Simonsbath, Exmoor National Park

Simonsbath, Exmoor National Park
  • High moorland village through which the Two Moors Way runs
  • One of the best places from which to walk high moor in Exmoor National Park. Head to Exehead and The Chains or Brendon Common and Doone Country
  • Relax after a yomp in the Exmoor Forest Inn
  • Take the B3223 to Watersmeet (National Trust) and then drop down into Lynmouth
  • Follow the B3224 to Exford and Dunkery Beacon
  • Main photo: the Exmoor Forest Inn in Simonsbath


Where is Simonsbath in Exmoor National Park?

Simonsbath is a village situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park that's pretty much surrounded by high moor. It's on the intersection of major transmoorland roads and provides great access to many sections of the National Park and North Devon.

Simonsbath is superb for walking, stargazing and getting away from the crowds.


Directions to Simonsbath

The B3223 runs between Dulverton on the southern border of Exmoor National Park and Lynmouth on the north coast. The B3224 cuts across Exmoor from the Brendon Hills in the east to Challacombe in the west. They meet at Simonsbath. Follow one of these roads to access the village.

We've positioned Simonsbath on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.


Parking at Simonsbath

There's a reasonably large car parking area with information boards tucked away on the north side of the village.

If you're visiting the Exmoor Forest Inn, there's a car park behind the inn as well.


Why holiday or weekend break in the Simonsbath area?

To help you choose Simonsbath, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Exmoor Forest Inn

Super inn in the centre of the village. Great place to stay as well.

We'd recommend visiting, or booking a room, if you're walking the Two Moors Way.


Exmoor's high moor

Simonsbath is pretty much surrounded by high moor. We'd recommend following the Two Moors Way to the Exe Head area and then continuing on the Tarka Trail to The Chains which is an area of high, remote moorland north west of Simonsbath. There are plenty of prehistoric sites up there as well.


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.

Simonsbath is remote and is a great place from which to experience this.


Doone Country

Walk to Doone Valley across Brendon Common from the car parking areas by the B3223 Simonsbath and Lynmouth Road.


River Barle and River Exe

The River Barle runs through Simonsbath on its way to Withypool and Tarr Steps.

The River Exe rises on the high moor north west of Simonsbath.


Two Moors Way

To experience the River Barle, we'd recommend walking a section of the long distance route down to Tarr Steps. It's a stunning walk.

Alternatively, walk north west to the headwaters of the River Exe and continue to Lynmouth.


Cow Castle

If you follow the Two Moors Way along the River Barle south east in the direction of Withypool, you'll very soon come to Cow Castle. This is an Iron Age hillfort in a remarkable location.


Exmoor's prehistory

Discover Exmoor's prehistoric sites. The Chains area is packed with features.

If prehistory is of interest, make sure you explore Dartmoor National Park. We list its best prehistoric sites on our sister site 'Holiday in Dartmoor'.


Watersmeet (National Trust)

Dartmoor and Exmoor are known for the rivers that rise on high moor and cut stunning valleys. Watersmeet (National Trust) is one of the best in the Westcountry.


Lynmouth and the Exmoor coastline

Drive the B3223 to the Watersmeet (National Trust) area and then descend to Lynmouth. The Exmoor coast here is amazing. Experience The Valley of Rocks which provides remarkable views of coastal Exmoor.


Exford and Dunkery Beacon

Alternatively, drive east out of Simonsbath to get to Exford and Exmoor's highest ground at Dunkery Beacon.

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.


Exmoor Zoo and Arlington Court (National Trust)

Drive west of Simonsbath and you come to Exmoor Zoo.

Arlington Court (National Trsut) is a little further west of that.


Tarr Steps and Dulverton

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.


Horse riding near Simonsbath

Brendon Manor Stables by Lynton. 'We ride over some of the most picturesque landscapes on the moor, across heather covered moorland, through valleys, combes and streams, including the famous Lorna Doone Valley.'

Exmoor Riding Centre/Exmoor Coast Riding Holidays by Lynton. 'Having run the highly successful Doone Valley Trekking from Cloud Farm for seven years, our move to Caffyns Farm on the coast near Lynton has given us the perfect location to found [sic] Exmoor Coast Riding Holidays, and trekking, the only coastal trekking centre on Exmoor.'

Outovercott by Lynton. 'At Outovercott, we offer horses and ponies to suit all ages (families most welcome) and abilities with little or no roadwork - from a gentle one hour ride to longer rides for the more experienced rider.'