A Day Out On Exmoor
We are so lucky to be just on the outskirts of Exmoor as there’s always so much to do, from hiking and riding to stargazing, picnicking, and all the exploring in between. Whether your idea of fun is an ultra marathon on the sea cliffs or cream tea in a charming little village next to a beautiful crystal river, Exmoor is the place to be.
Exmoor offers up some of the best locations for walking in Europe and road cycling good enough to host the Tour of Britain, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of our iconic Exmoor ponies and Red Deer, and there will always be a pint of some of the best Somerset Cider waiting for you on the bar at the end of the day whilst you soak up the joyful atmosphere in one of the local pubs.
I have listed below just a few of the things available to do on Exmoor:
• Walking – Some of the UK’s best long-distance routes pass through Exmoor!
• Horse Riding – Enjoy some of the best riding in the country over the 267m2 of stunning landscape.
• Cycling - With some of the most incredible panoramic views and steep valleys to climb, Exmoor has an incredible variety of road riding in the country.
• Water Sports - Exmoor provides some great opportunities for Canoeing and Kayaking of all abilities both inland and at sea.
• Climbing – Although not well-known for Climbing, opportunities do exist if you know where to go, for example The Valley Of Rocks, Lynmouth, or Coastal Cliffs for the more experienced.
• Star-gazing - Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country so it's a great place to gaze at the stars.
So, if you’re thinking of taking a day out to explore this beautiful part of our Country, then there are a few things you should remember to take with you to make the most out of your adventures!
- A notebook – and pen of course, for recording favourite places and sketching favourite areas.
- Photographic and video equipment – Exmoor has so much to offer, it would be such a shame not to! You can add them into the notebook you took and make a scrapbook to remember your adventures!
- Go Pros – These are always great, (see above point) especially when taking part in adventure activities such as horse riding, climbing, kayaking etc.
- Binoculars – Along with a species specification book if you’re going out for nature spotting. The Red deer population offers some spectacularly large Stags and throughout June and July you might even spot some Calves! Exmoor is also the ideal place for bird spotting. And don’t forget the Exmoor Ponies of course!
- Waterproof Clothing! - No weather man/woman can predict what the weather on Exmoor is going to do, however 98% of the time, it will involve rain, so don’t let this ruin your day out.
- A Good pair of boots – As mentioned above, Exmoor can be a pretty wet place, and even when it’s dry there’s still always plenty of mud. A good, tough, comfortable pair of walking boots are probably best, but if you’re doing any activities then take along shoes accordingly, for example an old pair of trainers for water sports.
- A Map – Exmoor is a very big place. Once you’re lost, you’re lost. And make sure you stick to the paths, not only is it important for the environment and habitats, but you also don’t want to end up in a bog!
- Snacks and lots of water – There are plenty of Pubs around Exmoor, but you won’t always come across one and if you’re anything like me you get grumpy when you’re hungry, so keep yourself satisfied with healthy snacks. And we all know the importance of keeping hydrated, especially when doing lots of walking!
- A few First Aid essentials – including Sun cream! The Exmoor Beast is out there somewhere, but you probably won’t come across him, so just some plasters and anti-septic wipes/creams will do.
- A mobile phone – If you do end up getting lost, or require help in any way then these are pretty important to carry.
- Your adventurous side! – You never know what you’re going to come across or what’s going to happen along the way, so learn to laugh when things go wrong and then they won’t feel so much of a problem at all. Exploring somewhere should be an adventure, you should want to find new places and enjoy the experience. No place is ever boring if you look hard enough, so have fun with it!
And remember, take everything your brought along back with you, don't spoil the view for others by leaving your litter etc. Exmoor is a beautiful place and we want to keep it like that.