Once an ancient royal hunting forest, Exmoor has a foot in both north Devon and Somerset and includes 267 square miles of national park. The park is home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest thanks to their flora and fauna, so it’s the perfect hiking ground for anyone who loves nature.
Exmoor may be very pretty, but its terrain is still ideal for an invigorating walk during any season. With more than 1000km of public footpaths and bridleways that seem to venture through every type of landscape walking is a great way to get close to the area’s history and wildlife. There are also guided walks available throughout Exmoor, so if you don’t want to miss anything you can have an expert on hand to point out some of its most impressive sights.
If you’re after long distance trails to really make the most of Exmoor, choose from The Coleridge Way, the Exe Valley Way and many more. The Coleridge Way follows the footsteps of the great Coleridge, and you’ll pass some of the scenery that inspired his most treasured works. The Exe Valley Way is 45 miles long and follows the Exe Estuary. This is ideal for those who like to pass through the odd town or city as they walk, as it cuts through Exeter, Tiverton and one or two other urban areas.
If you just want to hike Exmoor for a day you can form circular routes and shorter walks using the path network, so it’s a flexible landscape for hikers.
Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL