Exmoor

Easily accessible from a variety of Devon towns, Exmoor’s wild and diverse landscape suggests an area far more remote. Rocky headlands, high coastal cliffs, soft green valleys, wooded hills and fresh cold rivers and streams all abound in a relatively small area and are waiting to be discovered.

Never a dull moment

Walking is the top activity on Exmoor and it’s not hard to see why. Follow one of the vertiginous coastal paths, meander along a shady tree-lined valley or clamber up steep-sided hills for the reward of a stunning view when you get to the top. From long-distance routes, to gentle strolls, there’s no excuse not to get outside. And for those who prefer a little more adrenalin-fuelled fun, there’s mountain bikingriding, kayaking, coasteering wild swimming and climbing to enjoy.

Iconic ponies 

You don’t need to go too far to come across the famous Exmoor Pony, and there’s nothing quite like seeing these hardy horses in their own natural habitat. Out in all weathers, this ancient breed were even mentioned in the Domesday book! Look for them up on the open moorland.

Home to half the Red Deer in England, you’d think the other famous natives would be easy to spot on Exmoor. Unfortunately not. However, with patience and good binoculars you might be lucky, particularly in the autumn. Lovers of wildlife flock to Exmoor and here you’ll find a wide diversity of flora and fauna, depending on the season. Pop in to an Exmoor National Park Centre to discover what to look for and where.

Scattered with small villages, Exmoor has a picturesque charm. The twin delights of Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by a Victorian, water-powered Cliff Railway, are often referred to as ‘Little Switzerland’ due to their scenic beauty and dramatic topography. Just along from Lynton you’ll find the other-worldly beauty of Valley of Rocks. On a stormy day its jagged rocks are stark and thrilling against the sky and sea. A great place for a picnic, and in the summer there is often an outdoor theatre event.

Look out for local shops, farmers marketscafes and restaurants selling local Exmoor produce. From Gin and Cider to fresh oysters, red Ruby Devon beef, venison, ice-cream, jam and cheese you’re sure to enjoy a taste of Exmoor.

Europe's first Dark Sky Reserve

And as the sun sets, the stars come out. There’s a reason Exmoor was the first Dark Sky Reserve in Europe. With very little light pollution it’s amazing what the naked eye can see. Just let your eyes adjust to the dark for ten minutes and the secrets of the celestial sky will be revealed. 

Here on Exmoor, you really can escape the everyday. The sheer drama and loveliness of our landscape often belies description, so come and visit Exmoor and see for yourself.

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