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Winter on Exmoor

Winter on Exmoor

With the colder weather, Exmoor can show its wilder side, but there is still lots to see.

Throughout the autumn and winter months, thousands of starlings turn the sky black as they come together in huge clouds, wheeling, and swooping in unison. You can see this amazing spectacle, known as a ‘murmuration’ over some of the moorland areas to the west of Exmoor.

In winter wading birds head to our shores to take advantage of our relatively mild winters. Porlock Marsh is a great spot to see them.

With the leaves off the trees,  it is easier to see the rich communities of lichen that thrive in Exmoor’s clean, damp air. Look out for the distinctive ‘string of sausages’ lichen or the rare lungwort lichen.

As late winter turns to early spring - some of Exmoor’s woodlands are carpeted with snowdrops, one of our earliest flowering plants and a real seasonal highlight.

Winter Highlights on Exmoor

Lynmouth Pavilion

If the weather outside if frightful why not head indoors to the Lynmouth Pavilion - there is always plenty to see and do and it's open all year round.
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Visit Dunster and Dulverton

Dunster by Candlelight (first Friday and Saturday in December) and Dulverton by Starlight (the first Sunday in December) are magical events held every year but there is plenty to see and do all winter. Read more

Snowdrop Valley

Snowdrop Valley has been open to the public since 1998, with some visitors returning every year to remind themselves of this beautiful, secret valley. A Park and Ride Service allows visitors easy access to the valley. For 2019 it will be open from 2nd February to 3rd March.
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Winter Walks on Exmoor

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

Bearland Wood and the Old Mineral Railway

A short walk through the Woodlands of Chargot Woods and down a short, but relatively steep loose-stone path to see great views of the Somerset hills and the restored Bearland Wood Ventilation Flue that forms part of the heritage iron-mining industry. Full details here:

Larkbarrow moorland Archaeology Walk

This 4 mile (6km) walk takes in part of Exmoor rich in evidence of the past. Full details here:

County Gate

Just follow the orange way-marks from County Gate car park (on the A39, 6 miles west of Porlock and 5 miles east of Lynmouth) for a short walk with wonderful views.

See our walking map for more suggested walking routes


Explore Exmoor Winter Images


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

Dulverton by Starlight
Sun 2nd Dec 

Dunster by Candlelight
Fri 7th & Sat 8th Dec

Woody Bay Station Santa Specials
Sat 8th & Sun 9th Dec

Watercolour Painting Workshop
Thu 13th Dec 2pm

Woody Bay Station Santa Specials
Sat 15th & Sun 16th Dec

Simonsbath Sawmill Open Day
Mon 17th Dec 10am - 4pm

Woody Bay Station Santa Specials
Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Dec

Watersmeet Christmas Trail
Sat 22nd Dec - Sun 30th Dec 11am - 3pm

Mince Pie Specials
Sat 29th Dec - Sat 1st Jan 2019

History Lecture
Tue 4th Jan 7:30pm

Discover Exmoor's Trees in Winter
Thur 17th Jan Jan 10am

Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride
Sat 2nd Feb - Sun 3rd Mar

Winter 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