Outdoor activities on Exmoor include everything from walking and horse riding to fishing and other water-sports. There really is something for everyone whatever their age or level of experience. If you love being outdoors, then we hope you will find the information below helpful when planning your days out.
For cyclists staying at the farm, the Sustrans Cycle Route boarders the farm and will take you to Sandyway and beyond enabling you to explore Withypool or the beautiful Landacre Bridge. Alternatively, head past the ancient barrows overlooking the whole of Devon and on to Moles Chamber where there was once a legendary villains’ drinking haunt. Cycle on and down the gated road to Challacombe to have a welcoming meal at the Black Venus passing an ancient packhorse bridge on the way.
Thanks to the level roads many are suitable for less experienced cyclists, as well as families with children.
If you are not bringing your own horse but still wish to explore Exmoor via horseback, then there are a range of local stable yards that will be happy to help. Once you have ridden across Exmoor, nothing will compare. This stunning landscape has some incredible views, which are best captured when up high; riding across Exmoor is also a great way to see some of the local wildlife, which would normally shy away from traffic and people. Yards will normally cater for all ages and abilities with varying horse treks available. Recommended stable yards within easy reach of Litton Farm, include Brendon Manor, Outovercott Riding Stables and the Exmoor Riding Centre.
Exmoor truly must be a walker’s paradise. From Litton Farm go out the drive and take a right to head over Exmoor the beautiful Landacre Bridge, one of the National Parks hidden gems and the perfect spot for a picnic beside the river. Alternatively, take the farm track down to the magical valley and up to the boundary gate by the ancient beech tree. The wooden gates open out on to Halscombe Moor, enabling limitless exploration of Exmoor with walks to the nearby Winsford or the famous Tarr Steps. Further afield is the Doone Valley, otherwise known as Lorna Doone Country, this wonderful area running alongside the River Lyn is a wonderful place to explore on food with routes heading to the coast and up over the moors.
Exmoor is blessed with great fishing, whether it is salmon, trout or sea fishing. The National Park has something for everyone from the amateur angler to the more experience fisherman on a dedicated fishing holiday.
Sea fishing is available from most of the fishing harbours with Ilfracombe being one of the best. For trout fishing there are many lakes and ponds that offer great opportunities to catch your dinner, theses include Wimbleball Lake and the Clatworthy Reservoir. Salmon fishing is available in many of the moorland streams and day permits can often be purchased locally.
Before setting off for a day’s fishing check out the Visit Exmoor fishing page, which gives information on where to purchase a licence or permit, and when the seasons are.
The stunning Wimbleball Lake on the eastern edge of Exmoor is the place to go to experience a range of water-sports and land-based activities suitable for all ages and abilities. On the water you can experience sports such as sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing. Whilst dry on land you can walk or cycle around the lake, play in the trees with the help of the high ropes or take aim in the archery field.
The activity centre at the lake is where to go to find out more about
hiring equipment and getting tuition from experts. Finish your day at the lake
with a bite to eat at the popular café, which also has a children’s play area.