Walking on Exmoor

Walking on Exmoor

For full circular walk details call in at The Exmoor White Horse Inn.



WALK 1  EXFORD,  PRESCOTT AND THE RIVER EXE

4 or 4.5 Miles (approx 2 to 2.5 hours)

MAP: OS ‘Explorer OL 9 Exmoor’ Scale 1:25000 (2.5inches to 1 mile).

A compass, together with the ability to use it in conjunction with the map, is a valuable aid and can be essential in conditions of poor visibility.

General Information

All of this route is on Rights of Way with the terrain varying from deep lanes between  high hedgebanks, open tracks across moorland and pathways around and across fields.  Sturdy footwear is essential.  The first half of the walk is a steady uphill incline on  bridleways that are well used by horses, this means that the ground may be muddy and hoofprinted in wet weather.  The second part of the walk is on field footpaths and comprises a mixture of level ground and fairly gentle slopes.  The walk starts at 260m above sea level (at the hotel) and rises to 402m at Prescott Down. 

WALK 2    EXFORD, RIVER EXE VALLEY, ROOM HILL AND ROAD HILL

6 miles (approx 3 hours) A lovely walk – so stop & stare
MAP and COMPASS: Please do take the OS ‘Explorer OL 9 Exmoor’ Scale 1:25000 (2.5inches to 1 mile). On this walk we also strongly recommend that you take a compass and are familiar with its use in conjunction with the OS map: you may well need it on this walk, especially in conditions of poor visibility.

General Information

Most of this route is on either defined Rights of Way or Permitted paths (routes where the owner has given permission for people to pass over their land but at users own risk). There is a short stretch over ‘Access Land’ at Room Hill; your compass may be needed there. The first half of the route includes level ground beside or near the River Exe interspersed with a few gentle ascents and descents.  The return route has a steep climb up to the top of Room Hill, (the effort being well rewarded by the views), and then descends steadily, with the occasional steep stretch, back to the rivers edge again.  The walk starts at 260m above sea level (at the hotel) and rises to 380m at Room Hill.

WALK 3 EXFORD, COURT FARM, ROOM HILL, WITHYPOOL, CHIBBET FORD, THORN

6 – 7 miles (approx 4 hours)
MAP: OS ‘Explorer OL 9 Exmoor’ Scale 1:25000 (2.5inches to 1 mile).

A compass, together with the ability to use it in conjunction with the map, is a valuable aid and can be essential in conditions of poor visibility.

The Route

From the Exmoor White Horse Inn, turn left and walk past the filling station and shop which are on the right hand side, then at the end of a row of cottages, turn right into the car park, cross the car park and head for a double gate in front of you, passing as you go, the work shop of the Exmoor National Park Authority, where finger posts, stiles and other things are made.  From the gate follow the riverside footpath to Court Farm, stopping occasionally to look for trout in the still pools.

WALK 4  EXFORD, EXE VALLEY, STONE LANE, PRESCOTT DOWN, DUNKERY, WILLMERSHAM COMMON

7 or 9 miles (approx 4 to 4.5 hours or 5.5 hours to 6 hours)

OS Outdoor leisure  Scale 2.5inches to 1 mile, 4cm to 1km    1:25000

General Information

This walk can be shortened by crossing the village green and walking up Coombe Lane which is the return route, however, a lovely part of the scenery of this walk which contrasts with the high moors would be missed.

The Route

From the Exmoor White Horse Inn, turn left and walk through the village, on reaching the Crown Hotel, turn right into the car park, now follow the riverside path through fields as far as Court Farm (yellow waymark) which stands on the banks of the river Exe, which is lines with Alder, Sycamore and Willow trees.  The surrounding area is of quiet meadows adorned in the summer with colour from the rich variety of flowers that thrive there, sheep graze buzzards cry overhead and the patient heron fishes for trout in the still pools and gentle flowing water, surrounding the scene are the folds of the undulating hillsides that rise from the valley floor with a patchwork of green fields, woods and hedgerows.

WALK 5 – EXFORD LYN COOMBE STADDON HILL THORNE LANE –  KITNOR HEATH – PRESCOTT DOWN – SHARCOTT – EDGCOTT- EXFORD

9 MILES APPROX

4/12 – 51/2 HOURS APPROX  Allowing for stops

O/S – OUTDOOR LEISURE MAP 9 Scale 2.5 inches to 1 mile 1: 25000

GENERAL INFORMATION

This walk is over fields,  along old tracks, open moorland with good views and some road walking, also some riverside paths which can be muddy after rain,  and some stiles and gates.

THE ROUTE

Starting from the White Horse Inn turn left and walk through the village to the Crown Hotel, here turn right into the car park,  at the end of the car park go through the gate (yellow mark) and follow the riverside path to reach “Court Farm Bridge”. Here go left (finger post Winsford) not across bridge.  At the top of wide stone path go right over stile (yellow mark)and keep close to hedge on left.