Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park is a unique natural environment consisting of romantic open moorland, ancient wooded valleys and stunning Heritage Coast. Exmoor National Park Authority works to protect and conserve its 692-square km’s of beautiful coast and countryside, wildlife and ancient monuments for everyone to enjoy.
Combe Martin is on the western edge of Exmoor. Exmoor straddles parts of west Somerset and north Devon and is a patchwork of different landscapes. It encompasses wild uplands, thickly wooded combes (valleys), ancient farms, sheltered villages and a stretch of coastline – with its dizzying hog’s-back cliffs – that are breath-taking.
There are some ‘honeypot’ places, such as Tarr Steps, the ancient ‘clapper’ bridge over the magical River Barle. Dunster is a beautifully preserved medieval village, but generally you won’t find yourself in a crowd. Walk to Watersmeet from Lynmouth offers a delightful walk, with a National Trust lodge beside the river, housing a shop and tea rooms, perfect for a halfway break.
Chiselcombe, with Watersmeet nestled in it
Porlock Vale from Porlock Hill
The Foreland, from above Lynmouth
Accommodation on Exmoor offers a warm welcome and often fresh local produce is on the menu. Some specialise in green holidays to ensure the future sustainability of this special environment. There is also pet-friendly accommodation so you can bring your dog or horse with you! Horse riding, cycling or walking on Exmoor are great ways to experience the stunning coast and countryside.
It is the only place in the world where Exmoor ponies live wild and free alongside red deer, the UK’s largest land mammal. Exmoor has Britain’s highest mainland cliffs and the country’s tallest tree grows near the medieval village of Dunster.
It is a haven of peace and tranquillity, but also full of outdoor activities for get up and go adventurers who want to enjoy a more active Exmoor.
Valley of Rocks, near Lynton
East Lyn valley from County Gate car park
Watersmeet (NT) where the East Lyn river meets the Hoar Oak Water