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After Finding Accommodation - Go and Explore! exmoor and a view of tarr steps

After you have found your accommodation on Exmoor you will be able to start the holiday! Exmoor was originally a Royal Forest and has a rich mix of woodlands running through to open moorland. There are some very wild places on Exmoor and it’s this mix of environments which makes Exmoor such an interesting location. You may already have had a taste of Exmoor with the BBC2 series “A year on Exmoor” with Johnny Kingdom. 

This was a very good insight into the whole year and can be reviewed here.

In terms of wildlife there are two famous groups: deer and ponies. In the deer population Red Deer are the dominant species while there are some Roe and Fallow deer making up the numbers in certain locations. Of course there are also the famous Exmoor Ponies. These animals are rugged and tough and are renowned for their ability to survive the harsh winters on Exmoor.

Walking on Exmoor

Exmoor National Park has over 1000 km of fotpaths and bridlepaths. You can go for a gentle ramble or for the more serious walker there are several major walks and there is also the Exmoor Walking Festival which takes place over the May Bank Holiday. Walking Guides are available from here.

The major walks are as follows:

The South West Coastal Path

Details here. This is a 630 mile path from Minehead to Poole harbour in Dorset.

The Two Moors Walk

Details here. This is a long walk from Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartnoor to Lynmouth on the north coast of Exmoor.

Coleridge Way

Details here. Walk the 36 miles from the Quantock hills, through the Brendon hills to finsih in the village of Porlock on Exmoor.

Tarka Trail

Details here. Walk 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to walkers and cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon.

Exe Valley Way

Details here. Walk miles across Devon between the Exe estuary and the heights of Exmoor, passing through Exeter, Tiverton, Bampton and Dulverton.

Cycling on Exmoor

Whether it’s upper routes with great panoramas or through deeply wooded valleys, Exmoor is great for cycling although it is hilly!

For advice on routes click here.