Exmoor is a sparsely populated area in the South West of England which includes parts of North Devon and Somerset. It’s known for its rugged, windswept landscapes, wealth of wildlife and scattering of remote, picturesque towns and villages. Countless trails cross this beautiful terrain, offering walkers solitude and a remarkable variety of forest, coast and hills. Exmoor’s highest point is Dunkery Beacon, from which visitors can enjoy breathtaking views across the moors and all the way to the sea.
Exmoor is home to a number of rare species. The Exmoor Pony is now an endangered species but can still be seen grazing on Exmoor’s towering cliff-tops. As you explore this undeveloped land, look out for barn owls, goshawk, otter and no less than 10 species of bat.
As you travel across Exmoor, you’ll discover some of the country’s most interesting historical landmarks. Don’t miss Dunster Castle, a colossal structure which is now a country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. The castle and its stunning grounds, which date back to Norman times, are open for visitors to explore. Look out for the imposing medieval gatehouse and impressive tower.Exmoor
For a great day out, visit Exmoor Zoo, one of the region’s most popular family attractions. Here, you’ll find a remarkable selection of birds and animals, including black leopards, pumas, wolves and penguins. The zoo’s expert staff are always on-hand to provide an insight into the lives of these incredible creatures, and visitors who are keen to learn more can even become a Keeper for the Day. Also well worth a visit is Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, where you’ll discover some of the world’s most interesting species. A Bird of Prey Day will really give you an insight into the lives of eagles, hawks and owls.
One of Exmoor’s most intriguing attractions is The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, a water-powered funicular railway which connects the attractive town of Lynton with the seaside village of Lynmouth below. The journey up or down the steep cliff-side may seem alarming at first, but it’s a unique experience which gives passengers spectacular views along the coast, and there’s a nice café at the top. The village of Lynton is a delightful place to spend the day, with tearooms, a cosy pub and a handful of interesting shops and art galleries.
“Exmoor is a spectacular land of towering cliffs, wild hills and deep, wooded valleys.”
The towns and villages of Exmoor are known for their traditional pubs, many of which serve excellent food. The London Inn, in the pretty village of Molland, and the The Royal Oak in Withypool are both lovely spots for a pint of local ale by the fire or a good bite to eat.