Exploring Exmoor National Park
Whilst the cottages at Stockham Fam are of course extremely 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, wild swimming 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.
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.
Exmoor is also Europe’s first designated International Dark Sky Reserve – the stargazing here is truly unforgettable! Visit the Exmoor National Park Stargazing page to learn more. We are proud to offer special extras to our stargazing guests at Stockham – we are an officially designated Dark Sky Friendly Business!
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!
The Visit Exmoor website is an excellent place to go to find a great choice of things to do and places to go in our fabulous National Park.
Getting Out and About and Eating Out on Exmoor
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.
We have an amazing selection of remarkable, welcoming pubs and restaurants close to Stockham, all of which are dog friendly too! Just a mile and a half from Stockham you will find the award-winning Woods of Dulverton and The Bridge Inn in Dulverton, as well as the Tongdam Thai Restaurant which does a fabulous takeaway too! Further afield, we also highly recommend the Tarr Farm Inn at Tarr Steps, The Swan in Bampton, The Royal Oak in Withypool, The London Inn in Molland, The Black Venus at Challacombe and The Rising Sun in Lynmouth. There are many more, but these are some of our favourite haunts!