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Exford Car-Free Day Out

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Exford church
Exford church

A great car-free day out around Exford, taking in the village and the surrounding countryside on foot. Or you can take the bus to local villages and attractions along the bus route.


¨ The River Exe

¨ St Mary Magdalene church

¨ Scenic walks in the surrounding countryside

¨ Bus ride to Porlock, Minehead and Dunster, in season

¨ Bus rides or drives to local attractions

Walk around Exford

Exford is in the heart of Exmoor, on the young River Exe. This delightful village still has the essence of a true English village. A large village green is central to the village, still with its shops, Post office, cafes, hotels and church on the hill. The village has been home to the Devon and Somerset Staghounds since 1875. It is common to see the hunt gathering with well-presented grooms and horses surrounded by hounds, ready to gallop into the country. Exmoor holds to the traditions of horse-riding, shooting and fishing and Exford makes the perfect centre for enjoying these outdoor pursuits.

An enjoyable walk can start from the bus stop by the green, passing through the car park to follow beside the River Exe. At Court Farm turn left up the track. There are footpaths that then go to the left to Exford church with its medieval cross and beautiful screen. It then continuing behind the church to join another footpath back to the village. This walk can be extended to a 4 mile walk via Higher Combe, Stone Cross and Prescott Down.

Bus outings

Take the 400 from Exford on a circular journey that goes to Porlock, Minehead, Dunster, Wheddon Cross and back to Exford. We recommend you check bus times at the Exford Post Office or at Traveline,


Dovery Manor Museum, Porlock. Positioned at the Minehead end of the High Street, this museum has a collection of artefacts, book and photos based on the local area.

Dunster Castle. A romantic turreted castle set high on a hill in its own deer park, overlooking the village. Owned by the National Trust with regular tours.

Dunster Working Water Mill. Built in 1680, this mill is still producing flour from wheat. See the mill working and enjoy tea in the gardens.

Other Car-Free Days Out in this series

¨ Dunster

¨ Lynmouth

¨ Dulverton

¨ Porlock

¨ Combe Martin

¨ Minehead

Public Transport

For up-to-date information please contact Traveline on


Timetables for public transport are correct at the time of going to press, but may be subject to change over the lifetime of this blog. We recommend that you check the current bus timetables and opening times of attractions and eating places before travelling.


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