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About Exmoor

Exmoor, nestled on the north Devon/Somerset border, is the smallest of the National Parks and covers around 267 square miles of stunningly beautiful countryside. There are over 625 miles of footpaths and bridleways; some of which can be accessed directly from our own property. It is possible to ride, cycle, walk or even run all day only touching the roads to cross them. The highest point at 1704 feet (Dunkery Beacon) enjoys wonderful panoramic views over the moor, the Quantocks and across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Our home look out across Anstey common and Dartmoor (60+ miles away) can be, on a clear day, viewed from its western fringe.


Uniquely there are thirty-four miles of coastline within the park; it has the highest cliffs and the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England.


Exmoor is characterized by steep wooded combes and a very varied landscape that changes with the seasons. No matter when you come it is not possible to be unmoved by its spectacular beauty. In the autumn the moor is covered in heather and you may even be lucky enough to find the local delicacy of whortleberries. The moor is dotted with wild Exmoor Ponies, the Heath Fritillary as well as the largest herd of wild red deer in the country.


Our village, Hawkridge, is situated just north-west of the picturesque town of Dulverton on the Two Moors Way. The famous Tarr Steps is only 1.75 miles away from us and in addition to the numerous other possibilities you can walk to Dulverton or Withypool or simply take a circular perambulation around our estate along the Danes Brook, through West Hollowcombe Wood and back home via the village.


The larger towns forming a triangle around Exmoor are Minehead, Barnstaple and Taunton. Within the Park are a number of smaller towns and many villages; some of the best known being Dunster (with its lovely castle and grounds which overlook Dunster beach and Minehead) Porlock, Selworthy, Allerford, Exford, Withypool and Dulverton.


Exmoor Activities  


There is so much to do and see here on Exmoor. We’ve listed a few ideas here...


Walk / Bike / Ride 

Enjoy a myriad of trails & paths through Exmoor's scenic wilderness on foot, bicycle or horseback.


Enjoy a myriad of trails & paths through Exmoor's scenic wilderness on foot, bicycle or horseback.


Conquer the Castle at Dunster

Conquer the Castle at Dunster

Don't stop there - visit the working watermill, shops, historic market, steam train and beach.  


Dally in Dulverton

Our picturesque local town has a lot to offer, including great pubs, gift shops and charming tea rooms in abundance. 


Go Wild on an Exmoor Safari

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Book a local land ranger tour by 4x4 or put your best foot forward. Incredible wildlife to be spotted.   

Hit the Beach

A surfer, swimmer & fossiler delight. Hit - Lynmouth, Saunton, Croyde, Porlock, Wollacombe & Minehead.

Traverse Tarr Steps

One of Exmoor's mysteries & an excellent pub are but a short walk away. Extreme paddling for tots.  


For more information check out The Exmoor National Park web site including their events page. Alternatively have a look at Everything Exmoor  for an overview of this wonderful area. For further information we have compiled a short guide. You certainly won’t run out of things to do! We also have lots of leaflets at West Hollowcombe for further adventure planning.