EXMOOR SOCIETY GUIDED WALKS 2018
A fantastic selection of guided walks from the Exmoor Society throughtout the season from 10 April - 25 October 2018
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Dogs under control are welcome unless otherwise stated. Dogs must be on leads (max 2m length) during the bird nesting period 1 March-31 July.
Exmoor Society guided walks are free to members and non-members alike, but donations are welcomed to cover administration and printing costs.
The Exmoor Society, 34 High Street, DULVERTON TA22 9DJ
Tuesday 10 April 10:30am – 2.00pm
Dry Bridge & East Lyn
An Exmoor walk with some good variety, including open moor, the deep wooded valley of the beautiful East Lyn, with some country lane walking. The walk includes a rooted steep path beside a stream. Possible pub lunch stop or bring sandwiches.
Meet 10.30am Dry Bridge (SS 759 455).
Saturday 14th April 2018 2.00 – 5.00pm
Bossington with Porlock Bay and Marsh.
A spectacular circular walk taking you from the picturesque village of Bossington, via the dramatic viewpoint of Hurlstone Point, along the sweeping shingle ridge and across the ever-changing saltmarsh. The walk gives every opportunity to discover coastal and marine wildlife, historic features and a dynamic landscape that continues to evolve. 3hrs/2-3 miles.
Meet 2pm NT car park in Bossington TA24 8HF (SS 898480)
No dogs. Ref. NH
Tuesday 17th April 2018 10.30 – 1.00pm
Exmoor’s Atlantic Woodland and Special Lower Plants.
This walk will introduce some of the special lower plant flora (the lichens, mosses, liverworts and ferns) that can be found in Exmoor’s Atlantic woodlands. You will learn to identify some of the species that are frequently encountered in the area. A free ID guide will also be provided. The circular route is approximately 1.5 miles, with plenty of stops along the way to study lower plant flora.
Meet Tarr Steps car park TA22 9PY (SS 872 323) No dogs. Ref. AS
Wednesday 25th April 2018 10.30am – 3.30pm
A walk around the area studied for the Longstone Landscape Project. Parracombe and Challacombe Common, Radworthy and Longstone area. The project was a community archaeology one, with people from several parishes taking part over several years. The walk is over rough moorland. Approx. 5hrs/7miles.
Meet Parracombe Village Hall EX31 4RJ (SS 627 448). Share transport to start of walk. Dogs on leads only. Ref. JH
Thursday 26th April 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Yellowcombe and Winsford.
Challenging walk around Winsford Hill taking in the Caratacus Stone and the Punchbowl. Steep inclines. Optional pub lunch or bring a picnic.
Meet 10am Winsford Car Park TA24 7JE (SS 905 348).
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 10.30am – 2.30pm
Above Wimbleball and along the Haddeo Valley.
Explore Haddon Hill and the Haddeo Valley, visiting Hartford and Bury villages along the way. Views across Wimbleball and the dam. Bring a picnic.
Meet 10.30am, Haddon Hill ENPA Car Park.TA4 2DS (SS 970 285).
Wednesday 9th May 2018 10.00am – 12 noon
Burridge Woods Bluebell Walk
A walk through Burridge Woods, Dulverton, with the Exmoor Society’s archivist. The route takes you along the River Barle, through bluebell woods and past the remains of Oldberry castle, an Iron Age hill fort. It may be muddy and there are one or two climbs. Please wear stout boots. 2hrs/5miles.
Meet 10am The Exmoor Society, 34 High Street, Dulverton TA22 9DJ.
Saturday 19th May 2018 10.00am – 12.30pm
Molland Moor Cuckoos.
Molland Moor, 1200ft high on the southern edge of Exmoor offers wonderful views. Unspoilt and wild, it is a perfect place for cuckoos but also to see the Molland herd of Exmoor ponies and possibly red deer. Rough-going in places.
Meet 10.30am, Molland Moor Gate (known on OS as Anstey Gate) (SS 835 297).
Dogs on leads only.
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 10.30pm – 3.30pm
Exmoor’s Devon Commons
A walk over some of Exmoor’s Devon Commons looking at the history, archaeology and management issues. The owners of North Furzehill Farm have kindly offered to show people around their lovely Exmoor garden after the walk. Bring a picnic. 5hrs/8miles max.
