Withypool

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The unspoilt village of Withypool, with its charming cottages, country pub, and traditional tea rooms is a picturesque spot to base your Exmoor holiday.

About Withypool

The quiet unspoilt village of Withypool lies in the heart of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. With its characterful cottages, country pub, and traditional tea rooms, this ancient village is a wonderful place to base your Exmoor holiday.

Surrounded by interesting Bronze Age sites, bridleways and footpaths, Withypool is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get loose on the moor for a walking holiday. Even those with just a desire to take in some clean air, star gaze, and then cosy up in a country pub will feel right at home. From the village, the 3-4 mile walk to the ancient clapper bridge, Tarr Steps, and its wonderful adjacent inn, makes for a very enjoyable excursion.

Exmoor boasts over six hundred miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore. The moor is steeped in history and is unsurpassed in terms of its natural open scenery and beauty, with pretty heather, deep wooded combes and its famous Exmoor ponies and red deer.

The nearby village of Dunster and its ancient castle, stunning gardens and traditional tea rooms are well worth a visit, as are the pretty coastal harbour towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. 

A holiday cottage in Withypool offers a peaceful moorland retreat for those looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning countryside setting.

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Dulverton Heritage Centre
(7 miles)

Open seven days a week from April to October, Dulverton’s Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre gives visitors a taste of old Dulverton, a main exhibition which changes either annually or every two years plus a varied programme of short term exhibitions.  There’s also a gift shop for crafty souvenirs.

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Exmoor Cycle Route
(7 miles)

One of the best and most challenging locations for off-road cycling, Exmoor enjoys a network of bridleways, lanes and other permitted tracks with ample opportunity for some wonderful rides.  The Exmoor OS Explorer Map has details of the many routes available, but it is asked that you take into consideration other users, wildlife and the environment when mountain biking in the area by only using permitted tracks and following the Countryside Code, which you can find on the Exmoor National Park website.

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Exmoor Adventures
(8 miles)

Offering a range of award-winning outdoor activities, Exmoor Adventures gives you the chance to try your hand at coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, raft building, abseiling and a host of other adventure sports.  Based in Porlock West Somerset, the team are fun, passionate and have lots of experience.  Founder Dan was even a British Cycling MTB leadership tutor.

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Holnicote Estate
(8 miles)

A 12,000-acre National Trust property, Holnicote Estate is part of Exmoor National Park, made up of rugged moorland, shingle beaches, ancient woodland and charming thatched villages.  Walk, cycle and horse ride as far as the eye can see, see red deer, Exmoor ponies, bats and rare butterflies as you go.  There are picnic tables, footpaths and toilets as well as pay and display parking.

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Exmoor Riding
(9 miles)

A holistic horse riding experience on Exmoor, heading out with these guys is pretty magic.  You can go barefoot and bitless if you fancy it in the grounds of Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, just one mile from Porlock, and five miles west of Minehead.  Either way you can traverse woodland and moorland with spectacular views to the sea and across the moor to Devon and Cornwall.

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The Royal Oak
(Less than a mile)

A historic beamed inn that has been the focal point of Withypool for over 300 years and a great spot to relax whilst exploring Exmoor.  A good wine cellar and well stocked bar including an extensive range of Whiskies complements a restaurant menu brimming with local ingredients and produce. 

The Royal Oak Higher Mead, Withypool, Minehead TA24 7QP (T: 01643 831506)

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Ate here twice this week during our stay near Withypool and found the Royal Oak to be very comfortable, with a good atmosphere, and excellent food with generous portions.

June 2017


We had 2 evening meals here and enjoyed both.lovely old pub Need to book can be busy.

June 2017



The London Inn
(6 miles)

A pretty village pub dating from the 15th century where walkers, families and everyone in between can enjoy the excellent food, local Exmoor Ales and warm welcome from the staff.  Light lunches, sandwiches, hearty roasts and restaurant standard evening meals are offered in the cosy bar, restaurant or outside in the garden.

The London Inn  South Molton, Somerset EX36 3NG (T: 01769 550269)

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The Bridge Inn
(7 miles)

A pretty riverside pub famous for its homemade pies along with other British classics, accompanied by a good range of cask ales and craft beers.  Dog friendly, with a stash of treats behind the bar for visiting dogs. 

The Bridge Inn 20 Bridge St, Dulverton TA22 9HJ (T: 01398 324130)

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Lovely pub! Went in a couple of times after walking the dog. Staff very friendly wine good! Didn't eat there but only because they were fully booked.

