Out and About

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at the Fairholme Hotel which is central for both Lynton & Lynmouth, the shops, restaurants and pubs, tennis courts, putting green, and the harbour of Lynmouth which provides both pleasure and fishing trips, are but a few minutes away.

The famous beauty spots of the Exmoor National Park, the Doone Valley, Malmsmead, Watersmeet, Valley of the Rocks, and many other interesting places must be visited during your stay here, and are within easy reach from the hotel.

The whole area is ideal for walking, hiking and leisurely motoring with its open moorland, wooded valleys and picturesque villages, together with a choice of sandy beaches nearby.

Exmoor has been in existence, as a National Park, for over 50 years; a protected specially designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Lynton and Lynmouth, sometimes referred to as ’Little Switzerland’ because of its setting, offers some of the best views of the moor and the coast as well as a unique heritage. Should you wish to go a little further afield there are many other wonderful places to visit within the park, most just a short interesting drive away.

There are over 700 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore and enjoy on Exmoor and the Fairholme lies on the very popular southwest coastal path. Near by there are many other interesting walks such as the spectacular "cleaves" walk to Watersmeet. For hikers and walkers this is pure heaven and for the less experienced there are many guided walks.

If you do decide to venture a little further afield then travelling eastwards along the coast road will bring you to the 'Doone' Valley where you will find the Lyn riverside villages of Brendon, Malmsmead and Oare, the location made famous by the story of "Lorna Doone". Carrying on to Porlock, including the Weir, Allerford, with its ancient Packhorse Bridge and neighbouring Selworthy, with its beacon situated high above the village - another stunning walk.

A little further along the coast you will come across one of the best kept secrets of Exmoor – the medieval village of Dunster. Just past Minehead, Dunster is an interesting town with it's imposing castle, set in amazing grounds, gardens and a working watermill, now run by the National Trust. Nearby is Dunster Beach, maybe take a dip in the sea before moving inland and up onto the moor to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, where you can enjoy amazing views of the countryside, Bristol Channel, Welsh coastline and on a good day the Breacon Beacons. Dropping south off the moorland and through the Brendon Hills you reach Dulverton, on the eastern edge of Exmoor, a delightful small town on the River Barle.

Countisbury Hill from hotel
Countisbury Hill as viewed from Hotel

Cliff Railway
Cliff Railway between Lynton & Lynmouth

Packhorse Bridge Allerford
Packhorse Bridge - Allerford

Dunster and Castle
Dunster with its imposing Castle