The Beauty of Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park is one of the most exclusive National Park’s. Set aside in 1954 to be a protected environment some aspects of the park have changed very little since. The towns and villages in the park have been protected from development and still retain their old world charm.
There is plenty to see and do in Exmoor National Park. From a broad range of outdoor pursuits to local heritage houses and gardens such as Dunster castle only a short drive from Grooms cottage.
Visit the Exmoor National Park information centre in Dunster where they will be happy to help you plan your walks/cycle routes or other wonderful Exmoor experiences.
Exmoor is a popular destination for a variety of outdoor pursuits. Walking Mountain Biking and horse riding are popular ways of exploring the moor however those preferring an easier way to explore can take an Exmoor Safari.From Grooms cottage you have direct access to the more than 600 miles of paths, byways and “BOATS” that criss cross our national park.However you choose to explore the national park you are sure to by amazed by it’s sheer rugged beauty. Exmoor is a Dark Sky Reserve and Grooms Cottage is perfectly placed to enjoy the spectacular night skies. The stars in the clear night sky are spectacular. Exmoor is beautiful in all seasons. The first week in February is a special time when the nearby “Snowdrop Valley” is just that – a valley full of beautiful snowdrops – the country lane is closed to traffic offering a lovely walk down the lane or take the rough track along the edge of the stream. You can then take the special bus back to the top and enjoy refreshments at the Rest & Be Thankful Pub. Check out The Exmoor Walking Festival 30th April – 7th May www.exmoorwalking festival.co.uk.
Dunster Castle which nestles on the hill overlooking the charming village of Dunster is only five minutes drive from Grooms Cottage. The castle is now part of the national trust. The beautiful gardens are a pleasure to visit whatever the season. The village itself has plenty of shopping and restaurants, pubs and tearooms to suit any taste. The first weekend in December sees Dunster in the magical light of candles – for 2 evenings Dunster is closed to traffic and lit by candles with lots of entertainment. Exmoor has many moods – come and surround yourself in the wonderful freshness of Spring.