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Since 1954 Exmoor has been a National Park - an extensive area of relatively wild open and unspoilt countryside suitable for quiet enjoyment. It is situated in the northern part of Devon and West Somerset and covers 267 sq miles extending from the Brendon Hills in the east to Combe Martin in the West. Exmoor has one of the finest stretches of unspoilt countryside in England.
Along the dramatic coast are England's highest sea cliffs. Inland, wild heather moorland, heaths and deep wooded coombes of ancient oak forest offer a chance for solitude, which you can share with the famous wild red deer and Exmoor ponies. Walkers and horse riders love Exmoor -the footpaths and bridleways are well maintained and signposted - there are facilities for hacking, jumping or trekking. Exmoor is a naturalist's paradise with a huge variety of habitats and a great diversity of plants and animals.
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The Exmoor National Park, designated in 1954, straddling the border of Devon and Somerset extending from the Brendon Hills in the east to Combe Martin in the west and covers an area of 267 sq. miles (692 sq. km).
The Exmoor National Park is named after its main river, the River Exe.
Exmoor offers peaceful, open spaces and has one of the finest stretches of unspoilt countryside in England, with wide expanses of wild heather moorland and deep wooded coombes of ancient oak forest set against small patchworks of farms.
It boasts some of the highest cliffs in England and is an area of stunning landscapes and rare wildlife.
There are numerous fast flowing meandering rivers and charming villages to explore.
Exmoor is one of the few truly wild and beautiful places left in England.
Exmoor offers clean air, glorious scenery and a friendly welcome. Natural woodland covers almost one tenth of the moor, mostly in the valleys. The tranquil wide open spaces have herds of wild red deer and Exmoor ponies. There are also diverse visitor attractions.
As a National Park Exmoor has has retained a charm that gives you the opportunity to see England in a traditional light.
Exmoor has over 600 miles of way-marked walks.
The Park is is 30 miles north of Exeter and 13 miles west of Taunton.
For its size, Exmoor contains a huge variety of habitats and hence a great diversity of wildlife.
It is an unusually high area for southern Britain, supporting both arctic and mountain varieties of plants and animals usually found further north and many less hardy species. In all, it is a naturalist's paradise.
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.
Some facts about Exmoor
- Exmoor has the largest concentration of Red Deer in England
- Exmoor has the highest coastal cliffs in England - 800ft/244m
- 1000 different flowering plants and grasses
- There are in excess of 1200 kms/750 miles of way marked "Rights Of Way"
- Exmoor has 69,280 hectares/267 sq. miles of wonderful countryside
- Exmoor has inspired writers the like of Coleridge, Shelley, Southey, Wordsworth, R.D. Blackmore, Ted Hughes, Henry Williamson, Margaret Drabble, James Herbert and Dick Francis
- There is a wealth of local folklore, legends and seasoned tales including the Beast of Exmoor, a phantom cryptozoological cat that is reported to roam Exmoor
- The longest stretch of naturally wooded coastline in the British Isles
- The start of the South West Coast Path, Britain's longest national trail, which extends all along the Exmoor coast
- The second highest tidal range in the world
- England's tallest tree