We’re back with more Exmoor facts!
You may recall in the summer of 2013 we brought you some fun facts about the wonderful destination that is The Exmoor National Park, most were largely uncommon facts. Well, as it's New Year we thought we’d treat you to some more useful information for when you stay in your Exmoor holiday cottages in one of the South West’s more picturesque and appealing areas.
Home to Europe’s highest and lowest tides
The Bristol Channel comes only second to that of the Bay of Fundy in Canada for the title of highest and lowest tides in the world, meaning that Exmoor claims the title for Europe. Records shows that the biggest range is a spectacular 45ft!
Remote land is Exmoor’s middle name
Due to the sheer height and steepness of the cliffs on the Exmoor shoreline you will not find any landward access between the six mile stretches from that of Heddon’s Mouth in Combe Martin and Countisbury to Glenthorne therefore making it the most remote in England.
Exmoor's rocks are on the move…. Slowly!
Roughly 350 million years ago you would have found the majority of Exmoor’s rock located in the southern hemisphere; this is where they were formed. They moved due to continental drift. If we were to look forward another 100 million years we would find that Exmoor will be located north of the Arctic Circle!
Home of the UK’s oldest breed of horse
With only a few hundred of this special breed left on Exmoor and Worldwide combined the Exmoor pony finds itself more endangered than that of the giant panda (not found on Exmoor!). They are the closest breed left that can be connected to the wild horses that originally meandered in Britain in prehistoric times.
Britain's longest path starts at Exmoor
Starting in Minehead, the South West Coast Path, which ends in Poole, is the longest National Trail in England and Wales, totalling a lengthy 613 miles. That means it would take the average walker roughly 40 days to walk the entire distance of the path.
Exmoor has a rare butterfly
One of Britain’s rarest breeding butterflies, the heath fritillary butterfly, can be found on Exmoor. Previously known as 'woodman's followers' due to their regular appearance in coppiced woodland shortly after the trees had been cut. As there’s not much coppicing these days the butterflies find solace in the similar conditions produced by the changes in the heathland and have moved according to the changing conditions.
Exmoor has high altitude beech trees
It is a fact that the Beech tree grows at greater altitudes on Exmoor than any other location in Britain. You can find some trees growing as high as 1200ft above sea level in Simonsbath, and in hedgebanks they can grow as far as 1500ft above sea level!