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Top 5 Awesome Autumn Ambles

Seasonal walks can be just the breath of fresh air you are looking for. They are especially good if you have come to stay with your pet in one of the dog-friendly cottages on offer, with every intention of getting out to enjoy the rustic warm colours that surround the scenic landscape that is Exmoor. With this in mind, we have listed 5 awesome autumn ambles to appreciate. After all, Exmoor and its surrounding areas has so much to offer, why wouldn’t you want to try one of these strolls?
All walks have been described with distance and grade of difficulty for walkers of a moderate fitness level.

Walk- Lynton and The Valley of the Rocks
Distance- 2.7 miles.
Grade- Easy.

A classic easy walk along a relatively level section of high cliffs between Lynton and the spectacular Valley of Rocks. Children will love the stories associated with the spectacular rock formations and the herd of friendly feral goats. A good walk in autumn, when the crisp rust-coloured bracken of the heathland is punctuated with banks of purple heather and vivid gorse.

Walk- A Castle and a Cross
Distance – 2.1 miles.
Grade- Moderate.

This walk begins and ends at Selworthy Beacon viewpoint car park. Take a short walk through picturesque woodland with a kind route consisting of tracks and footpaths. As you could probably guess from the name of this particular route, it passes a 19th-century memorial cross, which was erected in memory of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, the 11th Baronet and an MP. Open heathland awaits, accompanied by far-reaching spectacular views and a well-preserved prehistoric enclosure. Why not explore the ancient ramparts and ditches of the Iron Age hillfort. Don’t forget to take a picnic with you, the views and the surrounding are spectacular!

Walk- Moor Wood
Distance- 2.5 miles.
Grade- Moderate.

This route starts and ends at Quay West car park in Minehead. A walk that involves paths, tracks and narrow woodland footpaths through ancient and modern woodland teeming with some of the 1000 different types of plants and flower found on the moor. If you’re lucky you might just see one or more of the coveted Red Deer& a fourteenth century church that is hemmed in by thatched cottages and remnants of the Second World War. This route is packed full of wildlife and nature at its finest. Enjoy stumbling upon the wartime relics in the woods as you take this delightful meander. As you’d expect, the colours and wildlife will be in full bloom as autumn sets in on this magical moor.

Walk- Worthy Wood
Distance- 2.8 miles.
Grade- Hard.

Our first challenging walk begins and ends in Porlock Weir car park. This is a woodland walk that includes sumptuous views of the sea between the trees that climb between the two dramatic hills that act as natures pickets to the the western approaches of Porlock Bay and releasing gradually back downhill. Along the way you will come by the tiny tin-hut church of St Nicholas in Porlock Weir, which is always worth a perusal. The perfect location to soak up the autumn atmosphere when the leaves are turning, and you might even see some of the local residents of the woodland creature variety as they scamper along to collect their supplies.

Walk- Watersmeet
Distance- 8.2 miles.
Grade- Hard.

This walk is a top choice all year round, but it is surely at its best in autumn as the seasonal change brings an array of colour, filled with the sounds of wildlife and nature that inhabit the area. This walk begins and ends at the Lynmouth seafront car park and combines a host of path, tracks and quiet lanes across undulating countryside. Enjoy every minute as you’re taken along a breath-taking woodland trek. As you continue you will walk along the East Lyn and Hoar Oak rivers. There’s a coastal stretch which sits high above the dark waters of Lynmouth Bay combined with dramatic views from the hills bordering the village.

 
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