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Exmoor is a walker’s paradise with endless possibilities whether you’re on two feet or four. Our guests regularly ask for recommendations of walks and so Lucy wrote a book of rambles. Published in January 2020, the 12 routes are brought to life by Julia Amies-Green’s wonderful photography. Julia has an enviable library of images that encapsulate this beautiful national park as no other map or guide can. She’s been walking Exmoor, capturing its landscape and wildlife for two decades. Her photographs are to be savoured and shared. The Little Book of Walks therefore seemed the perfect way to share her images.
Organised by month, there are 12 individual adventures for you to enjoy at any time of the year. They are packed in an A5 size folder, and each will fit in a glove compartment and pocket. They can accompany you on your exploration. Moreover, as they are laminated, they should be protected from all weathers!
Download and print a walk, or buy the book
During 2021, our friends at Visit Somerset are publishing one walk per month which you can download and print at home before you visit Exmoor.
- January – Dunkery Beacon – the highest point on Exmoor
- February – A spring spectacle in Snowdrop Valley (closed in 2021)
- March – Romance and drama in Lorna Doone Country
- April – The awe-inspiring Valley of Rocks
- May – A sub-tropical experience in Dunster Castle’s gardens
- June – Walking in the footsteps of poets in Porlock Weir
- July – Panoramic views from the South West Coast Path
- August – Coastal panoramas at Bossington
- September – Picture perfect thatched cottages in Selworthy Green
- October – Ancient oaks and lime green lichen in Horner Woods
- November – 4000-year old ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps
- December – Christmas spirit in the medieval village of Dunster
We hope that some of the magic of Exmoor, encapsulated in Julia’s wonderful photographs, will conjure up happy, treasured memories for you too.
If you’d like all 12 walks, order your copy of The Little Book of Walks from our friends at Not Two Deer or from the Minehead Tourist Information Centre in person, and plan your walking holidays UK-style, starting here in spectacular Exmoor.
We also recommend…
For guests at Pilgrim Corner, The Old Sweet Shop and Stone Barn, you’ll have already seen the pretty older, Higher Town area of Minehead. Drive up Moor Road and keep going – once you’re at the top you have spectacular views of the coast and inland, and a large expanse of countryside to choose from.
Grabbist Hill and the ancient Bat’s Castle outside Dunster are both worth a walk. Walk along West Street past the Foresters Arms and Dunster village sign and you’ll see the signs for the footpath over the road to Grabbist. To visit the Iron Age Hill Fort Bat’s Castle, read on: www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/experience/bats-castle
We recommend this walk from BBC’s Countryfile: www.countryfile.com/walks-dunster-somerset
And for those of you with dogs, here’s the best places for walks suggested by Minehead town council.
Walk from Porlock to Culborne, England’s smallest church. Alternatively, for the more hardy, try this nine-mile coastal walk: www.countryfile.com/walk/walks-days-out/walk-pollock-bay-exmoor-national-park
Kilve Beach is great for walks and fossil hunting. There is a small parking area and a great tea room on a nearby farm. You can also hunt for reptile remains, ammonites, belemnites and unusual shells at Blue Anchor Bay, Quantoxhead and St Audries Bay.
Wimbleball Lake, Bury (three miles from Dulverton) is popular not just for its beautiful walks, but also for night-time star gazing in Exmoor’s Dark Sky’s. Find out more here: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/stargazing
There are further suggestions for walks in the beautiful county of Somerset here:
Guided walking tour of Dunster
On this fascinating and entertaining 1.5-2 hour walking tour, our guide Jackie will share the hidden histories of Dunster village and its residents, past and more recent. The tour stops at the major sites including the Yarn Market, Dovecote, St George’s Church, the working watermill and Gallox Bridge. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and enjoy some of the most beautiful views of countryside and coastline that surrounds the village. Walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome – Jackie has an ‘I Spy’ for younger children, and well-behaved dogs on a lead can come too! Tours go twice a day every Tuesday. Please dress for the weather, and be prepared for cobbles and some gentle inclines on this wander through Dunster’s history.
For more information, search ‘Exmoor Village Walks’ on Facebook and Instagram. To book, please contact Jackie direct on 07789 767710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and say you are staying at Exmoor Character Cottages. You can also listen to Jackie talk with Lucy on episode 13 of our podcast.
Visit the Things to Do section on our website for other activities to enjoy on your holiday.