There are so many ways to enjoy Exmoor. Spend your day on spectacular walks through the moors and valleys or enjoy hugely varied terrain on horse back or by mountain bike. These are just some of the fantastic ways to see the outstanding beauty of the Exmoor countryside as well as the beautiful and varied wild life, including the unique Exmoor ponies and majestic Red Deer. If you prefer a more sedate day out, there are several impressive National Trust properties that you can visit nearby; as well as beautiful gardens including Hestercombe, Rosemoor and Marwood.
These offer a lovely day out with beautiful woodlands, ornamental gardens and vivid floral landscapes to enjoy. There are also several teahouses to indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea. After a day of exploring Exmoor, you can look up towards the night sky for even more outstanding sights. Low light pollution and frequent clear skies mean there are often perfect conditions for a spot of stargazing. Exmoor National Park is designated as a Dark Sky Reserve, and is only one of two internationally.
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.It also houses the Post Office.
Additionally, there is a village green with a well equipped, recently refurbished 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 which open most days of the week. Or take lunch or tea inside in their vintage styled tea rooms on less clement days.
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. Edgcott House is positioned centrally within Exmoor and so has easy access to the network of bridle paths suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced riders.
There are a number of local riding stables we can recommend where you can hire horses and be taken out riding on the moors. If you wish to bring your own horse with you, then we are more than happy to arrange stabling for you.
Sports and Adventure on Exmoor
Exmoor is less well known for its abseiling and rock-climbing, but there are lots of places to explore if you know where you are going. The Valley of the Rocks is a 35 minute drive from Edgcott House and offers stunning scenery. A variety of climbs have been established in the valley and span a variety of grades for all abilities. If you are looking for a challenge, there are a number of routes along the coastal cliffs of Exmoor which are really take your breath away.
Wimbleball Lake is just a 25 min drive away and offers an array of exhilarating activities on the water. Activities on offer include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing. If you fancy braving the ocean, you can even surf off the North Devon Coast which is a 40 minute drive away from Edgcott House. 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 267 square miles to discover experienced walkers can tackle challenging hikes through the moorland and the beautiful woodland. For those who prefer a gentler pace, there is a huge variety of fantastic scenic bridleways and footpaths to explore at your leisure.
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!
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 with a huge network of routes that are suitable for a gentle day out cycling, to more difficult routes with steep climbs and winding roads that challenge even the most accomplished rider.
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.
We keep a selection of spares available and can offer you somewhere secure to store and work on bikes. We even have a jet wash area so you can give your bike a clean before you head home. Exmoor has some of the best trails around Somerset
For the Children
Exmoor is a place for all the family and there is lots to do with children of all ages. In Exford, the local village, there is a well equipped playground with lots of facilities. If you are looking for a day out, there is a range of family friendly options that we can provide details for. If your children are fanatical about animals, why not take them on an Exmoor Safari where local experts take you out across the moors in a 4 wheel drives across rugged terrain to visit some of Exmoor’s more rural inhabitants? Alternatively, enjoy a day experiencing wildlife from all over the world at the Exmoor Zoo!
With creepy crawlies of the Amazon as well as wobbly wallaby joeys from Australia, there are plenty of hands on activities for all the family to enjoy.
Fly Fishing on the River Exe
With stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and crystal clear waters, Edgcott House is the perfect location to explore the surrounding rivers of Somerset and Devon. 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 to explore the coastline for fishing can be reliable way to get a catch and there are regular boats that run 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.