Exmoor is the most idyllic location for a break, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Perfect for walking, riding, shooting, cycling, mountain biking and a host of other activities. The crystal clear rivers offer excellent fishing and canoeing. Explore the spectacular coastline on foot or bathe on the shorelines. Gently meander over open moorland for miles without seeing a soul. Exmoor has a little something for everyone.
Exmoor is horse riding paradise and one of the most rewarding ways to experience the natural beauty of Exmoor is from horseback. We have a livery yard adjacent to the cottages so if you would like to holiday with your horse we offer stabling. Just call Emma and tell her what you need. Being on the midpoint of Coleridge Bridle Way we have excellent riding on our doorstep.
You can walk along miles of sign-posted track, often without seeing another person for hours even though more people come to Exmoor to walk than any other activity. For enthusiastic walkers we recommend the delights of the many footpaths in the Brendon Hills, including stretches of the Coleridge Way, the nearest point for which is at Roadwater, just 3.5 kilometres away. We have various maps and publications with which you can plan a route. more…
There are many local shoots, renowned for the quality of their birds, where formal days or simpler walked-up days are available. We are next to the famous Chargot Shoot which is regarded as the best pheasant and partridge shooting in the country. more….
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Exmoor is a fantastic location for cycling and mountain biking. The tour of Britain (the milk race) has stages that have run close to us for the past two years. We are recognised by the English tourist board (EnjoyEngland) as Welcoming Cyclists so we have specific facilities to accommodate bikes and their riders. The Iron Man run is also close and with over 400 miles of bridleways it has some challenging and spectacular off road runs. more…
Exmoor is rightly renowned as the finest hunting country in the British Isles. There are meets throughout the season which runs from August to April. There are four packs of hounds with which to hunt in the area they are: The Devon and Somerset Staghounds, The Exmoor Foxhounds, The Dulverton West Foxhounds and The Dulverton Farmers Foxhounds.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay pigeon shooting is a thrilling experience, demanding calm concentration, a keen eye and quick reactions. Clay shooting is available throughout the year, and lessons with qualified instructors can easily be arranged, catering for for beginners as well as experienced shots. Luck Yard Farm offer clay shooting, shooting Down-the-Line, English Skeet, FITASC, International Trap, Olympic Trap and Sporting Clays. Rough and game shooting is also available. Wheddon Cross , Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7HF. Tel: 01643 851220 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Game and clay shooting tuition then call Abbey Burton on tel: 07789 480 298 www.AbbeyBurtonClayShooting.co.uk
North Devon Shooting Ground is Clay target shooting at its best at one of North Devon’s oldest grounds (established 1979). Beautiful natural valley, targets for all standards with professional qualified instruction. Contact Ray Hulston on 01271 863959/883186 for further information.
There are numerous photographers who publish pictures of Exmoor because there is such a wide subject matter. If you type in “taking photographs on exmoor” you will get loads of great links. However, I have not yet found any courses but then if contact these photographers I am sure they can help.
Some of the best river and still-water fishing on Exmoor is available locally, where brown and rainbow trout may be caught, with an occasional grilse or autumn salmon. A combination of beautiful scenery and clean fresh air makes fishing the rivers and streams on Exmoor a special pleasure. Most still water fisheries require a licence, but owners permits may also be necessary, including some reservoirs owned by water companies. To obtain your licence or permit contact: Rod Licenses are available from Post Offices. Environment Agency : Tel 08708 506506. South West Lakes Trust : Tel: 01566 771930
Excellent sea fishing is also available for free (except for lost tackle!) along much of the coast. In the right season it is possible to fish for mackerel, cod, bass, whiting, conger, skate, thornback ray, dogfish and sharks. Some of the stony beaches and rocky headlands are limited by the state of the tide and is often hard on tackle. Fishing from the beach is popular at Blue Anchor Bay and Bossington. Joining an escorted boat fishing trip can be a more reliable way to catch sea fish and there are many trips to choose from at very reasonable prices. Boats run from Minehead, Watchet, Combe Martin, Porlock Weir, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe.
For those wishing to follow the hunt in comfort, or simply watch and photograph Exmoor’s wild Red Deer or ponies, a 12-seater Land Rover with chauffeur/guide can be sourced through Alison Simms & Duncan Waller at Exmoor Wildlife Safaris Tel: 01643 851386
You can sail at Wimbleball lake (see below) and at Minehead Sailing Club which was established around 1960 and has been promoting sailing in the area ever since. The sailing club merged with the Channel Rowing Club in September 2002, and changed its name to the Minehead Sailing and Watersports Club to reflect its wider range of water activities on offer. Minehead Sailing & Water Sports Club Steve Worley Tel: 01643 702074
Near to Dulverton, Wimbleball Lake offers sailing, windsurfing at the RYA Training Centre, canoeing, trout fishing, walking and bird watching. You will also find a tea room. For further details call 01398 371460 or visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk Wimbleball is approximately 10 minutes from the Coleridge Way Cottages.
“Exmoor has the Worlds hardest traditional rock climb route” so says David Simmonite in his report on the Climb Magazine website.
“In an audacious and serious piece of climbing James Pearson has succeeded on one of the UK’s most incredible lines and at an equally stunning grade of E12 7a.The route, dubbed The Walk of Life, is located on the dramatic steep slab of Dyer’s Lookout on the North Devon coast and is without peers in terms of commitment, difficulty and danger. The final words are with James, “The Walk of Life pushed me further and made me dig deeper than any other route I’ve climbed before. The route is the hardest I’ve ever climbed and far harder than any other route I’ve tried. When compared to other routes that I’ve experienced, and my previous first ascents including The Groove at Cratcliffe, which in hindsight I feel I undergraded, The Walk of Life is at a new level.”
For a full report and photos see the Climb Magazine website.
Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club was founded in 1882 and is the second oldest club in Somerset. This links course provides a great challenge for golfers of all ages and levels of experience. They also offer a friendly, comfortable clubhouse. There is also an extensive menu available in the dining room. Golf visitors are welcome where you will find their attention to detail, flexibility of particular interest. There is a Pro-Shop and you can develop your game with a course of golf lessons from their PGA qualified professional. Minehead Golf Club Tel: 01643 702057
Oake Manor Golf Club, nestling between the Quantock, Brendon and Blackdown Hills, Oake Manor is located in some of Somerset’s most beautiful countryside, offering spectacular views and a superb golf course. The well established 6105 yards par 70 parkland/lakeland course offers a challenging and memorable round for all standards of golfer. A series of lakes, cascades and a trout stream run through the course, creating water hazards on ten of the eighteen holes. Golf driving range also available as well as excellent food from the clubhouse. Oake Manor Golf Club Tel: 01823 461993
The West Somerset Railway line between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard has loads of steam locomotives. This is the longest private railway in the U.K. The Railway Festivals are extremely popular and attract steam buffs from far and wide. West Somerset Steam Railway. Although it has long been disused the The West Somerset Mineral Railway was one of the more unusual of Britain’s minor railways. The line was opened in stages from Watchet on the Somerset coast to Comberow, a hamlet some six miles to the south at the foot of the Brendon Hills.
In order to reach the ironstone mines at the top of the hill, to serve which the line had been principally envisaged, an incline was constructed. This was 1100 yards long on a gradient of 1 in 4, lifting the railway 800ft to the top of the hill. You can walk the line and find out more about it at The Mineral Line and Incline
The area is a good one from which to observe many bird species from birds of prey and pheasants to wrens. Then there are the dippers, moorhens, mallards and yellow wagtails to be seen on the Washford River. At low tide on the nearby beaches at Blue Anchor you may also witness a diversity of wading and other birds searching for food.