Winter on Exmoor

Why winter on Exmoor is magnificently magical

Winter on Exmoor

There is something incredibly special about crisp and clear winter days on Exmoor. It is such a great time to explore the dramatic Exmoor coast or head out onto the vast sweeping open moorland. The glorious woodlands in the river valleys take on a different character once the leaves have fallen from the trees, and there can be few more satisfying sounds as they crunch underfoot after a frost. We think winter on Exmoor should definitely not be missed! 

WinterExhilarating Winter Walks

Family Walks
There is so much to do and enjoy on Exmoor all throughout the winter months, when there is a nip in the air, and the chance of snow makes heading out for a family walk just that bit more exhilarating. Exmoor has lots of pretty woodland walks; meander through the ancient Horner Woods, explore the pretty Watersmeet trail in Lynmouth, take a circular walk from Dulverton or Withypool along the winding River Barle, as it chatters its way past the ancient, medieval (or even Bronze age) Tarr Steps, the longest clapper bridge in Britain, or stride out on the Exe Valley way. 
Moorland Walks
For those looking for something a little more strenuous, there is plenty of moorland walking; head to Dunkery Hill and climb up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, at 519 metres. On a clear day, the panorama at the top is breath-taking, you can see the Quantock Hills and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales, and as far as Dartmoor to the south – it is well worth the effort of the uphill ramble to get there! For other options to walk across the open moorland, County Gate provides ample opportunities to soak up sea views, and then aim for the coast for some steeper woodland paths. 

Taste The Flavours of Exmoor

The joy of wrapping up for a bracing January Exmoor walk with the family, or the dogs, followed by a trip to the pub, with a roaring log fire, and tucking into some hearty food, is an experience not to be missed. We have lots of wonderful pubs, restaurants, and cafes across the area, many are dog friendly, and welcome walkers and cyclists. 
There are lots of amazing local producers across Exmoor, the Quantock Hills, West Somerset and North Devon. From award-winning small-batch gin producers, to marshmallows made from fruits grown on Exmoor, to preserves, including the famous Whortleberry jam! You can purchase beef and lamb straight from local farm shops or by ordering ahead for delivery. Look out for local produce in our eateries but also check out our producer 'Buy Local' page with listings for all local producers. 

Visit Snowdrop Valley

A winter highlight has to be the glorious Snowdrop Valley. Wheddon Cross comes into its own each February when North Hawkwell Wood becomes carpeted with a dazzling display of snowdrops. There are various walking routes that take in the woodland and the snowdrops, including a circular walk alongside the River Avill. And as snowdrops poke their heads up through the frozen soil in late January and February, which are among our wetter months, be prepared for rather muddy walking boots! 

Explore Exmoor's Starscape

It’s not only the daytime that we enjoy here on Exmoor in wintertime; as the daylight hours dwindle, night-time provides equal opportunities for activities. Exmoor National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve, an accreditation it has held since 2011. On a clear winter’s night, the skies can be absolutely incredible, with the absence of light pollution providing access to an exceptional starscape of familiar winter constellations. See our Top Tips for stargazing on Exmoor!

Eating Out & Accommodation 

Relax and refuel...
We have so many fabulous eateries across Grester Exmoor where you can enjoy wonderful food and drink, prepared using quality, local ingredients, and that includes the beer... and the gin! Take a look at our Eating Out pages - please book ahead where possible and take note of winter opening hours. 
Rest up...
Take a look at our Accommodation pages for lots of fantastic places to stay. Choose from B&B's, self-catering cottages and lodges, hotels, glamping, caravan and campsites. All offering a warm welcome whatever the weather! 

Book with Confidence

Our Exmoor businesses are all adapting and responding to the continuously evolving covid-19 situation. When booking your stay, please ensure you make contact with accommodation providers, fully understand the booking process and what happens in the event of a further lockdown or travel restrictions. Many of our businesses have adopted a flexible cancellation policy. We want visitors to have the best possible experience, from the booking process and to book with confidence, to visiting us safely here on Exmoor.

Visit Exmoor Safely this Winter 

Please ensure you follow The Exmoor Covid Countryside Code and respect all social distancing measures in our towns and villages and when out enjoying Exmoor. 

To help you whilst you're here on Exmoor

We recommend popping into see, or contacting ahead, our Exmoor National Park Visitor Centres and local Visitor Information Centres for the most up to date information on all local activites and attractions (please be aware off-peak opening hours may apply or some may only be offering online or phone support): 

Exmoor National Park Visitor Centre Dunster I Dulverton I Lynmouth

Minehead I Porlock I Combe Martin I Watchet I South Molton