Places to visit in & around Exmoor
Lynton and Lynmouth situated on the Exmoor coast boast an authentic Victorian water-powered lift. This attraction is not to be missed- all 862 feet of it! You can find more details here: www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk
These interesting towns are probably best known for the floods that devastated Lymouth 1952. Lynmouth iharbour has been fully restrored, but you can lear about the history of both towns in the Lyn and Exmoor Museum located in Lynton. Both towns have a wealth of tea shops, pubs and restaurants. Walk off your meal with a seach for the goats in the nearby Valley of the rocks - a short drive past Lynton, or drive inland along the Lyn River to Watersmeet.
Minehead offers superb facilities for anyone seeking a traditional holiday. Bustling shops and cafes line the high street, you can catch the steam train here, and Exmoor meets the sea at Minhead Beach.
Just a short walk along the seafront takes you to the harbour and start of the coastal path.
Dunster Castle - An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens
You can reach Iron Age Hill-fort of Bats Castle by a number of trails, taking in the views of Exmoor, the West Somerset coast and across to Wales as you go.
Explore Britain's biggest gorge from the dramatic cliffs rising 450ft to the stunning stalactite caverns below. This is a fascinating drive through a unique natural feature, with an international centre for caving and rock-climbing.
Close by are the famous Wookey Hole Caves- A top family attraction. Britain’s most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey, and the Victorian paper mill where paper is still made by hand.
Much of the early industry in somerset was built around the local watercourses, and powered by watermills.
Although many of these have now fallen into disrepair, there are several still working.
The mill at Dunster grinds flour, and you can watch the millers at work, and buy flour produced there. Bishops Lydyard mill, near Taunton also has a blacksmith and rural life museum (a trip that can be combined with a visit to the steam railway). Both Dunster and Bishops Lydyard Mill are open all year round. Cowbridge and Simondsbath sawmills are both run by volunteers dedicated to their restoration and researching their hostories. It's best to confirm opening times before planning a visit to these.,