Exploring the Brendon Hills in Exmoor National Park, Somerset

The Brendon Hills, very close to Exmoor House, are excellent for walking and touring. The Brendons link Exmoor with the Quantocks, stretching from near Bishops Lydeard to Wheddon Cross. If you walk the Coleridge Way you'll pass through some of this lovely area. Exmoor House is a great place to stay to explore the Brendon Hills, offering bed and breakfast accommodation as well as dinner.

Walking or cycling in the Brendons, you'll find wonderful views across the Bristol Channel (the hills rise to over 1200 feet) and unspoilt, resolutely untouristy villages such as Luxborough and Monksilver. You will also see some lovely Brendon Hills scenery if you travel from Wheddon Cross towards Ralegh's Cross and Taunton on the B3224. Take any of the side turnings to discover narrow, winding country lanes that are generally quiet and peaceful (though you might well see pheasants or partridges - they seem to enjoy sunning themselves on the road).

These days the Brendons are a haven of tranquillity, but that wasn't always the case. It's hard to believe it now, but from theThe Incline, Old Mineral Line, Brendon Hills mid to late nineteenth century the hills were alive with... iron ore mines. A special railway - the old Mineral Line - took the ore down to the coast at Watchet, from where it was shipped across the Bristol Channel to be smelted in Wales. The photo on the right shows The Incline, a remarkable feat of engineering in its day. It's now a scheduled ancient monument, with ongoing preservation work. You can find more details about the fascinating history of the mineral railway at www.westsomersetmineralrailway.org.uk/ and the West Somerset Mineral Line Association runs a programme of guided walks.

Find our blog post about the area here:
Discovering the Old Mineral Line, Brendon Hills, Exmoor

Summer on Exmoor

July, August and September are the season of festivals and fairs, so if you're visiting Exmoor in the next couple of months, why not join in the festivities? Visit our events page for some ideas.

But if it's peace and tranquillity you're after, then Exmoor National Park has that in abundance, too.

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