle Tea Room. Go to Tarr Steps and wander down the hill to where the clapper bridge crosses the river, have a leisurely lunch on the terrace at Tarr Farm Inn with the sound of the babbling waters and birdsong in the air. Tuck into homemade cakes at Watersmeet where a 17th century fishing lodge is now a very charming tea room, amble along the river to Lynton where you can ride the Victorian railway down the cliff to Lynmouth or stroll out to the Valley of Rocks where wild goats happily graze.

While away an hour or so at sleepy Porlock Weir where you can watch the comings and goings at the harbour then stroll up the hill for lunch at The Ship Inn. Climb up through the wooded cliffs to Culbone Church, the smallest parish church in England, discover the beautiful Lorna Doone Valley and the medieval village of Dunster where you can take a tour of the castle high on the hill. Head to Combe Martin for surfing or for a family trip to Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park; kids will also love Exmoor Zoo and Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre. Venture forth, have days out to remember when you visit Exmoor National Park.

All information correct at the time of writing

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