Herepath

Exmoor Society guided walks

This summer I'm leading three walks for the Exmoor Society, all on weekdays:

  • Thursday 6th June, Porlock Weir, Ashley Combe and Culbone (short version of walk 9 Walk9walk9.pdf)
  • Thursday 25th July, Landacre Bridge and Withypool Hill (short version of walk 21 Walk21walk21.pdf)
  • Tuesday 13th August, Wheddon Cross and the Herepath Herepath source notesherepath-source-notes.pdf (southern loop of Walk 29B Walk29bwalk29b.pdf).

The full walk programme is on the Exmoor Society web site.  My walks are all 5-6 miles and moderately strenuous ('green' walks on my site); the July one has some stretches of uneven terrain, so full walking gear is recommended. 

Walks now complete! (Until I add some more)

All the 50 planned walks are now up (the much-delayed Exford to Simonsbath route went on last week), and I have also added detailed notes on the Herepath. 

As I do additional walks that I think are worth including I will put them on:  two extra ones from Dulverton have just gone up (27A Tarr Steps and 28A the Ansteys), and plans over the winter are for a coastal walk near Ilfracombe and a circuit from Wheddon Cross.  I must also add a coastal walk to the Quantocks section.

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The Saxon herepath

I'm currently doing some research into the Saxon herepath (military road) that ran from south of Bristol via Combwich across the Quantocks and Exmoor.  This will be published as a pdf leaflet, probably not a detailed walk description but a suggested route for following the herepath as closely as is permitted by current rights of way.  The best parts for walking are between Combwich (on the River Parrett) and Elworthy on the edge of the Brendons, then from Summerway Cross up to Exford, over the moors and down to Worthy near Porlock.  The middle section roughly follows the top road on the Brendons - so it is not ideal for walking, as this is a fast and fairly busy ten-mile stretch of tarmac. 

UPDATE The Herepath information is now on the site in its own section - outline notes for Combwich to Elworthy, more detailed ones for Summerway Cross to Porlock Weir, and a separate leaflet with background notes and sources.  If I can find out any more about the path west from Exford, I will add this later.

Herepath overview