There are many footpaths and bridleways throughout the parish of Winsford on Exmoor.
Exmoor Society Walks 2017
With a walks programme from 5th April to 26th October 2017, the 33 walks this year cover a wide variety of landscapes and subjects across Exmoor which include:
- Discovering prehistoric sites on ‘A Walk Through Two Iron Ages’, ‘From Withypool to Tarr Steps’, ‘A Step Back in Time’ and ‘Dulverton Woodland Walk’
- Stunning Exmoor Landscapes on’The Hidden Landscape of Culbone Wood’, ‘Avill Valley Vistas’,’Two Exmoor Rivers and Villages’ ‘Horner Woods and Water’ and ‘To the Source of the Rover Tone’.
- Hearing about figures from Literature and the Arts and seeing the landscapes that inspired them on ‘In the Footsteps of Rachel Reckitt, Sculpture, Engraver and Welder’, ‘To Culbone, in Coleridge’s Footsteps’ and ‘Lorna Doone – A Shorter Walk’.
- Exploring historic Exmoor settlements such as ‘Discovering Dunster’s Hidden History’ and ‘Lynton and Valley of Rocks – An Historic Tour’.
- Learning about Exmoor wildflowers, insects and kitchens on’Wildlife of the Doone Valley and Moorland’, ‘Discovering the Flowers of the Barle Valley’ and ‘Wildflowers of Watersmeet Woodlands’.
- Spotting wildlife (hopefully, but no guarantee!) on ‘Ilkeston Ridge and the first Cuckoo’, ‘Ponies on Winsford Hill’ and ‘Autumn Sights and Sounds around Dunkery’.
Also new for 2017, is ‘In Search of John Knight’s Lost Mansion’ led by Rob Wilson-North, ENPA Conservation Manager. This walk links with his talk on this subject at the Simonsbath Festival 2017. The Headwaters of the River Exe Project will lead a walk “upstream Thinking’ around Wimbleball Lake focusing on their work in improving the water quality on Exmoor.
There is no charge for the walks but a small donation is welcomed from non-members.Some walks end with an optional pub lunch or afternoon tea – welcome post-walk refreshments!
For full details visit www.exmoorsociety.com or 34 High Street, Dulverton. For any queries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01398 323335.
The Society looks forward very much to welcoming you alone.
Walking Routes Found Online
Routes from the Walking Britain website:
- Winsford Hill & the Allotment from Winsford
- The River Barle, Withypool and Tarr Steps – Walk 1860
- Dunkery Beacon – Walk 1750
Other Walking Routes
Winsford to Bridgetown – Approx 5 miles
The Route: Start the walk from the war memorial in Winsford and walk towards the Royal Oak. Continue up the lane passing Karslake House on your right. Just before a bend turn left onto a bridleway sign posted Dulverton.
Follow the track up the hill between the banks and down into a valley on the other side eventually leading you into a wood. Here the path divides and you fork left crossing a stream signposted towards Summerway.
The route continues up through woodland finally reaching a gate at the top of the hill where you turn left onto a farm track sign posted Week Lane. After a short distance you reach another gate turn where you left here onto a tarmac lane.
Follow the lane for quite a distance down into the valley passing Week Farm and Week Cottage to your left finally reaching Bridgetown.
Just before the packhorse bridge in Bridgetown turn left onto a bridleway signposted Coppleham and follow the path along the banks of the River Exe through meadow fields and then follow a line of telegraph poles before reaching a wicket gate leading onto a farm track. Turn right and follow the track a short distance to a tarmac road where you turn right.
Follow the road over the bridge turning left again shortly after crossing the river onto the public bridleway signposted to West Howetown. The path shortly divides by some stables, turn left here and follow the bridleway towards West Howetown leading through meadow land and finally dropping towards the bank of the river and entering woodland.
Follow the signs up through the woods and along the edge of the fields to a gate onto a farm track. Here turn left and follow the track, which shortly becomes a road, back to Winsford.