Tarr Steps on Exmoor


The area around Porlock offers wonderful walking. In fact you could probably chose to leave your car in our drive for your entire stay and just walk from Amberton each day without having to repeat any walk.

The Doone Valley

Whether you prefer a ½ hour stroll, a 1-2 hour walk or an all day hike Amberton is an ideal place to start. We have a gate at the top of our garden leading directly to a bridle way while a 5-10 minute walk down the drive and along the lane will take you to the wooded areas of Hawkcombe and then up to the moor.

The beach is about 25 minutes walk.

As keen walkers ourselves and having two spaniels we know most of the local walks and will be happy to share our knowledge with you.

The Exmoor coastline

The Porlock Visitor Centre at the western end of the High Street has a good selection of walking maps and guide books available to purchase, and is also the end point of the Coleridge Way. If you have walked the 36 miles from Nether Stowey you are eligible to sign the book and will receive a certificate.

The South West Coastal Path passes through Porlock .

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Whether you prefer mountain biking or road cycling Exmoor offers wonderful facilities.

For road cyclists there are so many routes to take including the Exmoor Cycle Route which offers riders the chance to ride some 60 miles of the Exmoor section of the 2007 Tour of Britain South West stage.

Mountain Bikers can enjoy a good network of bridleways, lanes and permitted tracks and the National Park  has produced a colour coded off-road cycle map which is available from their online shop.

View from Hawkcombe HeadAt Amberton we offer cycle washing facilities and covered storage.


Other Activities

There are excellent opportunities for bird watching in the area particularly on the salt marshes at Porlock, horse riding, and a bowls club and a tennis court in the recreation ground just below Amberton. There is also a golf club at Minehead.

Other things to do and places worth visiting include Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor Pony Centre, West Somerset Steam Railway, Dunster Castle, Holnicote Estate, Dunkery Beacon, Selworthy Village, Horner Wood & Bossington, and Watersmeet.

You may also like information on bus services andexmoor walking routes.

Moor Rover Pre-Book Bus Service

This is a flexible transport service for anyone, resident or visitor, wishing to access Exmoor for walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and many other leisure activities. The bus will pick up and drop off anywhere on Exmoor and can also transport bicycles, wheelchairs, dogs and luggage.

The Moor Rover service has a 16 seat minibus and a 6 seater MPV available. Both are fully accessible and all the drivers are trained in passenger care and wheelchair transport.

The service operates throughout the year, 7 days a week from 8.00am to 8.00pm. All journeys must be pre-booked at least the day before travel is required. The booking line is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm.

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