Exploring Exmoor National Park
Whilst the cottage at Stockham Fam is very cosy and comfortable, there are a whole host of activities to get you out and about in the local area. Exmoor National Park is the ultimate location for those who love walking, visiting pubs, cycling, horse riding, hunting, shooting, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking and even sunbathing on the glorious North Devon beaches that are not far away.
Exmoor National Park covers 265 square miles of Devon and Somerset – 600 miles of public footpaths and bridleways, stunning scenery, blue flag beaches, pretty villages, fascinating history and good food inns. It is also Europe’s first designated Dark Sky Reserve – the stargazing here is truly unforgettable! Exmoor is one of Britain’s best kept secrets, as it has fewer tourists than any of our other National Parks. With no main line railways, motorways or airports nearby, it takes a little bit of effort to get here, but it’s definitely worth it!
Out and About
Wildlife on the heather-clad moorland of Exmoor includes the only herd of wild Red Deer in the UK and the beautiful but endangered Exmoor ponies.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit nearby Wimbleball Lake (for walking, sailing and windsurfing); the remarkable National Trust properties of Knightshayes Court and Dunster Castle; the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps (a splendid 6 mile walk from the cottage – yes, we’ve done it ourselves!); the West Somerset Steam Railway (with stops at Dunster and Minehead); the lovely coastal hamlet of Porlock Weir; the unique twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth and the stunning pebble beach at Heddon’s Mouth.