Near Exmoor House: things to see and do on your break or holiday

Exmoor National ParkExmoor is excellent for walking, cycling, exploring, or just pottering around. During your stay at Exmoor House you will have plenty of opportunities to get out and about... and to work up an appetite for our great food. Don't want to walk or cycle? There are many other activities and attractions.

Exmoor, one of Britain’s best-kept secrets, can be summed up in one word: beautiful. Two-thirds in Somerset and one third in Devon, it's one of our smallest National Parks. There is an amazing variety of scenery, from bleak moorland to deep wooded valleys (or combes). The moors meets the sea in several places, e.g. at Lynmouth and Minehead. From Exmoor's highest point, Dunkery Beacon (near Wheddon Cross, the home of Exmoor House), there are views down to Dunster and the Bristol Channel on one side and wild moors on the other. The Holnicote Estate, owned by the National Trust, has heather moorland, dramatic coastline, picturesque farms and cottages, and unique ancient woodland around Horner.

Exmoor's dark skies make it a great place for anybody who is interested in astronomy or simply enjoys stargazing: see the MilkyExmoor International Dark Sky Reserve Way and view meteor showers and eclipses. Exmoor is the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe (and only the second in the world). More details about seeing the stars: Exmoor National Park

Interested in wildlife? How about Exmoor ponies and red deer? Birdlife includes buzzards and dippers, and Somerset is famous for its starling murmurations. See our Exmoor nature calendar too.

Unlike some National Parks, Exmoor never gets too crowded. But whichever way you go, whether on foot, by bike, public transport or driving, there is plenty to see. Some places to visit (all of which you can get to very easily from Exmoor House) include Exford, Simonsbath, Tarr Steps, Withypool, Winsford, Dulverton, Porlock, Dunster, the Doone Valley, the Brendon Hills, the Quantocks... the list goes on. More ideas: links

Exmoor has several good places for fishing; tuition is also available (we can give you contact details). Horse riders can book full or half day rides with one of the local stables. Round of golf? There's a links course at Minehead. Prefer tennis? Wheddon Cross has its very own all-weather court. Exmoor is also a focus for country sports including point-to-point races and shooting (pheasant, partridge, clays). Several arts festivals take place each year too: for example the Simonsbath Festival and the Two Moors Festival.

Exmoor National Park PartnerFor pictures of Exmoor in all seasons, see the photo albums on our facebook page. And this short film gives a great introduction to the area. Find videos and ideas about things to do on the Exmoor National Park YouTube channel and Visit-Exmoor

Autumn on Exmoor

The changing Exmoor seasons are always a delight. October and November are a time for colourful trees, red deer rutting - and Somerset carnivals.
More ideas: Exmoor events
And here are a few reasons why we love this time of year.
Stay at Exmoor House and you can enjoy some fab food and total relaxation...

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Exmoor House
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