There are many interesting places to visit around Somerset and North Devon. From Litton Farm the seaside resorts of Minehead, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe are all within easy reach and offer plenty to see and do for everyone. Many of the local towns and villages have excellent restaurants and bars, as well as cinemas and theatres.
Minehead sits on the North Somerset coast where Exmoor meets the sea. It is situated on the edge of the National Park and is a perfect base for those who love to explore the coast and the countryside with the South West Coast Path beginning in the town.
Minehead is a traditional seaside resort with its promenade, long sandy beach and colourful central garden complete with band stand. The beach itself stretches for a mile and overlooks the Bristol Channel. Running alongside the beach is the bustling promenade, which features an arcade and various shops. In the high street there are further shops, as well as many different places to eat.
If visiting Minehead, check out the West Somerset Railway, which starts in the town and ends at Bishops Lydeard. The country branch line is a great way to see the local countryside, including the Quantock Hills and Exmoor with more than 20 miles of track to travel along.
Porlock is probably most famous for its incredibly steep hills that lead in and out of the picturesque village. Porlock also has a disproportionate number of great places to eat and many different shops, as well as several scenic walks that let you explore the area. Passing through the village is the South West Coast Path as it heads to Lynton and Lynmouth and the Coleridge Way.
Porlock has its own stony beach, which can be accessed from the weir and it is here that you can walk the ridge and access the saltmarsh, which is a nature reserve and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Another notable site is the submerged forest, which is only visible at low tide.
For more dedicated walkers, Culbone Church, which is believed to be smallest church in England is a two-mile walk from Porlock Weir and is well worth a visit.
Situated on the edge of North Devon and Exmoor is Lynton and Lynmouth. The coastal village of Lynmouth lies at the foot of the valley, and Lynton at the top. The two are linked in various ways, however it is the famous water-powered Cliff Railway that most visitors enjoy using to travel between the two.
Lynmouth is a wonderful place to spend a few hours with its array of tea rooms and independent shops, you can even walk up to the National Trust managed Watersmeet and see where the two rivers join and have a cream tea at Watersmeet House, which has been serving teas since 1901. Alternatively, admire the breath-taking views from the Valley of the Rocks on the edge of Lynton – be careful to watch out for the goats that also call the valley home!
Located in the heart of Exmoor and only a few miles from Litton Farm is Withypool a pretty countryside village, which sits alongside the River Barle. The peaceful village is surrounded by moorland and is therefore a great place to stop off to go for a walk or just to play in the river, which is lined by willow trees.
Withypool is home to a lovely village shop/post office, a cosy tea rooms and a local pub – The Royal Oak, which serves good ales and food.
If you are looking to explore further afield, Tarr Steps is a four-mile riverside walk form the village and is a great place for a picnic with young children. The clapper bridge is 180 feet long and designated by English Heritage as a grade 1 listed building.
On the southern tip of Exmoor is the lovely rural town of Dulverton, which is a great market town full of independent shops and award-winning places to eat. Situated in a wooded valley on the edge of the River Barle, Dulverton is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.
Another place to visit nearby is the Exmoor Pony Trust, otherwise known as the Moorland Mousie Trust, which lies on the edge of the village.
Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Exmoor’ in Somerset, Dunster is the perfect place for a day trip no matter what the weather. The mediaeval village has more than 200 listed buildings and has been preserved for many years, so it can be enjoyed by past and future generations. Within the village notable buildings include the 11th century Dunster Castle and the Old Yarn Market, which lies in the middle of the cobbled high street.
The village is open all year round and home to some lovely places to eat, including restaurants and tea rooms. If staying at Litton Farm in early December check out Dunster by Candlelight when all street lights are switched off and the village is bathed in the light of hundreds of candles.
Exmoor boasts some of the finest coastline in the country with the famous wooded cliffs, secret smugglers coves, idyllic working fishing towns and spectacular coastal footpaths. Places to visit along the coast, include Heddons Mouth (make sure you stop off for lunch at the Hunters Inn), Woody Bay, Lee Bay at the Valley of the Rocks and Lynmouth. For a complete change, catch the ferry from Ilfracombe in North Devon and head to Lundy Island for the day and see some of its incredible wildlife such as the puffins.
The beaches on the North Devon coast are also legendary thanks to their beautiful golden sands. Some of the most well-known include Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde. These beaches have been awarded Blue Flags and are patrolled by lifeguards from Easter through to October making them ideal for families, they also offer lessons in many different water sports with surfing being the most popular. Looking for something a bit quieter? Look of out for some of North Devon’s hidden gems like Wild Pear beach and Barricane Beach.