A day out with a ranger will be on offer to those visiting Exmoor National Park this summer as part of a new scheme launching this week throughout English National Parks. The new ‘Ranger Experience’ day aims to give people a deeper understanding of the National Park and the role of the iconic Ranger team.
Working closely with local communities, farmers and landowners, the Ranger Team plays a vital role in protecting, conserving and enhancing the landscape, including over 1000 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways on Exmoor. Their intimate knowledge of the National Park will be shared with visitors as they explore some of Exmoor’s hidden gems and discover local wildlife, history and folklore from the back of the Ranger’s Land Rover.
They will also be taken behind the scenes of the National Park, including the chance to explore a working hill farm, learn about woodland conservation, see how the timber is used to create signposts, bridges and gates, and hear extraordinary stories of life as a National Park Ranger.
Exmoor National Park Ranger, Tim Parish, said: “National Parks in our country are unique – it’s a story of humans and nature that takes place over thousands of years. Working as a Ranger is a real privilege and it’s exciting to show people a different side of Exmoor through these unique experiences.”
The Ranger Experience costs £125 per person, including farmhouse lunch, refreshments, guide and travel. Taking place on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August and September, the tour will depart from Dunster National Park Centre at 10am, returning at 4pm.
It is being trialled as part of a wider scheme aimed at attracting more international visitors to English National Parks. Exmoor National Park is working with local tourism providers to develop a raft of new experiences on Exmoor as part of the English National Park Experience Collection, due to be marketed to the international travel trade next year.
Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park, said: “When we created our Ranger Experiences we wanted to give people a special insight into Exmoor’s landscapes, history and culture that will appeal to those from around the globe, as well as closer to home.
“Our Rangers will not only share their vast knowledge of the area, but also signpost visitors to all the other exciting opportunities there are to explore Exmoor, giving a boost to local businesses and communities too.”
To celebrate National Parks Week next week (22-29 July), Exmoor National Park will be offering a special discount on Ranger Experience Days. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, follow them on Twitter twitter.com/ExmoorNP and Facebook www.facebook.com/ExmoorNP/.
For more information and to book visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/ranger-experience or drop into one of the National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton or Lynmouth.