Long distance Routes

Some of the UK's finest long distance routes pass through Exmoor National Park.  These well planned and waymarked trails are perfect for exploring in sections or as part of a longer walking trip.

The Coleridge Way

Coleridge way sign 

Walk 51 miles in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets  through the stunning Somerset and Devon countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work. Or ride 34 miles from Nether Stowey to Exford.

 Visit the excellent new Coleridge Way Website for all the details and an interactive route guide.

The South West Coast Path

Hangman view

Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beauty spot, or to embark on the challenge of hiking the entire route from Somerset's Minehead on the edge of Exmoor around to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset.

Visit the South West Coast Path website for more

The Two Moors Way

Tarr Steps

The Two Moors Way (also known as the Devon Coast to Coast) is a long-distance walking route between Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor National Park and Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor National Park , comprehensively way-marked except on the open moorland sections. It has a total length of 102 miles (163 km), making it an ideal week's walk.

You can download an information leaflet here (pdf)

The Exe Valley Way


The Exe Valley Way is a long distance route for walkers exploring the length of this beautiful river valley. It is almost 80km/ 50miles in length, stretching from the South West Coast Path National Trail on the Exe Estuary to the village of Exford on the high land of Exmoor National Park

You can download the route guide here

The Tarka Trail

Tarka trail sign

Although most famous for the stunning cycleway section that runs between Braunton and Meeth in North Devon, this trail inspired by the writings of Henry Williamson also has a section that links Barnstaple and the Exmoor Coast.

Discover more here.