Spring on Exmoor

Enjoy brighter, warmer days in nature

Spring on Exmoor

With temperatures starting to rise, lambs and foals appearing across the landscape, the fields full of bursts of yellow daffodils and gorse, it can only mean one thing, spring is here! 
 
With winter behind us, we welcome brighter, warmer days and watch the beautiful Exmoor landscape and wildlife react to the new season. Listen out for the unmistakeable cuckoo’s call, the sound that spring is sprung on Exmoor. Bluebells typically appear in late April, spot them in Exmoor’s ancient woodlands, where the shady conditions, together with the spring light, are the perfect environment for these beautiful flowers to flourish. Springtime is also a terrific time for foraging; wild garlic in particular can be found in abundance across Exmoor.

 

Spring Intro

Step into Spring

Short Walks

Exmoor National Park is excited to present a brand new collection of Exmoor Explorer Walks, they have picked 10 of their favourite shorter walks (ranging from less than an hour to up to two and a half hours). Through oak woodlands, alongside tumbling rivers and across open heather-covered  moorland, the variety is endless. If you complete all 10 walks you’re will have been introduced to some of the  most special places and fascinating features within the National Park. Visit: exmoorwalks.org for full details including video guides and digital mapping.
 

Family Walks

There is so much to do and enjoy on Exmoor in the spring months. Exmoor has lots of pretty woodland walks; meander through the ancient Horner Woods, explore the pretty Watersmeet trail in Lynmouth, take a circular walk from Dulverton or Withypool along the winding River Barle, as it chatters its way past the ancient, medieval (or even Bronze age) Tarr Steps, the longest clapper bridge in Britain, or stride out on the Exe Valley way.
 

Moorland Walks

For those looking for something a little more strenuous, there is plenty of moorland walking; head to Dunkery Hill and climb up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, at 519 metres. On a clear day, the panorama at the top is breath-taking, you can see the Quantock Hills and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales, and as far as Dartmoor to the south – it is well worth the effort of the uphill ramble to get there! For other options to walk across the open moorland, County Gate provides ample opportunities to soak up sea views, and then aim for the coast for some steeper woodland paths.

Looking for Adventure

Exmoor and the Quantock Hills provide some real adrenalin-raising experiences! For those looking to get out and take on a challenge why not try mountain biking on Exmoor and the Quantock Hills or coasteering along the rugged cliffs of Exmoor. Head out on a sea kayak tour along the beautiful North Devon coast or if you seek something more remote, how about exploring the magnificant moorland on horseback.

Spring Blooms

Spring is a great time to enjoy seasonal blossoms and blooms across the Exmoor countryside and is a wonderful time to take a leisurely stroll in one of the many private gardens in the area. Try a trip to Greencombe Gardens, a magical, organic woodland garden near Porlock. The gardens stretch along a sheltered hillside below the tree-covered slopes of Exmoor and offer visitors outstanding views over ancient fields onto Porlock Bay. 
 
Take a visit to RHS Rosemoor with carpets of spring bulbs bursting into flower, followed by cherry blossom, magnolias and rhododendrons. Over 2000 roses - the finest collection in the Southwest - reach their peak in early summer with an astonishing fusion of beauty and perfume.