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Enchanting valleys and dramatic coastline — Exmoor National Park

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Enchanting valleys and dramatic coastline — Exmoor National Park

Hiking Collection by Kit P

6

Tours

21:55 h

45.9 mi

7,025 ft

Boasting majestic moorland, spellbinding sea views from the highest coastal cliffs in England, ancient woodlands, hidden valleys and breathtaking starlit skies, Exmoor National Park is a wild and wonderful part of the UK that begs to be explored.

The history of Exmoor is an enchanting tale of how people from Mesolithic times to the present day have attempted to cultivate challenging landscape for their needs. With a plethora of undisturbed archaeological sites and monuments, with surely many more to be discovered, the terrain provides a fascinating insight into the past.

There are many delightful villages nestled into the creases of the Exmoor landscape, too. Home to friendly people, cosy tearooms and traditional pubs, this side of the park is all part of the Exmoor experience.

This Collection hand picks the top views and sites in the national park, allowing you to roam as freely as the wild ponies Exmoor is famous for. In these routes, you head to the most iconic natural phenomenon in the area, the Valley of Rocks; a dramatic dry valley with towering cliffs that are home to a herd of feral goats. You will climb Holdstone Hill, which, along with spectacular views, is famous for cults and paranormal activity.

You can also hike to Heddon's Mouth, a rocky coastal cove that was once a popular smuggling destination; swim in the sea at Woody’s Bay; head to the highest point in the national park, Dunkery Beacon; skip across Tarr Steps, the longest clapper bridge in the UK; admire the view from Great Hangman, the highest point on the Devon coastline; visit the highest church in the UK; and explore ancient woodland valleys.

There's something for everybody in this Collection. From hefty, all-day challenges to highlight-filled hikes in under two hours; from leisurely town walks to full moorland and cliff-top assaults—whatever you want from an Exmoor adventure, you'll find it right here.

Minehead is a great place to base yourself. Considered the northern gateway to Exmoor, and the starting point for the South West Coast Path, the largest town in the area is ideally situated for your explorations. With a long, sandy beach, it's a delightful coastal town with a wide variety of accommodation. The nearest train station is in Taunton. From there, you catch 28 bus service to the town.

Exmoor doesn't have the best public transport links, unfortunately. However, there are regular bus services around the national park and a heritage railway.

For more information about Exmoor National Park, visit: exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

For local bus timetables and travel information, visit: exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/travel/getting-around.

For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    07:10
    14.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you're after a classic coastal walk packed with beauty, this hike is the perfect challenge.

    

    While the route tackles some serious distance and crosses undulating terrain, it's an epic day’s hike that rewards your efforts richly.

    

    This walk would be perfect for summer. If you dedicate a full day, you

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    8.70 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Dunkery Beacon is one of those places where you feel like you're on top of the world.

    

    With extensive views stretching over to Wales, Exmoor and even to Dartmoor, the highest point in the national park really is worth climbing.

    

    It's not just the views, though. In summer, the hillsides erupt into a sea of

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    8.17 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    No visit to Exmoor is complete without crossing over the ancient bridge, Tarr Steps.

    

    Reputedly the longest longest ‘clapper bridge’ in Britain (a bridge made of unmortared stone), Tarr Steps is a Grade I-listed monument due to its significance. It's certainly a beautiful spot, too.

    

    After skipping over

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  • Easy
    01:34
    3.21 mi
    2.0 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This little route takes you to the heart of Dunster; the largest and best preserved medieval village in England.

    

    Surrounded by glorious countryside and coast, the village has a castle, yarn market, tithe barn and is home to more than 200 listed buildings.

    

    The first site this route takes you to is Dunster

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  • Intermediate
    03:56
    8.30 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    When it comes to bizarre claims to fame, you'd struggle to beat a hill on this route.

    

    According to the Aertherius Society, Holdstone Down is where Jesus appeared to their founder, Dr George King, in 1958—in a spaceship no less. The spot is still regarded by some as a special site to contact extraterrestrial

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  • Easy
    01:37
    3.18 mi
    2.0 mph
    675 ft
    700 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This easy-going hike packs a lot of punch for its size; with plenty of interest and picturesque spots.

    

    Starting from the charming twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, you make your way along the South West Coast Path and enjoy views that stretch over the coast and across to Wales.

    

    Less than 2 miles

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    45.9 mi
  • Duration
    21:55 h
  • Elevation
    7,025 ft

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