Exmoor

Welcome to our Expedition Network. Please contact us and we would be happy to help you plan and undertake your expedition.

News

July 2020

Covid 19: In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that LOs consider:

  1. The DfE’s guidance for those operating in educational settings, and/or the National Youth Agency’s information for managing youth sector activities
  2. The relevant guidance from Exmoor National Park around visiting the park
  3. The policies and processes of your own LO around trips and visits.

We would also like to highlight some of the temporary programme changes the DofE have introduced which include the option to run expeditions in your local area and allow pupils to return home overnight.

For the sake of clarity, the issue of a DofE Expedition Notification Number simply confirms that the expedition meets DofE programme requirements. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award does not accept responsibility for the supervision of the participants or the suitability of the route. The suitability of the proposed route is dependent on participants’ experience, training, equipment, physical fitness and the weather conditions. Approval of the expedition does not remove the duty of the Licensed Organisation/ Approved Activity Provider and its representatives to monitor the safety of the participants during the expedition and it is given on the assumption all appropriate guidance, advice and approval processes have been followed.

April 2020

Please continue to refer to the Exmoor National Park website and follow their current advice on visiting Exmoor.

Groups may continue submitting their notifications during the lockdown period. Notifications will be processed and issued with a notification number as usual; if the date has to be pushed back again the same notification number can be used so long as details of the new dates are sent once the expedition has been rescheduled.

January 2020

There were a number of issues last season of littering and gates being left open which allowed livestock to escape and caused significant problems. Several farmers and landowners have expressed their frustrations and we would appreciate your support on your forthcoming visit to Exmoor to avoid further complaints.

To try and reduce problems and frustrated landowners and farmers, please note the following:

– Pass through gates as a team (most issues happen when groups are strung out and the last person doesn’t know whether to close the gate or leave it open). The advice from Exmoor National Park is when moving from farmland to moorland, always close the gate and in general, unless a gate is securely tied open, please close it.

– Ensure gates are securely closed rather simply being left to swing shut; they don’t always catch and can swing open.

– Dispose of litter in the correct manner; if rubbish bins are full find an alternative bin to dispose of rubbish rather than leaving rubbish next to the bin.

The DofE benefits from goodwill within the Exmoor area and we want this to continue.

Please ensure that participants representing your organisation and the DofE do strictly adhere to the Countryside Code. Issues where DofE groups are identified to be leaving gates open or leaving litter, will be followed up and may result in qualifying expedition being reviewed.

Contact us

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Unit 12A, Church Farm Business Park, Corston, Bath. BA2 9AP

T: 01225 874354

E: [email protected]

Planning your expedition

The Exmoor Expedition Network Area includes non-wild country and some areas of open access land (considered suitable for Bronze and Silver levels of the award). After consultation with the Exmoor National Park the DofE expedition area boundary has been redefined. See boundary map above, it can be viewed in 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales.

Expeditions that use the network area within the boundary, or cross the boundary at any time, must use a Green Form to notify the regional office of the venture. Green Forms must be emailed to [email protected] at least 4 weeks before the expedition takes place, and 6 weeks if a Network Assessor is being requested.

Download Green form

If your visit to Exmoor is for training purposes, a Green Form does not need to be submitted. Please note that you still must meet all of your Licensed Organisation’s trips and visits requirements, including their notification process.

Like all expedition areas, Exmoor contains hazards and points to be aware of when walking in the area. The list below has been collated with help of the Exmoor National Park and DofE Assessors with local knowledge of the area:

  1. Great Bradley stepping stones are not passable if the water level is high (there is a bridge upstream at Withypool).
  2. The coastal path near Porlock now floods – groups need to ensure they follow the diversion signs to the south of the flooded marsh.
  3. Beware of the sheer drop next to the coastal paths which is unguarded.
  4. Near Lynton, the Sillery Sands footpath is no longer safe as the ladder has been washed away preventing easy access to the beach.
  5. Everywhere on Exmoor is privately owned, other than the open access areas, therefore groups need to stick to marked footpaths.
  6. Groups need to ensure that when using a car park which isn’t public (i.e. pub car park) they should seek permission from the owner.
  7. Groups and Leaders should not block gateways, a common issue in the Brendon Valley between Robbers Bridge and Hillsford Bridge
  8. If in open country, groups should bear in mind that unexploded shells and mineshafts are potential hazards.
  9. Due to hazards mainly appearing as a result of adverse weather conditions it is also worth checking the Exmoor National Park website for up to date information on landslides, high winds and other general information.