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Things to see and do in North Devon and Exmoor

Exmoor views from Moor and Sea

Overlooking Exmoor

Moor & Sea Holidays is set overlooking Exmoor near the southwest coast path, a five minute drive or a lovely walk from Lynton and Lynmouth.

Below there is an introduction to the local area, ideas of things to do, and a guide to North Devon's beautiful beaches.

Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynmouth is a lovely harbour town with a long stretch of shingle and rock beach connected to Lynton by the famous Victorian water-powered funicular railway. They are both fun to explore with a variety of local independent shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and cosy pubs.

Lynton is also famous for the stunning landscape at Valley of Rocks.

Local beaches of Lee Bay and Wringcliff are wonderful around low tide for a swim.

Walking around this area is wonderfully varied from the woodland riverside walk towards Watersmeet to the beautiful coastal path and open expanses of moorland.​

Lynmouth harbour
Valley of Rocks Lynton North Devon


Valley of Rocks

Victorian Cliff Railway

The steepest and highest
water-powered funicular railway in the world

​​Lynton Cinema 

Exmoor National Park Shop

in Lynmouth

Glen Lyn Gorge

Power of water exhibition and waterfalls

Exmoor Coaster

This open-top double decker tour bus can be taken from Lynton to explore the local coastline, moor and coastal villages of North Devon and Somerset.

For more information and ideas


North Devon Beaches

North Devon has some of the loveliest and cleanest beaches in the world.  From the international surf reserve at Woolacombe with 3 miles of golden sands to the  stunning coves of  Heddons Mouth and Broadsands.  there is something to suit everyone..


World-class surfing to kayaking, swimming and rock pooling, enjoying a blustery walk or simply soaking up the sun listening to the waves. A short drive away we have Lynmouth and Lee Bay beaches. Lee bay is lovely for a swim or a family day out. Lynmouth has amazing surfing in the right conditions for the more experienced and swimming is lovely at the other end of the beach. There are plenty of dog friendly beaches to chose from too.

Beautiful secluded Broadsands beach
Lovely pebbly beach at Heddon Mouth

Walking Distance

Woodland walks to the coastal path and Lee Bay ( a steep walk back - why not drop a car off at Lee bay with your swim things and or a picnic for a beach trip)

Lovely walk to the Valley of Rocks and Lynton and Lynmouth

Caffyns Farm with a restaurant, bar and Goat Cafe!

10 minute Drive

Watersmeet - a wooded riverside walk from Lynmouth to the National Trust cafe at Watersmeet with cool pools for swimming in summer

Heddon Valley - one of our favourite shorter walks through a wooded valley by the river opening out at Heddon Mouth to a lovely cove with sea-rounded rocks, shingle and the sea

Valley of Rocks - wonderful for an explore or watching the sun go down

Lee Bay for family days, rock pooling, beach barbeques, and a swim in the sea(an hour or so either side of low tide is best)

30 minute Drive

Woolacombe Sands - 3 miles of golden sand gently sloping into the sea backed by dunes.  Now an international surf reserve.

Lorna Doone Valley - a gentle riverside walk through a beautiful valley with a National Trust cafe, an independent art gallery and gift shop.

Watermouth and Broadsands - Watermouth is a lovely sheltered bay with a cafe in a boat.  Broadsands is a beautiful secluded and sheltered beach. 

Exmoor Zoo (

Porlock Weir - a small harbour town where Exmoor meets the sea.. with a long pebbly beach, independent shops and cafes, pubs and Porlock Oysters

Ilfracombe harbour - a small aquarium, boat trips, independent shops and places to eat.

Broomhill Sculpture Garden - an amazing sculpture garden in a wooded valley with a restaurant 

Marwood Hill Gardens - set in a lovely valley with a tea room set at the top overlooking the garden

The Dinosaur and Wildlife Park - a fun day out for little ones

Three miles of golden sandy beach at Woolacombe

Useful Information

Boat trips

Porlock Weir  Porlock Weir Charters
Ilfracombe Sea Safari

Adventure, watersports, and equipment hire

Exmoor Adventures Porlock - Outdoor activities

OSKC Watersports Combe Martin - Kayak and Paddle Board

Surf Lessons - Surfing Woolacombe (formerly Hunters)

Exmoor Riding Centre at Caffyns Farm

Lyn Electric Bikes - Electric Bike Hire
Ebike Trail Tours

Lovely evening surf at Woolacombe international surf reserve beach
Star gazing under Exmoors dark sky reserve starlit skies

Experiences at
Moor and Sea

Art Courses

We run a variety of wonderful art courses from September to the end of May.
Please see our art course page for more details. some courses such as fused glass can be arranged for during your stay, please contact us for more details.






Foraging to Star Gazing Experiences

We are partnering with Liz from Moor Wild Experiences to offer a variety of wonderful activities to enjoy while at Moor and Sea. In the Autumn and Winter months, marvel at Exmoor's Dark Skies or forage and make your own Hedgerow ketchup.






Bespoke Yoga Classes

Hannah from Moor Yoga in Lynton can create a bespoke yoga session for you ..from individual sessions up to groups of 6

Contact us for details.

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