Exmoor is one of the few truly wild and beautiful places left in England. Retaining traditional villages, ancient tiny churches, everyone very different, and a beautiful patchwork of fields it is the smallest National Parks in England but with the most diversity. With open moorland, smallpatchwork of fields, farms and charming villages and a long stretch of coast. It is 70% in Somerset and 30% in Devon.
Some 180 million years older than the Alps in Europe. It is thought to rank among the oldest features on the Earths surface.
It was the second place in the world to be Dark Skies designated and the view is amazing. A pocket guide can be downloaded or purchased.
It has a dramatic and varied coast with the longest stretch of naturally wooded coastline in the British Isles and the highest coastal cliffs in England but there are also wide sandy beaches and little coves for safe swimming. The coastal villages and small towns have ancient harbours, each very different and still working.
Along with heather moorland, heaths and deep naturally wooded coombs with a huge variety of habitats and a wealth of plants and animals, many of them unique. These valleys have large and small rivers some with waterfalls and lush foliage and usually with a path beside.
The moorland itself is varied from miles of
heather covered heath to wide open and isolated grassland known as
the Royal Forest
It has the largest concentration of wild Red Deer roaming free on the moors and A unique breed of Exmoor pony which can be found nowhere else in the world. They live out on the moor the year round because of the special coat they have.
There is also an Exmoor Pony centre where you can get close and learn about them.
There are wonderful scenic drives, ancient and historic buildings and is mostly open throughout to walkers whether a short stroll to a tea room or pub or a hike across the Royal Forest. There are over 700 miles of way-marked walks The many footpaths and bridleways are well maintained and signposted You can find plenty of maps showing these or you can take a guided walk with a National Park Ranger or a private group.
There is even a vehicle that will transport your luggage for you if you are wishing to do longer walks in one direction and the Moor Rover that can be booked to take or collect you from almost anywhere in the park.
For those wanting to see the heart of the moors away from the roads but without the exercise there are Land Rover Safaris starting from some of the villages. These will take you deep into the moors to look at the many features of the moors and it's wildlife.
Often described as one of England's best kept secrets the Exmoor National Park makes an excellent destination for a visit or holiday all year round