Exmoor welcomes you all year
One thing Exmoor and the Quantocks are brilliant for is walking, throughout the year. The footpath network is among the best kept of any National Park or AONB, with excellent signage and a wonderful variety of scenery. The Coleridge Way really can be enjoyed year round. Many people find spring and autumn to be the best times – there tends to be more accommodation available and less people around, while the weather can be perfect for walking with mild temperatures and cool breezes. However every season will offer a unique experience.
Come in the spring
This is when Exmoor and the Quantocks really shine. The variety of wild flowers is a joy to behold. The air is fresh, the days are longer and being outdoors is great. The rivers are usually flowing fast making them very picturesque. The lambs are playfully dashing around. The roads and accommodation are quieter and the moor is tranquil. May is when the walking festival takes place as well as several other events.
Come in summer
Early summer brings those early morning mists which burn off to give a really lovely clear day, perfect for being outdoors. With stunning views in all directions the Coleridge Way offers one of the best ways of experiencing the areas rich landscape. When you reach the end you can take a dip in the sea, which is now getting warmer! As school holidays begin Exmoor thrives with a whole host of events and activities, but up on the moor it is still possible to find peace and tranquility as you trace the footsteps of the Romantic Poets.
Come in autumn
The moors are a picture in early autumn when the heathers blooms purple and the gorse blooms bright yellow, all on a dark green backdrop – a real picture. Schools are back and the autumn colours come, although often not until the end of October and into November. The sea is now at its warmest and the area quietens down, perfect for walking the Coleridge Way!
Come in winter
Exmoor can be wonderful in winter. The climate is often quite mild, because the Gulf Stream keeps the sea and air temperature at around 9-11 degrees. Frosts and occasional snow can turn the landscape wintery white and the extensive views, even in the wooded valleys are clear for all to see. Some paths may be a little muddy but Exmoor is open year round and if you want peace and tranquility this is the time for doing the Coleridge Way.