Exmoor National Park
The Exmoor National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles. Moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.
Exmoor is a unique environment of romantic wild open moorland, a stunning Heritage Coast and clear clean rivers running through ancient wooded valleys. This special environment is protected and conserved to safeguard its character, villages, wildlife, flora and ancient monuments for the pleasure of present and future generations. A haven of peace and tranquility but brimful of outdoor activities for get up and go adventurers.
The coast has something for everyone - traditional seaside fun, the UK's longest steam railway, heritage & culture. Enjoy the leafy vibrant town and sandy beach at Minehead, the peaceful shores at Dunster and Blue Anchor and the charms of the historic port of Watchet. With a lively calendar of events and festivals, the coast offers a charming base from which to explore Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.
Exmoor National Park's uniqueness was added to recently when it was declared Europe's first International Dark Skies Reserve - only the second in the world. Whether you are a serious astronomer or simply a dreamy stargazer, Exmoor is for you - stunning by day and night !
The Quantock Hills feature magnificent moorlands, beautiful combes and a jurassic coastline. Declared the country's first ever Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it has ancient cairns, sweeping views across many counties and foothills studdied with villages little changed by time. Large enough to explore but small enough to be intimate - it's a walker's, biker's or horse-rider's dream come true.
Exmoor ponies are on the WWF's ctitically endangered list and are rarer than giant pandas.
Red deer are the UK's largest land mammal
Exmoor was designated National Park status in 1954
England's tallest tree is a Douglas fir near Dunster
The coast has the second highest and lowest tides in the world
Britains's longest footpath, the South West Coast Path, begins on the Exmoor coast at Minehead
Exmoor has been declared Europe's first International Dark Skies Reserve
71% of Exmoor is in Somerset and 29% is in Devon