Exmoor National Park contains a unique variety of landscapes. Exmoor was first designated a National Park in 1954.
The area contains an amazing variety of landscapes within the 267 square miles of land. It combines moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland. There are also 34 miles of coast, including the highest sea cliffs in England impressive high cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in England, at Culbone Hill.
The coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth are certainly worth a visit. The villages; connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff railway; have a varirty of shops, cafes and toursit information points. A walk up to Watersmeet, one of Britain's deepest river gorges, where the lush valleys of the East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water tumble together. There is also a tea-room at Watersmeet house, which is managed by the National Trust.
Good walking on Exmoor
With more than 600 miles of rights-of-way, including easily accessible routes, you’ll never be short of places to walk. You can enjoy the dramatic coastline as you follow the South West Coast Path or take a step back in history as you explore the Doorne Valley; so named for it’s connection with RD Blackmore’s Novel Lorna Doone.
Walkers have a wide choice and variety of walks. From the South West Coast Path to open moor to deep wooded valleys. With over 600 miles of rights-of-way, you are spoilt for choice; coastal paths, walks across wild open moorland, strolls along hidden valley bottoms, alongside burbling streams and rushing rivers. Or imagine yourself walking back in history by exploring the country of Lorna Doone.
Three long-distance paths cross Exmoor and its borders: the South West Coast Path (waymarked, as are all national trials, with an acorn), the Two Moors Way (with its MW mark) and the Tarka Trail (otter's paw). You could also way a section of the Coleridge Way which starts in the Quantocks and finishes in Exmoor.
Did you know?
- Exmoor has been a National Park since 1954.
- MThe park has over 600 rights of way.