What’s On on Exmoor in October

Spotting red deer on Exmoor this autumn

Early autumn is one of the best times of the year to see Exmoor’s wonderful red deer. During October’s rutting season you can witness these magnificent beasts – the largest wild animals in the UK – lock antlers in competition for a female mate. Join a guided walk for a chance to see one of Exmoor’s most iconic and dramatic wildlife spectacles. 

Autumn Deer Walk, 3rd October, 6:00-8:30am

Early risers have the best chance of a deer sighting on this amble through the national park. Follow Marcus, one of the National Trust’s rangers at Heddon Valley, into the Exmoor countryside for a fascinating insight into the world of the red deer and an opportunity to spot stags in battle.

Booking essential; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/heddon-valley

£5 per person

Early Morning Deer Walk in Rut, 23rd October, 7:15am

Join an Exmoor National Park ranger on this morning stroll into the heart of Exmoor to see and hear red deer. The walk is roughly 3 miles on relatively steep ground and will last between 2 and 5 hours. Bring binoculars and rustle-free clothing so you can get as close as possible.

Booking essential; www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Free event, donations welcome

Half Term Deer Walk in Rut, 25th October, 2-4pm

If an early start isn’t your idea of fun then this walk, held towards the end of the rutting season, might suit you better. It takes place on level moorland and you’ll cover no more than 2 miles – a great half term activity to do with the kids.

Booking essential; www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Free event, donations welcome

Deer on Dunkery Guided Walk, 28th October, 10:30am-4.30pm

This 6-mile, 6-hour walk on Dunkery’s slopes will give you one of the best opportunities to hear and see red deer. You’ll be tackling rough, hilly terrain so wear sturdy footwear, and bring a picnic. You can bring dogs, too.

Meet at Webber’s Post; www.exmoorsociety.com

Deer spotting at Dulverton Heritage and Arts Centre

If you don’t fancy the unpredictability of autumnal weather and would rather admire these creatures from indoors then head down to the Dulverton Heritage and Arts Centre to see the permanent exhibition on the red deer of Exmoor and learn all about the autumn rut. www.dulvertonheritagecentre.org.uk

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