Fresh, crisp air, beautiful landscapes and cosy places to warm up and enjoy delicious food put Exmoor high on the winter wish list
When temperatures drop along with the leaves, Exmoor reveals a hidden beauty. Wrap up warm and enjoy a bracing coastal walk whilst dramatic waves crash against the rocky cliffs. Hike on the frosty moors where you can see for miles, and perhaps spot a sprinkling of snow in the distance. Sit by the fire of a cosy pub or restaurant and enjoy a local ale along with a delicious Red Ruby Devon Beef roast. Christmas shopping becomes a pleasure as you browse the independent shops and galleries in the area’s lovely villages.
Here are just a couple of ways to experience Exmoor’s twinkling winter beauty:
The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is the only steam railway in the UK where you can travel in Victorian carriages, which were designed in the 1890s. Enjoy a trip back in time on the little narrow-gauge train with glorious views across North Devon and Exmoor, and then treat yourself to a hot chocolate at the Café at Woody Bay Station. You might even see Father Christmas in December.
Dunster by Candlelight
The medieval village of Dunster holds its annual Candlelight event on 6 and 7 December this year. From the villagers’ windows to the cobbled streets, everything is decked with candles and lanterns, creating an atmospheric backdrop to the festive celebrations. There’ll be music, food and street theatre. Expect to be whisked back in time with this year’s magical Victorian theme.