Exmoor

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

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 a few hundred metres away).
  2. The coastal path near Porlock now floods – groups need to ensure they follow the diversion signs.
  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.
News

July 2019

We have been notified of four instances so far this season of illegal raves taking place in a car park just next to the road, between Simonsbath and Lynmouth (GR on OS 09 Exmoor map: 759,453).

Exmoor National Park has reported this to the police, but it would be advisable to avoid this area if at all possible in case of further incidents.

There have also been a number of issues again this season of litter being left, or gates are left open allowing livestock to escape and cause problems. Several farmers and landowners have expressed their frustrations in the last few weeks, and we would appreciate your support on your forthcoming trip 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; otherwise, leave them as they are found by the group.
– Ensure gates are securely closed rather than swung shut; they don’t always catch.
– Dispose of litter in the correct manner; avoiding overflowing rubbish bins.

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.