Hiking on Exmoor
With its many hills and valleys, Exmoor provides the perfect environment for any hiker. Whether you are looking for a riverside walk or a hike with view from the top, Exmoor delivers, with peaceful solitude and little interruption from traffic. For ultimate solitude, The Chains is perhaps the loneliest hiking area on Exmoor, and is far away from any roads. High on the hills between Simonsbath, Challacombe and Lynton, it is almost always sodden and boggy, and can be dangerous so only for the truly adventurous.
Both the Two Moors Way and the South West Coast Path pass through the Park, and make up a staggering 680 miles of official footpaths and bridleways, with long and short routes for every ability. They go from gentle hill country, through oak forests and steeply wooded combes up to high wild moorland. There also many valley walks along rivers such as the Barle, Lyn and Exe. The Exe Valley Way is another set of paths, which pass through Exmoor and onwards to the market town of Tiverton and then further on to the city of Exmoor. The Coleridge Way extends from Exmoor and out to nearby hill range the Quantocks and beyond.
For those with prams and wheelchairs, there are a number of Easy Access routes on the moor, all in picturesque settings. These are also ideal for small children and beginners.
Once a year, to celebrate this popular pastime, the North Devon and Exmoor Autumn Walking Festival takes place. Over 30 guided walks are on offer and vary from four mile walks to the more challenging ten mile ones. The walks are guided by enthusiasts, park rangers and landowners. It also teams up with Exmoor Food Festival so there are many walk and lunch/dinner deals on offer. Besides the Exmoor Food Festival, the West Somerset Railway autumn steam train gala also runs alongside the Walking Festival. Here you can go on a train ride from Dunster to Washford, and then trek back. The price of a guided walk starts from just £5. This festival is a perfect way to introduce people to both hiking and Exmoor and its way of life.
There are 2 walking festivals that take place each year. For more information on hiking trails and routes in specific detail call in to The Exmoor White Horse Inn where we have a wide range of circular walks available. They describe a number of routes, for those of varying abilities. For more information on Exmoor Circular Walks.