Exmoor is the undiscovered jewel in the British landscape. That’s mainly due to the fact it is regularly shrouded in fog and rain, but when the mist lifts the true beauty of the countryside is revealed. Starting in Minehead, the best direction is anticlockwise as you head to Porlock and out towards the coast. Porlock itself has a few shops and cafés but its main attraction is Porlock Hill, one of the steepest in the UK. With gradients of 1:4 at the top, not to mention a vicious left-hand corner, it is the nemesis of many a caravan and the escape roads bear the scars of overheated brakes.
Watch out for the wild ponies and elusive beast of Exmoor before you drop down into Lynton and Lynmouth, where fish and chips while sitting overlooking the bay is highly recommended. Suitably fortified, the route inland on the A39 and then A399 involves high hedgerows and kamikaze pheasants so caution is recommended, as it is on the A361 where two speed cameras are located. Turning off the A361 on the outskirts of Tiverton the A396 winds its way back to Minehead with more stunning scenery to enjoy. If you fancy extending your trip, or have a picnic, then a diversion to Wimbleball Lake is recommended as is a visit to Tarr Steps and the lovely pub.
Watch out for kamikaze pheasants and runaway caravans as you tour the west