Exmoor National Park
The unique landscape of Exmoor National Park stretches across 267 square miles of west Somerset and north Devon, with breathtaking heather topped moorland, ancient woodlands and farmland for visitors to enjoy.
Exmoor supports a variety of wildlife, such as the famous Exmoor ponies that graze the rough pasture, to wild red deer, that have inhabited Exmoor since pre-historic times and otters that are returning to the rivers in increasing numbers. The moor is also home to over 30 species of butterfly that enjoy the diversity of habitat.
The National Park boasts over 9,000 ha of woodlands, much of which is accessible on public rights of way, including some long distance walking routes, such as the South West Coast Path and the Coleridge Way. In fact the moor could rival some of the best locations for walking in Europe. There are over 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore, so whether you are looking for a short stroll or you are an experienced hiker, there will be a route to satisfy every requirement.
The Two Moors Way (or the Devon Coast to Coast) links Ivybridge on the southern boundary of the moor to Lynmouth, situated on the north coastline. It is a well marked route through Exmoor, and for those keen enough to walk the entire distance, the path stretches 102 miles coast to coast.
The Exe Valley Way is another picturesque long distance route for walkers, which follows the length of the Exe river valley. It is approximately 50 miles in total, stretching from the South West Coast Path National Trail on the Exe Estuary to the village of Exford on the high land of the park.
Attractions on the north coast include the beautiful twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. From the picturesque harbour at Lynmouth visitors can take the scenic and ingenious water powered cliff railway to Lynton, towering 500m above sea level. At the very heart of Exmoor is Exford, the perfect place from which to explore the remarkable Tarr Steps – an historic clapper bridge across the River Barle. A further landmark is Dunster Castle, which stands on a steep tor, towering over the town’s medieval buildings.