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,  Families and small groups – covid compliant

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

Over the winter we will be guiding covid compliant walks 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.

£ 35.00 per person, £20 under 16 years,with a hot drink and homemade cake

Due to covid restrictions, numbers will be limited to a maximum of 5 people, plus one of us, or to one household group of a higher number.

Consequently we are unable to discount prices, very sorry!

 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.

 Meet at Malmsmead Gift Shop, 10.30am

£ 35 per person, £20 under 16 years, minimum charge applies.

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.

£ 20 per person,  Sorry, no Dogs  on this one!

Combine with a barbecue in the forest, at £25.00 per head, all our own produce and homemade desserts.

BYO grog.

 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!

Or just come at another time for the sunset and some stargazing!

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

Enjoy your sundowners as we watch the sunset over the moor ,then ramble down as we see the full moon rising over the sea.

We 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: £35 per person, £20 under 16 years, Minimum charge of £95.
Contact: wildaboutexmoor on 07990521604 or 01643 831759 for the next available dates.

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 (we may be unable to run this format in 2020 due to covid restrictions)

 We can run this event for groups of 6 – 8 people.

Pub Supper and Exmoor stargazing

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing  after 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 £35 per person, £15 for under 16 years. Booking essential on 01643 831759

  Arrange a date just for your group, £95 minimum charge.

  

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 Dark Sky Events  2020 – 2021

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.

£40 per head with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars.

  •  group bookings only due to covid restrictions this year

Please bring torches and stout footwear     Booking essential on 01643 831759

Meet at  The Crown, Exford ,TA24 7PP

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 White Horse or The Crown, both traditional  country Inns with rooms, serving great local food.

We meet at  dusk 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  £35  per person, £15 for under 16 years.

Booking essential on 01643 831759