Exmoor National Park
With 267 square miles of coast and moorland stretching across West Somerset, into North Devon, the Exmoor National Park is well equipped to offer all the best aspects of the British countryside.
Originally a Royal Forest and hunting ground, Exmoor was one of the first designated National Parks in Britain. The coastline sprawls across 34 miles and offers some of the highest cliffs in the UK, incorporating the South West Coastal Path, a popular and demanding walking route from Minehead in Somerset to Lynmouth in North Devon.
Exmoor as a whole offers countless walking routes to suit all ages and abilities including events such as the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival - which is held over May Bank Holiday each year, the Doone Run and the 725 year old Exmoor Perambulation.
Cyclists can enjoy on and off-road routes, providing levels suitable for sensible enjoyment through to complete nutter. Bicycles are easy to hire from several stores based in Minehead and Porlock, where ordinance survey maps and cycle routes can also be bought, as well as from various information points or online. Events such as road race, The Exmoor Beast, are available for the afore-mentioned nutters, with a choice of 100 kilometres or 100-mile routes.
A third way to explore the coast and countryside of Exmoor is on horseback. Many hotels, cottages and B&B’s in the area can provide stabling for your own horse, 400 miles of bridleways snake across the face of Exmoor, giving access to many unique and secluded viewpoints.
Due to excessive claims and soaring insurance costs, very few riding schools can afford to stay open so horse hire can be difficult. Please be aware if you ride a horse, at some point you are probably going to fall off.
Equestrian events and displays are available, such as, Dunster Country Fair and Dunster Show – both held in the grounds of the medieval Dunster Castle, showcasing local produce, businesses, equine displays and much more.
Exmoor is also home to some of the best hunts in the UK including the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Exmoor Foxhounds as well as the famous Red deer, over 80 species of resident birds, foxes, badgers, bats and Exmoor ponies and many more feathered and furry creatures. Some of these residents can be a little shy but most will put in an appearance during your stay.
Find out more about the Exmoor Ponies here
Dulverton is home to the headquarters
of the Exmoor National Park Authority.
Dulverton is also the charming southern gateway town leading in to the Exmoor
National Park, where the film "The Land Girls" was
made. It is a small, friendly town home to several good restaurants and unique shops.
The Exmoor Producers Association: The EPA was set up in 1995 to actively promote the wide range of businesses that are producing goods in the greater Exmoor area. It has around 60 members, who make a wide variety of goods for sale. Members include artists, crafts people, food producers and miscellaneous businesses that are producing goods on and around Exmoor.
Whilst many of these are selling to the tourist and resident markets through local outlets, others are selling nationally and overseas.
Find more information about Exmoor Attractions: Visit 28 different attractions like Clovelly, Cleeve Abbey, Arlington Court, Dunster Castle, Watermouth Castle, Once upon a Time, Quince Honey Farm, Sheppy's Cider Farm, Exmoor Steam Railway, Exmoor Zoological Park.
The Exmoor Society: is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation, protection and sustainability of this beautiful and unique environment.