Join us for this very special trip combining the very best of Exmoor in 3 completely different and diverse hikes taking in sea, moorland, rivers and lush wooded valleys :-)
• 3 Nights staying in ensuite rooms in an Eco Hostel that’s been converted from a Victorian Farmstead - set in the rural depths of the National Park. It produces it’s own electricity from a wind turbine and solar panels.
• A fully catered trip including Saturday and Sunday night dinners
• Wonderful remote hikes in the wild and untamed moorlands, valleys and , coastline and woodlands of Exmoor
• Good chance of seeing Dartmoor wild ponies and Red Deer
• Visit the incredible 3000 year old stone "Clapper Bridge" of Tarr Steps. A Grade 1 listed scheduled ancient monument – nearly as old as Stonehenge.
• Hike what is considered by most to be our toughest and most spectacular coastal hike and one of the greatest coastal hikes in England
Photos - All photos were taken by the hike leader from previous trips, so are of the views that you'll see on the actual hikes that we do
The setting of our farmstead hostel (hired exclusively for our group) is simply divine – it’s surrounded by superb countryside and being in the depths of rural Exmoor’s 692 square kilometres we’re even doing one of our hikes on foot from the hostel. We’re close to Pinkery Pond and some wonderful and classic Exmoor Moorland where we can explore the heather clad summits. Here we get a real taste of how enchantingly remote and wild Exmoor can be offering an abundance of peace and tranquillity. Staying on a converted farmstead deep within the National Park means we will get a true rural Exmoor experience from the moment we arrive...
We have 3 great and very contrasting hikes lined up - on the first day we've got our toughest coastal hike lined up with possibly the best coastal views in the UK in store and for Sunday we will do a very diverse and wonderful circular hike taking in the famous Tarr steps as well as the beautiful, dense and lush wooded valley of the River Barle. Here the babbling and dashing river meanders its way through the woodland contrasting wonderfully with the Exmoor heathland at Winsford Hill. The woodland is dense in ancient oak which nature is continually recycling itself offering a great diversity of mosses, lichens, wildlife and the babbling and dashing river that is home to Otters, Salmon and Trout
We’ve managed to hire the converted farmstead hostel exclusively for our group and on Saturday and Sunday we will have delicious home cooked food and drinks in our remote setting with plenty of time to enjoy it.
Exmoor was once an ancient royal hunting Forest and it is still home for a great variety of habitats. Here you can see a stunning red dear, otters, rabbits, and some rare butterflies spices. The survival of this wonderful landscape in such an unspoiled form is in no small part due to its relative isolation and it’s often been overlooked by those dashing headlong for Cornwall. We’re unlikely to meet many other people this weekend. Exmoor has a wonderful geology of sedimentary rock including gritstones, sandstones, slate, shale, limestone, siltstones and mudstones which offers some very diverse landscapes and habitats
One of the few areas of Britain not subject to glaciation, the plateau remains as a remarkably old landform with ancient rivers that have helped to carve out the valleys in this landscape. Sheep have grazed on the moorland for over 3000 years and Exmoor is home to a large number of Exmoor ponies that roam freely across the park. Exmoor really is unique and a must see!
Friday 28th May
Head over to our environmentally friendly Eco Hostel deep in the depths of rural Exmoor.
Saturday 29th May
Hike: River Barle circular
Distance: 10 miles (16.5 km)
Rating: Medium/tough, a few hills, some tough terrain
Today we hike a route that wonderfully contrasts with tomorrows. We're following the River Barle through intricate, dense and lush wooded valleys as the river meanders towards Tarr Steps. If we're lucky we may see Otters, Salmon or Trout, all of which live in this enchanting river valley.
We return to the hostel mid to late afternoon with time to explore our remote and wild setting before enjoying dinner together
Sunday 30th May
Hike: Lynton to Coombe Martin
Distance: 13.5 miles (22km) (about 5 to 6 hours of walking)
Rating: Tough, very hilly, a high level of fitness required
The adventure begins from the trail-head of one of the most stunning stretches of the South West Coast Path and indeed one of the greatest coastal hikes in all England. Every inch of this trail winds along the undulating shore, serving up stunning panoramic ocean views framed by the jagged coastline. The keen eyed are likely to see Feral goats too. The trail is tough though, very tough with several big steep uphilll and downhill sections, but it's certainly worth it!
We hike on to the top of Hangman Cliffs, which is the highest sea cliff in England at a whopping 318 metres (1,043 feet).
We return to the hostel for a delicious barbecue to socialise whilst the sun gently sneaks away taking with it this ancient landscape
Elevation plot of Sundays actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Monday 30th May
Monday's hike: Dunkery Beacon - the highest point in Exmoor
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) OR 6 miles (9.5km) TBC on day
Rating: Medium - something gentler before our drive home
We start our hike from the nearby Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in Exmoor National Park at 519 metres (1,703 feet).
We hike up slopes covered in heather and whortleberry while watching for red deer and ponies in the distance. It's a varied landscape of moorland and woods, sprinkled with streams onto which the sunlight dances and sparkles through the trees. Once we reach the summit of Dunkery Beacon, we will take some time to soak up the stunning views of rolling moorland and expansive ocean where we’ll have a well deserved rest and photo stop.
Cost and Payment
The cost of this trip is £188. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay the £20 deposit by Paypal with the remainder due by bank transfer before Sunday 26th February. We will send you payment details for this about a week before the deadline. Sadly any spaces not paid for in full by this date will be lost and the deposit and all trip payments are non-refundable and non transferable.
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The price includes:
• 3 nights in en suite hostel accommodation (4 and 6 bed rooms)
• Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Packed lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Dinner on Saturday and Sunday night
• Three hikes by two experienced hike leaders with Outdoor Activity First Aid qualifications
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport to Exmoor and during the trip
• Drinks and personal expenses
Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Saturday night is also included. You will need drinks for the trip (both alcoholic and water) as there is nowhere to buy these.
All of our main courses are meat based, but we will have a vegetarian option as standard too. We cannot provide alternative courses to meet other dietary requirements, intolerances, allergies, preferences, dislikes etc. If you would like to find out if the food being provided meets your intolerances/allergies/preferences/likes etc, please email us, you are of course welcome to bring your own favourite items and there is a fridge you can use.
Our hikes are led by experienced and trained guides (most of who have Mountain leader training as a minimum and are qualified outdoor First Aiders). We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety.
Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury, please come suitably equipped with suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - >for more info please click here<
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