Exploring Exmoor

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01 January 2020

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The Two Moors Way

Cross the magnificent moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor on the Two Moors Way – a coast to coast path suitable for both long-distance and day walkers.  The Two Moors Way spans 102 miles from Ivybridge on the southern boundary of Dartmoor National Park to Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast in Exmoor National Park.

The route comes directly through Knowstone, so you can enjoy and walk some of the route from Enfield House.

For maps and more information visit the two moors website. 

Walking Around Knowstone

Knowstone Parish has a number of well marked footpaths and byways that offer locals and visitors easy access to a variety of amazing landscapes, stunning views and natural habitats.  From a short 20 minutes to an hour plus walk, you can choose.

At Enfield House there is a map showing all the marked routes and public right of ways. If your walking with your dog just be careful when walking through fields with sheep or cattle. Also, there are plenty of red deer in the area and we even have some wild boar in the valley by the Crooked Oak River.

 

Walking on Exmoor

Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. With over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through oak woodlands, alongside tumbling rivers and across open heather-covered moorland, the variety is endless.

Below are just a few walks we know and love and keep going back to!

  • Horner Woods, near Porlock –  Heath and mixed woodland extending from Horner Water to Crowter Hill. There are various options , including a 1 hour circular walk. Once you’ve completed you walk Horner Tea Gardens are well worth a visit for a well deserved cup of tea and a cake!
  • Nutcombe Bottom, Dunster/Timberscombe. – For forestry walks, Nutcombe Bottom is well worth a visit. ere there are a huge array of tracks through pine forests. Look out for the tallest tree in the British Isles from here.\
  • Dunkery Hill, near Wheddon Cross – You will find classic Exmoor moorland walking. Climb up to Dunkery Beacon, marking the highest point on Exmoor. Enjoy amazing views over the surrounding moorland, the Bristol Channel and hills up to 86 miles away.
  • Watersmeet,Lynton & Lynmouth – There are various options for walking around Watersmeet. Watersmeet House, a former fishing lodge, is used as an information centre and tea room. Run by the National Trust, this is a great base from which to begin on either streamside, woodland or coastal footpath walks.
  • Valley of the Rocks, Lynton – For a dramatic rocky landscape, head west along the coast from Porlock to the Valley of Rocks, near Lynton. Steep cliffs cradle a dry valley, their north side falling off into the sea of the Bristol channel. Scramble up towards the high spots, or follow the coastal walkway path. Don’t forget to look out for a few feral goats!
  • Snowdrop Valley,Wheddon Cross – For those around between the end of January and early March, make sure you don’t miss Snowdrop Valley. Quite the spectacle, a wooded valley in central Exmoor near Wheddon Cross springs alive with a carpet of snowdrops.
  • Wimbleball Lake – East of Dulverton, Wimbleball Lake is surrounded by footpaths and tracks. You can walk the entire lake perimeter (9 miles) or explore the numerous other paths around the lake
  • Badgworthy Water, Malmsmead – Many know the famous novel of “Lorna Doone,” written by RD Blackmore. One of the most famous novelists of his generation, Blackmore set the scene in this beautiful valley, inspiring many to visit this rural region of Exmoor in North Devon
  • Tarr Steps – For a walk with a bonus ancient history feature, why not head to Tarr Steps. This ‘clapper bridge’ is a very special ancient monument, photogenic at any time of year. The surrounding woodland of the River Beale is a designated nature reserve with abundant wildlife bustling about. And finish your walk off with a pint or drink of your choice at the Tarr Inn!

Plus many more great walks…………………..

Where to get more information

Only 12 miles you will find Exmoor House in Dulverton, here you can purchase maps, walking routes, books and useful information concerning everything Exmoor. Definitely worth a visit.

Address

Exmoor National Park Authority,
Exmoor House,
Dulverton,
Somerset, TA22 9HL

Tel: 01398 323665

Email: info@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Website: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Visitor Map: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/exmoor-visitor-map
Walks with Jack – Facebook Page, with great walks and images www.facebook.com/walkswithjack