Am going to Minehead for our base to wander in the car around Exmoor.
Suggestions please on best places to visit
What time of year? If late summer a drive over the moors will see glorious purple heather.
Explore villages like Porlock, West Porlock, Dunster, Lynton, Lymnouth, Simonsbath, Malmsmead (Lorna Doone country - visit Oare church), Selworthy, head up to Dunkery Beacon & do the short walk to the peak for amazing views. Drive to the Valley of the Rocks. Visit Cleeve Abbey, ride the steam railway, visit Watchet, drive around Horner, Luccombe & other small hamlets. Enjoy cream teas everywhere. See the giant trees in Dunster Forest.
One week? Two weeks? Whatever - it will not be enough!
Thanks, thinking of September.
Good month! But do make sure you make plenty of stops, get out of the car & walk to viewpoints etc rather than drive by. For example if you go to Lynmouth stop at the top of Countisbury Hill (near the church & pub) & walk out to the coastpath & Foreland Point for stunning views. I imagine a very tiny percent of those driving up & down that road ever do that - they have no idea what they missed!
EastofEngland there's a lot of information on places in the Top Questions on the Exmoor NP Forum.
It's unfortunate that I can't put new ones up for Minehead but the potential to write ones was stopped before I could add specific ones for Minehead or surrounds.
From Minehead you can get to Selworthy in 5mins, Allerford with forge and museum in 6mins or Bossington in 7mins. Then Porlock and Porlock Weir in 10-15mins. Then up the famous Porlock Hill to the moors from Porlock. There is a pull in on the right with a white ice cream van selling local ice cream and fabulous views. On to Lynmouth stopping at Foreland Point as Tsipouro mentions and there are the wild ponies and foals there. Lynmouth and Lynton is a whole raft of things to see and do.
You could continue on a drive round the wild part of the moor, very different, known as the Forest of Exmoor but forest meant wide open space in those times, and through Exford and back down the valley road.
Or from that road that goes from Porlock Hill across the top of the moor there is a turning left to Exford and further on a turning left to Brendon but first you come to the bottom of the hill and to the famous little church, Oare Church, from the Lorna Doone story which is interesting to visit. Continue on to the bridge and parking for Doone Valley walk.
If you go the other way through Dunster - Timberscombe and continue on the Valley road to Winsford (right turn) tea room and thatched pub, and up to the moors that way there is the Caractus stone if you pull off at the junction. Then turn left towards Dulverton there is the Exmoor Pony Centre on the right.
Or If you turn at that junction there is also a view from that road that runs along the top all the way to Dartmoor.
Or if you go straight across you eventually go down to Tarr Steps and ancient clapper bridge across the river and beautiful walk but you have to park half way up the hill. Paid parking.
It really is the sort of area you can just set off and take a side road and see where you get to. There's nearly always a tea room or pub in a little village if you want to get away from the usual sights.
September is lovely. The heather is usually still out for the first two weeks.
Again many thanks, very good information
Look up 'Red Stag Safari'. Absolutely brilliant tour around Exmoor National Park! The tour guide was local and even films the deer around there regularly. You get a thrilling ride around and you learn a lot too (and if you're lucky you can spot some deer and stags!) I wrote about this in my blog: https://aseriesofunfortunateirritations.blog… as well as other Somerset tourist attractions such as Wookey Hole.
Thanks, I'll look it up
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