There are many different ways to explore Exmoor – which one will you choose?
With nearly 700 square kilometres of countryside to discover, making your way around Exmoor is no mean feat.
Although most visitors staying for a week will most likely prefer to find a base and travel out from there each day, there are a few nifty ways that you can travel around Exmoor which will mean that you’ll be able to see more of this stunning countryside in the same amount of time.
Drive through scenic roads
Whether you’re cruising along in a super-charged sports car or trundling along in your first car, there are some truly stunning roads to drive on in Exmoor. From the smooth winding roads of the open moorlands to some truly perilous clifftop trails – it’s important to be careful how you go on these roads. If you have an accident or hit a pothole you’ll find that you’ll have to wait a long time for your Porsche 928 parts to get to you…
Freebord down the lanes
Whilst whizzing down the winding hills with no brakes might not sound like fun for many people, it’s a popular past time for the teenagers in the local area. Freebords are similar to skateboards except they are longer, wider and have 2 more wheels which serve the purpose of stabilising the rider. Although we can’t recommend that you attempt freebording on the road for legal reasons, we can attest to it being an exhilarating way of spending a morning!
Get out on an open top bus
Usually reserved for city visits, the open top bus experience is a bracing but brilliant way of experiencing Exmoor. With the benefit of a guided tour you can learn more about the history and heritage of the moorland whilst getting to see the best sights of the area with your own eyes. One thing to remember: regardless of if you go in summer or winter, you’ll find that it will get breezy out in the open, so make sure you bring some layers.
Cycle up one of Britain’s steepest hill
Fancy a challenge? Rent yourself a road bike and tackle Porlock Hill. This incline is not for the faint-hearted. The 1 in 4 hill is a notoriously difficult hill to tackle and has grown somewhat infamous amongst the cycling community. Make sure your tyres are pumped to their max capacity, you’re wearing your helmet and you’ve eaten plenty of food: you’re going to need all the help that you can get!
Take a hike
Although it might well be the slowest form of transport on this list, by hiking through the National Park you’ll be able to see some sights that would simply be off limits if you were on the road. There are miles and miles of well cared for trails to follow, just remember that you should always take a map and compass with you. Hiking on the moors can be dangerous, so it’s bets to prepare for the worst – bring waterproofs, emergency first aid kits and plenty of food.