Links

Here you’ll find useful links and information about a wide range of local attractions and things to do. Simply click the ‘more’ button under each heading to see the resources in that section:

Transport

Taxi Hire

Carols Taxis- Tel: 01598 753501

Min Bus Hire – Webbers Travel

We are a small Exmoor-based family business, operating from Challacombe – on Exmoor’s western edge, and have vehicles for Private Hire with up to 16 seats. (vehicle with driver – not self drive)

Our vehicles are available to hire for airport transfers, day trips/excursions, parties & evenings out, and most of your Private Hire requirements- local and long distance.

Although we are approx 14 miles from Barnstaple, it is our nearest town, so we regularly get customers from there, and the whole area around it- right out to Lynton & Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast.

Give us a ring or email with your requirements – hopefully we can help you! Please don’t be afraid to leave a message if you get the answerphone – we’ll call you back as soon as we get in! (01598) 763467

Public Transport

Bus Timetable

Buses to and from Barnstaple direct to Lynton

Train Timetable

Nearest railway station is Barnstaple about 45 minutes from Lynton

Tourist Information

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Active Family and Large Group Fun

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A comprehensive list of all activites on Exmoor visit:

Whats on Exmoor

Active Exmoor

Surfing

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Point Breaks Surf School

We are not a budget surf school, we teach full and thorough lessons which include a good session to practice on the beach before going into the water. We have a very high success rate and you will be standing up by the end of the lesson. We cover surfboard handling, beach safety, paddle techniques

Nick Thorn Surf School

Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake above has canoeing, dinghy sailing, canoeing.

Tarka Trail

Tarka Bikes

Golf

Championship courses are all within easy reach of The Lynhurst, including:

Saunton

Ilfracombe

Woolacombe

Minehead

Walking

Nordic Walking Devon

Nordic Walking is a relatively new fitness activity in the South West. As a local instructor one of my goals is to raise awareness about Nordic Walking in Devon. I also want more people to get out there to give it a go.

I teach Nordic Walking because I love meeting people and it’s wonderful to witness individuals discover a fitness activity that works for them – plus no expensive gym membership and the benefits of being outside.

Nordic Walking is one of the most complete forms of exercise that you can do. By using specially designed Nordic Walking poles you work all of the major muscles in the body, without putting unnecessary strain on your joints. It’s also something that can be done at a variety of levels; at a basic level to simply maintain wellbeing or at the other extreme, athletes, such as cross country skiers, use it to maintain fitness.

Horse Riding

Riding stables are within a short distance from the house.

This is a very popular way of discovering the National Park which has over 250 square miles of woodlands and heather-clad open moorland with far reaching views. Glimpses of wild red deer are often seen.

Dean Riding Stables

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Riding On Exmoor

Mullacott – Gallop along the beach

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UK Horse Rider Guide

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Shalden Shooting School – with Britain’s top shooting coach Rod Brammer.

Shalden Shooting School offers coaching in clay pigeon shooting on the Devon/Somerset border near the small town of Bampton.

The shooting ground is set in a deep valley allowing us to show targets to suite all levels of ability from complete beginner to seasoned shooter.

Shalden Shooting School,
North Combe,
Shillingford,
Tiverton,
Devon.
EX16 9BX.
Tel: 01398 331021
Email: enquiry@shaldenshootingschool.co.uk

The Big Shoot

Behind every commercial success is a successful team of employees. For this reason, corporate team building events and incentive packages are universally important and enjoyed by the vast majority of companies.

The Big Shoot have more than 15 years experience in providing thrilling and constructive team building events and incentive packages, and allowing valued.

Devon Field Sports

Welcome to Southdown Shooting Ground

We are located in the beautiful North Devon country side near the North Devon coastline. We are in a prime location- 10 minutes from the town of Bideford and 15 minutes from Barnstaple.

We are a CPSA affiliated ground and we offer Clay pigeon shooting for novices and experienced shooters.

Our layouts include D.T.L, Sports trap and English Sporting.

Southdown shooting ground is an ideal venue for:

  • Corporate days
  • Team building
  • Rewards days
  • First time shooting lessons
  • Stag and Hen do’s
  • Gift experiences
  • Or just have a day out with friends and family!

North Devon Shooting Ground

For clay pigeon shooting in Devon, look no further than North Devon Shooting Ground near Ilfracombe.

Outdoor Activities

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Exmoor AdventuresAre your outdoor specialists for a range of adventurous activities and courses on Exmoor and the South West.Whether an outdoor activity, mountain bike hire, a corporate event, a guiding service or 1:1 coaching, they can cater for a wide range of groupsExmoor Adventures provides a range of outdoor activities including Coasteering, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Canoeing, Raft Building, Archery, Hill Walking, Orienteering activities across North Devon and Somerset.Survival PaintballWelcome to Survival Paintball – the biggest & bst paintball site in the South West.North Devon QuadsNorth Devon Quads is the South West’s biggest, most exciting and friendly Quad Bike circuit, boasting a superb 1.6km multi-course track deep in the heart of North Devon within easy reach of Barnstaple.Adventure Activities South WestWith over 16 activities to choose from your adventure starts here, from surfing to coasteering, climbing to canoeing, guided tours, silver safaris and many many more.

