Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park Authority
Somerset TA22 9HL
Stretching along the northern coast of Devon and the north-west coast of Somerset is the Exmoor National Park. The Exmoor region is a treasure trove of tourism destinations and is said to be one of England’s best kept secrets. In 1954 the area was officially made a National Park, one of the first National Parks in Britain.
Exmoor has a wide variety of landscapes, from heath and moorland to steep wooded valleys (or combes) to the dramatic north-west coastal cliffs. , These are the highest sea cliffs in England, with the highest being the 800 foot (244 metre) Great Hangman!
Along these cliffs runs part of the 630 mile (1045 km) South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in England. This trail commences at Quay Street Green in Minehead (Postcode: TA24 5BD) in Somerset and runs all the way south around Devon and Cornwall to Poole (Postcode BH15 1UA) in South Dorset.
As well as the spectacular scenery, there is also much to interest the visitor, from the beautifully preserved medieval village of Dunster and of course Dunster Castle serviced by the West Somerset Railway (Heritage); the towns of Lynton & Lynmouth which are linked by their water powered Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway; Porlock with its nature reserve and of course Tarr Steps with its prehistoric clapper bridge dating from 1000 BC.
Our short article cannot do justice to the Exmoor region and its National Park. There are numerous dedicated local web sites which cover all aspects of this region and which we believe can assist international visitors.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1398 323 665
To Minehead on the Coast – a gateway to Exmoor:
- By Car from London and Bath:
Follow the M4 to the junction with the M5 (south).
- By Car from Bristol:
Join the M5 (south) and together with the London and Bath traffic, exit at Junction 25 and follow the signs on the A358 past Taunton to Minehead (Postcode: TA24 5BD).
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