Exmoor was designated as a National Park in 1954. National Parks have been chosen as special protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife, and history.
Exmoor National Park is a haven of peace and tranquillity, but also brimful of outdoor activities for get up and go adventurers who want to enjoy a more active Exmoor! Feel the open space of heather topped moorland, catch a glimpse of wild red deer or iconic Exmoor ponies, find your new favourite village pub, enjoy family friendly activities such as a trip to Exmoor Zoo, the Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, and Ilfracombe Aquarium!
There is something for everyone along the breath-taking Exmoor coastline. From sandy beaches, such as the beautiful beach here in Combe Martin in the east of Exmoor, you’ll also find a sandy beach at Minehead in the west. We are also only a stone’s throw from the sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Croyd, plus there are lots of little rocky beaches along the coastline such as those at Heddon Valley and Lynmouth.
Exmoor has some impressive, notable coastal elevations along its 59 km (37 mile) coastline. It has the highest coastline in England and Wales with a heady 433m (1421ft) at Culbone Hill and the highest sea cliff with Great Hangman at 1,044 feet (318 m) high with a cliff face of 800 feet (244 m).
Exmoor National Park was Europe’s first Dark Sky Reserve. Exmoor is home to some of the darkest skies in the country! On a clear night, the night sky of Exmoor is absolutely stunning; with many amazing astronomical sights seen with the naked eye and even more to be discovered through binoculars or a telescope.
With so many reasons to visit, you’ll just have to keep coming back!