Exmoor and the Exmoor National Park can be found in South West England encompassing north Devon and West Somerset, known for its open hilly moorland and mixed woodland areas. The National Park includes the Brendon Hills, East Lyn Valley, the Vale of Porlock and part of the Bristol Channel coastline. The source of the River Exe can be found in the centre of Exmoor, which is how the area got its name.
Exmoor’s varied landscape makes it a good place to take part in many adventure activities, with horse-riding being one of the most popular activities here. Exmoor was once a royal hunting ground and horses have long been a common sight in the area, whether being ridden for leisure or for farming and transport. The beauty of the open heather moorland and big skies here have long been a draw for riders and with many well maintained trails and excellent stable facilities, it is easy to see why.
Like most areas like this in the UK, mountain biking and cycling are also a popular activity here, with bikes available to hire easily and a variety of trails to suit all ages and abilities, Exmoor is a good place to explore by bike. You can choose from the National Millennium Cycle Route or the Exmoor Cycle Route if you want something well marked to follow, or you can meander along single track and gently rolling roads.
If you prefer to explore the park by foot, walkers are spoilt for choice with Britain’s longest trail, the South West Coast Path as well as the option to follow the Tarka Trail, Samaritans Way South West, Macmillan Way West, Exe Valley Way and Celtic Way.
For water sports such as sailing, canoeing and kayaking, Exmoor has a large reservoir known as Wimbleball Lake which has its own sailing club and other facilities making it a good place for families and people looking for a managed activity destination within the park.
Adventures that you can do on your own, with the right knowledge, skills and equipment
Find local specialists who provide organised adventures in this area, great for those without experience or equipment
Girton Sailing ClubGirton Lagoon, Gainsborough Road, Girton Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 7HX
Girton Sailing Club is situated at the 100 acre Girton Lagoon in Girton Newark, Nottinghamshire.
The club provides RYA sailing courses for adults and juniors of all abilities, from beginners to those looking to improve their skills.
Equipment and instruction are provided by the club.
Nottingham Sailing ClubAdbolton Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5AS
Nottingham Sailing Club is situated in West Bridgford, Nottingham, near the River Trent.
The centre provides introductory sailing courses (RYA levels 1 and 2) for adult beginners who want to learn how to sail.
Equipment and instruction are provided, as is lunch on certain courses. Other facilities include changing rooms, showers, refreshments and a bar.
The National Watersports CentreAdbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU
The National Water Sports Centre is located in Holme Pierrepont Country Park in Nottingham.
The centre runs taster sailing sessions for adults and children as well as a selection of RYA sail training courses.
Equipment and instruction are provided by the centre. Other facilities include accommodation, changing rooms, showers, toilets, parking, café and bar.
Sutton in Ashfield Sailing ClubSutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4PA
Sutton in Ashfield Sailing Club is situated near the King's Mill Reservoir in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
The centre provides affordable sailing taster sessions for beginners and those who want to try sailing for the first time, as well as running RYA training courses. The club uses RS visions and GP14’s predominantly for these sessions.
Equipment and instruction are provided. Other facilities include changing rooms, showers, a bar and kitchen facilities.
Attenborough Sailing ClubBarton Lane, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 6DY
Attenborough Sailing Club is situated near the 65 acre Coneries Lagoon, near the River Trent and Attenborough Nature Reserve in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.
The club offers a variety of RYA sail training courses for juniors and adults, suitable for beginners, improvers and more experienced sailors who with to develop their skills.
Equipment and instruction is provided.
Trent Valley Sailing ClubTrent Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 2FY
Trent Valley Sailing Club is situated the River Trent in Long Eaton, Nottingham.
The club provides 'Learn to Sail' courses for adults and children, suitable for beginners and families who want to try sailing. The boats used in training include Otters, Toppers and Optimists.
Equipment and instruction are provided by the club. Other facilities include changing rooms, showers and a club room and bar.
Our favourite activities in Exmoor
One of life’s simple pleasures, wild swimming is not only a great way to connect with the landscape, but boasts many documented health benefits too.
Suitable for all ages, surfing is an accessible activity for all ages and with miles and miles of coastline to explore in the UK you’re never too far from the surf.
Whether racing downhill, riding a single track or cross-country, there are few better ways to explore the UK countryside than by mountain bike and few better ways to get seriously muddy in the process.
Foraging and Wild Cooking
There are few better ways to connect with nature than to source your own food from the environment. Foraging is a family-friendly activity that can be enjoyed throughout the year.