Explore around Exmoor to discover:
- Some of the country’s best sandy beaches with great castle building and surfing opportunities alike!
- Rolling countryside, with rural charm
- Traditional market towns, complete with their old pannier markets at Barnstaple, South Molton and Tiverton
- Easy access to many of the South West’s most popular attractions
Towns around Exmoor
The countryside around Exmoor offers the classic English patchwork quilt scenery of small fields dotted with unspoilt villages.
Ilfracombe and Berrynarbor are on the west of Exmoor, close to Combe Martin. Ilfracombe harbour is the set-off point for the boat to Lundy Island. The picturesque Watermouth harbour is home to Watermouth Castle a unique children’s attraction.
Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon offering a wide choice of shops and things to do. It is also where trains from Exeter come into the area. You can then catch buses into Lynton and Lynmouth, bringing you into the heart of Exmoor.
South Molton is a market town to the south of Exmoor, with charming local shops and cafes. It is home to the Quince Honey Farm where you can discover all about honey bees in safety. The Pannier Market is held each Saturday.
Bampton is a historic charter town and still unspoilt. It holds its Charter Fair every last Thursday of October and is a real treat of a traditional country fair, not to be missed. Close by is Wimbleball Lake, perfect for all water sports or simply going for a walk.
Wiveliscombe, affectionately known as ‘Wivey’, is a friendly historic market town to the south-east of Exmoor. Is has some wonderful shops including the striking Court House, an old-world department store. It has two breweries, Cotleigh Brewery and Exmoor Ales which keep the town attracting those who like a proper brew.
Taunton is the main town of Somerset and has an excellent shopping centre. It is the way into this side of Exmoor for those coming by train. From Taunton station you can catch the 28 bus service which brings you to Minehead. Or you might like to alight at Bishops Lydeard and come the slow way by steam train on the West Somerset Railway to Minehead.
Watchet is a delightful little harbour town to the east of Exmoor. Its picturesque harbour and marina has a statue of the ‘Ancient Mariner’ and there are some quaint shops and side streets to explore. There is a delightful museum to browse around and a railway station on the West Somerset Railway.