The Old Forge, Holiday cottage in Exford, Exmoor National Park

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Activities and facilities
Things to do while on Holiday on Exmoor

The White Horse - meet here for the Exmoor SafariExmoor Safari:

The Exmoor Safari is a two and a half hour 4x4 trip across the moors.  This is a popular choice for visitors wanting the chance to see some of the resident three thousand red deer and exmoor ponies.  The Exmoor Safari leaves from outside the White Horse Inn in Exford and is the longest running tour business on Exmoor.  The guides foretell a history of the area, visiting historic sites and stopping at the most idyllic spots, providing excellent photographic opportunities.

Beaches:

There are many beaches just a short drive away from Exford, on the North Devonshire Coastline.

  • Blue Anchor Beach (14.4 miles)
  • Dunster Beach (13.3 miles)
  • Minehead Beach (14 miles)
  • Lynmouth Beach (16 miles)
  • Porlock Beach (8.3 miles)
  • Combe Beach (19 miles)
  • Woolacombe Beach (27.5 miles)
  • Croyde (31.4 miles)
  • Putsborough Beach (31.5 miles)
  • Saunton Beach (31.7 miles)

Horse Riding:

The countryside surrounding Exford is fantastic riding ground.  There is planty of space for those wishing to bring their own horses down, however, for those who don't there are some excellent riding stables for either hacking or schooling.

  • Outovercott Riding Stables (16 miles)
  • Burrowhayes Farm Riding Stables (7.2 miles)
  • Huntscott House Stables (10.3 miles)
  • West Anstey Farm (12.5 miles)

Gardens:

For a short stop of leisurely days out there are some exquisite gardens very much worth visiting.

  • East Lambrooke Manor Gardens (47.5 miles)
  • Hestercombe Gardens (29.2 miles)
  • Cothay Manor Gardens (17.5 miles)
  • Castle Hill (13.7 miles)
  • Marwood Hill Gardens (24.5 miles)
  • Rosemoor (29.7 miles)

Golf: 

There are a number of excellent golf courses in the surrounding area, boasting wonderful views and scenery.

  • Chulmleigh Golf Club (22 miles)
  • Portmore Golf Club (23 miles)
  • Morthoe & Woolacombe Golf Club (27.8 miles)
  • Ilfracombe Golf Club (23.5 miles)
  • Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club (13.8 miles)
  • Braunton Burrows (Next to Saunton Sands)

Places of Interest:

Valley of the Rocks

A dry valley that runs parallel to the coast about 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) to the west of the village of Lynton.  It is a popular tourist destination, noted for its herd of feral goats and for its geology, having good exposures of the Lynton Beds that are among the oldest Devonian Rocks in North Devon. (16.6 miles)

Lynton & Lynmouth

The twin town of Lynton & Lynmouth is situated on the North Devonshire coast surrounded by magnificent scenery, unequalled by any resort on England's shore.  The high ground of Exmoor falls to meet unusual "hog back" cliffs that plunge steeply over 600ft into the sea, providing a breathtaking backdrop to the two rural communities.  The Lyn Rivers tumble through deep wooded valleys, meeting at Lynmouth to flow across a rocky shore to the open sea.  A small harbour, planked by the famous Rhenish Tower, hints that a herring trade once sustained Lynmouth's community, whilst the small town of Lynton, originally supported by sheep farming, stands high on the cliff above its sister village. (16 miles)

Watersmeet

Located east of Lyton & Lynmouth, Watersmeet is a varied collection of rocky landscapes within Exmoor National Park.  The walk there takes you along the deepest natural gorge in England.  It is a very heavily wooded area.  You can walk on past Watersmeet to Rockford, Brendon, Malsmead & Ore, all offering superb scenery and refreshments. (14 miles)

Porlock & Porlock Weir

Porlock is a traditional Exmoor village with a long history of settlements existing on or near the site of the existing village, with stone-age remains only a short distance away.  It is an idyllic village with quaint shops and traditional English pubs.  Porlock Weir, only 2 miles away, is a quaint little harbour with a unique charm that has to be experienced.  The poets Wordsworth and Coleridge found Porlock very much to their liking and, indeed, Coleridge was interrupted by “a man from Porlock” whilst writing “Kubla Khan”; the consequence of which was that he lost his inspiration and never completed it.  In 1798 their friend, Robert Southey, stayed at "The Ship Inn" at the bottom of Porlock Hill.  To commemorate the association with Coleridge, Porlock is the western end of the Coleridge Way, the newly established walk from Nether Stowey in the Quantocks to Exmoor. (8.3 miles)

Minehead

This vibrant Somerset coastal destination offers stunning scenery, fantastic walking, cycling and horse riding and the longest heritage steam railway in the country.  Full of independent boutiques,quirky shops and plenty of pubs and restaurants, Minehead is a popular choice for all types of visiotors. (13.8 miles)

Dunster & Dunster Castle

The medieval village of Dunster is in Somerset, within the Exmoor National Park.  With it's castle, yarn market, tithe barn and a wealth of listed buildings, Dunster is a favourite destination for many tourists.  Dunster Castle is situated at the top of a wooded hill, and has existed since the norman era.  Visitors can relax of the south terrace, whilst enjoying ther superb panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and moorland. (11.2 miles)

Selworthy

Selworthy is a small three miles from Minehead. it is located in the national trust's Holnicote Estate on the northern fringes of Exmoor.  The parish includes the hamlets of Bossington, Tivington, Lynch, Brandish Street and Allerford.  At 308 metres (1,010 ft) Selworthy Beacon, which is above the village, is one of the highest points on Exmoor. (8.8 miles)

