Historic Exmoor Villages


Recorded in the Doomesday Book, the sleepy village of Parracombe lies nestled among the rolling hills of Exmoor, just three miles south of Lynton & Lynmouth. The village features two churches, Christ Church and St. Petrocks.

Parracombe Water Mill

The water mill which was used in the production of cloth. The water wheel raised water to power large wooden mallets that pounded the cloth in troughs filled with fullers earth and water, a process designed to thicken the material.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and Woody Bay Station

Take a ride on the narrow gauge railway at Woody Bay Station, located just outside Parracombe. Running on just over a mile of track, the railway has plans to extend to nearby Blackmoor Gate.


Nearby Martinhoe is a small hamlet which lies close to the South West Coast Path. The grade-II listed church of St. Martins was built around the late-13th or early 14th century.
A Roman beacon fortlet is located closeby and was occupied in the first century AD which can be easily accessed from the coastal path towards the Heddon Valley.

The Heddon Valley & Hunter’s Inn

Owned and managed by the National Trust, the Heddon Valley is a unique habitat for some of Britain’s rarest wildlife.

High Brown Fritillary Butterfly

The Heddon Valley is one of only four sites in the U.K. where this butterfly can be found in good numbers. The National Trust are involved in much of the conservation work to ensure their habitat is maintained. This is also beneficial to many other butterfly species, and many can be seen on the walk down to the beach at Heddon’s Mouth.

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Calvert Trust Exmoor

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Woody Bay Cottage

Woody Bay, Parracombe Devon EX31 4QX Secluded, peaceful detached 18th-century cottage with…