Once you have visited Exmoor you will want to return time and time again as there is so much to see and do.
There are numerous bed and breakfasts, guest houses, farm houses and charming hotels that can accommodate you whether you are looking for a short break or a long week’s holiday. From Exmoor National Park to the Quantock hills you will find stunning landscapes, England’s highest most spectacular sea-cliffs, clean air, tranquillity, high heather moorland, remote bays, wooded gorges, waterfalls, ancient oak woodland, valleys and combes.
The Exmoor National Park is a protected area; Exmoor was given its National Park status in 1954 to help conserve the area’s natural beauty and wildlife. It is home to a diversity of wildlife including the famous native Exmoor pony, wild Red Deer, over head buzzards and foxes.
It is possible to walk for hours across Exmoor and not see a soul. Although it is one of the smallest national parks it never feels too busy. Although Exmoor is hilly, it offers great cycling for all. Its hills present challenges to road cyclists and off-road enjoyment to mountain bikers. So bring your cycle and enjoy Exmoor's absence of traffic and explore its peaceful roads, country pubs and quaint tea rooms.
Here in Exmoor there are many riding stables that can cater for novice and experienced horse riders and offer hacks over the beautiful National Park. There are over 400 miles of well maintained bridle paths. If you decide to bring your own horse for a holiday look out for farm houses and B&B’s that cater for both you and your horse.
If you just want to sit back and soak in the scenery then you will find that there are many private companies which operate safaris and bus tours which run over Exmoor on tracks away from the busy roads.
There are a number of places to visit, including five National Park Visitor Centres at Dunster, Lynmouth, Combe Martin, County Gate and Dulverton. There are many historic houses and gardens, including those of Arlington Court to the south of Combe Martin, Knightshayes Court south of Dulverton and Dunster Castle. Other popular places to visit include Tarr Steps (largest clapper bridge in Britain) popular with visitors and locals alike and the Church of St Beuno at Culbone which claims to be the smallest church in Britain.
If travelling to Exmoor by car then from the M5 junction 27; follow the dual carriage way of the A361 down to the Tiverton roundabout, Turn right and follow the signs to Exmoor, Dulverton. If travelling by train then Wessex trains operates services from all over the country to Barnstaple, Taunton, Tiverton and Exeter.
Dartmoor is an area of moorland in the county of Devon well worth a visit. Like Exmoor the locals are really friendly and the scenery is magnificent. Dartmoor became a National Park in 1951 and is a haven for wildlife, including the famous Dartmoor ponies.
If you enjoy walking then Dartmoor has it all with its rugged Dartmoor landscape. Dartmoor National Park is the largest and highest upland in southern Britain. You can discover rich hay meadows and hedge banks, granite tors, lowland heaths, blanket bogs, and upland oakwoods. `
When visiting Dartmoor you really must indulge in the famous Devon cream teas. There are many pubs and restaurants full of character and charm serving local ales and traditional Devon fayre. Amongst the pretty villages of Dartmoor you will find local craft shops selling artwork, marbles, pottery and teapots.
There are a number of Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Farm Houses and charming hotels that can accommodate a short break or longer stays. Among some of the attractions in Dartmoor are the Becky Falls Woodland Park, Morwellham Quay, The House of Marbles, Miniature Pony Centre & Animal Farm, Buckland Abbey, Powder Mills Pottery and The Dartmoor Railway to name just a few. Dartmoor also has many popular landmarks including those of Tavistock Canal, High Willhays (highest point on Dartmoor) Childe’s Tomb (ancient burial site), Bowerman’s Nose (unusual rock formation), Crazywell Pool (artificial lake), Grey Wethers (ancient stone circles).
As well as walking Dartmoor is renowned for its sparkling clean rivers and perfect for fishing where you will find wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon.
If you want to ride across Dartmoor there are many riding establishments that can cater for novice and experienced horse riders. The riding is superb with plenty of woodland trails and bridleways. Like Exmoor many guest accommodation can cater for your own horse if you want to bring him/her on holiday with you.
Golf is also popular in Dartmoor with several courses offering stunning scenery and catering for both the professional and novice golfer. Other activities in Dartmoor include Letterboxing. There are thousands of hidden letterboxes on Dartmoor, each usually containing a book for visitors to sign and leave messages. There is also a stamp for recording your achievement quiet a fun way to explore the moors.
Cycling on Dartmoor is popular with families and those of all ages. Ride the quiet forest tracks or winding country lanes or attempted the steep rugged off-road routes suitable for energetic mountain bikers. You will find many centres within Dartmoor that hire out bikes of all sizes. So whether its adventure you require or just a restful break visit Dartmoor the heart of Devon you won’t be disappointed.