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Trip List by Julia W

More excitement on Exmoor

24 May 2006  Mother of two living off the beaten track
3.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

In and around Exmoor National Park on the north coast of Devon and Somerset

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Exmoor National Park, Kilve, Dulverton, Barnstaple, Woolacombe, Croyde, Lynton, Porlock, Minehead, Dunster
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Sports buffs, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Exmoor National Park
    Exmoor National Park, England

    Fantastic landscape of wide open moors, wooded valleys and farms, spreading down to the sea. Lorna Doone country. Dunkery Beacon the highest point with veiws across to Wales.

  • 2. Coast path - North Devon and Somerset

    Pathway network along the coast linking towns and villages with spectacular and remote cliffs and beaches. Long and short walks - try Porlock Weir to Culbone - tiny church with lepers widow in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3. Kilve
    Kilve, Somerset

    Village with access to coast, mud and rock rather than sand but ..... numerous fossil remains to be found underfoot and under overhanging cliff. Good teashop in former chantry blown up by smugglers brandy.

  • 4. Knightshayes

    Victorian National Trust property near Tiverton with extensive and beautiful terraced , landscape and newly restored kitchen garden. Children can run around , play the piano ( if they ask first) and help finish the jigsaw in the house. Usual National Trust shops and cafe in the stables.

  • 5. Hestercombe Gardens
    http://www.hestercombegardens.com/

    Entertaining visit for children and grannies alike with walk around restored valley landscape garden full of interesting follies and a stunning formal garden by Gertrude Jekyll. Good cafe, fun events.

  • 6. Dulverton
    Dulverton, Exmoor National Park

    Beautiful, quaint small town full of small unique shops and good eating places. Base for camping and walking holidays on the moor. Walk or drive upriver to Tarr Steps, and watch out for red deer and Exmoor ponies. Spectacular show of spring bulbs in the churchyard, followed by rhododendrons and azaleas in hillside gardens.

  • 7. Barnstaple
    Barnstaple, Devon

    Market town on north Devon coast, with plenty of small independent shops. A nightmare to drive around - try the park and ride if you can. Fun to hire bicycles and go on the Tarka trail to Bideford.

  • 8. Woolacombe
    Woolacombe, Devon

    Fantastic long, safe, clean sandy beach, stretching to Putsborough at the other end. Surf to your hearts content!

  • 9. Croyde
    Croyde, Braunton

    Surfers paradise

  • 10. Selworthy

    Picture postcard National Trust thatched cottage village with lovely tea shop.

  • 11. Lynton
    Lynton, Exmoor National Park

    Small hillside town linking to Lynmouth on the sea by a funicular railway. Valley of the Rocks nearby a spectacular landscape and Watersmeet upriver a wild and lovely place.

  • 12. Porlock
    Porlock, Exmoor National Park

    Full of little shops and hotels, linked to Porlock Weir, a small harbour on the sea always good for a visit in rough weather.

  • 13. Minehead
    Minehead, Somerset

    Seaside town, with a steam railway just right for small boys. Take a return to Watchet and go and visit the tiny museum. Watch out for vikings!

  • 14. Dunster
    Dunster, Exmoor National Park

    A fantastic little town set around a spectacular castle, with lots of little gardens and alleyways to explore in the back streets and around the fascinating church (once half monastery). Endless cafes, craft shops etc. Set bigger children to walk around the castle to the mill and then run uphill to the tower at the other end of town.

  • 15. Appledore

    Little harbour town further west along the north coast. Walk along the narrow streets or go crabbing off the quay. Nearby Northan burrows great for surfing and swimming, take a ferry at high tide to Instow ( but less clean beach as it is on the river), go to the park at Bideford and play on the swings, where you can eat lunch in a little art gallery.

  • 16. Torrington, Devon

    Little town, last to fall in the Civil War commemorated with the imaginative attraction Torrington 1646, also home to Dartington Glass where you can watch the glassblowers working. Grannies can nip down the hill to the Royal Horticultural Society Rosemoor Gardens.