Meet 10.30am, North Furzehill Farm EX35 6LN (SS 724 450)
Dogs on leads only.
Wednesday 30th May 2018 10.30am – 12.30pm
In Search of John Knight.
Join Exmoor Society member and the National Park’s Head of Conservation & Access, Rob Wilson-North, on this walk centred around Simonsbath. Explore the setting of the village and John Knight's uncompleted gardens. Mainly level, but some steeper paths. This walk links with the illustrated talk on this subject at the Simonsbath Festival on 28 May 2018 (each can be attended separately).
Meet 10.30am, Ashcombe Car Park, Simonsbath TA24 7SH (£2 fee). (SS 773 394). Dogs on leads only.
Friday 8th June 2018 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Hawkcombe Wood National Nature Reserve.
Join Exmoor National Park Authority’s Senior Conservation Officer (Woodlands) and learn about the ecology and management of one of Exmoor’s most important woodlands. We will look at the work to help the heath fritillary butterfly, may see the adults flying and possibly the rare pied flycatcher. 4hrs/2miles.
Meet Car Park on the A39, 500m east of Whitstone Post, Porlock Common (SS 861 460). Dogs on leads. Ref. GM
Wednesday 13th June 2018 10.30am – 1.00pm
Murder & Mystery at Wheal Eliza.
On this short walk along the River Barle, hear the history of the Knight family, mining in this part of Exmoor and the tragic murder and mystery at Wheal Eliza. One or two short climbs but overall an easy walk along the valley. Return to Simonsbath for optional pub lunch or bring a picnic. 2.5hrs/2.5miles.
Meet 10.30am, Ashcombe Car Park, Simonsbath TA24 7SH. (SS 775 394) Ref. RT
Thursday 19th June 2018 10.30am – 3.00pm
Woody Bay to Hunters Inn.
The walk takes the coast path along an impressive section of our wonderful coast out to Highveer Point before turning inland to Hunters Inn for refreshments. The walk returns on the old coaching road, and after an initial steady climb, becomes easy back to the start.
Meet 10.30am Woody Bay roadside car park. (SS 675 486)
Dogs on leads only. Ref. BC
Thursday 28th June 2018 10.30am – 2.30pm
Horner Woods and Stoke Pero.
Circular walk along Dickie's Path, with possible sighting of deer and Exmoor ponies, to Stoke Pero and back over Cloutsham Ball. Small amount of tarmac lanes and steep climb back through Horner Woods. Bring a picnic. 4hrs/6miles.
Meet 10am Webbers Post (SS 903 439)
Saturday 7th July 2018 10.30am – 3.00pm
Avill Valley Vistas.
A steady climb from the Avill Valley to the Grabbist Hill ridgetop is rewarded with stunning views of Dunkery, North Hill and across the Bristol Channel. Following the ancient track, the views continue before making our way down to Wootton Courtney and back to Timberscombe. 4.5hrs/8miles.
Meet 10.30am Lion Inn, Timberscombe TA24 7TP. (SS 962 422)
Wednesday 11th July 2018 10.00am – 1.00pm
Knights through the Ages.
Starting at Alderman’s Barrow, and going via Larkbarrow to Three Combe’s Foot. The knights start with the knight buried in the barrow, continue with the Knights who built Larkbarrow and finish with the sign to protect Alderman’s Barrow from the tank knights of 1944. 3hrs/5miles
Meet 10.00am Aldermans Barrow cattle grid (SS 835 422)
Ref. CB & EM
Tuesday 17th July 2018 11.00am – 3:30pm
Five Barrows, Poltimore Arms & the Tarka Trail
This walk starts from Five Barrows, continuing along the road to reach the Tarka Trail. This is followed over Whitefield Down and Sherracombe Lane for refreshments at the Poltimore Arms. We return to the start following an old unused road around Western Common. 4.5hrs/5.2miles.
Meet 11.00am Five Barrows roadside layby (SS 734 370). Dogs on leads only.
hursday 26th July 2018 10.30am – 4.30pm
From Withypool to Tarr Steps - A step back in time
Following the River Barle to Tarr Steps and crossing the ancient clapper bridge, on this walk we will climb slowly to the open moorland of Withypool Hill, passing two prehistoric sites before descending back to Withypool. Refreshments and toilets at Withypool and Tarr Steps or bring a picnic. 6hrs/9.5miles.
