Confidence in the countryside

Exmoor National Park is the perfect place for ambling and rambling – over 1000kms of footpaths and bridleways and 18000ha of ‘open access land’ await your discovery. There are many places on Exmoor where you may leave the road and walk over moorland or through woods as long as you use public rights of way, permitted paths or open access land.  Two thirds of the path network is designated as bridleway so the area is excellent for exploration on horseback or by bike.

As in many countryside locations, it pays to be aware of the possibility of tick bites. Our leaflet tells you all you need to know.

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Public rights of way are way-marked with coloured markings or signs as shown below.

Public footpath for walkers only, yellow. Public bridleway for horse riders, cyclists and walkers, blue. Restricted byway for bridleway users and carriage drivers, purple.  Byway open to all traffic for all users, red.



All rights of way are clearly shown as dotted and dashed green lines and open access land where you can walk freely is shown as a shaded area on the 1:25 000 OS Explorer map.  For map reading and navigation tips, look out for our navigation events (details coming soon) or visit the map reading page.

Please see the path news page for details of any closures or restrictions to paths and open access land.