Exmoor National Park is one of the most rural, welcoming and adventurous places that the southwest has to offer. Whether you want to embark on some of the best Exmoor walks around or whether you want to pop into some of the renowned local pubs, there really is something for everyone.
So, If you are thinking of visiting soon then here are our top five things to do in Exmoor!
1. Visit Tarr Steps
First of all we have Tarr Steps! Tucked away in the beautiful Exmoor National Park, and boasting a nature reserve like no other, Tarr Steps is an ancient rocky clapper bridge built across the River Barle. It’s surrounded by a wooded valley that houses a whole host of wildlife. Tarr Steps is well known for its natural beauty and it’s a great stop-off point for long hikes and short Exmoor walks alike.
2. Walk Valley of the Rocks
Valley of the Rocks is one of the best walks in Exmoor for those of you looking for a rural escape. It runs in parallel to North Devon’s coast and displays views across the countryside. The walk is relatively level and has tarmac paths to make it more accessible. Furthermore, the rock formations are forged in a mountainous pile that makes for quite the spectacular view. It’s the perfect place to walk the dog, take the family or simply to get some peace of mind.
3. Treat Yourself: Visit Exmoor’s Local Pubs
There is nothing like a long walk that leads to a pub. After exploring some of the sights around Exmoor, why not head into one of the many pubs and say hello to the locals? Dulverton, a small rural town in Exmoor, is home to two of the best watering holes around! But with over seventy-five places stocking our gin, you really are spoilt for choice.
Here are two of our favourites:
The award-winning Woods
Woods Bar and Restaurant is a bucket list must-have for those of you that like a nice tipple. Not least because it was voted National Wine Pub of the Year between 2011 and 2018! They stock some of the best wine around and their hospitable nature makes their pub a great place to relax after a day spent exploring.
Fill up on your favourites at The Bridge
Another dining and drinking delight, The Bridge sits on the edge of Dulverton and looks over the beautiful River Barle. It’s the perfect pit stop during your Exmoor exploration because it offers a range of traditional pub lunches to fill up on!
4. Go on an Exmoor Safari
If you are feeling a little adventurous then heading on an Exmoor Safari is a great way to explore the wildlife on offer. Head out on the road with your very own tour guide and see if you can spot some rare birdlife, red deer and even wild ponies!
5. Love Gin? Do an Exmoor Distillery Tour
Finally we have our very own Exmoor Distillery. Of course we couldn’t miss this one out! If gin is your thing (of course it is!) then our very own Exmoor Distillery is a definite one for the bucket list. Pair the taste of the outdoors with a guided tour around the distillery to learn how our award-winning gin is made! We’re open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5:30pm. If we’re not at a local event then we’ll be open Saturday too!
Pop in and say hello or give us a call to arrange a tour!
For the pub lovers and wildlife explorers alike, Exmoor is full of adventures for you to embark on. So pop some (or all!) of these outings onto your list of things to do in Exmoor. Enjoy the wonders that we have to offer.
We look forward to seeing you!