6 Places to visit in Exmoor

Explore these places to visit in Exmoor any time of the year with our useful guide to the highlights of this beautiful National Park.

Heddon's Mouth

Heddon Valley is a great spot for an afternoon stroll down a valley of trees and rocks to the dramatic Heddon's Mouth and along the cliffs to Woody Bay.

There's a carpark at the swiss-style Hunters Inn and it's a good place to stop for a well-deserved pint.

Distance: 40 minutes drive from the hotel.

Dunkery Beacon

Climb to the highest point on Exmoor at 1,705ft (519m), for fantastic views across the moors and a scattering of Bronze Age barrows to explore.  

Distance: 1 hour drive from the hotel.


Dulverton is a chic Exmoor village, steeped in the traditions of hunting, shooting and fishing.  

In addition to quality butchers and veg shops, there are also lots of upmarket ladies clothes stores and antique and lifestyle shops for a little shopping.

Distance: 1 hour drive from the hotel.


Enjoy the natural beauty of the deep river gorge at Watersmeet, where East Lyn and Hoare Oak Water meet.

There are lovely walks in the surrounding woods and a National Trust cafe where you can stop for lunch or a cream tea. It’s always worth combining with a visit to nearby Lynton and Lynmouth.

Distance: 45 minute drive from the hotel.

Lynton and Lynmouth

The picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are well worth a visit. From Lynton you can walk to the rugged Valley of Rocks to see the herd of wild goats and enjoy stunning views.

There's a unique water-powered Victorian cliff railway, built in 1888, which connects Lynton to nearby Lynmouth.

Lynmouth sitas at the mouth of the East and was popular with the romantic poets. You can walk from Lynmouth to Watersmeet (above) following East Lyn river, and when the weather's good, take boat trips along the coast.

Distance: Both Lynton and Lynmouth are 45 minutes drive from the hotel.

Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps is a picturesque stone clapper bridge crossing the River Barle and is the longest of its kind in England.

The bridge was first mentioned in Tudor records. The steps are surrounded by a protected forest, which has lots of lovely riverside walks and a variety of mosses and lichens, including a moss which appears to glow in the dark.

Distance: 1 hour drive from the hotel.