September 2017


Very welcoming and dog friendly, excellent food, and squashed us in last minute even though they were full on an off season, weekday evening. Highly recommended.

September 2017



The Copper Kettle
(7 miles)

A traditional family run tea shop in the heart of Dulverton with large, sunny rear garden as well as cosy indoor seating by the woodburner for cooler days.  A great spot to enjoy a full breakfast, light lunch, delicious cream tea or a choice of homemade cakes.

The Copper Kettle Fore St, Dulverton TA22 9EX (T: 01398 323697)

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Woods Bar & Restaurant
(7 miles)

Winner of multiple awards, Woods serves inspiring menus championing local produce in a relaxed, stylish setting.  Pop in for a drink at the well-stocked bar, or settle around the log fire for some banter with the locals after your meal.  Well behaved dogs and children welcome and there is a pretty courtyard garden for sunny days.

Woods Bar & Restaurant 4 Bank Square, Dulverton TA22 9BU (T: 01398 324007)

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Well worth a visit. Staff very nice but food excellent! My only wish is it moved nearer to my home. Very reasonable for the quality of the food. Highly recommend!

September 2017



Porlock Beach
(8 miles)

After 30 miles of Exmoor coastline that’s predominantly cliffs, at Porlock the land flattens out and a unique mile long shingle ridge and an inland salt marsh have formed.  It’s a short walk from there to the centre of Porlock, where there are lots of marked footpaths to explore.  Porlock Weir Beach itself is a pebble beach that welcomes dogs all year round.  It’s a prime spot for swimming, fishing, surfing and sailing, and there are cafes, restaurants, toilets, pubs and shops close by to explore.  There is pay and display parking close to the beach, so don’t forget your change when you visit, and you will be pleased to know that the water quality is reputedly excellent.

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Minehead Beach
(11 miles)

Perpetually featured amongst the best beaches in the area, Minehead Beach is in one of Somerset’s busiest holiday areas.  Divided into two sections, The Strand is a wide sand and shingle beach that faces North-to-North West, it looks out across the Bristol Channel towards Wales. Terminus meanwhile is the north-facing part that was almost completely washed away in the early ‘90s.  After a multimillion pound project, a sea wall was completed.  Today it’s an excellent spot for swimming, kite-surfing and windsurfing.  Dog restrictions apply in the summer and there are cafes, restaurants, toilets and shops all close by.

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Lynmouth Beach
(12 miles)

A shingle beach that arcs out into the sea from Lynton, Lynmouth Beach is a popular spot for surfing, but there’s no lifeguard cover so be careful when you go!  The area is known for its excellent scenery and pleasant walking along the sea front and along the banks of the Lyn River which flows between the two towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.  There is also a cliff railway from Lynton down to the sea front.  At Lynton there is a smaller beach with rocks at low tide, while Lynmouth Beach is longer and sandier.  Lynmouth has level access all the way along, and there are several car parks in the town as well as road parking by the river and beach.  Toilets, cafes and shops are close by, but there aren’t any activities available, it’s all about enjoying the scenery!

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Blue Anchor Bay & Dunster
(13 miles)

Long sand and shingle beaches peppered with alabaster rocks that are perfect for finding fossils, Blue Anchor Bay and Dunster Beach in Somerset are adjacent to one another, and are beautiful places to while away the afternoon, whatever time of the year. Dogs are allowed on the beaches all year round, which is a novelty, there are toilets close by, and a pub as well for those lazy lunches after a morning’s stroll.  The West Somerset Railway comes close to the beach, adding an extra layer of interest, and there’s plenty of parking close to both of them as well, which is always a blessing.  The beaches are tidal and can get a little muddy at low tide, so careful not to slip and don’t get caught out when the water comes in!

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Wringcliff Beach
(13 miles)

On the South West Coast Path, Wringcliff Beach is within walking distance of the little town of Lynton and a number of secluded bays along the coastline.  The beach itself is a secluded bay surrounded by high cliffs with a steep access path, making it a tricky one to visit if you have small children with you.  Of course, because it’s a little difficult to get to, it’s also wonderfully peaceful with incredible views to enjoy. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year around and it’s perfect for adventurous walkers.  There’s parking is in the valley of the rocks which is accessed and signposted through Lynton, but once you’re there it’s not that easy to reach toilets and restaurants, to if the weather permits, take a picnic and enjoy the day!

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