Top three walks with your dog on Exmoor

Top three walks with your dog on Exmoor

We have many amazing walks right on our doorstep and the keener amongst you will head off with an OS map and a compass but here are our top three favourites if you are in need of inspiration this Autumn

  • Horner Woods (nearest postcode is TA24 8HY) are just on the northern edge of Exmoor near Porlock. Park in the National Trust car park which is free if you are a member or £5 if not. The woods are suffering from Ash dieback at the moment so some of the signposted walks are re-routed it’s still a stunning walk with fantastic oak trees, lichens and mosses with a beautiful stream running through. The paths are well marked and clear but feel free to borrow the OS map in our huts if you want to stray off the beaten track. Please bring it back with you! If you fancy something to eat afterwards then the cream teas at Horner Vale tea rooms are massive (they also do ploughman’s and light lunches) or if you fancy something different, then we really like Ziangs at Porlock weir (Street food | Porlock Weir | Ziangs Oriental Food Workshop (ziangsworkshop.com) who do oriental street food and its delicious! Although its takeaway only there are picnic benches on the green space right next to the weir opposite Ziangs.

Oaks and lichens in Horner Woods
  • Tarr Steps is an ancient Clapper Bridge on the River Barle in-between Dulverton and Withypool. The postcode for the car park is TA22 9PY (£3) and then it’s a fairly steep walk down to the bridge. There is often a coffee van at the bottom of the hill, and they also sell ice creams and other cold drinks. We like the riverside walk. Head north (with the river on your left) through the green open space and into the woods. The track continues for about 3km until the footbridge at Great Bradley. Cross the river here and then head back South with the river on your left. The river is fast flowing though especially after periods of rain. The Tarr Farm (TARR FARM INN) have a nice garden and do good burgers.
Tarr Steps medieval clapper bridge on the River Barle
The River Barle at Tarr Steps (this was after a LOT of rain)
  • The Valley of the rocks is a little further afield. It’s just over an hour away near Lynton (EX35 6JH is the postcode for the car park) – drive across Exmoor for the most scenic route. Once at the Valley of the Rocks you park on the Valley floor and then there are plenty of places to scramble up to the top or walk in a more leisurely fashion! Look out for the goats…. Lynton and Lynmouth are also worth a visit, if you fancy a longer walk take the funicular railway (£3, dogs allowed Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway | Things to do in Devon (cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk)) and then walk the circular, well signed route to the Valley of the Rocks from there. As you would expect, Lynton has plenty of cafes, tea rooms and pubs.
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