What to do when you can’t do much?!
We’re so lucky that we still have the free roam of the countryside and can escape the real world with the comfort of the outdoors surrounding us. However, we understand that entertaining little ones or exploring the area has become increasingly difficult while abiding by the guidelines.
Therefore, we thought we’d compile, a list of winter activities or destinations to explore!
As all our busy lives take over, stargazing is becoming more and more popular to unwind and connect with nature. As Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, and with some of the darkest skies in the UK, Exmoor National Park is an ideal destination for stargazing. Set yourself up on Dunkery Beacon, or straight out your door in our courtyard.
National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dunster and Dulverton offer telescopes, guidebooks and other equipment available to buy or rent. The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival is running between 16th and 31st October with events all over the moors. You can check out the full list on the Exmoor National Park Website HERE
Walks in the area are a must! Although the Winter weather may be setting in, wrap up warm and enjoy a brisk walk under the canopies of the trees or along the South West Coast Path taking in the views – we can’t promise it won’t be a little blustery!
For the more active souls, there are a range of sporting events taking place over the winter months in the local area, or set out for yourselves! Bring your bikes and have a lovely ride around the hills, or pick up a racket and play tennis for free on in the Porlock Recreation Ground only a mile away. Mountain biking tours are available from Exmoor Adventures based in Porlock, where they also offer guided kayak tours and coasteering, Look them up HERE
National Trust Houses and Gardens
Dunster Castle & Gardens sits on our doorstep only 5 miles away and offers house tours and lovely walks around the immaculate gardens, of course with views to suit! Further afield, Knightshayes Court and Arlington Court both offer formal gardens and woodland walks to explore, ending with a cup of tea in the garden cafés. At the moment all house tours need to be pre-booked. Find out more HERE.
The ‘Out and About’ Series!
Don’t just take our word for it, our lovely guest Malcome has put together a series of videos out and about in the area, explaining what to see at each point. We love the videos and Ray has definitely won the award for best presenter!
So, if you fancy an Exmoor Winter experience, check our availability below!