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?
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:
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.