5 free activities for families visiting Exmoor National Park

Exmoor Holiday Guide – 5 Free Activities for families visiting Exmoor National Park.
1. Stargazing
Exmoor National Park was designated the first dark sky reserve in Europe and second in the world! Thanks to it’s lack of light pollution caused by street lights and other un-natural light. It is without a doubt one of the best places to view the wonders of our night skies, and an activity not to be missed!
Top Tip –
Put your paddling pool to use all year around or even with a puncture. Fill it with cushions and blankets on a clear starry night for a cosy stargazing bed.
2. Take a Tour
Let’s see what we can see! Take a driving tour around Exmoor, from moorland animals such as Exmoor Ponies, Exmoor Horn Sheep and birds of prey to sea creatures on the coast; Dolphins and porpoises a more frequent sight as our waters warm. Holiday makers visiting Exmoor National Park can expect to be treated to an exciting range of wildlife and moorland animals.
Whilst there are a number of local tour operators a more cost effective tour maybe to take your own. Check out our Heart of Exmoor Route, starting by exiting the M5 at Taunton traveling through Raleigh Cross, Wheddon CrossExford and Simonsbath arriving at Challacombe B3358.
As well as an abundance of wildlife and picturesque villages and towns. Exmoor is home to a number of beautiful historical landmarks and places of interest. Tar Steps, Dunster Castle, Challacombe Long Stone, Lanacre Bridge and The Valley of the Rocks to name a few.
Top Tip –
Call into one of the parks information centers and pick up a copy of the visitor information book, published annually. These are free however a donation towards the parks official charity caremoor for Exmoor is much appreciated. Inside you will find all the things to look out for, see how many you can spot and tick off!
This activity ideal for families with younger children or the less physically able.
3. Sea Glass Treasure Hunt & Rock Pool Exploring & Crabbing at Lynmouth
Always a firm childhood favourite, guaranteed to create memories is crabbing and rock pool exploring. A great free activity for both warmer and cooler weather. Grab your nets, bucket and crabbing line and head to Lynmouth!
Unearth our marine wildlife, explore underneath rocks, amongst plant life and between crevices in the rock pools along the coast.
Stunning Sea Glass Treasure Hunt
A day out in itself, searching for sea glass along the South West shores an ever growing, popular activity. As the sea is worn by the movement and wear caused by the sea and rock beds these stray and abandoned pieces of glass become beautiful items of treasure!
Top Tip –
Don’t forget to refer to your copy of Exmoor Visitor and tick of all your finds.
Other great Rock Pooling and Crabbing locations in and around Exmoor include Dulverton; Combe Martin and Blue Anchor Beach.
Photos courtesy off Exmoor Blue Bird Guests, The Bower’s Family taken in Combe Martin 2017.
We had a few great days out on Combe Martin beach, the children enjoyed crabbing and caught a couple of small ones, we all had fun hunting for sea glass and other treasures and when the tide was out we explored the old pirates cove! Can’t wait to visit again
Maddy Bowers – Gloucester
4. Visit The Exmoor Pony Centre – Dulverton
The Exmoor Pony Centre is a small charity run business run by The Moorland Muse Trust who are working to promote and protect the rare breed Exmoor Pony.
Admission to the centre is free, supported by its volunteers donations and pony adopters.
What could be better than a visit to Exmoor that includes riding one of our iconic rare breed native Exmoor Ponies. The centre offers many riding possibilities for all abilities. Doing its very best to make sure you have an experience to remember. For full details, opening times and how to book please visit The Exmoor Pony Centre website Please note that all rides must be pre-booked.
5. Cycle at Wimbleball Lake
Wimbleball Outdoor Active Centre,
Brompton Regis TA22 9NU
Wimbleball Lake is situated in the heart of Exmoor managed by South West Lakes a registered charity.
Experience a day out like no other at Wimbleball Lake, nestled in the hills of Exmoor National Park. Discover our nature paths by foot or bring the bike and explore our off-road cycle trails. A short distance from the main centre is the majestic Wimbleball Dam, watch water cascade down this megastructure and spark your children’s imagination for nature and engineering. There’s plenty of open spaces providing the perfect setting for a family adventure, let your children run freely in our play area, build dens in our woodlands, climb a tree and spot an amazing range of wildlife.

As well as free activities such as walking and cycling the centre has a number of other exciting activities including kayaking and sailing.