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.

This year's Exmoor Dark Skies Festival runs from 16th October until 31st October and is being specially adapted to fit with current Covid-19 restrictions. As always the Festival will offer a range of events to help you experience Exmoor's spectacular night skies including a host of nighttime adventures, family activities, tours, food and, of course, astronomy-related events. We are confident there is something to suit everyone, whatever the weather. So why not join us and enjoy Exmoor in all its stellar glory?

Autumn Wildlife Highlights

Red deer

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.

waxcap fungi


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.



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.

Autumn Walks on Exmoor

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

Dunkery Beacon (opens in new window)

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.

Dunster Circular (opens in new window)

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

Trentishoe Down (opens in new window)

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.

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

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