Exmoor Cottage Holidays, Coast and Country Holiday Guide
Exmoor Cottage Holidays, Accommodation and Holiday Guide
  Exmoor Holiday Accommodation Guide & Visitor Information 2021
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The refreshing, relaxing 'Great Outdoors' to be found on Exmoor is a natural choice for all kinds of holidays and short breaks. Take your time and enjoy a few days beside the seaside. Or head for the countryside. Go walking, horse riding, fishing or wildlife spotting. Stay in a picturesque village or popular resort. Explore Exmoor's remarkable range of beautiful landscapes and seascapes.

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Lovers of breathtaking scenery take delight in beautiful Glen Lyn Gorge, with its waterfalls and in the ‘Little Switzerland’ of the Valley of Rocks near Lynmouth. In the deep and spectacular Doone Valley, north of Simonsbath, Exmoor’s ‘own author’ R.D. Blackmore set memorable scenes from his smash hit novel Lorna Doone. Ancient monuments include the magnificent clapper bridge of mighty stones that crosses the River Barle at Tarr Steps, and the Bronze Age burial mounds on Dunkery Beacon.

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Among Exmoor’s many superb old buildings you’ll find the impressively romantic Dunster Castle on its hill above the medieval village of Dunster, Cleeve Abbey at Washford, the tiny and highly atmospheric ‘Church in the woods’ at Culbone on the coast path, National Trust properties as fine as Arlington Court, south of Combe Martin, with its rare and delightful Victorian pleasure grounds and fantastic collections of shells and model ships, and Knightshayes Court, south of Dulverton, where Victorian Gothic designer William Burges gave his eccentric genius full play in over-the-top splendour.

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Active facts

Watchet The Exmoor National Park has information centres – at Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth – along with knowledgeable visitor centres at Watchet, Porlock and Minehead to help you get active and explore.
Holiday Accommodation Tarr Steps is the largest clapper bridge in Britain, and has been a source of fascination for locals and visitors alike for hundreds of years. Yet even after countless expert investigations, no-one can be sure how old it is – 1000 BC seems the best guess. Or should that be 1000 AD …?
Bed and Breakfast At only 35 feet long, the Church of St Beuno at Culbone claims to be the smallest church in Britain.
Holiday Cottage For one of Britain’s most breathtaking collisions of land and water, go to Great Hangman near Combe Martin, an awesome 800ft (244m) sea-cliff.
Exmoor Holiday hotel The terrifying and lawless Doone family of R.D. Blackmore’s Lorna Doone were based by the author on a gang of Scottish outlaws who arrived on Exmoor in the early 17th century, took refuge in Lank Combe, a remote valley of the moor, and proceeded to rob, torment and murder the locals. So brutal were their deeds that, when he came to write his novel in the 1860s, Blackmore had no trouble digging up grisly tales that had remained in family folklore on Exmoor for almost 250 years.

Walkers are spoiled for choice with three long-distance paths to explore – the South West Coast Path National Trail running east-west along the cliffs and shores; the Two Moors Way that comes up from south Devon and crosses the moor from south to north, ending in Lynmouth and the Coleridge Way, opened in 2005, that runs 36 miles from Nether Stowey (once the home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, of Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner fame) across the Quantock and Exmoor hills to Porlock Visitor Centre. Then there’s always the fantastic Watchet Mineral Line trail to explore, following the path of the old railway up into the hills.

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