exmoor holidays

 

Exmoor holidays offer the perfect place to relax and enjoy scenery that is simply stunning.

 

There are plenty of peaceful retreats in which to enjoy quality time with friends and family. If you are looking for things to do, there are outdoor adventures galore and plenty of local attractions.

 

combe martin in the exmoor national park

Combe Martin

Combe Martin lies at the centre of some of North Devon’s most spectacular coastal scenery, situated in a beautiful and fertile valley, or combe, on the western edge of Exmoor.

The approach to Combe Martin, along the coastal road, offers the visitor glimpses of some of the most stunning views in North Devon. The two headlands of Great and Little Hangman dominate the scene which greets visitors to the village as they journey down to the pretty sheltered harbour below.

Footpaths head off in many directions from the village, and are popular with walkers who enjoy the spectacular and unspoilt coastal views and the rugged majesty of the cliffs and heathlands of Exmoor. There are many viewing points, with easy parking, for those preferring to explore this magnificent area by car.

 

Exmoor National Park

exmoor1Straddling parts of west Somerset and north Devon, Exmoor is actually a patchwork of different landscapes, encompassing wild uplands, thickly wooded combes (valleys), ancient farms, sheltered villages and a stretch of coastline – with its dizzying hog’s-back cliffs – that is unsurpassed.

There are one or two ‘honeypot’ places, such as Tarr Steps, the ancient ‘clapper’ bridge over the magical River Barle, and Dunster, the beautifully preserved medieval village, but generally you won’t find yourself in a crowd.

Exmoor National Park is a unique natural environment consisting of romantic open moorland, ancient wooded valleys and stunning Heritage Coast.Exmoor National Park Authority works to protect and conserve its 692 square kms of beautiful coast and countryside, wildlife and ancient monuments for future generations to enjoy.Accommodation on Exmoor offers a warm welcome and often fresh local produce is on the menu.  Some specialise in green holidays to ensure the future sustainability of this special environment.

There is also pet-friendly accommodation so you can bring your dog or horse with you!  Horse riding, cycling or walking on Exmoor are great ways to experience the stunning coast and countryside.

It is the only place in the world where Exmoor ponies live wild and free alongside red deer, the UK’s largest land mammal.  Exmoor has Britain’s highest mainland cliffs and the country’s tallest tree grows near the medieval village of Dunster.

It is a haven of peace and tranquillity, but also brimful of outdoor activities for get up and go adventurers who want to enjoy a more active Exmoor.

News From Exmoor National Park

exmoor walking festival 2016

The Exmoor Walking Festival runs from Saturday 30th – April to Saturday 7th May inclusive and includes 32 guided walks from Croyde in North Devon to Watchet in West Somerset and down to Dulverton. The walks are led by enthusiastic locals, Exmoor rangers and wardens from the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Guided walks include Wildlife walk around Braunton Burrows, Heritage walks around Dulverton; Walks around Lorna Doone Country and an open moorland walk with a ranger from the Exmoor National Park Authority and a walk on Lundy Island. 
Those looking to learn the art of orienteering can join a ‘learn to map read’ walk in the Webbers Post and Horner area.

More information and photos:

Organiser: Bryan Cath, bryan@combewalks.com

Walks bookable online on the festival website:

www.exmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk/howtobook or through Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre: 01271863001