When your surroundings are as photogenic as the ones found on Exmoor there is nothing better than stepping outside and letting the natural landscape inspire you in your art work.
Here are our top 10 suggestions of places for artistic and photographic inspiration in and around Exmoor.
1. Robber’s Bridge, Oare, Somerset
A sight to behold, Robber’s Bridge is the perfect place for you to create your artwork. The Weir Water river flows beneath this picturesque masonry arch bridge and also served as inspiration for R.D Blackmore’s bestselling novel Lorna Doone. Why not let this truly stunning location also inspire you?
2. Watersmeet, Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth
Nestling in the bottom of a deep gorge the fast flowing waters of the East Lyn and West Lyn rivers meet next to a beautiful hunting lodge that dates back to 1832. Now owned by the National Trust, this incredible place is enough to motivate any artist or photographer to produce some of their finest work.
3. Malmsmead, Near Oare, Devon
Situated in the confluence of the Badgery and Oare rivers, Malmsmead is not only a great place for a scenic walk it is also a wonderful place to gain inspiration for your artwork. With it’s picturesque bridge and ford, the area hosts the entrance the Doone Valley and is not to be missed.
4. Valley of the Rocks, Lynton
Head to the coast in North Devon and you’ll soon discover the dramatic sight of the Valley of the Rocks in Lynton. A striking inspiration for your work, and a humbling example of mother nature at her most spectacular. (Also keep an eye out for the herd of feral goats!)
5. Yarn Market, Dunster
A grade I listed scheduled monument, dates back to the 17th century and is a sight to behold. It has served as inspiration for many artists through the years, and is a great place to visit to inspire your art and photography.
6. Dunkery Beacon, Somerset
Trek up to the highest point in Exmoor and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the landscape. A sight that has even attracted our ancestors since the Bronze Age, you’ll see why when you get here.
7. Rhenish Tower, Lynmouth
Rhenish Tower looks out to sea from the coast of Lynmouth creating a scenic point of interest to inspire your artwork and photographs. Originally built by General Rawdon to store salt water for indoor baths, the tower was destroyed by the terrible flooding of 1952 but was rebuilt soon after and still stands today as a grade II listed building.
8. Porlock Weir, Porlock
Porlock Weir has been described as the ‘Jewel in Exmoor’s Crown’ and is situated in the charming village of Porlock. The ancient site is even mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and is thought to date from well over 1000 years ago. Today it serves as a great place to pick up your brushes and render the landscape, town and coast with art. If you’re staying here don’t miss the opportunity for star gazing at night!
9. Tarr Steps, Near Dulverton
This ancient form of bridge is called a clapper bridge, and makes for a great place of inspiration. Dating from 1000 BC, this iconic location has many myths and legends woven around it; one legend telling of the devil placing the stones for a bet, and a tale of a poor cat turning to mist after being sent across the stone bridge. Only on Exmoor!
10. Valley View, Brendon Common, Devon
If you are visiting Exmoor you can’t miss the spectacular views high on the moor across the valley. A perfect place to set up your easel or tripod and get your creative juices flowing.