Highlights

  • High moorlands with far reaching views
  • Remote medieval villages and hamlets
  • Cliff railway, steam engine train
  • Devon's 'Little Switzerland'
  • Landscapes that inspired poets Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley

Exmoor National Park in South West England is a dramatic and varied landscape. Wild, heather-clad moorland edges granite cliffs, the highest in England. Pure streams tumble through steep, wooded valleys lined with mossy oaks. Ancient villages nestle in gentle green vales surrounded by sheep pastures. Much of the land is owned by the National Trust, which has preserved the traditional way of life and provided an extensive network of well-maintained trails. The Quantocks are a range of hills a few miles to the east of the national park that share many of Exmoor's characteristics. Beautiful in their own right, they were also the home and inspiration for poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Sunday Overnight: Kentisbury Grange

Meet at Barnstaple rail station, then transfer to our hotel in Kentisbury, on the border of Exmoor National Park. Welcome Dinner in our hotel.

Monday Overnight: Kentisbury Grange

Head out on the South West Coast Path from Trentishoe to Heddons Mouth, with breathtaking views of Exmoor and the Welsh Coast. The abundance of wildflowers in spring and the rainbow of colors in fall, set against the backdrop of England's highest cliffs, make this walk unforgettable. Evening talk and slide show in our hotel about Exmoor's red deer.

Tuesday Overnight: Kentisbury Grange

Transfer to Countisbury and walk to Rockford where we meet the East Lyn River and follow it along a wooded gorge to the old fishing lodge at Watersmeet. From here we're off to the tiny harbor at Lynmouth where we board the water-powered Cliff Railway up to Lynton for lunch. In the afternoon we follow the cliff path out to the Valley of Rocks for a cream tea before returning to our Victorian hotel in Kentisbury. Before dinner, we listen to a rousing session of west country sea shanties

Wednesday Overnight: Luttrell Arms Hotel

Visit a traditional Exmoor hill farm where they keep old breeds of Exmoor sheep, cattle and the famous Exmoor ponies. From the farm we walk out across the open moor, stopping for lunch at a  local pub. A quick shuttle takes us to the top of Porlock Hill, and we walk down to Culbone, visiting its historic 13th century church before continuing on to the harbor at Porlock Weir. After an ice cream, we move on to our final hotel in medieval Dunster.

Thursday Overnight: Luttrell Arms Hotel

Walk from Webbers Post, enjoying glorious views across the high moors en route to the village of Porlock. Along the way, explore wooded valleys on National Trust land with ancient, twisting oaks twined with ferns. After lunch in Porlock, look in at Doverhay Manor, a perfect example of a medieval Exmoor house, now a local museum. Then it's off to Dunster for a tour of the village and castle, just a stone's throw from our hotel. This evening we gather for dinner in a favorite local restaurant.

Friday Overnight: Luttrell Arms Hotel

Transfer to Bicknoller, a village in the Quantock Hills. We spend the morning walking an exhilarating circular route to the summit of the Qauntocks, along the Great Track and returning through peaceful woods to Bicknoller for a pub lunch. Afterwards, we board a restored steam train to take us back to Dunster and a Farewell Dinner in the hotel.

Saturday

After breakfast, transfer to Taunton rail station.
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Exmoor and the Quantocks inspired the famous lines In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree. Join us on our journey as we explore forests ancient as the hills, enfolding sunny spots of greenery!

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Dates

16-JUN-19 - 22-JUN-19
06-OCT-19 - 12-OCT-19
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Arrival: Barnstaple railway station
Departure: Taunton rail station
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Hotels - Where we stay

Kentisbury Grange

Kentisbury Grange

Kentisbury Grange is a luxury country hotel on the edge of Exmoor National Park. This stylish, boutique manor house is the ultimate chic retreat, romantic getaway and country escape all rolled into one. Award-winning restaurant, The Coach House by Michael Caines, is located in the hotels stunning grounds and surrounded by rolling Devon Countryside. The restaurant specializes in fine dining and offers exquisite seasonal menus created by Michelin starred chef Michael Caines MBE and Head Chef James Mason.

The Bath Hotel

The Bath Hotel

The Bath is a family run Victorian hotel overlooking the harbour in the picturesque fishing village of Lynmouth, where Exmoor meets the sea. The hotel has 20 comfortable en suite rooms, the majority with sea views, two individual bars offering a wide selection of locally sourced food and drink and a newly refurbished family room called ˜The Galley. High speed free WiFi is available at the hotel in the main bar and restaurant areas, and some of the rooms. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Full English breakfast is served.

Luttrell Arms Hotel

Luttrell Arms Hotel

The Luttrell Arms Hotel is situated at the heart of Dunster which is famous as one of Englands prettiest medieval villages set within the stunning Exmoor National Park. This award winning and privately owned hotel has the ambiance and charm of a country house hotel with roaring log fires and cosy bars alongside elegant yet informal dining areas. The hotel has 28 beautiful bedrooms, all of which are en-suite and come with crisp linen and fluffy towels. Many of our rooms have original features and antiques. All have en suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. Full English breakfast is served. Room service and laundry service available.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants