Exmoor visitor information
An Introduction to Exmoor
Exmoor is a National Park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of south west England. The park straddles two counties, with two thirds of the park located in Somerset and the other third located in Devon. Before it was a park, Exmoor was a Royal Forest and hunting ground, which was sold off in 1818. Exmoor was one of the first British National Parks, and is named after the main river that flows out of the district, the River Exe.
Things to do in Exmoor
The national park is perfect for hiking, horseriding and cycling with over 1000km of bridleways and trails. You can also rock climb, canoe and fish. Watersmeet, an Edwardian House is also near Lyn Valley which is filled with beautiful waterfalls.
Getting to Exmoor
Exeter International Airport is the closest airport to Exmoor and is roughly an hour and a half drive.
Exmoor is situated in Devon, five hours away from London, off the M5. The roads are narrow and rarely straight in the park.
Rail services call at Taunton and Tiverton Parkway which are ideally placed to link with other transport services to Exmoor including numerous bus routes, and a bus connection to the West Somerset Railway line from Taunton. The Tarka Line runs from Exeter to Barnstaple, which is also linked by buses to Exmoor.
By Coach and Bus
National Express runs services to Taunton, Minehead, Barnstable and Tiverton but not into the National Park. In the summer buses travel to Exmoor from Barnstaple, Bridgwater, Exeter, Taunton and Tiverton. The coast service 300 links llfracombe, Lynmouth and Porlock with Minehead, Dunster and Dulverton.