Spring holiday destinations in the UK don’t come any more entrancing than Exmoor. Indeed, its beauty famously inspired William Wordsworth:
It was an April morning: fresh and clear
The Rivulet, delighting in its strength,
Ran with a young man’s speed; and yet the voice
Of waters which the winter had supplied
Was softened down into a vernal tone.
His musings on the passing of Winter into warmer climes capture the serenity and calmness of Somerset’s national park. The ice of January and February melt away and the new year’s flowers wake up woodland floors. This is the season of rebirth, so why not refresh your soul and let the beauty that stirred the romantic poets inspire you. Indeed, Exmoor offers a perfect glimpse into nature’s cycle.
Watch nature get hare-y
Although less common across the county than they used to be, you may still witness the courting ritual of the ‘mad March’ hares. These Exmoor natives often partake in what appears very much like a boxing match. You can spot the brown hare on open fields on March evenings. If you’re lucky, you could see potential male suitors follow the larger female hares.
This courting match soon becomes a game akin to tag as the females run away and keep the male hares enthralled. However, if a male gets too close too quickly, the female will enter into physical combat with him, forcing the male to defend himself. It is a much more captivating mating ritual than Love Island!
Wake up to sweet chirping
In March spot the chiffchaff’s arrival to Exmoor. This is one of the park’s earliest migrants, and it has a characteristic call to listen out for. This is also the season that brings a perfect opportunity to see fluffy-topped Dartford warblers on the heathland (as well as a wealth of other birdlife).
Bluebells typically appear in late April and May. For instance you may therefore spot them in Exmoor’s ancient woodlands. Indeed, the dark and shady conditions accompanied by the Spring light are the perfect environment for these beautiful English flowers to thrive. It is not only bluebells you should watch out for – rhododendrons, azaleas and cherry trees are all at their best in full flower.
Stag shedding season
This is the time of year where the red stag sheds his antlers. As a result you might be lucky enough to spot this curious transformation that occurs on the moors. With a population varying from 3000-4000, spot the rough and thick coats of the deer transform into spectacularly glowing russet red coats.
Booking your Easter retreat
Your mild-weathered getaway will not be the same without the perfect self-catering cottage in which to relax, with a pretty garden to hunt for Easter eggs. In several of the cottages you might also enjoy a hot tub.
Why not book one of our cottages today?
Choose from The Oval in the medieval village of Dunster, The Old Sweet Shop, Pilgrim Corner and the Stone Barn in Minehead. Dogs, kids and muddy wellies are welcome at all our cottages. We’re sure you will agree that Spring holiday destinations in the UK don’t come any better than here at Exmoor. But as it turns out, we’re a wonderful base any time of the year, really. So no matter what the season, Exmoor Character Cottages are sure to charm!