Families looking for a Big Adventure on Exmoor over half-term are in luck. The next of Exmoor National Park’s highly-popular Big Adventure Days is at Nutcombe Bottom near Dunster (TA24 6TA) on Wednesday 30th May from 10am – 4pm. There will be a host of free outdoor activities encouraging families to discover and explore the natural world.

Activities will run throughout the day, including den building, woodland games, forest skills, campfire bread making, wild food talks, our barefoot walking challenge and much more. There’s also an adventure playground, picnic area, toilet facilities and the Tall Trees Trail. The event is free, but donations to Caremoor for Exmoor are welcome from those who have enjoyed their day.

Adam Vasey, Exmoor National Park Ranger, said “This is an event for the whole family to get back to nature. We’ve got some great activities lined up, especially now that the Forestry Commission are joining us to share how they help look after this very special woodland – home to Britain’s tallest tree. There’s no need to book and everyone is welcome, so grab a picnic and join us for a wild day out!”

Later in half-term, Exmoor National Park will also be holding its first Big Adventure Family Campout of the year at Wimbleball Lake (TA22 9NU), from Friday 1st June – Sunday 3rd June.

The Site opens from 4pm for people to set up camp, with activities starting from 6pm. Tents will need to be down by 11am on the Sunday.
Patrick Watt-Mabbott, Exmoor National Park’s Volunteering and Outreach Officer, said: “Our Family Campouts are really great value and are ideal for first timers or those who haven’t camped with children before. We’ll have a campfire on Saturday night, with some story-telling and then a night walk, so the kids really will have something exciting to talk about when they head back to school on Monday!”

Charge: Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £30/night. Additional adult £10/night, additional children £5/night. Booking is essential online at

Woodcombe Lodges Self Catering 2018 Certificate of Excellence for another year

Woodcombe Lodges & Cottages is delighted to announce that they have won the Self catering TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for yet another year.

Many thanks to all our guests and to those who were able to add such great reviews. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time here

Do come and see us again and please do book direct as this is the cheapest way of guaranteeing your holiday.

Images around the gardens at Woodcombe Lodges self catering in Exmoor Somerset

Spring at Woodcombe Lodges, Pine Lodge


The 10 of the best Exmoor pub walks published by the Daily Telegraph are all within easy reach of Woodcombe Lodges and Cottages where we can direct you to many more and some direct from our door.

We offer good quality accommodation within easy reach of the sea and local pubs and restaurants with fabulous views over the slopes of Exmoor.

We accept dogs in most of our accommodation by prior arrangement so they don’t have to miss out.

Come and see us and enjoy the delights of probably the quietest National Park in England.

North Devon Coast from above Woody Bay

Walks behind Woodcombe Lodges

Views while walking from Woodcombe Lodges self catering accommodation

Lorna Doone Valley



Time is running out for early bird booking for Exmoor Dark Skies Festival


Only 10 days remain to take advantage of the early bird booking discount for Exmoor National Park’s Dark Skies events during the Dark Skies Festival which takes place during half term from 19 to 29 October.

The festival celebrates Exmoor’s status as Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve and includes sessions in a mobile planetarium, a family astro-party at Wimbleball Lake, astronomy and astrophotography talks, and guided night walks under the stars.

Katrina Munro from Exmoor National Park, who is coordinating the festival said “There has been a good level of interest already and we anticipate that bookings will increase substantially over the next few weeks.

The annual Orionid meteor shower will peak on Saturday 21 October during our Dark Skies Festival, the perfect time to come and appreciate all that Exmoor has to offer.”

Details of the 27 events taking place during the ten day festival can be found on the National Park’s website where bookings can also be made. Use the code EARLYBIRD on bookings for the National Park’s events made before 15 September to save 10% on the event price.

There’s also a 24-page printed programme available from National Park Centres in Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth.

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Blagdon Cross Startrails
Credit: Adrian Cubitt


The Flying Scotsman is visiting Minehead on the West Somerset Steam Railway between September 3 and 14th 2017

We still have availability as follows

w/c 1 September Rose Cottage

w/c 2 September April Cottage and Cherry Lodge-  both have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Late availability discount £140 quote code LCSEP17

Woodcombe lodges is a 30 minute walk or 10 minute drive from the station and has availability for full week holidays during this period. Quiet country location and yet so close to the pubs, shops and restaurants plus the railway and beach. Walks from our door into the Exmoor national Park

Dog friendly and disabled access units available.


Due to a late cancellation we have a late availability in Cherry Tree Lodge  with it’s fabulous views, double bedroom with en suite shower room and twin bedroom, main bathroom with shower over and spacious sitting, dining and kitchen areas. (Child’s pull down bunk bed also available in the twin bedroom.

Cost £640 per week we are offering it at £500 per week to the first guests using code LCSEP17 on our online booking system.

Cherry Tree Lodge

Four star Cherry Tree Lodge full fitted kitchen including dishwasher and dining area sitting up to six people

Cherry Tree Lodge

Four star Cherry Tree Lodge sitting room and veranda with views across the Exmoor hills and down to the sea

Fabulous Walk in the sunshine

Walked from Woodcombe to Porlock Weir in the sunshine for a pub lunch at the Ship and caught the bus back yesterday. Took just over two hours although others would probably spend more time enjoying the fabulous views across Exmoor.

Video attached shows the panorama from Grabbist Hill opposite Woodcombe Lodges across the moor below Dunkery Beacon and down to Porlock Bay and the sea. The walk took me through Selworthy past the famous white Church of All Saints and the Periwinkle tea rooms, through to Bossington for a loo break and Kitnors (tea rooms) and across the Porlock Marshes to the harbour at Porlock Weir. The buses run every two hours so plan your timing.

Plenty of fabulous walks from our self catering accommodation and availability throughout the year although August is now getting tight and the late May bank holiday is full.

Fabulous views from near Selworthy of the panorama from Grabbist Hill opposit Woodcombe Lodges past Dunkery Beacon and down to Porlock Bay

Fabulous views from the church across to Dunkery Beacon

Walk through the woods between Woodcombe and Bossington

Porlock Bay from the woods above Allerford and Bossington