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Guided Walks from the Exmoor Society

Local Knowledge on Exmoor




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.

Very occasionally walk details may change so please check with the Exmoor Society in advance.  01398 323335 

The Exmoor Society, 34 High Street, DULVERTON TA22 9DJ


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)
Ref. JR


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)
Ref. AM


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.
Ref. BC


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).
Ref. AM          


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).
No dogs.
Ref. MC


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.
Ref. NH



Thursday 16th August 2017 10.30am – 3.30pm
Doone Country

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)
Ref. JR


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)
Ref. JR


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
Ref. NH


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)
Ref. JR


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)
Ref. AL

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)
Ref. JR