The Exmoor Coast
There’s something for everyone on the Exmoor coast. It is rich in history and heritage and offers traditional seaside fun.
Explore Exmoor’s coast to discover:
- Traditional seaside fun at a traditional Victorian resort at Minehead
- The country’s longest trail, the South West Coast Path, starts traversing Exmoor’s dramatic coast
- The highest cliffs in the country at Great Hangman point
- The highest tides in all of Europe
- The longest heritage railway in England and the only Victorian water powered cliff railway
- Hidden coves, secluded beaches and a rich maritime history.
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The Exmoor coast starts at Combe Martin in the west and stretches to Minehead in the east. Combe Martin has a sandy beach at low tide and lots of rock pools to investigate.
Going east one comes to the Heddon Valley with its rocky beach and restored lime kiln. One then comes to Woody Bay and the Valley of Rocks before reaching Lynmouth. Lynmouth has a small harbour and a rocky beach.
Minehead is the area’s largest town. It nestles under Exmoor National Park’s North Hill and is home to the UK’s longest heritage steam railway, the West Somerset Railway. It has an excellent variety of independent shops situated in the vibrant avenue and parade and plenty of good pubs and places to eat.
There are many hotels in Minehead as well as B&Bs, guest houses, holiday cottages and camping/caravanning sites along the coast.