When you visit the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, you will be spoilt for choice...
In North Devon and West Somerset is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the country, Exmoor National Park. If you’ve booked a stay in one of our holiday cottages in Exmoor and this is your first time in the area, one of the things that may surprise you when you go exploring, is the tranquillity of the area in general and the truly stunning and rugged coastline. You may think you know what to expect, but it is not until you’re surrounded by it all that you get a true sense of the place.
Inland in Exmoor National Park you find the undisturbed heather-clad moorlands with deep valleys and ancient oak woodland. On the coast you get to experience the beauty of the sea-cliffs, which are the highest in the country, as well as a bounty of rivers and waterfalls. And dotted among all this natural, rugged and undisturbed beauty, are medieval villages and towns, resorts and harbours.
If you enjoy walking, hiking and biking, you won’t find a more perfect travel destination than Exmoor National Park. With a true abundance of walking and cycling paths throughout, as well as some great off-road terrain for hiking, you are spoilt for choice. To name but a few, visit the picture-perfect harbour at Porlock Weir where you will find a super 2-mile walk west along the coastal path to the smallest parish church in the whole country, Culbone Church. Visit Tarr Steps near Liscombe which is the longest clapper bridge in the country and it has an easy trail where you can take in the riverside. Finally, Lynton and Lynmouth are two truly lovely village where a boat tripcan be taken to take in (visitlyntonandlynmouth) the stunning cliffs and scenery.
Exmoor National Park is famous for the Exmoor Pony, a horse breed native to this country. At Exmoor Pony Centre you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the tame brothers and sisters of the semi-feral Exmoor Ponies that roam in many parts of the area.
Stay near Exmoor Pony Centre in Lower Goosemoor Cottage
, an idyllic hideaway situated in a private valley at the end of a track in Exmoor National Park. Lower Goosemoor Cottage is 4 miles from the hilltop village of Wheddon Cross and close to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor in a location that really does leave guests awestruck.
For a close up look at the majestic Red Deer of Exmoor National Park, Exmoor Safaris is the place to go as they offer a number of exciting wildlife excursions and tours that will surely captivate, educate and offer a unique experience. Exmoor Safaris offer three of the arguably most experienced guides to roam the Exmoor National Park, all have a wealth of knowledge of the Exmoor National Park wildlife in general and the famous Red Deer in particular.
If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable day out with the family, definitely visit Exmoor Falconry & Animal Farm. Here you will experience some wonderful animals, donkeys, alpacas, pygmy goats, macaws, owls, pigs and many, many more! If you fancy “flying an owl”, this is one of this experiences offered here, as well as some impressive birds of prey in action, pony rides and alpaca walks. Fun for all.
A 25-minute drive up the coast to the West of Exmoor Falconry and Animal farm and North West from the base of Exmoor Safaris is our popular Treetops Cottage
, a true 'hideaway' surrounded by National Trust woodland where fallow and red deer are frequent visitors. There are superb views of the coastline from above the bay and, for keen walkers, the South West Coast Path is very close by.