Theme Parks

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Watermouth CastleOne of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens.ButlinsYou will find Butlins about 40 minutes away in the seaside resort of Minehead.The Big SheepTelephone 01237 472 366 All weather attraction and one of North Devon’s largest. Includes shows, entertainment,animals and rides.Milky WayTelephone 01237 431 you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon Devon’s tallest, fastest & longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch our amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey CentreCombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur ParkWelcome to our wonderful park.Over 28 acres of spectacular gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can experience at close hand many amazing animals, life sized dinosaurs and much much more! A truly unique day out!Diggerland

Telephone 0871 22 77 007 action packed days for all ages

Keypitts

Telephone 01271 862247 – open all year. Keypitts offer an unforgettable, fun filled day out for all the family! Whether its blasting across the fields on a quad bike, a heart stopping 4×4 off-road experience, or a leisurely horse ride through our stunning farmland.

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Quad bikes and horse riding centre

Enjoying the Wildlife on Exmoor

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Exmoor SafariThis company offers a selection of wildlife excursions and tours that are sure to captivate even the most avid of wildlife enthusiasts. Be it our original Safari which has been running since 1983 to our new to 2012 Stargazing excursion, we are sure you’ll have a memorable and unique experience combining awe inspiring scenery, local heritage and keen sense for adventure.Call 01643 831229 now to book.Barle Valley SafarisWould you like to learn more about Exmoor? Well then join us on a safari and experience real Exmoor: the Exmoor Ponies, Red Deer, Birdlife, and the Flora and Fauna. Hear about the intriguing Local Legends and marvel at the beautiful scenery.resize kingfishersMoorland Mousie TrustWelcome to The Exmoor Pony Centre, headquarters of The Moorland Mousie Trust, a charity that works tirelessly for the welfare and promotion of the rare breed Exmoor pony.
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Discover WistlandpoundThe changing seasons means that Wistlandpound is an exciting place to discover at any time of the year!  Easy access paths allow you to wander through the forest of majestic trees and catch stunning views of the reservoir and its wildlife.

 

 

Devon Badger Watch

Right before your eyes!. Fully illuminated above and below ground. Comfortable hide at the edge of their natural sett. Booking essential. Devon Badger Watch, near Tiverton 01398 651 506.

Exmoor Zoo

Open all year round. Be a keeper for a day, or be a VIP tour of the zoo with a chance to feed and get up close to some of the animals.

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Wildlife Cruises

Lundy Island

Take a trip to Lundy Island, an island in the Bristol Channel with boat trips leaving from Ilfracombe
Tours also leave from Clovelly on the ‘Jessica Hettie’ where you can see the abundant wildlife, swim with the friendly seals. Telephone Clovelly Pottery on 01237 431 042.

Exmoor Falconry

Tucked away in Porlock Vale, within the Exmoor National Park we have a really special collection of owls, birds of prey and friendly animals in our Visitor Attraction plus outdoor activities where you can participate in full or half day bird of prey experiences, owl activities and excellent riding over Exmoor.

Fly Fishing Instruction

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John DawsonWell-known fly fishing guide, John Dawson offers fly fishing courses in Devon and Exmoor designed to meet the needs of the individual, family or group in a discreet and relaxed manner with the emphasis on fun.Fly fishing instruction is available as taster sessions, for beginners and the more advanced with single and double-handed rods and can include casting lessons, fishing tackle, fly fishing basics, reading the water, flies and entomology.KingFisher ChartersWelcome aboard the KingFisher! Charter this superb fishing boat or enjoy a coastal fishing trip from our base in Ilfracombe, North Devon, where we can take you to some of the best sea fishing spots in the Bristol Channel – including the waters around idyllic Lundy Island.

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General Interest

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Wonderful gardens can be found in the area including:

RHS Rosemoor

Marwood Hill Garden

Within the gardens there are many collections of plants. The large collection of Camellia numbers well over eight hundred different cultivars.These are grown in a large greenhouse as well as in various parts of the garden. Magnolias are a recent addition and there are over eighty, which are a stiking feature in March and April. Betula, Eucryphia, Eucalyptus, Rhododendron, Hosta and Iris are strongly represented in the garden.

There are three National Collections in the gardens which are looked after in association with the N.C.C.P.G. (The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens).

Greencombe Gardens in Porlock

Clovelly

Welcome to the private Devon village of Clovelly and its two hotels

The cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this world famous fishing village in North Devon, built into a cleft in a 400′ high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny, ancient working port.

