Holiday in Exmoor and have A DAY OUT WITH A RANGER will be on offer to those visiting Exmoor National Park this summer as part of a new scheme launching this week throughout English National Parks. The new ‘Ranger Experience’ day aims to give people a deeper understanding of the National Park and the role of the iconic Ranger team.

Working closely with local communities, farmers and landowners, the Ranger Team plays a vital role in protecting, conserving and enhancing the landscape, including over 1000 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways on Exmoor. Their intimate knowledge of the National Park will be shared with visitors as they explore some of Exmoor’s hidden gems and discover local wildlife, history and folklore from the back of the Ranger’s Land Rover.

They will also be taken behind the scenes of the National Park, including the chance to explore a working hill farm, learn about woodland conservation, see how the timber is used to create signposts, bridges and gates, and hear extraordinary stories of life as a National Park Ranger.

Exmoor National Park Ranger, Tim Parish, said: “National Parks in our country are unique – it’s a story of humans and nature that takes place over thousands of years. Working as a Ranger is a real privilege and it’s exciting to show people a different side of Exmoor through these unique experiences.”

The Ranger Experience costs £125 per person, including farmhouse lunch, refreshments, guide and travel. Taking place on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August and September, the tour will depart from Dunster National Park Centre at 10am, returning at 4pm.

It is being trialled as part of a wider scheme aimed at attracting more international visitors to English National Parks. Exmoor National Park is working with local tourism providers to develop a raft of new experiences on Exmoor as part of the English National Park Experience Collection, due to be marketed to the international travel trade next year.

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park, said: “When we created our Ranger Experiences we wanted to give people a special insight into Exmoor’s landscapes, history and culture that will appeal to those from around the globe, as well as closer to home.

“Our Rangers will not only share their vast knowledge of the area, but also signpost visitors to all the other exciting opportunities there are to explore Exmoor, giving a boost to local businesses and communities too.”

To celebrate National Parks Week next week (22-29 July), Exmoor National Park will be offering a special discount on Ranger Experience DaysTo take advantage of this exclusive offer, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information and to book visit or drop into one of the National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton or Lynmouth.

Fortnight Self Catering in the school holidays on the outskirts of Minehead, Exmoor

Are you looking for a Fortnight Self Catering in the school holidays on the outskirts of Minehead, Exmoor and are struggling to find it.

Woodcombe Lodges & Cottages has availability but because of the way the booking system falls it looks like we can only offer single weeks.

Should you want to have a fortnight with us please call 01643 702789 and we will see what we can offer you.

Images around the gardens and Pine Lodge at Woodcombe Lodges self catering cottages and lodges in Exmoor, Somerset

Spring at Woodcombe Lodges looking up to Grabbist Hill beyond Pine Lodge

Holly Lodge Self Catering Lodge

Remember we have a lovely place here with fabulous views in a secure 3 acre garden on a quiet country lane next to the Exmoor National Park and yet only 5 minutes from the seaside town of Minehead or a 20 minute walk.

Wi-Fi, games room, putting green, swings and a sandpit to keep the children occupied while you chill out on the veranda and enjoy the views.

Take away only five minutes drive so you don’t even have to cook!

Last Minute Special Offer 20% Discount

Last minute Offer for w/c 14 July 20% discount use code SF187 when booking

Four star cottage and Lodge still available for next week on the edge of the Exmoor national Park

April Cottage sleeps 4/5 both with ensuite bathrooms £495 dropped to £396

Cedar Lodge Monday 16 to Saturday 21 July sleeps 4 £480 drops to £400

Late Availability School Holidays

We have some late availability during the school holidays if you are looking to get away and enjoy this fabulous weather. Click on the book now button to see whats available. Immediate secure online booking.

Fabulous views over Exmoor

20 minute walk to pubs, shops &      restaurants and

sandy beach beyond.

Children’s games room, putting and swings


Minehead Beach

Fabulous Woodcombe holiday walk on Exmoor

Fantastic weather to enjoy a holiday walk on Exmoor for an early morning walk. Left Woodcombe quietly to avoid waking our self catering guests and set off with our Border terrier Millie to enjoy the fabulous weather and scenery..

Walked along our valley and climbed up towards Selworthy Beacon.

Looking back down the valley over Woodcombe and down to the sea







Climbed up to the Beacon admiring the views across to Dunkery and the welsh coast


and down across Porlock Bay







dropped down to Hurlestone Point with views across the bay to Porlock Weir.


then onto the shingle beach much to poor Millie’s discomfort and found our way across the marshes to Porlock ready for breakfast and the bus back to Woodcombe



Self Catering Dogs welcome

Self Catering Dogs Welcome

We have always allowed our guests to bring one dog to stay in certain of our Lodges but have often been asked if we could allow two dogs. We have therefore decided that while only one dog can be brought to Cedar and Yew Tree Lodges guests can now bring a second dog to Holly, Laburnum and Pine Lodges. Cherry Lodge will remain dog free.

We ask that dogs are kept on leads on site at all times and only exercised off site or in the allocated area.

Please note dogs must be well behaved and are not allowed in the bedrooms, on the furniture or left in the property on their own.

Self Catering Late Availability- Exmoor Coast & Country

Self catering Lodges & Cottages with magic views over the slopes of Exmoor. Only a 20 minute walk to Minehead’s shops and restaurants and it’s beach beyond.

We have availability in Cottages and Lodges sleeping from 2 to 10 for various weeks throughout August and September. Enjoy our three acre gardens, the putting green, games room, swings and sandpit or just enjoy the tranquil setting and views across the hills.

Fabulous walks from our door with written guides supplied. One dog is allowed in most of the Lodges.

We have three wheelchair accessible Lodges available.

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

Woodcombe Lodges, Pine Lodge

Minehead Beach



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