Exmoor Events 2020

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Exmoor 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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 Exmoor Walks, Wednesdays and Saturdays

We love to show off our beautiful National Park in all of its glory.

So, every Wednesday and Saturday from the Easter weekend to the end of September we will be guiding a walk in the Exmoor National Park.

The length will be 3-5 miles, duration 2 – 3 hours.

Each venue will be one of our favourite walks, depending on the weather or on request on booking, a magical mystery tour if you would rather surprise yourself!

Every walk will include some foraging and wildlife spotting, hopefully Red Deer, Exmoor ponies and fabulous countryside, well off the beaten track.

There is usually a  story  or two about the local history or legend that we can recount, and some walks have significant literature or historic connections.

Some examples….

  • Simonsbath and the tale of Wheal Eliza
  • Lynton /Lynmouth and the Valley of the Rocks
  • The Poet Coleridge and Culbone Church
  • The tale of Lorna Doone and the Doone Valley
  • Room Hill and the River Exe
  • Webbers post and Dunkery Beacon walking Safari.

£ 15.00 per person, children 10-15 years £8.00 with a hot drink and homemade cake

£10.00 per person if you would rather bring your own refreshments

Group discounts available.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Booking essential on 01643 831759

Dunkery walk
Exmoor ponies Black hill
Badger dog at Badgery water Doone Valley
Exmoor events ford at malmsmead
Exmoor pony, Doone Valley

  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. 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.

Follow an ancient packhorse way to  Oare 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.

 This walk may be booked as one of our Wednesdays and Saturdays walks, just let us know when you would like to come and we will put it out there!

Meet at Malmsmead Gift Shop, 10.30am

£ 15 per person, children 10-15 years £8.00 (Group discounts available.) Dogs on leads welcome.

Booking essential on 01643 831759

Exmoor pony, Doone Valley
Exmoor events ford at malmsmead

 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  with excerpts from the pages of the novel, finding the ruined medieval village where the  Doones lived, and enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland.  Look out for Exmoor ponies, now an endangered rare breed,and we 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.

Book on request, group discounts apply, 01643 831759

 The tallest tree in England, forest walk, nightjars and other creatures of the night

Walk the tall trees trail and then out onto the common to see Exmoor’s wildlife come out at dusk….a magical experience!

Meet at  Nutcombe Bottom, near Dunster.

June and July only for nightjars.

£ 15 per person, children 10-15 years £10.00. Sorry, no Dogs  on this one!

Combine with a barbecue in the forest, at £20.00 per head, all our own produce and homemade desserts.

BYO grog.

Join one of our events this summer, we meet up for drinks and nibbles and learn a bit about the habits and migration of the nightjar,

Then take a short walk to see the tallest tree in England and on to the common where the mysterious thrumming of the nightjars may be heard.

  • Sunday June 28th
  • Saturday July 4th
  • Thursday July 9th
  • Tuesday July 14th

Booking essential on 01643 831759

what is a nightjar?!
Exmoor events nightjars and rainbows
Andrew Bentley nightjar

Stargazing and Night Hikes in Exmoor’s Dark Sky Reserve

Steve's moon photo!
group nightwalk at dunkery Beacon

Dunkery Beacon moonrise with Sundowners

 Come celebrate the full moon rising with us!

Sat January 11th

Sunday February 9th

Monday March 9th

Wednesday April 8th

We meet at dusk and climb Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.

Enjoy your sundowners as we watch the sunset over the moor  with views across the sea to Wales.

Then ramble down as we see the full moon rising over the sea.

Enjoy the moonrise from the highest point on Exmoor., then return to look at the moon’s craters and detail through our telescopes.

Hot drinks and snacks to warm you up as we stargaze, with lots of information about  deepest, darkest space.

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

Location: Dunkery Gate, Between Porlock and Exford, Somerset

Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring a torch and walking poles if you like to use them.
Charge: £30 per person, half price for children under 16 years. Minimum charges apply.
Contact:wildaboutexmoor on 07990521604 or 01643 831759

Exmoor dark skies event
viewing telescope at our farmhouse
The Crown, Exford

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.

£35 per head with complimentary drinks  and starry information.

Please bring torches, warm clothing and stout footwear

Booking essential on 01643 831 759

Pub Supper and Exmoor stargazing

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing following supper at The Crown or at the White Horse, both traditional  country  pubs, serving great local food.

We walk up onto the moor as the stars come out, then back to our farmhouse for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information and refreshments, you will leave with a good grasp of finding your way around the night sky.

Stargazing and refreshments £20 adults, Half price for children, Booking essential on 01643 831759

Join us during the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival or arrange a date just for your group.

The Crown is currently offering a “stay and save” offer of 25% off stays of 1 or 2 nights and 30% off stays of 3 nights or more, so why not make a weekend break or mini adventure of it!

The Crown, Exford
The White Horse, Exford

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2020

Wild About Exmoor dark sky event
wild about exmoor farmhouse supper event

Our Exmoor Festival Dark Sky Events  2020 will run from 16th to 31st of October

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.

  • Dates to be announced

Please bring torches and stout footwear     Booking essential on 01643 831759

Meet at Exford carpark at 6pm,                   The evening runs until approx. 10.00pm

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

We look forward to seeing you!

night walk event

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  country Inn with rooms, serving great local food.

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

  • Dates to be announced

The Crown is currently offering a “stay and save” offer of 25% off stays of 1 or 2 nights and 30% off stays of 3 nights or more, so why not make a weekend break or mini adventure of it!