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Outdoor Activities In Exmoor - 24 experiences

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Exmoor is a relatively small National Park at just over 250 square miles, but no less stunning for it. With 71% of the park in Somerset and the remainder in Devon, it takes its name from the River Exe, and spreads for 34 miles along the coast before it rises sharply to the open moorland inland. It has many sharp valleys leading to the coast, and features amongst other things the single biggest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales, as well as the highest sea cliff in Great Britain (Great Hangman near Combe Martin, at 318m).

Outdoor Activities in Exmoor

With so many fantastic natural features to explore, and with a great coast, rivers, woodlands and hills it's no wonder Exmoor is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. There are spectacular waterfalls aplenty, and with the South West Coast Path covering the whole of the Exmoor coast there’s great walking to be had both along the coast and inland.## Walking in Exmoor. The National Park has something to offer all tastes, whether you like coastal rambles, riverside walks, open moorland or mystical woodland. Try Gallox Bridge near Dunster for more gentle wooded hills, County Gate on the Somerset/Devon border for some open moorland with sea views or Tarr Steps near Dulverton for a scenic river walk and a very photogenic ancient monument. If hills are your thing then Dunkery Hill is the highest on Exmoor and well worth the climb, whilst Watersmeet offers some lovely streamside and coastal routes. The Valley of Rocks is as impressive as it sounds, offering broad coastal vistas along the towering cliffs, and if you like a literary backdrop to your walks then head to Badgworthy Water near Malmsmead, which inspired RD Blackmore in his famous novel Lorna Doone.
Outdoor Activities in Exmoor

Cycling in Exmoor

If you’re a keen cyclist and love hills, then Exmoor is for you! That’s not to say you can’t enjoy some lovely cycles in the area that aren’t hilly, but you will have to choose your route carefully. Alternatively you can also hire an e-bike and still get to enjoy the quiet lanes of this magnificent National Park. There are also miles of off-road bridleways to explore, and there are some fantastic cross-country and downhill mountain biking trails. You can see some of these routes on the Exmoor OS Explorer map. There are plenty of bike hire companies, together with guided rides to help you get the most out of it.

Climbing in Exmoor

The best option for climbing here is the Valley of Rocks: a striking landmark in its own right (as featured in Lorna Doone), the cliffs here offer routes of up to just over 100ft, ‘Icarus’ being one of the most notable on offer.

Canoeing and Kayaking in Exmoor

The River Barle is the largest river that flows through the National Park and is classed as a grade 2-3 river, meaning less experienced paddlers should only go out with supervision or under instruction. The Barle is one of the more scenic rivers you are likely to paddle, being also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its important wildlife that includes salmon, otters, kingfisher, dipper and the very rare river jelly lichen. This does mean that kayaking is only permitted downstream of Tarr Steps, and only between 15th October and 31st March when levels are high enough.

Fun outdoor activities in Exmoor

There’s always one more thing to try, and Exmoor is no exception. If you’re looking for something a bit different why not try a bushcraft or foraging course? Or head out by horseback? Perhaps explore the coast up close and personal with a coasteering session, or paddleboarding? If you’re into wildlife let the experts take you off-road in search of deer and wild ponies or the local birdlife, imparting their unique knowledge of the area in the process.

Outdoor Activities for Kids and Toddlers

Getting kids outdoors is vital to mental and physical health. What can sometimes seem daunting to parents, it doesn’t have to be anymore. Facilities have improved vastly across many places. What’s important is to stay stocked up with all necessary supplies and never be too far away from facilities. Search for Suitable for families in our listing page and you’ll find all activities that providers have suggested are suitable for kids. If you’re looking for other alternatives for your kids, check out the National Trust Outdoor Spaces, Forestry England and search for your local AONB.
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Outdoor Activities for Adults

Beyonk is the home to finding outdoor activities to do. Simply search through our listing page to explore your local outdoor activity for adults! Rock climbing is often a sport we try out in school which many adults are returning back to. It’s becoming ever more popular as a great way to get fit, see the best of the UK and gain a strong community of like-minded people. There’s a wealth of kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and other Watersports opportunities nearby and a wealth of adventure activity weekends to choose from. If you’re after something more specifically, drop us a message and we’ll scout it out for you.

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