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Short walks

Perfect walks for a stroll

Short and day walks on Exmoor

You don't have to be an ardent walker to enjoy Exmoor. You don't have to walk far to enjoy some of the best views the country has to offer. There are lots of well sign posted trails and literally hundreds of routes to choose from. Whether you're looking for a village stroll, a coastal walk or to wander the moors Exmoor has something for you. 

Our favourite short walks to get you started

  • The Tall Trees Trail at Nutcombe Bottom is great for all abilities and is wheelchair and push chair accessible too. With interactive interpretation along the way it is a great introduction for younger walkers and gives you an opportunity to discover England's tallest tree!
  • The popular beauty spot of Tarr Steps sports a great 2 mile way marked circular walk along the River Barle, through  a National Nature Reserve with some of the finest riverside woodlands you will ever find. 
  • Dunkery Beacon may be the highest point in all of Somerset and Exmoor but it is easily accessible, and can be walked by most abilities with ease.
  • The Valley of Rocks is easily accessible allowing you to get up close and personal to the drama of one of Exmoor's most popular spots.
  • Wistlandpound Reservoir offers an easy disabled-access 2 mile route around the picturesque lake.
  • Get appy and you can find some easy walks in Porlock using their dedicated mobile app!

Of course there are great options for more confident walkers looking for longer day walks. Staff at National Park and local Visitor Centres will be pleased to help you plan a route and you can find a range of suggested walks online. Alternatively grab the Ordinance survey OL9 Leisure Map for Exmoor and plan your own routes. 

There are numerous walks from easy access trails to more challenging walks available on the National Park Website and you can purchase local books and walking guides at information centres.

Follow the leader

There are lots of opportunities to join guided walks on Exmoor. The rangers of the National Park and Quantock Hills often lead public walks, along with numerous other organisations keen to share their love of Exmoor. Every May you are spoilt for choice with the annual Exmoor Walking Festival boasting a wide range of guided walks.