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Walking on Exmoor

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Walkers have a wide choice and variety of walks. With over 600 miles of rights-of-way, you are spoilt for choice; the South West Coast Path, walks across wild open moorland, strolls along hidden valley bottoms, alongside burbling streams and rushing rivers. Or imagine yourself walking back in history by exploring the country of Lorna Doone.

Exmoor is beautiful in all seasons and weathers - a land of light and mystery! Since it's a living and varied landscape, each season has a different ambience and spectrum of views and colours. Even in winter the silhouettes of its majestic beach trees and its series of misty horizons are physically and mentally invigorating! It's a place just waiting to be explored and the Exmoor National Parks maintains most of its 600 or so miles of rights-of-way in good order, with coloured squares or arrows for waymarking. Paths are never crowded; there is plenty of space for peace and quiet, and freedom from noise, pollution, crowds and traffic.

By exploring on foot you really enter into Exmoor and experience a different world - reminiscent of bygone eras, switch off, relax and have time to notice its wildlife and flowers, and each other.

Three long-distance paths cross Exmoor and its borders: the South West Coast Path (waymarked, as are all national trials, with an acorn), the Two Moors Way (with its MW mark) and the Tarka Trail (otter's paw).

The North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival
26th April to 4th May 2014
If you would like to walk with like-minded people, guided by friendly and knowledgeable guides, come on the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival which runs for 9 days over the May Day Bank Holiday.

Local Guide
To contact a local Exmoor Guide for your party or yourself, please see this guides advert.

Coleridge Way
Walk the Coleridge Way walk which starts in the Quantocks and finishes in Exmoor.

Walk Leaflets
Various villages produce leaflets on local walks and The Exmoor National Park publishes an extensive selection of walking guides, as well as guides on other features and interests of Exmoor. These are available from the various visitor centres or by post as described in "Exmoor National Park Publications Price list", tel. 01398 323841, email:
Dulvertonvc@exmoornational-park.gov.uk . Its rangers organise guided walks and specific subject forays - visit its website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk for dates, times and subjects. West Country Walks is a local walking company that runs the walking festival and has a wide choice of walks booklets and cycle rides as well as the best picnic spots on www.westcountrywalks.co.uk.

Walkers' Transport and Luggage Transfer
If you would like transport from and to anywhere on Exmoor then the Moor Rover service is perfect for you. They also will transfer your luggage on linear walks. To find out more go to the Moor Rover website.

Walkers are Welcome
Exmoor is proud to have 5 towns that have been awarded with the Walkers are Welcome accreditation. These are Ilfracombe (on the western edge of Exmoor), Lynton, Porlock, Dunster and Wiveliscombe (on the eastern edge of Exmoor). These towns have all demonstrated that they have information on local walks, have accommodation that welcome walkers and actively ensure footpaths are maintained to a high standard. For more information go to the Walkers are Welcome website.

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