Exmoor is one of our smallest National Parks but one not lacking in variety and interest. From the moors around Simonsbath to the wild coastline of the Bristol Channel it is a place to explore. Here is ancient Dunster, romantic Badgworthy Water with its echoes of Lorna Doone, and the ever-popular Watersmeet. The often neglected Quantocks are also included in this guide. The walking is less strenuous than on Dartmoor and is suitable for all the family. 44 circular tours are described. Each walk is graded by length and difficulty of terrain, the climbing involved and the map reading and navigation skills needed. The author has grouped the walks into four areas of Exmoor with the Brendons and the Quantocks as two other additional sections: The North-west Moor, The North-east Moor, The Southern Moor, The Brendons, The North Coast and The Quantocks. The main roads are used as the boundaries.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION The geology and formation of Exmoor Vegetation Fauna The red deer Man on Exmoor The legends of Exmoor Exmoor today Where to stay Exmoor weather Maps & compass Walking on Exmoor Using the guide PART ONE: THE NORTH WEST MOOR Chains Barrow Wood Barrow Exe Head Bridge Brendon Two Gates PART TWO: THE NORTH EAST MOOR Badgworthy Water Doone Valley Malmsmead Malmsmead Oare Church Alderman's Barrow Larkbarrow Boundary Walk Dunkery Beacon Brockwell Chetsford Water Webber's Post Horner Dunster Park Croyden Hill Grabbist Hill PART THREE: THE SOUTH MOOR Politmore Arms Simonsbath West Anstey Barrows Landacre Bridge Tarr Steps Staddon Hill Caratacus Stone Hawkridge Round Oldberry Castle Dulverton- Weir Cleeve Dulverton- Simonsbath PART FOUR: THE BRENDONS Raleigh's Cross Inn Kennisham Hill Wood Haddon Hill PART FIVE: THE COAST Holdstone Down Hunter's Inn Woody Bay Watersmeet Barna Barrow Bossington PART SIX: EXMOOR LONG WALKS Two Moors Way The Perambulation of Exmoor Forest PART SEVEN: THE QUANTOCKS Quantock Ridge The Two Pubs Walk Holford Bowling Green Dead Woman's Ditch To Wilmot's Pool To Black Hill To Somerton Combe To Halsway Post Glossary Useful Addresses and Telephone numbers Bibliography
John Earle is author of "Walking on Dartmoor" and "Exmoor and the Quantocks" (Cicerone). He is an experienced expedition mountaineer, TV film- maker and trek- leader. He now runs a successful outdoor education centre and is well known for his films, many about Cornwall and his appearances on TV.