Enjoy More of Exmoor!
Published: Monday 10th Feb 2020
Written by: Tracy Spear
You maybe surprised to learn that Exmoor National Park covers over 250 square miles and its constantly changing landscapes are as diverse as the eclectic sights, sounds and smells on offer. Whether you experience Exmoor on foot, bike, car or even horseback, there is certainly something for everyone – even for night owls! Did you know that Exmoor was the first designated Dark Sky Reserve in Europe?
Here flora and fauna happily co-exist. Discover “secret” Snowdrop Valley, be wowed by carpets of moorland heather or simply enjoy whatever delights the changing season has to offer. Look carefully and you might catch glimpses of the famous red deer, a family of Exmoor ponies, Ruby Red cattle or even wild goats meandering their way around the Valley of the Rocks.
There are quaint villages and pretty hamlets adding their own individuality to this fascinating landmark. Why not relive the past by visiting Dunster Castle. Standing proud above the village. This medieval castle is now owned and cared for by the National Trust, as is the family home of the famous Chichester family at Arlington Court. If walking is your thing, why not have a stroll around picturesque Porlock Weir, enjoy a ramble along the South West Coastal Path, or put your best foot forward and climb 1,705 feet to the summit of Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on the moor, where you can enjoy uninterrupted, breath-taking views towards Dartmoor.
Lynton and Lynmouth, aptly known locally as ‘Little Switzerland’ thanks to an array of cottages nestling within the hillside, is home to the World’s steepest and highest totally water-powered cliff railway. Here you will find shops, galleries and eateries to enjoy as well as a small rock and shingle beach, whilst the age of Steam is brought back to life with the more conventional railway at Woody Bay. Try to spot the silhouette of the “white Lady” as you head towards Lee Bay, visit Tarr Steps with its ancient stone clapper bridge or enjoy a cream tea in a traditional tea shop…the choice of things to do is unending!
No matter the time of year you visit – Exmoor is amazing – and we want to help preserve it for future generations to enjoy. We are proud to support CareMoor for Exmoor, which contributes to valuable conservation and access projects in the National Park. CareMoor helps provide better habitats and homes for wildlife whilst protecting our heritage and assist in repairs that keep our paths network open for all.
So, what’s stopping you? Come and enjoy more of Exmoor!