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Exmoor Walks and Walking Holidays

Exmoor Walks and Exmoor National Park Walking Holidays

Highlights -  The Two Moors Way - a Dartmoor and Exmoor Coast to Coast Walk. The Coleridge Way Poets Route, The Tarka Trail North Devon Walks and The South West Coast Path Somerset Coastline.

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Introducing Exmoor National Park

Exmoor Walking Holidays UK Valley of the Rocks South West Coastal Path250 Square miles of near perfect and unique beauty, Exmoor packs a great deal into the UK’s most compact National Park. Windswept high moorland and gorgeous heather banked summits roll ever downward into densely wooded valleys and roaring rivers and gorges that reveal secretive yet welcoming cob and thatch villages at the end of your days walking. Smaller and less harsh that its neighbouring Dartmoor what Exmoor Walking Holidays have over the former is the dramatic collision of moor with Ocean. The Moorland literally ends by plunging into the Bristol Channel down incredible Hogs Back coastal cliffs, the highest in England - an incredible 800 feet of bare rock – there is simply nowhere else like it in North Devon, Somerset or indeed the rest of the UK.

Without doubt, Exmoor’s survival has been thanks to its relative isolation,  tucked away at the top of the UK’s West Country Peninsular its missed by those rushing headlong for Cornwall’s far west or Dartmoor. Well....their loss can be your gain! As a result on Exmoor Walks you never feel crowded out, in a location where space and height become the overarching themes to your walking holiday – Exmoor leaves you feeling tall as you wander high on top of a hidden country, looking forever downward from an empty heaven that seems to stretch all the way to the mighty ocean in one long purple heather carpet.

Exmoor Walks and Walking Holidays – Historical and Natural Highlights

Within these expanses your walking holiday will link fascinating evidence of historical attempts to tame these moors, deserted Medieval Villages, Iron Age hill forts and the ruined farmsteads of the outlaw clans that once controlled the area. Whilst at Tarr Steps the incredible ancient stone clapper bridge spans the crystal clear gurgling River Barle like something left behind by Giants

The thrill of stalking a lone Stag as it prances over the heather ahead or creeping towards a nervous herd of roe deer is unforgettable out here where the largest concentration of Red Deer in England freely roams the National Park along with the unique and rare breed of Exmoor Pony and even a herd of sea cliff residing wild goats.

Red Deer on Exmoor Walks Two Moors Way and Coleridge Way UK Walking routesExmoor Walking Holiday Routes

Testament to its walking quality Exmoor has over 750 miles of “rights of way” and the longest stretch of naturally wooded coastline in the UK running right down through deep and lush gorges to the shore itself. Encounter Walking cover the best of these trails with options across the moor and along the South West Coast Path.

Little Switzerland, The Valley of the Rocks, The (Lorna) Doone Valley and the Samuel Coleridge Way, world class walking meets the poets and artists here and we cover the highlights and full variety of the National Park with selected options across the moor and along the South West Coast Path. This area in particular lends itself to those who can’t decide between the Moor and the Coast and are looking to mix a few days of splendid isolation walking the high ground before seamlessly linking the adventure into the drama and challenges of the South West Coastal Path en route into North Devon.  

More Information on Walking Holidays on Exmoor

Click below for full details and images of the Exmoor Walking Routes and then contact one of our walking advisors for advice and suggestions on ways to link the trails together into a unique and varied walking holiday.

Or Locate the walks using our Exmoor Walking Map

South West Coast Path Exmoor Section Somerset and North Devon Walking HolidaysThe Exmoor South West Coast Path – Valley of the Rocks, Porlock Weir, Mighty Moors and Golden Shores

The Coleridge Way – Follow in the great Poets footsteps on a little walked trail through hidden Somerset

The Two Moors Way – Tarr Steps, Exe Head, the Upper Barle Valley and the heart of Exmoor at Withypool

The Tarka Trail – Circular Walking Route following the landscapes from Tarka the Otter a splendid mix of coast path, inland river valleys and a spectacular finish over the heather on Exmoor.

Longer Walking Options to consider combining open moor and Coast Path

Coleridge Way and South West Coast Path – 4 days on the Quantock Hills and Exmoor and up to 4 days walking the Devon Coastal Path West to Barnstaple or East to Minehead and onto the Somerset Coast Path.

Two Moors Way (Exmoor) and South West Coastal Path – Take 3 or 4 days walking from mid Devon via Tarr Steps onto Exmoor before heading for a final dramatic day walking the Somerset  South West Coastal Path to Minehead or heading West for up to a week of North Devon walks.

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Exmoor map Walking Routes in the UK National Parks Two Moors and Coleridge Way

 

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