The Exmoor National Park is in south-west England, in the counties of Somerset and Devon.
It covers almost 700 square kilometres and includes a substantial part of the coastline of the Bristol Channel. The landscape is mostly of hills covered with open moorland, with woodlands in the lower regions.
The land is crossed by numerous rivers and streams, including the Exe River after which Exmoor takes its name.
The section fronting the sea is also noteworthy, with some of the highest and most dramatic cliffs in England following the coastline, with impressive waterfalls and ravines further enhancing the scenery.
Walking and cycling are popular here, as in all National Parks - highlights for hikers include the South West Coast Path following the entire coastline in Exmoor, the Coleridge Way, and the Two Moors Way but there are numerous opportunities to follow shorter trails across the moors and along the rivers - try Watersmeet near Lynmouth for some pretty shorter walks.
But Exmoor also offers an extra challenge - the dramatic cliffs and caves offer climbers many interesting challenges in impressive locations,
Exmoor villages and towns
Bampton / Bossington / Bridgetown / Brompton Regis / Combe Martin / Culbone / Dulverton / Dunster / Exford / Luccombe / Luxborough / Lynton / Lynmouth / Monksilver / Parracombe / Porlock and Porlock Weir / Roadwater / Selworthy / Simonsbath / South Molton / Watchet / Wheddon Cross - highest village in Exmoor (part of Cutcombe) / Winsford / Withypool
There are numerous small villages and hamlets in addition to those listed above.
National Park information centres are found at Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth, and Tourist Information Centres at most towns in and just outside the park boundaries (Barnstable, Combe Martin, Lynton and Lynmouth, Minehead, Porlock, South Molton, Tiverton, Watchet)
- Cleeve Abbey (Washford), lovely medieval monastery
- Dunster castle
- Gardens (and houses) at Arlington Court and Knightshayes Court
- Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, running between the two villages after which it is named
- Steam railway from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead
- Tarr Steps Clapper Bridge - bridge made from great stone slabs in a pretty river valley
- Beast of Exmoor!
Map of Exmoor and places to visit
Exmoor places to visit
See more places nearby in the Somerset guide