Things to Do
Where Exmoor meets the sea
Lynmouth is a picturesque fishing village, where you have the very best of Exmoor and our glorious coastline on your doorstep to explore. From fishing and kayaking to walking and horse riding, we have something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Lynmouth has a pebble beach, perfect for exploring rock pools, walking the dogs and paddling. If you are looking for golden sandy beaches we have plenty within easy driving distance.
Lee Bay is nestled in the coastline beyond our beautiful Valley of the rocks in Lynton, offering a sandy beach at low tide. (5 miles away.)
Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton Sands, offer miles and miles of golden sandy beaches with lots of water sport activities available. (20 miles away.)
If you want to travel further afield, there‘s also the Taw/Torridge estuary, Instow and Westward Ho! All offering sandy beaches and water sports for all the family to enjoy.(35 miles away.)
From Lynmouth there are regular boat trips along the Heritage Coast. Gently cruise past the nesting colonies of razorbills, guillemots, dunlin and kitiwake and the gulls soaring in the thermals by the highest seacliffs in England.
There are a number of horse riding stables in the area offering lessons, hacks over Exmoor and beach rides.
If you would like to find out more about our native Exmoor ponies, then visit The Exmoor Pony Centre in Dulverton. Meet Exmoor ponies, go riding on the moor and learn about their conservation.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
The Bath Hotel is only two minutes’ walk from the spectacular funicular cliff railway which will take you to our neighbouring village of Lynton.
Victorian Portrait Company:
Step back in time and get a Victorian family portrait right here in Lynmouth. A unique souvenir, for your family to treasure.
Valley of The Rocks:
The famous Valley of The Rocks, formed during the ice age. The Valley of the Rocks has towering rock formations with names such as ‘The Devil’s Cheesewring’, and its centrepiece, ‘Castle Rock’. It is renowned for its resident herd of wild goats, and in the centre of the valley probably the most picturesque setting in England for a village cricket pitch!
One of the most rewarding activities is exploring Exmoor on foot; the diversity of the scenery in a small area is staggering -a walk of six miles could take you along one of the delightful wooded valleys, up onto the rugged moor with panoramic views, and depending on the time of year -a carpet of purple heather or golden gorse or bronze bracken, then on a coastal footpath for views of the soaring cliffs and foaming surf and on a clear day, a sight of the Welsh coastline 30 miles away.
On your route you may even be lucky enough to see salmon leaping in the river, or catch a glimpse of the majestic wild red deer and wild Exmoor ponies.
Take a look at this great video of Exmoor and our spectacular coastal walks, provided by Exmoor National Parks. Click here: Dream, Discover, Explore…. Exmoor.
Lynmouth featured in ‘Julia Bradbury’s best walks’. Quoted on their website “A hidden treasure on the Exmoor coast, Julia’s walk sets off from the picturesque harbour-town of Lynmouth and meanders under the tree-green canopy of water-rapids following the East Lyn River and the Hoar Oak River, merging together at the stunning Watersmeet National Trust café.” Check out her route that you could follow!-
Woody Bay Station
Take a ride on the picturesque train at Woody Bay Station, just outside Barbrook.
Woody Bay Station is an original Lynton & Barnstaple Railway station, opened in 1898, and closed along with the rest of the railway in September 1935. The station reopened in 1995, it is the beginning of an exciting project to rebuild one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways; the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.
Trains currently operate between Woody Bay and Killington Lane Halt, a distance of about one mile.
The ideal starting point for a two mile round trip through some of the loveliest countryside in North Devon, Woody Bay Station is the place to board our little narrow gauge train for a journey back in time.
Exmoor Guided Tours
We can organise a full day Exmoor tour for you at the hotel, where you will be picked up right outside our hotel for a fantastic day of exploring our beautiful National Park.
Travel through deep wooded valleys, open moorland, twisting narrow roads plus tracks over the moor and visit Lorna Doone country. You will have the chance to see all of our wonderful wildlife including: Red Deer, Exmoor ponies and birds of prey.
Exmoor Guided Tour – Rutting of the Red Deer of Exmoor
This is a unique wildlife experience and we can organise the tour for you. The Red Deer start rutting in late September and continue to the beginning of November. This is a sight not to be missed!
National Trust Parks:
There are a number of National Trust places to visit in the area. The nearest being Watersmeet, which is an enjoyable walk approximately 2 miles from the hotel up the East Lyn river.
Alternatively, it is a short drive, following Watersmeet road to their carpark.
National Trust Properties:
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, explore the regency house and carriage museum with a selection of impressive horse-drawn carriages. Walk the grounds and relax in the picturesque gardens. (Approximately 20 miles away.)
Scenic Route 1:
Drive along Watersmeet road, turning left at the end of the valley towards Simonsbath. Once you have driven up on to the open moorland you’ll find the views breath-taking and don’t forget to look out for red deer. There is parking available at Simonsbath. With a number of beautiful walks you can explore the moors from here.
Scenic Route 2:
Turning left out of Lynmouth up Countisbury hill, will give you stunning views of the foreland. Carrying along this road to Porlock, there are many places to stop and enjoy the view. Watch out for Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons, Kestrels, Red deer and our rare Exmoor ponies, roaming on the moor.
Or The 21 mile drive
Where Exmoor meets the sea, “words and pictures can only tell part of the story”. Follow the 21 mile drive to experience Exmoor’s most stunning scenery. Experience the thrill of this beautiful, scenic tour and all it’s magic.
Other activities include fishing, putting, pony trekking, tennis, bowling and within a 20 miles radius there are a number of golf courses.
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