Exmoor can be found stretching out from west Somerset to north Devon. It offers a unique landscape comprising of moorland, woodland, coastal paths and farmland. Although it feels wild and remote, this National Park has been shaped by years of human activity, and if you keep your eyes peeled you can find evidence of this as you stroll around. The landscape is stunning and also home to a wide variety of fauna and flora. So soak up the fresh air, and recharge with a break to this magical corner of the South West.
1. The breathtaking landscape
The variety of Exmoor’s landscape makes it a wonderful place to go on holiday. Choose from winding riverside walks, cliff top sea views or relaxing in the peace and quiet of shady forests. Bring a picnic for a lunch with a view, and don’t forget a camera to capture the beauty all around you.
2. The Exmoor ponies
The Exmoor ponies are well known inhabitants of this National Park. They aren’t truly wild but these ponies are free to roam and they are a joy to watch. They also play an important role in maintaining the moorland and for a while there was concern that they might become extinct.
3. History around every corner
The varied landscape of this National Park might seem wild and rugged, however it has been changed over the year by those who once lived here. Whether because of hunting, house building or climate change and erosion, marks of the passage of time can be seen all over Exmoor. Culbone Church and the Valley of the Rocks are just two examples of this.
4. 37 miles of coast
For a National Park which is well known for its ponies and moorland, Exmoor has plenty of coast to explore. This is also one of the highest sections of the English coast, ensuring you will have a great vantage point for soaking up the stunning sea views. From towering cliffs to woodland and small harbours this is a beautiful section of coast.
5. Plants you can’t find anywhere else
Another distinctive feature of Exmoor is the variety of vegetation that can be found here. In fact, not only is there a healthy diversity of plants but you’ll also find plant species that don’t grow anywhere else. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled while your hiking and you might be able to spot some of these rare plants.