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Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park was designated in 1954. At 267 square miles/ 693 square km it is one of Britain's smaller National Parks.

The Park was named after the River Exe, the main river flowing through the area.

The Valley of Rocks near Lynmouth in Devon
The Valley of Rocks near Lynmouth in Devon ©Shutterstock / Mike Charles

Exmoor National Park is situated in the south west of England, its wide diversity of scenic beauty includes moorland, heathland and coast.

Landscape including Wimbleball Lake in Somerset
Wimbleball Lake, Somerset ©Shutterstock / Mike Charles

Exmoor National Park stretches from the Brendon Hills in the east to Combe Martin in the west and from Dulverton in the south to Lynmouth in the north.

The geology to be found in Exmoor National Park is red sandstone, Devon slate, limestone and shale. The highest point is Dunkery Beacon, which rises to 1, 704ft.

The Park is home to many species of animals, birds, flowers, grasses and insects, many are unique to Exmoor. All of the native species of British bat live on the moor.

River Lyn flows through rocks in Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park
River Lyn in Lynmouth

A stone bridge and ford at Malmsmead, Exmoor National Park
Ford at Malmsmead

Exmoor Ponies have lived on the moor longer than people, they are the closest breed to the original wild horses of Europe. Red Deer (Britain's largest land animal), have lived on Exmoor since pre-historic times.

Over 200 species of birds inhabit Exmoor National Park and many hundreds of flowers and grasses also flourish on the moor. The moorland areas are well known internationally for their large areas of heather and their blanket bogs.

Two Exmoor Ponies, one lying, one walking, against landscape with distant hills and sea
Exmoor Ponies ©Shutterstock / DavidYoung

The Heritage Coast above the Bristol Channel is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with towering cliffs, majestic headlands and steep wooded valleys.

A flock of Exmoor sheep and lambs in the shade of a tree
Exmoor Sheep ©Shutterstock / DavidYoung

You can find more information on the Exmoor National Park Website, or continue reading about other National Parks with the links at the bottom of the page.

Cliffs and sea at Ilfracombe in North Devon
Ilfracombe ©Shutterstock / Becky Stares

Boats resting on the mud at Porlock Weir and Harbour
Porlock Weir and Harbour ©Shutterstock / Photoiconix

Path with distant views over fields, Dunkery Beacon
Dunkery Beacon ©Shutterstock / cpphotoimages

Exmoor Pony grazing, Wimbleball lake and sunlit fields in background
Exmoor Pony, Wimbleball Lake ©Shutterstock / Mike Charles

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