Breath-taking coastal walking, timeless seaside villages and great company in north Devon
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The northern coast of Devon includes a large stretch of the Exmoor National Park. This incredible coastline, boasting the highest sea cliffs in England and miles of ancient woodland, is the perfect place for a sociable weekend of wandering.
We’re based in a hostel deep in the Exmoor National Park, where we can gaze out over the moors before going back inside for hot drinks, fresh food and a friendly group of fellow walkers.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the beauty of the Exmoor coast and moors through a day and a half of guided walks, at a pace the whole group can manage with the emphasis on enjoying the scenery.
- Stay in a hostel right in the heart of the park, with one day by the coast and one inland.
- Meet a friendly group of people who are all keen to get the best out of a sociable weekend away.
- Admire the fantastic views, the pristine woodlands, the peace of the river valley, and perhaps an ale or two at the local pub!
Exmoor Dates 2020:
- Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June
- Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm where your Large Outdoors host will be there to greet you and get you settled in. The evening is then your time to meet your fellow walkers and wind down from the stress of the week. Dinner is served at 8pm.
Please note today we will only be offering one walk, this will be roughly 10 miles along the South Coast path and well marked trails. Today is all about the coast, with views over Lynmouth bay we will wander along the stunning cliffs! We’ll see pristine national Trust woodland, wander through valleys on the Tarka Trail, and head along the coastal path past a dramatic lighthouse and endless clifftop views. It’s such a diverse area we’ll be gazing out at the Severn Estuary one moment before enjoying the peace of the wooded valleys the next.
Once we return the hostel there will be time to relax and freshen up before we head to a local pub for our evening meal. Please note this is not included.
Today we head north up the coast to the pretty village of Porlock and the chance to enjoy a 8 mile wander, we will finish back in Porlock with the chance to enjoy a final lunch before we all say out farewells.
About the Area
Exmoor National Park
The Exmoor National Park straddles the north coasts of Devon and Somerset in the south-west of England. Inland, there are high moors and steep valleys, but where they meet the sea the hills end abruptly, forming the highest sea-cliffs in England, most of which are cloaked in woodland. There are picturesque fishing villages, old light-houses, and the whole coast is accessible via the South-West Coast Path. In the sea it is not unusual to see dolphins and porpoises, and on a clear day you can gaze across the water at South Wales.
Good to know:
National Trust Exmoor Bunkhouse
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Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Barnstaple
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday evening. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday. Saturday night we head to the local pub.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of dorm rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is NOT provided and you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016