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Explore Exmoor

One of England's best kept secrets

Tucked away in a relatively isolated corner of the West Country, it is often overlooked by holidaymaker's as they head down the south-west peninsula towards some of the region's more high-profile holiday destinations. But those who discover Exmoor tend to return again and again to enjoy the National Park's unique landscape, which although breathtakingly dramatic in many ways is generally softer and rounder than other moorland areas such as Dartmoor and Bodmin.

Straddling parts of west Somerset and north Devon, Exmoor is actually a patchwork of different landscapes, encompassing wild uplands, thickly wooded combes (valleys), ancient farms, sheltered villages and a stretch of coastline - with its dizzying hog's-back cliffs - that is unsurpassed. Exmoor's special qualities were officially recognised in 1954 when it was given National Park status to help conserve the area's natural beauty and wildlife. 

Though one of the smallest national parks, Exmoor never feels too busy. Even in the height of summer it is possible to walk for hours amid glorious scenery without seeing a soul - a welcome change from some British beauty spots.


Highlights of Exmoor

Visit a temperate rainforest with rare lichen at Horner Woods near Porlock
Ancient wooded combes across Exmoor including England's tallest tree
Remote open moorland with stunning views and Europe's first 'International Dark Skies Reserve'
Quaint villages and historic harbours such as Selworthy, Winsford, Horner, Porlock Weir or Lynmouth. Visit the best preserved medieval village in England of Dunster.
Dramatic and rugged coastline. Walk the South West Coast path or soak in the vistas at Valley of the Rocks. The highest sea cliff and the longest stretch of unbroken coastal woodland in the country await the intrepid explorer!
Explore the wildlife of Exmoor. Spot the famous Exmoor Pony or the largest surviving mammal in Britain with over 3,000 Red Deer roaming the moorland.




Exmoor is a great location for hiking due to its stunning views and a varied landscape. Hike the Two Moors Way, South West Coast Path, Coleridge Way or the Tarka Trail.


Plentiful rivers and streams of Exmoor offer ample opportunities for anglers. Don't forget the excellent sea and lake fishing also available

Mountain Biking

Exmoor squeezes some 400 miles of bridleway into its diminutive 267 square miles, creating a dense network of superb trails.

Star Gazing

As an 'International Dark Skies Reserve' Exmoor is one of the best places in the world to come stargazing. With Dark Skies Hubs & Discovery Trails dotted around the National Park, there always something to see!

Food & Drink

Eat, drink & be merry. Historic rural Inns, quaint cafes and fantastic restaurants are aplenty on Exmoor. Whether you fancy fish & chips, cream tea or an ice cream by the beach

Horse Riding & Pony Trekking

Whether it is your first time in the saddle or a seasoned rider, Exmoor is a wonderful place to go horse riding. Visit the Exmoor Pony Centre for more information.

Credit: Shaun Davey