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Wild Exmoor 20 - 22 October

Spend a weekend with us searching out unique wildlife - including red deer, badgers and ponies - and exploring wild places in the rugged and beautiful Exmoor National Park.

Exmoor pony photo credit: Alamy

With its spectacular moorland, rich oak woodland, clear streams and dramatic coastline, Exmoor has a great variety of habitats - home to a vast array of species, including red deer, otters and some of the UK’s rarest butterflies and bats. Exmoor is so important for wildlife that almost a third is protected under UK and European law.

October is the perfect time of year to see the Red Deer rut - when the stags battle over the females of the herd in epic antler clashing and bellowing duels - and Exmoor is the best place in England to experience this. On the first morning we’ll set off across the moorlands with experienced Rangers to guide us to get a glimpse of this amazing natural wonder.

At dusk we’ll visit an established badger set, looking out from a comfortable purpose-built hide hidden within a bluebell wood. We should get to watch the badgers forage, eat and play, almost within touching distance. As one of the UK’s most elusive mammals, badgers are very hard to see in the wild and this is a great chance to have a glimpse of them going about their business (the badgers’ activity is monitored closely by the wardens - if there is no activity seen in the weeks leading up to the trip we will take you on an alternative nocturnal adventure).

The second day we’ll set off for a day hike across a different part of Exmoor’s wild plains, taking in spectacular panoramic views and seeking out the native wildlife, such as the unique semi-feral Exmoor ponies. The ponies are native to the British Isles, and in their free-roaming state, the breed's presence on Exmoor contributes to the conservation and management of several natural pasture habitats. As we walk through the heathland we’ll also hopefully get a glimpse of some butterfly species such as the Comma, Red Admiral and Painted Lady with their striking coloured markings and wing shapes.

We'll be staying in our own rustic and secluded barn in the National Park, beautifully converted from an old watermill. If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from outdoor enthusiasts to adventure professionals - what we all share is a love for adventure. Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome.


  • Discounted earlybird price is £164 EC CLUB Members** and £179 non-EC CLUB Members
  • Standard price is £179 EC CLUB Members** and £194 non-EC CLUB Members

Please note that to qualify for an earlybird discount you need to pay a £75 non-refundable deposit before 20 August. For all bookings, the balance must be paid 6 weeks prior to the first day of the weekend (8 September).

**If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so.  It’s only £40 per year to access to loads of local events, exclusive trips only open to CLUB members, great discounts on our weekends – as well as loads of other adventure related discounts. See http://www.explorersconnect.com/club for details.

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a beautiful farm barn converted from an old watermill
  • A special walk to see the red deer rut, accompanied by an experienced National Trust guide with inside wildlife knowledge
  • A unique badger watching evening experience / alternative nocturnal adventure
  • A guided full day walk on sunday exploring the beautiful Exmoor National Park
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • 1 x dinner
  • EC Host for the weekend

If you have any questions please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com.

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount.

IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership.

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