Plan Your Visit
Welcome to Exmoor
One of the UK’s 15 National Parks.
It's great that as restrictions begin to be lifted we will be able get out again and explore Exmoor’s wide-open moorlands, mysterious wooded valleys and dramatic coast – have a great time by following our
top 3 tips for the perfect visit.
- Plan ahead - check current government restrictions and what’s open before you travel.
- Avoid busy times - beat the crowds with an early start or an evening adventure.
- Avoid the busiest places - don’t follow the crowds – find your new favourite place. Walk, ride or take the bus to avoid busy car parks.
And help us keep it special for everyone, please -
- Take your litter home – leave no trace.
- Keep dogs under close control and clean up after them.
- Park responsibility – don’t block roads or gateways.
- Leave gates as you find them – if in doubt close them.
- Only use designated sites for camping and motorhomes.
Respect - Protect - Enjoy
We're here to Help
Got a question? Ask the Exmoor experts at our National Park Centres who can help you get the best from a visit:
Lynmouth National Park Centre, 01598 752509, NPCLynmouth@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Dunster National Park Centre , 01643 821835, NPCDunster@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Dulverton National Park Centre , 01398 323841, NPCDulverton@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Exmoor is one of 15 National Parks in the UK, and more than 6000 around the world.
What is a National Park?
National Parks have been chosen as special protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and history. National Parks are living, working landscapes: the home to thousands of people and the factory floor for many farmers. Most of the land within them is owned by private landowners, but access is permitted for recreation if you follow the Countryside Code.
Why is Exmoor a National Park?
Exmoor is a unique and special place, packed full of beautiful landscapes, wildlife and history. We have wild windswept moorlands with great views, secret wooded valleys where ancient oaks trees cling to the slopes and clear rivers that rush towards the sea. We have some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the UK. You can explore villages full of history and make your way along footpaths and tracks that are all carefully signposted and looked after by the National Park.
Find out more about what makes Exmoor special.
Like all the UK National Parks, Exmoor is free to enter, there are no gates and no opening and closing times. Look out for “cairns” on the roadside as you enter the National Park.
What can I do on Exmoor?
Exmoor is for everyone and everyone has their own way of enjoying it. For some people it’s about long walks or cycle rides through the beautiful landscape, for others it’s about finding a quiet spot to sit down and just breathe in the sights and sounds of nature. No matter how you enjoy it, please help us protect our precious wildlife and landscapes by leaving no trace of your visit.
For ideas and inspiration check out the links below or drop into one of our National Park Centres:
For further inspiration check out these suggested driving routes from Visit Exmoor:
- All Exmoor drive (PDF)
- Central Exmoor drive (PDF)
- Eastern Exmoor drive (PDF)
- Southern Exmoor drive (PDF)
- Western Exmoor drive (PDF).
What should I bring?
Sudden changes in the weather are a part of Exmoor’s charm, so always expect the unexpected and pack accordingly. Sturdy footwear, a waterproof layer, suncream or a hat and tick removers can all be useful things to take with you for a day out in the countryside.
And it goes without saying that you should take home anything you do bring with you, including all litter and dog poo, which can be hazardous to wildlife and grazing livestock. Our out and about essentials page has all the information to help you enjoy your day safely.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes we love dogs and Exmoor is a fantastic place to explore with your four-legged friend. Follow these three simple steps to help keep wildlife and livestock safe.
What are the latest restrictions around Covid?
We want everyone who visits Exmoor, lives on Exmoor or works here to stay safe. Please remember it’s your responsibility to know and follow the latest government advice on Covid-19 and access to green spaces.
To find out how these measures are affecting facilities in the National Park and find out what's open, please check our latest update on coronavirus before you travel.
Can I stay overnight?
Yes all holiday accomodation is now open, including hotels, B&Bs and campsites.
Please be aware that there is no provision for campervans, motorhomes or camping unless you have booked into a site and be sure to book before you travel. Find out where you can stay at: camping and overnight stays in campervans and motorhomes.
How can I make my visit more environmentally friendly?
Exmoor National Park Authority has declared a Climate Emergency meaning we’re committed to urgent action on climate change. We’ve put together these simple steps that everyone can follow, both at home and away, to help reduce their environmental impact and live more sustainably.
Get the younger generation involved too by taking on our Park Protector Challenge, Available to download and print at home here or inside your copy of Exmoor Visitor Magazine free from National Park Centres and participating businesses.
Love Exmoor and want to help keep it special?
We hope your experience of Exmoor will inspire you to join join our efforts to conserve the National Park and leave it better for future generations. Signing up to our newsletters is a great way to be kept up-to-date with news, events and volunteering opportunities around the National Park.
If you want a hands on experience, then our Get Involved programme of events, training, and volunteering could be for you. Or why not consider donating to CareMoor for Exmoor and helping us care for tomorrow's National Park. No matter how large or small, every donation goes towards keeping your National Park special for future generations.
- Plan Your Visit
- Donate to Caremoor
- Walking on Exmoor
- Exmoor Visitor Map
- Exmoor Events Calendar
- Out and About Essentials
- National Park Centres
- Exmoor for Families
- Exmoor Visitor
- Pinkery Breaks
- Where to stay
- ExploreMoor - Travel Information
- Accessible Exmoor
- The National Park Ranger Experience
- Park Partners
- Horse Riding
- Road Cycling
- Mountain Biking
- Tarr Steps
- Exmoor Day - 19th October
- Book Exmoor Experiences
- Proposals for the Valley of Rocks Picnic Site – Update May 2021