An Exmoor Exploration
Total distance covered; 81 miles (130kms)
7 days walking, based in Dunster
In 2017 we offered A Dartmoor Traverse, so thought that for 2018 we should turn our attention to the other great west-country moorland and have come up with An Exmoor Exploration, taking in some of the best and most varied landscapes in the Exmoor National Park. Heather worked on Exmoor as a National Trust ranger for a year and has come up with a route taking in many of her favourite locations on both the Somerset and Devon sides of the moor. Steep-sided wooded valleys, dramatic coastline, purple heather moorland and picturesque villages - Exmoor has it all.
Watch this National Park-produced video for a 'taster' of the Exmoor landscape, and you will be captivated.
Highlights of the holiday will include the lovely river side village of Simonsbath; the ancient and much photographed clapper bridge at Tarr Steps; the expansive views from Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor; the tiny hamlet of Stoke Pero; the beautiful thatched villages of Allerford, Bossington and Horner; the tiny church tucked away in the woodland above Culbone; Oare Church made famous by RD Blackmore in his novel, Lorna Doone; the wooded river gorge at Watersmeet; a trip on the tallest cliff funicular in the UK; The Valley of Rocks; the old carriage road around to the beautiful and dramatic Heddon's Mouth and the wonderful Medieval village of Dunster, our base for this holiday.
Day 1: Simonsbath to Tarr Steps 10 mls (16kms)
Day 2: Tarr Steps to Stoke Pero 12 mls (19kms)
Day 3: Stoke Pero to Dunster 9 mls (15kms)
Day 4: Dunster to Bossington 14 mls (23kms)
Day 5: Bossington to the Culbone Inn 12 mls (19kms)
Day 6: Culbone to Countisbury 12 mls (19kms)
Day 7: Countisbury to The Hunters' Inn 12 mls (19kms)
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