Paths News

Updates about ongoing projects and information about paths which are temporarily closed can be found by clicking on the links below.

Rights of way hard hit by storm damage

The storms of late February have left a trail of destruction across Exmoor’s 1,300km network of public paths, with more than 330 trees cleared so far and longer-term damage to several major routes. Along with tree blockages some paths have been torn out by lifting root balls. Damage has occurred across the whole National Park but the coast is worst hit. Read more.

Exmoor's rights of way maintained in peak condition

98% of public paths on Exmoor were judged through a nationally recognised methodology to be ‘open and easy to use’ this year, according to the National Park Authority’s latest annual rights of way report.

The top result comes despite increased use in and out of the lockdowns and the warmer wetter summers contributing to an increased growing season. It is 8% higher than the previous year’s score, making it the highest on record. Read more.

Today (19th October 2020), as #ExmoorDay is celebrated, Exmoor National Park Authority and Lyn Community Development Trust have released a new film on social media celebrating the reinstatement of Woodside Bridge in the East Lyn Valley earlier this spring following a successful community-led campaign to raise £65K.
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Rights of Way & Access Annual Report 2019/20

Our Rights of Way and Access Annual Report for 2019-20 highlights the work carried out by Exmoor National Park Authority to maintain and improve the public access network across the National park over this 12 month period from April 2019 to March 2020. To read the report click here.

Lynmouth's Woodside Bridge was successfully returned to its rightful place yesterday, following a £65K fundraising drive led by the community.
7 May 2020
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Contractors working with Exmoor National Park Authority will early next week begin site preparations ready for the replacement of Woodside Bridge near Lynmouth at the end of the month.
9 April 2020
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Useful Links

Changes to the Path Network: Public Path Orders

Path Closures

External Recreational Events Calendar 

Somerset County Council Interactive Map:

Devon County Council: Interactive Map of Rights of Way