Exmoor National Park
Exmoor may be one of England’s smallest National Parks but it has a greater diversity of landscape than any other, and encompasses the best that the West Country has to offer.
Exmoor has everything; colourful heather-clad hillsides, sun-dappled oak woodlands, quiet river valleys, bright flower meadows, mixed hedgerows and orchards, a splendid coastline and a wealth of unspoilt villages. For the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge Exmoor was ‘Xanadu’, whilst the well-known hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful’ is said to have been inspired by the Exmoor countryside.
©Adam Burton/Robert Harding
The landscape is full of history and in the course of your walks you will visit Iron Age hill forts and settlements, ancients burial mounds, medieval packhorse bridges and isolated churches. The picturesque village of Dunster has an 11th century castle, and over 200 listed buildings, including the Old Yarn Market, the priory church, a massive tithe Barn and a medieval dovecot. Most iconic of all is the ancient clapper bridge (180ft long and with 17 spans) over the River Barle at Tarr Steps, which some historians believe may date back to 1,000BCE.
Exmoor is home to the last of England’s native red deer herds; its rivers are noted for their salmon and wild trout, and hawks soar above the hillsides. Otters, once persecuted almost to extinction, are making a welcome return to the rivers and native wild ponies still roam the moor.
From the charming thatched villages clustered around the village green at Selworthy, Bossington and Horner to the breathtaking seascapes from Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon; from the oakwoods of Horner and Watersmeet to the steep sided valleys of ‘Lorna Doone country’ around Oare and Malmsmead; from the high moorland ridge of Dunkery Beacon to the tiny church at Stoke Pero - few could fail to be charmed by Exmoor - one of England’s most beautiful landscapes.
We stay at the Northfield Hotel which is situated in an elevated position above the town of Minehead, surrounded by two acres of Gertrude Jeckyll-designed landscaped gardens, with views along the coast and over Exmoor. The restaurant prides itself on preparing good British food using quality local produce. All of the attractive and well-appointed bedrooms have ensuite bathroom facilities.
- All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
- Single traveller? We shall have a limited number of single rooms available at no extra cost. (More about single supplements)
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Onward travel: Public bus or taxi