Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd October 2017
Spend a weekend with us searching out unique wildlife - including red deer, badgers and ponies - and exploring the wild and rugged scenery of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. Don't miss out on the chance to see the red deer rut up close!
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. At its height stags can be heard roaring over many parts of Exmoor including open moorland, combes and pastureland.
Check out the video on the right for more info about the rutting season...
On Friday you can arrive at the accommodation anytime after 7pm and be greeted by your hosts Belinda and Louise, who will show you to your rooms and get you settled in. Friday night is all about socialising and getting to know each other!
On Saturday morning we'll have a cooked breakfast, and after that set out for some local exploration before meeting the park rangers at 2pm who will take us to the best site to get a glimpse of the red deers rutting - bring your binoculars! Later in the day as dusk draws in 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 watch them going about their business (if there is no badger activity seen in the weeks leading up to the trip we will take you on an alternative nocturnal adventure - most likely bat spotting!).
On Sunday we’ll set off for a guided day hike across a different part of Exmoor, 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. We'll finish the walk in the early afternoon and then you'll be free to explore more of Exmoor before heading home...
We'll have exclusive use of the larger of the two Northcombe Camping Barns, beautifully converted from an old watermill with a rustic feel on a working farm. Right from the door there are a network of footpaths and bridleways onto Exmoor and the lovely Barle river valley.
Our barn sleeps up to 28 people (made up of 3 dormitories that sleep 10, 12 and 6). The sleeping areas in both barns are partitioned giving some privacy where bunks are provided.
Wood Burning stoves heat both barns the run the central heating for the bedrooms. There is an outdoor fire pit and the barns are fully equipped with cooker, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.
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.
- 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
- 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).
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE - don't miss your chance to see the incredible red deer rut up close!
If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.