Autumn on Exmoor

Autumn Highlights on Exmoor

For many,  Autumn, with its colours of gold and brown and mist-filled valleys,  is the highlight of the Exmoor year.  With the clear  air and the softer light the views are often at their best with an ever changing atmosphere to enjoy.

Autumn is rutting season for our famous red deer and the combes often echo with the bellows of amorous stags.  With the Autumn rains swelling the rivers, the Atlantic salmon begin to return from years out in the ocean, leaping over any obstructions in their way in their drive to return to the spawning grounds they hatched from. 

Why not take an autumn stroll through Exmoor's woodland as the leaves change colour and the fungi appear on the forest floor.

Exmoor's First Dark Skies Festival, running from 19th to 29th October, celebrates Exmoor status as Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. The Festival will appeal to families and children as well as those more experienced in watching the stars. Events include a large family astro-party, star-gazing evenings, specialist talks, mobile planetarium sessions, guided night walks, night adventure sessions and much more... Full events listing here

Autumn Wildlife Highlights

Red Deer

Autumn on Exmoor is rutting season, when the misty combes and moors echo with the eerie sound of the Stag’s roar as they vie for the right to mate with the hinds.
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This is a great time for discovering the many species of fascinating fungi that thrive in Exmoor’s woods and pastures. Why not go on an organised “Fungal Foray” with an expert.
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One of our 2017 Wildwatch species, you will be lucky to see this secretive mammal, instead look out for distinctively nibbled hazelnuts. Dormice leave a smooth, round hole in the side of the nut, with tooth marks around the outside of the hole.Read more

Autumn Walks on Exmoor

Autumn is a great time for walking on Exmoor, here are some of our favourites:

Dunkery Beacon

This 5.5km walk begins at Dunkery Bridge goes to Dunkery Beacon along the ridge and back down the tarmac road in a circular route. Full details here:

Dunster Circular

Dunster and its surroundings have so much to offer in the way of things to see during this 4.5 mile (7km) walk. More details here:

Trentishoe Down

A beautiful 5 miles (8km) walk - remote cliffs backing Elwill Bay provide a chance or seeing ravens and peregrine falcons. Beyond Trentishoe’s tiny church lie the beautiful wooded valley along Trentishoe Water and open heath of Trentishoe Common.. Full details here:

See our walking map for more suggested walking routes

Explore Exmoor Autumn Images

Here are some upcoming Autumn events on Exmoor. Or you can browse all events here

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival
Thu 19th - Sun 29th Oct

Stained Glass Workshop
Fri 20th Oct 10.30am - 12.30pm

Mineral Line Ralegh Cross Long Walk
Sat 21st Oct 9.45am - 3.45pm

Autumnal Woods around Dulverton - A Guided Walk
Sat 21st Oct 10am - 1pm

Porlock Apple Press & Rural Crafts Festival 2017
Sat 21st Oct 10am - 4.30pm

Early Morning Deer Walk in Rut
Sun 22nd Oct 7.15am - 10.15am

Half Term Deer Walk in Rut
Tue 24th Oct 2pm - 4pm

The Webber's Post Big Adventure
Wed 25th Oct 10am - 4pm

Porlock Apple Day
Sat 28th Oct 10am - 4pm 

Sea Glass Jewellery Making Workshop
Thu 2nd Nov

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Fri 3rd Nov 7.30pm

Autumn on Exmoor,  recording made by Martin Prothero for the Lynmouth Pavilion Project and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (best enjoyed through headphones). Click here to listen to all