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Four coastal days out on Exmoor

Exmoor National Park Authority is set to host a coastal festival over the course of next week, with events taking place along the moor’s coast.
The festival starts on May 24 with a Rockpool Ramble with BBC Springwatch TV presenter Maya Plass, and continues all week.
Which got us thinking, what are some of the best coastal sites to visit on Exmoor while you’re staying at our Somerset holiday cottages?


Lynmouth is known by many as England’s Switzerland, because of its picture perfect chocolate box look.
The seaside Victorian town has a selection of shops, tea-rooms and cafés leading down to a pretty harbour.
Neighbouring village Lynton sits above Lynmouth, and the steep gradient between the two villages marks them out as unique.
A cliff railway between the two villages makes getting round easy, so the two villages make the perfect coastal destination to visit on a day out on Exmoor.

Valley of the Rocks

Just over a mile from Lynton is the Valley of the Rocks.
The dry valley is unlike any other on the north coast of Exmoor. Created during the Ice Age, it has spectacular weathered rock formations with names such as The Devil’s Cheesering and Ragged Jack.
Wild goats which populate the valley can be seen scrambling among the rocky outcrops.
The area is worth visiting for some great wild walks with incredible views of the sea.

Heddon’s Mouth

Heddon’s mouth is a picturesque rocky beach at the mouth of the Heddon Valley.
Its real charm comes in the fact it marks the end of a charming walk down the valley, which are often started and finished at The Hunter’s Inn.
The walk is one of many which head through the rugged scenery of the Exmoor National Park. With more than 600 miles of marked footpaths, abundant wildlife, and stunning views the moor is a haven for the enthusiastic walker.

Porlock’s woods

The stretch of woodland between Porlock and the Foreland is the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales.
With hundreds of tracks through the woodlands and along cliff tops the area is a walker’s dream.
But it’s also popular with families as there’s so much to explore and enjoy.

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