3-Night Exmoor Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £395pp £365pp

The sweeping hills, wooded combes and glorious seascapes of the Exmoor National Park reward every footstep with an astonishing range of landscapes and moods to enjoy. Vibrant yellow gorse, purple heather, wild ponies and Red Deer add great variety.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the sweeping hills, wooded combes and glorious seascapes of the Exmoor National Park reward every footstep with an astonishing range of landscapes and moods to enjoy
  • Look out for the vibrant yellow gorse, purple heather, wild ponies and Red Deer add great variety
  • Let your leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life as you explore Exmoor
  • On an evening enjoy the character and charm of Holnicote House where you can relax and re-live the days adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.


Option 1 - Bilbrook to the Railway

Distance: 3 miles (4½km) 

Total ascent: 50 feet (20m) 

In Summary A walk out to the coast from Bilbrook to Blue Anchor followed by a short train ride on the heritage line to Minehead. 

HighlightThe short trip on the wonderfully restored and maintained West Somerset Railway is a fantastic end to today's walk. 

Option 2 - Exford and the Exe Valley

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)  

In Summary A circular route from Exford village green, we climb Room Hill then descend into the River Exe valley and follow it back upstream to the village. 

Highlight: You may well see buzzards and Exmoor ponies as you make your way across the hillside above the River Exe. 

Option 3 - Simonsbath to Exford

Distance: 9 miles (14½km) 

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m) 

In Summary From Simonsbath we head into the ancient Royal Forest of Exmoor and follow the River Barle valley to Withypool then cross Room Hill before descending into Exford. 

Highlight: Look out for a 19th century iron and copper mine and an iron age hill fort on this walk full of historical interest. 


Option 1 - Villages and Woods

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 580 feet (180m) 

In Summary A circular walk taking in the pretty villages of Luccombe and Horner before returning to the house. 

HighlightThe wood surrounding the village of Horner is full of majestic ancient oaks home to Wood Warblers and Pied Flycatchers. 

Option 2 - Above Porlock

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)  

In Summary Take the coach to the top of Porlock Hill for this predominately downhill walk over the rolling hills to the west of Holnicote House. We finish through Horner Woods, then across the fields to the house. 

Highlight: Look out for red deer - the descent into Halse Combe is often a good place to spot them. 

Option 3 - Hills and Wooded Valleys

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

In Summary Follow a meandering route from Porlock Hill to Holnicote House. We'll take in the beautiful wooded valleys of Shillett Combe and Horner Water, as well the heather-clad moorland above. 

Highlight: Walk across a carpet of purple heather on the moors then descend into the lush green wooded valleys. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Holnicote House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the wood panelled dining room with its giant fireplace hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try classic Porlock oysters or Priddy Oggies, a local pasty of chicken, bacon and cheese. Mains might include Exmoor venison or Bellbrook valley trout, while you could cap it all with a Somerset apple cake, dressed with cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
11 Jul - 14 Jul
3 Gentle Walk £395 £365 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

3 nights from £395pp £365pp

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