Car Free Ideas

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Car Free - Care Free Exmoor

Enjoying time spent without the car is one of the best ways to discover Exmoor.

Enjoying Exmoor on foot gives you access to some of the most stunning views around, whether a circular walk, or when using public transport - take a look at our suggested car free walks for inspiration. You don't have to be a keen walker to enjoy Exmoor without the car, and we've listed some great ideas for car free days out. Take a look at our suggested ideas below, if there isn't anything for your area it doesn't mean you can't enjoy some car free moments - National Park Centres and your hosts will be happy to provide some ideas.

Ride and walks

Ride and walks are linear walking routes, utilising public transport to get you from A to B. It provides you with a sense of journey, which you don't always get on a circular walk, allowing you to cover a greater length, allowing you to explore more of the Exmoor National Park.

Using public transport to facilitate such a walk rids you of the hassle of running shuttle cars at either end of the walk. The outward journey on public transport will whet your appetite and give you a sense of direction for your return on foot. The walks below all start with a ride on public transport, before a walk back. We recommend you follow these walks that way around so you have no pressures to walk back to meet a bus at a certain time, providing you with a freedom seldom found.

(click for full walk details and directions in PDF)
DistanceTimeHeight gained / lostHighlights
Combe Martin
Bus from Combe Martin to Parracombe, return on foot.
9 miles 5.5hours 1362m Ancient byways, moorland, South West Coast Path, Great Hangman, Combe Martin bay.
Bus from Dulverton to Bridgetown, return on foot.
4.5miles 3hours 292m ascent, 337m descent Ancient woodlands and hedged boundary banks, Exmoor farmsteads, old byways, Dulverton town.
Dunster Village to Station
Walk from Dunster village to Dunster station, take a ride on the steam railway to Washford and return to Dunster village on foot.
7.4miles 5-6hours 358m Dunster station, racehorse stables, opportunity to see Red Deer, views from Withycombe Hill, Gallox Bridge, Dunster Castle.
Dunster and Timberscombe
Bus ride from Dunster to Timberscombe, return on foot.
6.4miles 4 hours 394m Panoramic views, St Leonards Well, Dunster Dovecot, Tithe Barn, Dunster church.
Coastal bus ride to County Gate, return on foot.
5.2miles 3hours 132m ascent, 433m descent Coastal scenery, moorland, Countisbury church, South West Coast Path.
Bus ride to Allerford, return on foot.
6.8miles 4-4.5hours 414m Pack horse bridge, views over Porlock Vale, South West Coast Path, Selworthy Beacon.
Bus ride to top of Porlock Hill, return on foot.
2.7miles 1.5hours 351m Opportunities to see Red Deer and Exmoor ponies, classic sessile oak woods, hunting lodge, Porlock village and church.
Wheddon Cross
 Bus ride to Exford, return on foot.
7.1miles 3hours 293m ascent, 263m descent Upper reaches of River Exe, ancient hedged boundary banks, Exmoor farmsteads, old byways.