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The dramatic cliffs of Exmoor's northern border plunge down to the Atlantic and create some of the most stunning scenery in Somerset. The cliffs themselves are interrupted at regular intervals by the densely wooded valleys that carry rivers from the moorlands to the south to create delightful sheltered fishing coves, and the variety of landscape attracts visitors all year round. Come to Exmoor and stay at one of the many B&Bs or guesthouses in the region for a great holiday in the Great Outdoors.

Hotels in Somerset for Exmoor National Park

Behind the coastline lies a vast expanse of rolling hills, grazed by horned sheep, tough Exmoor ponies and wild red deer which came here in the 12th Century, when what is now a National Park was a royal hunting reserve. With curlews and buzzards in the skies above and wild bracken at your feet, you'll be in for a bracing time, and walkers in particular will find Exmoor full of interest and stimulation. There are over 600 miles of well-maintained footpaths winding through dramatic scenery. At the tamer edges of the park are seaside entertainments, ancient churches and picturesque villages. There are also plenty of good quality Somerset hotels and guesthouses to stay at, putting you right in the heart of the action.

Exmoor Attractions from Somerset Hotels

One of the most attractive parts of the Somerset coastline is at Heddon's Mouth, where the river passes through meadows and woodland on its coast-bound journey. Just east of here is Valley of the Rocks, a series of gritstone outcrops that have been weathered into grotesque shapes and form a startling natural gorge populated by a flock of wild goats. Stop off at Lynmouth and Lynton close by, two villages that are connected by a cliff railway. The sheltered coves along this coastline are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Further inland, walkers can begin trekking from Simonsbath, where the local wild ponies are descended from their Iron Age ancestors, and at Dunster over to the east there's a fabulous castle. Exmoor is full of interest and outdoor excitement, so choose a good hotel in Somerset on the outskirts of the park and you'll have a wonderful time here.

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