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Exmoor is a walker’s paradise with endless possibilities whether you’re on two feet or four. Here are a few of our suggestions.
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.
From Minehead or Dunster beaches, you can walk all the way to Blue Anchor if you want to explore more coastline. Minehead is known as the gateway to Exmoor so if you fancy a stroll or a full-on trek along some of the most stunning coastal paths in the country you’re in the right place.
From the Holnicote Estate you’ll find spectacular scenery stretching for miles and the opportunity to explore at your own pace. Walking from Minehead to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset provides the best way to enjoy some wonderful coastal scenery, wildlife and heritage. Perhaps not the entire 630-mile route though!
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 also 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
Horner Wood nature reserve, ¾ mile from Porlock is sheltered by Dunkery Hill and has great footpaths. It’s perfect for wildlife – red deer if you’re lucky. You can also explore the four-mile bridle trail through ancient woodlands. It’s another great route suggested by BBC’s Countryfile: www.countryfile.com/walk/walks/walk-horner-valley-somerset
Brendon is exceptionally beautiful. This is the setting of Lorna Doone, deep in the East Lyn River valley. Head for Roadwater and be prepared to be awe struck at the beautiful scenery.
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.
Enjoy a watery walk at Tarr Steps, Dulverton with the ancient clapper bridge. If you want more than a leisurely stroll, try the seven-mile walk alongside the river that curves from the Tarr Steps to Withypool village: www.countryfile.com/walk/walk-tarr-steps-exmoor-national-park
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: