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Visiting in June

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We are camping near Woolacombe in June and want to explore Exmoor with a pushchair & dog.

Any advice welcome.

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That's a very broad-brush question - Exmoor is a huge area straddling two counties, with a variety of things to see and do.

I love the dramatic setting of the coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, the quirky cliff railway connecting the two and the narrow-gauge steam railway at Woody Bay, but these may not appeal to you.

This might give you some ideas and get you started.

https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/

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If you are using a push chair it's better to stay around the small towns and villages.

Lynmouth is an excellent suggestion. From Lynton you can walk along the coast path which is tarmaced at this point. There are signs near the exit from the cliff railway. Or you can drive to the Valley of the Rocks and do the path there - they join obviously. There is a cafe there and wild goats.

For a toll fee you could drive to Lee Bay at the end of the valley, cafe and small beach. There's also a cost for parking in the field.

From Lynmouth if you drive up Countisbury Hill a little way along the road you'll see the sign warning of ponies. Soon after there is a turn off and park and the wild Exmoor ponies should have their foals nearby, usually at the roadside.

Combe Martin has a safe shallow beach and rock pools which is ideal for little ones. There's a car park right by the beach and the Wildlife and Dinosaur park which has animals as well as themed events.

Ilfracombe has a small aquarium, a 'toy' train that takes you round the town and grassy areas to play on. The boat trips would be too difficult for one so small and should there be a problem they can't go back.

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You will be next to Morte Point, which is highly scenic - the coast path is fairly easy (the path over the top is narrower and can be difficult in places). Lee Bay (west of Ilfracombe) is worth a look too, and Wistlandpound Reservoir has a wide, level path all the way around (about 1.5 miles). Watersmeet, in the East Lyn valley or gorge near Lynmouth, is in an idyllic setting; the path from Lynmouth (about 2 miles each way) is a bit bumpy, but you can park just above Watersmeet on the A39 and walk down a (fairly steep) zigzag and across cascading rivers to the house (tea garden and toilets). The East Lyn between Brendon and Watersmeet is also a fairly easy trail for most of its length.

Parracombe is a pleasant village to stroll around (parking is at the far end by a small recreation ground), and further on are Exford, Withypool and Winsford, all attractive villages with scope for easy strolling (+ tea rooms etc). To get an impression of the open moors, drive between Lynton and Simonsbath on the B3223; there are several places to stop and walk around.

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