Experience the very best of Exmoor on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging, longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.
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.
Join us at Holnicote House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down around the estate to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.
Option 1 - Steam trains, seaside and scenic Dunster
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: Take the steam train from Minehead to Blue Anchor Bay, then a short walk takes us across the fields to the medieval village of Dunster, with plenty of time to explore.
Highlight: Ride the steam train along some of Britain's most scenic coastline, a short countryside walk (enough to burn off the calories of a few cakes in Dunster), and charming Dunster itself.
Option 2 - Cross-country to charming Dunster
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
In Summary: We head straight from our door for the charm of historic Dunster. Cracking views from Webber's Post, then ones to rival this as we stride out along the ridge over Wootton Common.
Highlight: Soaking up the charm of Dunster and exploring its cobbled streets before taking a pew in the Stags Head to celebrate a great day.
Option 3 - Dunkery Beacon - the high point of Exmoor
Distance: 12½ miles (20km)
Total ascent: 2,500 feet (760m)
In Summary: Stretch your legs and head up onto Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, for stunning views as far as Wales. Down across the moor to Wootton Courtenay, then we're over the hills to Dunster.
Highlight: Fantastic walking, with a well-deserved pint or two at the end of the day. Join the others in the Stags Head to celebrate the weekend.
Option 1 - Porlock Weir, Scenic Paths & Pictures
Distance: 4 miles (7km)
Total ascent: Minimal
In Summary: An easy walk exploring the beautiful scenery surrounding Porlock and Porlock Weir. Thatched cottages, craft shops, and great chances to spot birdlife as you walk beside the marsh.
Highlight: The chance to try your hand at a little landscape photography on route. We've an expert on hand to show you how to snap the best shots.
Option 2 - The South West Coast Path & Selworthy Beacon
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
In Summary: This first section of the famous South West Coast Path, takes us on a rollercoaster - along steep cliff paths, up and down wooded combes, with spectacular views from Selworthy Beacon, before reaching picturesque Porlock.
Highlight: Some fantastic flora and fauna en route, including Whitebeam trees (unique to Exmoor) and the magnificent Red Deer.
Option 3 - The "Rugged Coast Path" & Porlock Weir
Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)
Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
In Summary: Cross some of the highest coastline in England, following the dramatic route of the "rugged coast path". Enjoy the perfect post-walk pint to finish, in Porlock Weir, after an induction to Britain's favourite trail - the South West Coast Path.
Highlight: One heck of a work out, accompanied by stunning views - on a clear day you can see across to the Brecon Beacons.
Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a half-day guided walk to Horner.
Luccombe & Horner
Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: Explore local estate roads and lanes to the pretty village of Luccombe then on to Horner with its tea gardens. Kick back and relax there a while before we head back to Holnicote House, with plenty of time for a last swim.
Highlight: A relaxing end to the holiday with plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of Exmoor.
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.
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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.
- Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
- A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
- Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
- A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
- Sun hat and sunscreen
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
- Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
- A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
- Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)
You might also want
- Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
- Insect repellent
- Flask for hot drinks
- Rigid lunch box
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
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.
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