Meet 10.30am Withypool Car Park TA24 7QP (SS 842 353).
Wednesday 8th August 2018 10.30am – 2.30pm
Around the Mid-Exe Valley
Join this walk for fine views of the Exe Valley and surrounding hills between Winsford and Bridgetown, including Exton. Some steep sections and potentially muddy. Bring a picnic.
Meet 10.30am Winsford Village Car Park, TA24 7JE. (SS 90633 34936).
Wednesday 15th August 2018 10.00am – 1.00pm
Alderman’s Barrow & the Source of Horner Water
A circular walk to explore a remote corner of the Holnicote Estate. From stone rows to ancient barrows, reed buntings to ravens, blanket bog to crystal clear streams, Exmoor ponies to red deer; there will be plenty to discover.
Meet 10.00am Parking area by the roadside at Almsworthy Common. (SS 835 422)
Dogs on leads only.
Thursday 16th August 2017 10.30am – 3.30pm
Circular walk along Badgworthy Water to the site of the medieval village. Then up Tom's Hill and across Oare Common to Oare Church returning via Oare Water. Bring a picnic. 5hrs/9miles.
Meet 10.30am, Malmsmead Car Park, EX35 6NU. (SS 792 478)
Thursday 30th August 2018 10.30am – 3.00pm
Selworthy and North Hill
Challenging walk from Selworthy up past Bury Castle to Selworthy Beacon. Then along the South West Coast Path to Hurlestone Point returning through Bossington and Allerford. Some steep climbs and descents. Bring a picnic, and then enjoy a cream tea on return to Selworthy. 4.5hrs/7miles.
Meet 10.30pm Selworthy Church Overflow Car Park, TA24 8TP. (SS 920 467)
Thursday 6th Sept 2018 7.00pm – 9.30pm
The Bats of Horner Wood
15 of the 17 known species of bat can be found in Horner Wood. Learn more about them from an expert ecologist in an evening stroll along the valley bottom watching the emerging bats as they forage. With the aid of sophisticated bat detectors, you will also get the chance to hear them as they hunt.
Meet 7.00pm, NT car park at Horner village TA24 8HY (SS 898 456). No dogs
Wednesday 12th September 2018 11.00am – 2.30pm
Trentishoe Down & the South West Coast Path
Starting on Trentishoe Down, the walk visits the small church at Trentishoe before skirting along Heddon’s Mouth Cleave. The coast path is followed to The Glass Box before we return over Trentishoe Down. 3.5hrs/4.5miles.
Meet 11.00am Car park at start of road going down to Trentishoe Church EX31 4QD (SS 635 480)
Dogs on leads only. Ref. BC
Saturday 22nd September 2018 10.30am – 1.00pm
Hope Bourne & her beloved Exmoor
A walk around the Withypool area in the footsteps of Exmoor artist and author Hope Bourne, taking in some of the favourite views from her writings. Some parts rough underfoot and steep. Followed by optional refreshments in Withypool tea rooms or bring a picnic.
Meet 10.30am, Withypool Car Park TA24 7RA. (SS 842 353)
Ref. RT & CT-R
Thursday 4th October 2018 10.00am – 1.00pm
Porlock Weir & Culbone
Following the South West Coast Path through woods to Culbone Church (the smallest parish church in England) and Silcombe Farm. Some lane walking before descending through Worthy Wood to Porlock Weir for a late lunch. 3hrs/5miles.
Meet 10.00am Porlock Weir Car Park, TA24 8QD. (SS 865 479)
Thursday 11th October 2018 10.00am – 12 noon
Headwaters of the Exe – Exmoor Water Improvement Project
Join a member of the Headwaters of the Exe team on a walk to hear about this Project to improve water quality within Exmoor National Park, as part of Upstream Thinking. Great views of the Danes Brook and River Barle. Some moderately steep sections. 2hrs/3miles.
Meet 10.00am Hawkridge Village TA22 9QW (SS 860 306)
Thursday 25th October 2018 11.00am – 2.30pm
Watersmeet & the East Lyn River
Moderate walk to Watersmeet and along the East Lyn river to the Rockford Inn for lunch. Back through autumn woods beside the chuckling river with its waterfalls.
Meet 11am Hillsford Bridge NT Car Park (Combe Park grounds). (SS 739 477)