Things to do and see on Exmoor


We are very lucky here at Chancery House Bed and Breakfast to be so ideally situated near the stunning yet diverse Exmoor National Park. There really is something for everyone here on Exmoor. Explore the rugged North Devon coastline on foot or bike, enjoy good quality, locally produced food or enjoy a fun filled family day out at one of Exmoor and North Devon's nationally acclaimed tourist attractions.

Popular local attractions

Below are some of our hand picked attractions in the local areas of South Molton and Barnstaple that are all very close and less than a 30 minutes car journey from Chancery House Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Quince Honey Farm

Featuring Bee Beard Shows a cafe and shop as well as the newly opened Happy Bee Hive soft play area, this is a sure hit for all the family whilst visiting the area. Click here to view the website

Rock and Rapid Adventures

Located just off of the North Devon link road, Rock and Rapid Adventures has a climbing wall on site but also specialise in outdoor group activities such as Coasteering and Rock Climbing. Great fun for the whole family. Click here to view the website.

Arlington Court and The National Trust Carriage Museum

A family estate located on the edge of Exmoor, Arlington Court provides stunning views, gardens, shop and Museum that the whole family can enjoy. Dogs are very welcome. Click here to view the website.

Walking & Cycling

We are lucky in Devon to be blessed with beautiful countryside. A gentle stroll around the lanes can offer the chance to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace. For the day trip out, there are numerous journeys to be had. The road from Chancery House Bed and Breakfast at Molland Cross heading towards Simonsbath has some amazing Exmoor views. Breathtaking views across farmland for as far as the eye can see as well as dramatic rugged moorland with steep sided valleys.

For the more serious walkers, there are many walks of varying degrees of difficulty. The Cow Castle walk starts at Simonsbath and covers just under 9 miles. This takes in interesting sights such as the Wheal Eliza mining ruins, and Birch Cleave Wood, planted in the 1850's, it is the highest Wood in England.

Alternatively, the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps is the base for another rugged walk of about 8.5 miles in total.

Further afield, Dunkery Beacon as Exmoor's highest point, holds views across Porlock Vale which reaches to the Bristol Channel and Wales.

Horse Riding

There are several riding centres near by which offer accompanied rides along well maintained bridle paths or onto Exmoor.

Shooting & Fishing

It is possible to become a member of the Dulverton Angling Association prior to taking that relaxing fishing break and there are several local Pheasant shoots in the vicinity.

Wildlife Collections

Situated near Blackmoor Gate, the Exmoor Zoo offers a lovely day out for all of the family as well as couples of any age. It is a really impressive day out and is well worth seeing if on your own. It is a very good collection of animals for a small Zoo and are displayed in a well kept, natural setting.

Theatre & Cinema

Barnstaple offers the Queens Theatre and Cinemas with a wide variety of plays and films to suit most people throughout the year. An interesting option however, is the drive over the moor to Lynton where you can dine at one of the towns many restaurants prior to an evening at the town Cinema.