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Exmoor – a land of outstanding natural beauty – with such a variety of landscape to explore.
From rugged coastal cliffs to high moors, from deep river valleys and lovely old fashioned villages- on this holiday, our walks embrace all of these- and more.
What a fantastic area to enjoy a super walking holiday.
Our speciality is offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe. Unlike many other walking companies which offer solos holidays as an extra, we are unique in that we only deal in solos guided walking. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.
The Yarn Market Hotel – right in the centre of Dunster – provide excellent accommodation and lovely food. The staff and owners will make you welcome, and the location of the hotel allows you to stroll round iconic Dunster in the evenings.
We stay four nights. Accommodation is single en suite rooms – no sharing and no single supplement. The hotel has a welcoming bar, and lounge.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
From M5 – take the A39 headed for Minehead, just before Minehead, turn left to Dunster
The nearest station is Taunton – there is a regular bus service from the station to Dunster. Buses run at every hour. The bus stops some 400 metres from the hotel.
(Walking starts at 2.30pm on the Friday and finish around 3.30pm on the Tuesday so wherever possible, make sure your train times fit in with this schedule.)
Walking – it’s what we do
We are close to the South West coast path and use this as a feature of our exploration.
The Exmoor moorland with its deep valleys with rushing rivers provides us with great walking.
The villages we walk through add to our experiences. Porlock, Carhampton, Watchet, Wheddon Cross are lovely. The towns of Lynmouth, Lynton, Minehead, places we visit on out travels add to the charm of the Exmoor experience.
Oh and it’s a National Park as well.
The Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. Exmoor has 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through woodlands, by tumbling rivers and on open heather covered moorland, the variety is endless. There are several of England’s country’s finest long distance routes pass through the National Park, and on our walks we crisscross several of them – the Macmillan Way, Two Moor’s Way, Tarka Trail all super walking routes.
The Exmoor National Park is a haven of peace and tranquillity, but also brimful of outdoor experience for those who want to enjoy a more active Exmoor. Feel the open space of heather topped moorland, catch a glimpse of wild red deer or iconic Exmoor ponies, explore mysterious and very special woodlands, find your new favourite village pub, or marvel at a unique landscape shaped by people and nature over thousands of years.
Our Exmoor holidays start on Friday afternoons, our first walk starts at 2.30pm, a roughly two hour “get to know you” walk, with a cuppa at the end. If you cannot make that walk, then we meet on Friday evening, at 7.00 pm, for a three-course dinner and a discussion on what we are doing during the weekend.
We then walk on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and finish on Tuesday at approximately 3pm.
There is an option to leave after Monday’s walk – therefore completing the August Bank Holiday weekend – JUST EMAIL US AND ASK ABOUT HOW WE ORGANISE THAT.
Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.
“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.
You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.
Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.
Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.
Just arrive and enjoy.
To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.
Reserve online – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: email@example.com) and we will assist you to complete your booking.
Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…
Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.
Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
Grades and difficulty
The Exmoor walking holiday is graded as Moderate.
We walk 9-10 miles each day at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy the lovely scenery. What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land?
Walking boots or shoes are obligatory, and many walkers find a walking pole useful, especially on the downhills. You will also need wet weather gear.
There are several steep sections where your fitness needs to be good, and sections where the walking is on good paths and is moderate in nature. Some ground may be boggy and wet, particularly if the area has had wet weather.
You should be used to walking distances frequently- 8 – 10 miles perhaps with a group, eg Ramblers.
You need wet weather gear and a rucksack that can hold this gear plus at least 1.5 litres of water.
Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.
They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.
We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.
We have a variety of walks for you and these are a selection. Generally 9 – 10 miles.
Dunster Park, Bats Castle the Tall Trees trail.
South West coast path, Countisbury, the East Lyn Valley, Lynmouth, Lynton and the Valley of the rocks
Carhampton, Dunster Beach, Minehead circular.
The Doone valley , Brendon, and the Brendon Hills
Wheddon Cross, Dunkery Beacon, Wootton Courtney and back to Dunster.
Watchet and the Quantock Hills
Porlock Weir, Selworthy round.
It is a landscape that has inspired poets writers and artists for hundreds of years and continues to inspire people today.
The history of Exmoor is one long story of how people from Mesolithic times to the present day have tried in different ways to live on and around the moor and exploit the area for their own purposes. For example, they hunted and fished, cut down trees, built houses, cleared and cultivated land, grazed animals. They also traded, travelled, worshipped, and buried their dead. In doing these things they left behind traces of their activities such as flint arrowheads and standing stones, deserted mineshafts and derelict buildings. At the same time their actions helped form the Exmoor landscape as we know it. Trees were gradually cleared from the hills and later vegetation was controlled so that sheep could find the best grazing.
The whole Exmoor landscape is a record of how people lived there in the past. It is a particularly important landscape historically because there are so many undisturbed archaeological sites and monuments and probably more to be discovered. Research will of course contribute greatly to our understanding of the past in Devon and Somerset, and nationally.