Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis, Exmoor National Park

Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis, Exmoor National Park
  • Beautiful area of Exmoor between the Brendon Hills and Haddon Hill by the south east border of the National Park. Great for young families
  • Visit Wimbleball Lake and experience its amazing local wildlife
  • Enjoy watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding
  • Walk and cycle around the lake. Take in amazing views from the dam and the top of Haddon Hill
  • Relax with a lakeside picnic or eat at The Duck @ Wimbleball or The George Inn in nearby Brompton Regis
  • Main photo: Wimbleball Lake

 

Where are Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis?

Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis are located in the south east section of Exmoor National Park. The Exmoor gateway town Dulverton is close to the south west. The Brendon Hills are to the north.

It's beautiful countryside with a very different vibe to the high moor or dramatic coastline areas of Exmoor. In holiday season, this area is also a lot quieter than the busy coast.

 

Directions to Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

The A396 runs north/south in the eastern section of Exmoor. Minor roads run east off this and lead to Brompton Regis and then Wimbleball Lake.

For example, if you're coming from elsewhere in the UK, we'd recommend taking the M5 to junction 27, driving west to the Tiverton area and then heading north on the A396 to the southern border of Exmoor National Park. Soon after you enter the National Park, you'll see a sign on your right directing you to Brompton Regis and Wimbleball Lake.

We've positioned Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' section to see its location.

 

Parking at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

There's plenty of parking at Wimbleball Lake. Walk or cycle from here.

 

Why holiday or weekend break in or around Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis?

To help you chose the Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis area, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Watersports at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

Watersports are, arguably, the main attraction at Wimbleball Lake. Enjoy watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding.

'The Activities Centre welcomes day visitors for tuition, hire and launch. School groups are welcome.' (Source: information board on site)

 

Walking at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

Wimbleball Lake is a great place for walks.

We'd recommend the walk to the dam. You follow a path and the views are superb. There are plenty of information boards and a bird hide.

For something a little more taxing, walk over the dam and head up Haddon Hill for glorious views back down over Wimbleball Lake.

If you fancy a long walk then follow the paths that run around the lake. It's under 10 miles, the terrain is gentle and the walking easy. Allow for three hours.

 

Cycling at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

The Wimbleball Lake area is also superb for cycling. There are kids' trails (Mr Twisty, Mr Twizzle and Wimbleball Wheeler!) and short family trails. These are safe cycling trails on good surfaces and away from traffic. Ideal for small kids.

Adults and older kids can cycle around the lake on a mix of cycle paths, public bridleways and quiet country roads.

 

Nature and wildlife at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

'Wimbleball is home to a variety of wildlife including mammals such as Pipistrelle Bat and Red Deer. Over-wintering birds include Widgeon, Teal, Pochard and Tufted Duck. There is a bird hide on the eastern shore, over Bossom Bridge.' (Source: information board on site)

 

Exmoor International Dark Sky Reserve

Exmoor was Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve. Owing to the low levels of light pollution, you'll be able to see thousands more stars with the naked eye than you would in an urban area.

Wimbleball Lake is a 'suggested stargazing location' according to Exmoor National Park Authority. Note that the 'core dark sky area' is on the high moor that runs from the Dunkery Beacon/Dunkery Hill area west to The Chains. There are few settlements up there which means little light pollution.

 

Food and drink at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

Relax with a lakeside picnic or eat at The Duck @ Wimbleball or The George Inn in nearby Brompton Regis.

 

Fishing at Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

'The Angling and Watersports Centre is also the base for the world class trout fishery at Wimbleball where permits and the hire of boats can be paid for.' (Source: information board on site)

 

Dulverton

Southern gateway town to Exmoor National Park. Dulverton and the surrounding area are packed with pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Learn more about the National Park in Dulverton National Park Visitor Centre. 

 

Tarr Steps

Visit this famous Westcountry clapper bridge. It's in a glorious setting. Particularly beautiful in autumn when the leaves turn in the Barle River Valley.

The bridge is owned by Exmoor National Park Authority and is within the Tarr Steps Woodland National Nature Reserve. Top place.

There's a big car parking area from which you walk down to the bridge.

 

Dunkery Beacon and Exmoor's high moor

Dunkery Beacon is the highest point in Exmoor National Park. It's at the eastern end of a stretch of high moorland that's runs across to The Chains.

To experience Dunkery Beacon, drive to Wheddon Cross. Head out of Wheddon Cross on the B3224 and you very shortly come to Blagdon Cross. Take the moorland road in front of you to Dunkery Gate. There's a small car parking area on your right. A good path rises to Dunkery Beacon. It's a short walk and isn't particularly demanding.

The views are immense. On a clear day, you'll see Dartmoor National Park to the south and Brecon Beacons National Park to the north. Bodmin Moor is the south west and the high ground of Exmoor National Path extends west. Highly recommended.

 

National Trust properties Knightshayes Court and Dunster Castle

Two top National Trust properties are located by the A396 north and south of Wimbleball Lake.

Dunster Castle (National Trust) is in the stunning village Dunster near Minehead.

Knightshayes Court (National Trust) is to the south of Exmoor National Park by Tiverton.

 

Horse riding near Wimbleball Lake and Brompton Regis

Try:

The Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton. 'Enjoy the feeling of freedom riding our special ponies on the windswept moor where you could glimpse wild ponies and Exmoor wildlife.'

Pine Lodge by Dulverton. 'We provide accompanied hacks, safari rides and horse riding holidays for adults, families and unaccompanied children (during the school holidays) from our working hill farm located just outside of Dulverton in Somerset.'

Burrowhayes Farm by Porlock. 'We organise escorted rides of mixed abilities in the glorious Horner Valley and on the open moorland of Dunkery, Ley Hill and Selworthy. So everyone can enjoy to the full the beauty of Exmoor with the added thrill of being on horseback.'