How to get to Exmoor
Less than 2 hours from London and Birmingham on selected services.
Train services operate from all over the country (and from the Eurostar for European services) to Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Bridgwater, as well as the Tarka Line from Exeter to Barnstaple. Onward bus and taxi services operate from these stations to key settlements within Exmoor, the Coast and the Quantocks. Take a look at our Getting around pages for information on local public transport services.
By coach & bus
National Express provide coach services to Bridgwater, Taunton, Tiverton and Barnstaple which in turn link to Minehead and some of the larger villages in the area. Berry's Superfast also operate coach services between London Victoria and Bridgwater, Taunton and Tiverton.
Freedom is closer than you think!
From stations and airports: 1st Call Exmoor Taxis est 1992. 4 or 7 Seater taxis available. Call 07826 212511 or 01643 863355. For prices, bookings & online payments go to 1stcallexmoortaxis.co.uk.
Just 150 miles from London and Birmingham
The M5 motorway comes fairly close to this area and links with the M4, or the A303 offers a more scenic alternative when travelling from the South East.
To reach the Quantock Hills, West Somerset Coast and the eastern side of Exmoor, leave the M5 at junctions 23 or 24. These will bring you to Bridgwater. From Bridgwater follow the A39 which skirts around the northern edge of the Quantock Hills to Williton.
The A358 from Taunton links with the M5 and A303 to Williton.
From Williton the A358 continues along the western edge of the Quantock Hills. You can continue along the A39 from Williton and this will bring you to the eastern side of Exmoor at Dunster and Minehead.
To reach the western side of Exmoor, continue along the M5 to junction 27 for North Devon. From here follow the A361 towards Barnstaple.
At the first roundabout you reach you can turn right along the A396 which takes you along the River Exe valley and the southern edge of Exmoor.
Otherwise keep on the A361 for a further 19 miles to reach Aller Cross roundabout. Turn right here on to the A399 towards Combe Martin. This will bring you along the western edge of Exmoor with various roads to the right taking you into the moor and the N Devon coast on Exmoor.
The nearest international airports are found at Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff. Car hire is available from all airports, visit www.rhinocarhire.com, along with onward coach & bus / rail connections (see above). There are also regular coach links from Heathrow with links to Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton airports.
Travel advice during the Hinkley Point C construction period
This information is produced by the Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP) as part of the Hinkley Visitor Travel Management Plan. All comments are based on information available to HTAP at the time and intended to be advisory only.
What is happening at Hinkley Point?
There have been power stations at Hinkley Point since the 1960s. The Government has granted consent for a new one to be built next to the two older ones and the construction has already started. During the construction period, traffic to and from the site will be using the M5 and a route through Bridgwater.
Will the construction of Hinkley Point C affect my visit to Somerset?
A new power station at Hinkley will not affect Somerset’s appeal as a wonderful place to live and visit. Building the plant is expected to increase the amount of traffic along one route through the town of Bridgwater and along the C182 to Hinkley Point itself. Before permission was granted for the project, the public and various organisations were consulted on the travel implications. As a result, a package of measures to reduce the impact was agreed and money made available for them through the planning process such as a new bypass, highways improvements, information displays and a monitoring system. Work on the highways is managed by Somerset County Council (SCC) which has a useful website with information about current and future road works: www.travelsomerset.co.uk
Are all the road works complete now?
The vast majority of the £16 million pound investment in road improvement work is almost complete, with the final project being in Bridgwater along Bristol Road and Wylds Road. Full details of this project are available on the Hinkley Point C Project website; www.edfenergy.com/HPCfaq.
What can I do to avoid disruption to my journey?
You might like to consider travelling outside of peak times if at all possible and consider alternative routes if the one you had planned is likely to be subject to congestion. You could also break your journey at one of Somerset’s many local attractions and give yourself extra travel time.
What is the Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership?
The purpose of the Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership is to support the tourism industry in alleviating and managing challenges and maximising opportunities from the development of Hinkley Point C. The partnership includes representatives from the following organisations and more information can be found at www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/hinkleytourism.