Exmoor Events 2019

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Exmoor Events 2019 2019-06-20T17:53:18+01:00

Wildaboutexmoor walking and stargazing events:

Don’t Forget, All of our events can also be booked just for your group, or we can put an extra date on if you can’t make one of our planned events, just give us a ring or email.

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  The Lorna Doone  Walks

We meet at Lorna Doone Farm, with its ancient packhorse bridge and crossing ford, and walk up the Doone valley through pastures alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. You can visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone. We then continue through the pages of the novel, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. We will likely see  Exmoor ponies, now an endangered rare breed,and may even spot Red deer, particularly in the Autumn.

We walk to Oare church along an ancient packhorse way to explore the church and  see where poor Lorna was shot by the dastardly Carver Doone.

Oare church is at least 800 years old, and mentioned in the Domesday book. There is a wealth of history within its ancient walls, which we will happily  explain to you.

We know the places that inspired the story of Lorna Doone, and will safely guide you over some pretty remote country, so that you can confidently enjoy this beautiful landscape.

 June 18th

July 14th, 20th

August 7th,10th,13th,21st,30th

Meet at Malmsmead Gift Shop, 10.30am

£12 per person, children 10-15 years £8.00 Dogs on leads welcome.

Booking essential on 01643 831759

Lorna Doone walk Great Black Hill

 The Lorna Doone Experience

We meet at Lorna Doone Farm, with its ancient packhorse bridge and crossing ford, and walk up the Doone valley through pastures alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. You can visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone. We then continue through the pages of the novel, finding the ruined medieval village where the outlawed Doone Clan hung out, and enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. We will likely see  Exmoor ponies, now an endangered rare breed,and will have a good chance of spotting  Red deer,  particularly splendid with full antlers, in  the Autumn.

We will stop for lunch as John Ridd himself would have, in a sheltered combe, with homemade pasties just as he describes….”to hear (very wealthy boys and men) talk of it made my lips smack, and my ribs come inwards.” A warming homemade soup and focaccia baked that morning, with all produce from our farm and garden, will  perk us up for the walk to Oare church along an ancient packhorse way.

We explore the church and  see where poor Lorna was shot by the dastardly Carver Doone, then   a short stroll  back to the car.

We know the places that inspired the story of Lorna Doone, and will safely guide you over some pretty remote country, so that you can confidently enjoy this beautiful landscape.

Oare church is at least 800 years old, and mentioned in the Domesday book.There is a wealth of history within its ancient walls, which we will happily  explain to you. We finish our experience with a convivial pint at The Staghunters inn, another great Exmoor tradition.

Please book via AirBnB Experiences, numbers limited to 8 guests.

 Friday August 2nd.

Or by arrangement 01643 831759

Barbecue in the forest, nightjars and other creatures of the night

Join us for a delicious home cooked barbecue with local produce from our farm, then walk out onto the common to see Exmoor’s wildlife come out at dusk….a magical experience!

Soft drinks are provided, please feel free to bring your own grog.

June 29th

July 16th

Meet at  Nutcombe Bottom, near Dunster

£ 25 per person, children 10-15 years £15.00. Sorry, no Dogs  on this one!

Booking essential on 01643 831759

what is a nightjar?!

Exmoor Dark skies and Farmhouse Supper

Join us for an evening of walking under the stars.

Enjoy a delicious home cooked roast dinner, made with local produce at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage.

We talk about the stars and planets and explain the use of apps on phone and ipad.

Learn how to use our 2 telescopes and binoculars to delve into deeper space.

£30 per head with complimentary drinks  and starry information.

Please bring torches, warm clothing and stout footwear

Booking essential on 01643 831 759

 To be arranged….phone for further details

7.00 – 10.00pm approx

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019

Our Exmoor Festival Dark Sky Dates have just been released as follows,

Join Wildaboutexmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage.

£35 per head with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars.

  • Tuesday 15 October
  • Saturday 19 October
  • Wednesday 23 October
  • Friday 25 October
  • Wed 31 October … Stargazing Halloween Special! (see below)
  • Saturday 2 November

Please bring torches and stout footwear     Booking essential on 01643 831759

Meet at Exford carpark at 6pm,                   The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm

Half price for children, min age 10 years(unless by prior arrangement)

We look forward to seeing you!

Stargazing Halloween Special!

Witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls will gather in Exford carpark at 6pm to follow the  pumpkin trail  up onto the moor for a spot of stargazing, looking out for low flying witches on broomsticks and scary happenings. Candle lanterns will light our way back to the farmhouse where a feast of witches fingers, roast beasties and eye of newt will be served complete with a hot witches brew (conventional alternatives for those of a nervous disposition!)

There will be a prize for best fancy dress and hideous forfeits for muggle outfits…..you have been warned!

The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm

£35 per person all inclusive.

Half price for children, min age  8 years (unless by prior arrangement)

Booking essential on 01643 831759

New for 2019!

Exmoor stargazing and walk to the pub

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor pub.

We meet at 6.30pm and walk up onto the moor as the stars come out, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information and refreshments, then an optional short walk to the pub for supper which will be individually priced to allow full choice of the menu.

Stargazing and refreshments £15 adults, Half price for children, Booking essential on 01643 831759

  • Thursday 17 October
  • Monday 21 October
  • Tuesday 29 October

Dunkery by moonlight

Date: 17th Jul 2019 8:30pm-10:30pm
Celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing! A walk up to the very highest point of Exmoor by moonlight to celebrate that amazing achievement.

Grade: moderate….1 climb, walk approx. 3 – 4 miles up and back.

Location: webbers post carpark, Between Porlock and Exford, Somerset
Booking: No need to book, but discount for doing so! Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring a torch and walking poles if you like to use them.
Charge: £8.00 in advance or £10.00 on the night, half price for children under 16 years
Contact:wildaboutexmoor on 07990521604 or 01643 831759