There are so many ways to enjoy Exmoor. Spend your day on spectacular walks over the moors and valleys or enjoy hugely varied terrain on horse back or by mountain bike. If you prefer a more sedate day out, there are several impressive National Trust properties that you can visit nearby,or picturiques villages to wander around, as well as beautiful gardens including Hestercombe, Rosemoor and Marwood.
After a day of exploring Exmoor, you can look up towards the night sky for even more outstanding sights. Low light pollution means Exmoor National Park is designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. Edgcott House has plenty of information on things to do, with maps and guides to help you plan every days exploring.
Our village - Exford
Exford is a small but well appointed village with all the facilities you would want from a retreat on Exmoor. There are two pubs within a 10 minute walk of Edgcott House serving local beers and a variety of food options. The local village shop is small but has everything you could need for a bite of lunch or a snack. The village green with a well equipped playground for children including a zip wire. Whilst the children are playing, you can keep an eye on them whilst enjoying a traditional cream tea in the gardens of the Exford Bridge Tea Rooms.
Watch Movies at the quaint Lynton Cinema
There has been a cinema in Lynton & Lynmouth since the First World War, and with only 68 seats, it’s an amazing and intimate experience. With a population of 2,400, it is the smallest town in the country to have its own cinema. Refurbished in 2001 to introduce comfortable seating with plenty of leg room and Dolby SR sounds, the cinema still retains its original charm whilst offering modern releases and great facilities such as air conditioning and disabled access. If you love the movies but are looking for a new experience, then you must visit Lynton cinema.
Explore the Moors on Horseback
Riding can be one of the most enjoyable ways of seeing Exmoor. There are over 480 km of extensive bridleways including some that run along the beautiful North Devon Coast where you can take in the spectacular scenery. There are a number of local riding stables we can recommend where you can hire horses and be taken out riding on the moors.
Sports and Adventure on Exmoor
Exmoor is less well known for its abseiling and rock-climbing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding or Costering but there are lots of places to explore and Exmoor Adventures will be happy to help you have an adventure. Other adventures to be found around Exmoor include Clay Pigeon Shooting and for an adrenaline rush, why not try Quad bike riding?
With such varied terrain, the Exmoor National Park offers something for everyone when exploring on foot. With over 429 square miles of national Park to explore We have a selection of books and pamphlets available that list many of the local walking routes and can guide you on which routes will best suit your needs; whether they be type of terrain, distance, or which are the most scenic! If you would like a guide on your walk with a picnic lunch throughen in we can recommend Wild about Exmoor who are based in the village. They can also guide you on a Dark Skys Walk showing you the wonders of the heavens followed by a home cooked supper.
Exmoor is renowned as a fantastic place to Mountain Bike in the UK. It has an enormous amount of varying terrains and therefore there is something suitable for all skill levels. Exmoor also offers excellent road cycling. Mountain bikes, road bike and best of all e-bikes can all be easily hired and your can then plan your own route or join a guided ride. To help plan out your day, The National Park has produced a fantastic ride map. So you can plan your routes based on your riding requirements and abilities. Edgcott House is situated in the middle of the moor and has easy access to the best routes available for both road cycling and mountain biking. At Edgcott House we can offer somewhere secure to store and work on bikes. As well as the ability to clean your bike before you head home.
Things for Children to do
What could be more fun than paddling in a stream? There is also The Exmoor Pony Center to get close up to this lovely native pony or the Allerford Owl and Wildlive Sancterury. The amazing Exmoor Zoo or Combe Matin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and the West Somerset Steam Railway are all good days out.
Fly Fishing on the River Exe
There is excellent Fly-fishing on the Exe, Barle and Lyn. Salmon, Sea Trout, Grayling and Brown Trout are just some of the seasonal fish in these waters. Day tickets are freely available to purchase, or alternatively you can get some specialist advice from Nick Hart in Dulverton. If you are more interested in sea fishing, there are plenty of locations along the Exmoor coastline where an eager fisherman can catch bass, cod, whiting, conger and skate. Joining an escorted boat trip from Minehead, Porlock Weir and Watchet - all within a stones throw of Edgcott House.
Edgcott House is ideally located for a wide array of activities for all ages and abilities allowing everyone to enjoy the natural beautiful surrounds and abundant wildlife we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.
If you would like more information on where you can enjoy these, please just ask and we’ll be happy to help.