It is also famous for its donkeys, which traditionally carry goods up the hill; sledges bring things down. There are links with Charles Kingsley, Turner, Dickens and the Spanish Armada.

What everyone remarks upon is the maritime atmosphere, stunning views and the peaceful tranquillity of the village, so visitors often decide on the spot to stay a night or two. The New Inn Hotel in the heart of this historic village and the Red Lion Hotel at its foot, beside the sea, offer charming en suite accommodation and excellent bar and restaurant food.

Stately Homes

The National Trust properties of:

Arlington Court

Knightshayes

Victorian country house with richly decorated interiors and garden

Discover Knightshayes, a gothic Victorian mansion set in the heart of the rolling mid Devon countryside.

Dunster Castle in Minehead

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Chambercombe Manor in Ilfracombe

Cobbaton Combat

Military museum and tourist attraction, this North Devon collection covers mostly World War Two and the years 1939 – 1945, but with exhibits from the Boer War right up to the First Gulf War. Ranging from military surplus British Army – plus Canadian and Russian Forces – tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms and blackout lamps. In 1981 Preston Isaac’s runaway hobby was opened to the public, and just keeps growing.

Treasure Hunts

Treasure Trails

Explore on a Treasure Hunt

Treasure Trails Ltd create fun and unique ways for you to get outside and explore. We currently have over 900 Treasure Trails throughout the UK and are writing more every day.

What is a Treasure Trail?

A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore somewhere new. An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. Each treasure hunt is completed in your own time.

We also work with businesses, schools and social groups to help organise fun and quirky:

Treasure Trails Devon
If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to explore, a Treasure Trail is a fantastic multi-award winning ‘Daycation’ activity to do in Devon to help you see the sights. There are 52 Trails which encompass the huge variety that makes up Devon’s fascinating landscape.

Steam Railways

Lynton Rail

Based at Woody Bay 10 minutes from Lynton is Woody Bay station.

West Somerset Railway

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Join the West Somerset Railway for great family days out through 20 miles of glorious Somerset coast and countryside between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.

Book now for Day Out With Thomas™, Exmoor Mystery Tour, Hestercombe Gardens Express, Dunster Castle Express, Murder Mystery, Cream Tea, Cheese & Cider Lunch, Fish & Chips Specials, Summer Evenings by the Seaside. Please book online.

Industrial

Dartington Crystal

See and hear the fascinating story of over 40 years of Dartington Crystal.

Crystal and glassware call 01805 626242 for more information. Whilst with us you can learn the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio Visual Theatre and then follow the Dartington Timeline from 1967 to present day. And see how the first peices of glass were made in our museum section.

You can watch the live demonstration of glassmaking and try the many hands-on activities we have to offer.

Dunster Working Water Mill

“The West Country’s finest working water mill. Built 1680, the mill is set in magnificent surroundings alongside the River Avill, only minutes from Dunster Castle and the High St. See how flour is produced as the wheat grain is fed down to the grinding stones before being bagged up for local bakeries. Fascinating collection of ancient agricultural machinery in the integral museum.” Shop, Tea room and Garden. Parking nearby. Telephone 01643 821759.

Coldharbour Mill

Working Wool Museum. “Step back and experience life in the past.”

“All-weather attraction with so much to see and do. Impressive industrial heritage museum in the heart of Devon. Exciting guided tours of working spinning & weaving machines in a Victorian factory. Two giant mill engines and 1888 Lancashire boiler. Fantastic New World Tapestry. Mill Shop, selling gifts, souvenirs, knitted yarn, woven cloth and Devon Tartan.” Also Mill Cafe.

Other Activities and Attractions

Exmoor Brass Rubbing & Hobbycraft Centre

“Fun for all the family. Over 150 brasses and Special Rubbing Plates. Instruction, supervision and materials provided. Fun for all ages. School, Youth Group and Disabled Parties welcome.”

Open Daily most of the year but check by telephone. Admission Free. Visitors only pay for their rubbings

Location Victorian Brass Rubbing Emporium, Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin, N. Devon, EX34 0NG. Tel (01271) 882486

Dunkery Vineyard

Seven acres of of vines in a beautiful area of the Exmoor National Park and one of the finest wineries in England. Owner Derek Pritchard is one of the most experienced English wine producers. His wines are made in the classical way with a minimum of processing, so that the natural grape flavours come through in the wine: he grows more than 12 vine varieties. Derek will give you a very interesting tour of the estate and winery (sometimes lasting 2 hours) and there are wines to taste (and purchase if you wish). The scenery and wildlife are magnificent – the vineyards share an abundance: red deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes, pheasants, partridges, buzzards, green woodpeckers, goldcrests and flocks of goldfinches.

Location: Wootton Courtenay, near Dunster, Somerset, TA24 8RD
Tel: (01643) 841505

Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower Garden

For the young at heart – from 1 to 101 !