NATIONAL PARK RANGERS SHARE THEIR EXMOOR EXPERIENCE

Ten new dates to enjoy a Ranger Experience have just been released by Exmoor National Park Authority, after a successful trial run last year.

During the one-day tour people will have the chance to ride with an Exmoor National Park Ranger in their Land Rover, sharing their extensive knowledge of almost every aspect of Exmoor life based on decades of experience of working with communities, farmers, landowners and conservationists in the area.

Travelling from Dunster with a maximum of three others, they will be taken through spectacular landscapes not often known to visitors, with a pit-stop at an Exmoor hill farm to meet the farmer and enjoy a local produce lunch. They will also have the chance to go behind the scenes and meet the team responsible for hand-crafting the distinctive countryside gates, fingerposts and footbridges seen throughout the National Park’s 1,300km rights of way network, all made from timber sustainably sourced from its own woodlands.

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority, said: “After a sell-out pilot last year, we’re delighted to be able to offer ten more dates for people to learn first-hand from our Rangers about the work done to protect and conserve the National Park through this unique experience. It’s a great opportunity to meet some real Exmoor characters and visit very special places not often seen by visitors or residents.”

The Ranger Experience is part of the English National Park Experience Collection launched earlier this year – a selection of over 70 immersive experiences showcasing that best of England’s National Parks and funded by VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund.

Local company Exmoor Trim, based in Williton, manufacture quality products for Land Rovers and are sponsoring this year’s Exmoor National Park Ranger Experiences.  Andrew Horton, their Managing Director, said: “We were excited to hear about this great opportunity for people to learn more about the National Park with a Ranger and know it will spark the interest of all Land Rover and outdoor enthusiasts. We are pleased to be supporting Exmoor National Park Authority and to be associated with all the work they do to protect the magnificent landscape.”

Tickets cost £145pp. More details and booking for dates from June to October can be found at www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/ranger-experience, or by visiting a National Park Centre at Dulverton, Dunster or Lynmouth, or calling 01598 752509. Exclusive bespoke Ranger Experiences can also be arranged.

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