Withypool, Exmoor National Park

Withypool, Exmoor National Park
  • Village surrounded by moorland and hills through which the Two Moors Way and River Barle run
  • Walk the Two Moors Way north west to Simonsbath or south east to Hawkridge and the southern border of Exmoor National Park
  • Visit the nearby Exmoor beauty spot Tarr Steps on the River Barle
  • Enjoy cake or a cream tea at Withypool Tea Room
  • Great place from which to experience Exmoor as an International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Main photo: the famous Exmoor beauty spot Tarr Steps on the River Barle south east of Withypool


Where is Withypool in Exmoor National Park?

Withypool is one of a number of villages and hamlets in the heart of Exmoor National Park. The village is located in the River Barle Valley below the high ground of Withypool Hill and Winsford Hill.

Withypool is a great place from which to explore the central and southern sections of the National Park. The Exmoor beauty sport Tarr Steps is nearby. Exmoor's highest ground at Dunkery Beacon is a good walk away. The Two Moors Way runs through the village as well. There's a great tea room and a pub in which to refuel.


Directions to Withypool

The B3223 runs through the heart of Exmoor between Dulverton on the southern border and Lynmouth on the coast. Withypool is situated by the B3223.

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Parking at Withypool

There's a car parking area in the village on the south side of the River Barle.


Why holiday or weekend break in the Withypool area?

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


River Barle and Landacre Bridge

The River Barle rises on high moorland called The Chains. It flows through Simonsbath on its way to Withypool. East of Withypool, the River Barle runs under Landacre Bridge. Enjoy a picnic at this Exmoor beauty spot.


Withypool Tea Room and The Royal Oak Inn

If you fancy a cream tea or pub lunch, try Withypool Tea Room or The Royal Oak Inn in Withypool.


Two Moors Way

Like the River Barle, the Two Moors Way passes through Withypool. There are great linear walks from the village north west to Simonsbath or south east to Tarr Steps.


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.

Withypool Hill and Winsford Hill are great places from which to experience this.


Withypool Hill and Winsford Hill

Withypool sits in the River Barle Valley between Withypool Hill and Winsford Hill. Walk to the top of both for big views of the central and southern sections of Exmoor National Park.


Exmoor's prehistory

As you explore Withypool Hill and Winsford Hill, you'll see some of Exmoor's prehistoric sites. There's a stone circle on Withypool Hill and barrows on Winsford Hill.


North Devon Hawk Walks

Experience a Hawk Walk on Exmoor. 'A Hawk Walk is a practical, hands-on introduction to falconry.' The experience is available in multiple locations including Withypool.


Dunkery Beacon and Exmoor's high moor

Dunkery Beacon is the highest point in Exmoor National Park. Walk to it from Withypool.

Follow the Exe Valley Way to Exford and then the path to Exford Common where you'll pick up the Macmillan Way West long distance walking route that will take you past Great Rowbarrow and Little Rowbarrow to 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.


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.


Winsford, Dulverton, Exford and Simonsbath

Withypool is one of a number of villages and towns in the central and southern section of Exmoor National Park. Visit nearby Winsford, Dulverton, Exford and Simonsbath. See our locations guides to these places for further information.