Minehead Golf Course
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park offers walks to suit all abilities and interests. With 600 miles of dedicated footpaths and bridleways criss cross all types of terrain. Walks amid stunning scenery alive with wildlife... something to discover just around the corner. A truly wonderful riverside walk on Exmoor takes you from Withypool to Tarr Steps following the River Barle, with the Royal Oak and a Tarr Farm at both ends to refresh the weary. Exmoor's Dedicated walks are The Coleridge Way, The South West Coast Path & The Two Moors Way.
Wander at will over Exmoor's wild open moorland away from the madding crowd or take a gentle stroll up Exmoor's combes where the sun shines through the ancient oak woods, dancing on the boulder strewn sparkling streams.
Take a coastal walk - the views extend out over the Bristol Channel well in to Wales. Walk in empty lanes and byways where the hedgerows are filled with wild flowers in Spring. And wonderful autumn colours and fungi and fruits.
The South West Costal Path is possibly at its most spectacular around Porlock, Lynton & Lynmouth, The Valley of the Rocks, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin & Morthoe. Equally it is just as interesting but totally different around Kilve, Watchet & Blue Anchor.
North Hill near Minehead offers gentle or serious walking on Moorland and through Selworthy Woods carpeted with bluebells in spring it has stunning coast and country views. Dulverton and Southern Exmoor is also a superb walking area. The Brendon Hills are a joy and missed by nearly all.
The Quantocks equally lovely, but slightly different offers you exactly the same but on a smaller scale.
Exmoor is a moorland area ranging from 1700ft on top of Dunkery Beacon to sea level, so the weather changes often and can be totally different just a few miles away, so go well equipped. You can always choose a walk to suit the weather conditions. Occasionally if it is wet and windy - go downhill and if the coast is misty come uphill and look down on cotton wool clouds below you - an amazing sight.
Wildlife abounds - we have Soaring Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons, Dippers, Flycatchers Wood Peckers - around 240 species of wild birds. The occasional Otter, Dragonfly’s, Frogs & Toads. The only herd of wild Red Deer in England & Exmoor Ponies - one of the worlds oldest and rarest breeds.
The autumn brings stunning colours and amazing Fungi in hundreds of forms.
Many of the walks take you over private farmland where you will be welcome if you follow the country code of shutting all gates, don’t drop litter and keep dogs on leads especially when encountering livestock. Dogs are welcome everywhere on Exmoor if they are accompanied by responsible people.
After your wonderful walk you can rest awhile, Exmoor's pretty villages nearly all have a pub and places to stay.
Exmoor’s Landowners are The Exmoor National Park Authority, The National Trust, most land is in private ownership.