Cleeve Abbey

The cistercian Abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.  The Abbey is extremely popular with visitors today as they are able to catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago.  (17.7 miles)

Landacre Bridge

Dating from the early 17th century, Landacre Bridge carries the Exford-South Molton Road across the Barle Valley about seven miles south-west of Porlock, crossing the river as its flows south from the remote chains area.  It is one of several substantial stone bridges found on the moor. (3.4 miles)

Tarr Steps

The Tarr Steps are a prehistoric clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset.  They are located in a national nature reserve about 2.5 miles (4 km) south east of Withypool and 4 miles (6 km) North West of Dulverton.  A typical clapper bridge construction, the bridge possibly dates to around 1000 bc.  The stone slabs weigh up to 5 tons a piece.  According to local legend, they were placed by the devil to win a bet.  (7.3 miles)

Dulverton

Dulverton is a town and a civil parish in West Somerset and is considered to be the southern gateway to Exmoor National Park.  The town is located within Exmoor, near the Devon border, at the southern edge of the park. (10.8 miles)

Wimbleball Lake

The newly renovated facilities at this majestic lake in Exmoor National Park offer first class facilities both on and off the water.  The outdoor + active centre is open for tuition in various watersports activities including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, fishing and rowing.  Visitors can also launch their own craft or hire from the centre. (10.3 miles)

Family Activities:

Tropiquaria Animals and Adventure

Tropiquaria is a small tropical house and zoo is West Somerset. (17.5 miles) 

West Somerset Steam Railway

This traditional English transport allows you to travel through twenty miles of picturesque Somerset coast and countryside.  There are ten stations en-route and they are dog friendly and bike friendly. (13.7 miles)

Exmoor Pony Centre

The Exmoor Pony Centre provides a permanent, specialist base for the work of the Moorland Mousie Trust.  Set in the middle of the moors, the centre is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the Exmoor Pony. (9.4 miles)

Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm is a family-run business which has been producing quality honey since 1949.  The 1500 hives are kept deep in the North Devon countryside amongst the wild flowers from which the bees collect their sweet nectar.  Every August, when Exmoor turns purple, all of the hives are moved up to the moors to collect the exquisite Exmoor Heather Honey. (13.6 miles)

Exmoor Zoo

Neither a wildlife park or a city zoo, Exmoor Zoo is a friendly and contact orientated zoo that has grown into the North Devon countryside.  You get to meet the animals, join in the handling sessions, touch a snake, hold a spider, feed a wallaby and learn about the animals during talks and feed times. (14.2 miles)

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

This family-orientated park is full of enough wildlife to keep the kids entertained all day.  Whilst walking around the wooded grounds keep your eye out for the life-sized dinosaurs hiding in the forestry. (19 miles)

Watermouth Castle & Family Theme Park

With a Victorian museum, mechanical musical instruments and an underground water spectacular, this park is full on animated fairytale scenes.  Stroll through the gardens, visit the gnomeland, swing boats, riverboat ride and much much more for an entirely enjoyable day out. (17.5 miles)

Tarka Trail Cycle Hire

The Tarka Trail is one of the country's longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths and forms part of the Devon coast to coast cycle route. (21.3 miles)

Dartington Crystal

Handmade since 1967, Dartington Crystal is the premier name in hand-made English crystal.  It is the only remaining major crystal factory in the UK and, when visiting the centre, you can learn all aspects of the craft, visit the shop and enjoy demonstrations. (29.2 miles)

Atlantis Adventure Park

At Atlantic Village you can have both family fun at Atlantis Adventure Park and still take home plenty of bargains from over 35 outlet stores, which include M&S Outlet, Cotton Traders, Asda, Whittards and many more. (35 miles)

The Big Sheep

A great day out for the whole family.  With a brewery, garden centre, shops and of course exceptional facilities for the children, ‘The Big Sheep’ is one of the best all-weather days out in North Devon. (34.1 miles)

The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden

For an ecologically interesting day out, visit the 4 acre reserve comprises woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden - home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns. (43.6 miles)

Milky Way Adventure Park

At the Milky Way there are attractions to suit all ages, whatever the weather.  With over 85,000 sq ft of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, and a “Britain’s Got Talent” semi-finalist to wow you with his show, this proves to be an excellent day out for adults and children. (41.4 miles)

National Trust:

Devon is full of stunning period estates set within beautiful surroundings.  Being open to the public, they are a wonderful way to spend a sunny Devonshire afternoon.

  • Arlington Court (17.5 miles)
  • Dunster Castle (11.3 miles)
  • Knighthayes Court (24 miles)
  • Killerton (34.9 miles)
  • Barrington Court (42.3 miles)
  • Montacute House (51 miles)

Outdoor Pursuits:

Nick Thorn Surf School

The team at Nick Thorn Surf School have helped hundreds of people get into the water and experience the thrill of surfing their first wave.  The dedicated instructors provide a supportive environment where you can master the fundamentals of the sport in preparation for your future surfing adventures. (27.5 miles)

The South West Shooting School

The South West Shooting School is situated in an idyllic wooded valley in the heart of the glorious Devon countryside a few miles from Ilfracombe, reached by roads running along the ridge of North Devon with stunning views north across the Bristol Channel to Wales and South to Dartmoor.  The stands are ideally positioned facing down sun; also whilst the guns are cosily out of the wind in the valley the clays are flying in the wind!  The shooting school must be without equal in the country for the variety of targets that can be presented. (22.9 miles)

North Devon Classic Car Hire

For a great day travelling around the countryside, why not choose a classic car to heighten your experience.  They specialise in providing you with classic sports cars and will you to enjoy the thrill in the ride. (12.7 miles)

 

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