A loop walk through the National Park Exmoor, England
A loop walk through the Exmoor National Park in South-West England. Partly along the South West Coast Path, partly along the Two Moors Way. A well marked walk-way through an unique landscape of moors, hills, wood, valleys and farmland.
Getting there: a flight to Bristol, the bus to the train station, the train to Taunton, the bus to Minehead, and finally the bus to Porlock, where we started our hike. You also can fly to Exeter. And from here 3 hrs by public transport to Porlock (one train, two buses).
Maps: de OL9 , Ordnance Survey, scale 1:25.000.
Accommodation: B&B’s all the time, guesthouses, hotels or camping sites. The B&B will help you to make a reservation for the next night.
August 2011: five day-hikes through an unique and varied landscape of moorland, wood, rivers, mires, in August the flowering fields, and the fascinating cliffs at the coast.
Height: from sea-level until 519 m. ( day 5, Dunkery Hill).
Day 1: Porlock - Brendon (18 km.)
(partly along the SW Coast Path)
Day 2: Brendon - Lynton (13 km.)
(also by the East Lyn Riverside path)
Day 3: Lynton - Simonsbath (22 km.)
(most of the time the Two Moors Way)
Day 4: Simonsbath - Exford (18 km.)
(partly the Two Moors Way)
Day 5: Exford - Porlock (18 km.)
(across Dunkery Hill)
On trail: brooks and rivers which over centuries have resulted in so called combes, eroded valleys where the rivers flow into the sea: so, some steep descents ans ascents.
The great views at the coast, the endless and mysterious purple hilly moorlands, flowering in August.
Mires and flowering river banks, waterfalls, the church of Countisbury, the East Lyn riverside with an abundance of wildlife.There is much to enjoy during the walks in the Park.
And - of course - the scones with clotted cream in the tea gardens………
For more than 3000 years sheep have been kept here. You also can see the Exmoor ponies here. Free running. Or the enigmatic "Beast of Exmoor", a feline, but you know the British love of fairy tales.
On the other side of the bay: Wales.
Below a short video about the region where we walked: