Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park

  • Miles of stunning scenery
  • Variety of Activities offered
  • Perfect for walkers
  • Plenty of accommodation choices

Exmoor is ideal for a relaxing break away from the crowds. It´s great for walking, riding and mountain biking and our crystal clear rivers are perfect for fly-fishing and canoeing.

Whatever time of year you visit you are sure to experience the full extent of Exmoor´s beauty, from early spring with its snowdrops and the bluebell carpeted woods and primrose covered hedgerows of late spring through to summer when Exmoor´s moorlands are a vibrant sea of purples, lilacs and yellows, alive with the sound of birds and insects. Autumn brings a wonderful golden colour and rustic charm to Exmoor´s oak woodlands, and there´s always the chance to hear the sound of rutting stags locking antlers. Winter is also a magical time on Exmoor. When it snows the landscape takes on a whole new beauty and snow covered Exmoor ponies are a sight to remember.

Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. With over 1000km of Rights of Way footpaths and bridleways, through woodlands, by tumbling rivers and on open heather covered moorland, the variety is infinite. Many visitors to Exmoor enjoy a walk and the network of narrow roads, bridleways (for use by riders as well as walkers) and footpaths that cross the moor provide splendid opportunities for all sorts of walks. These have been signposted by the National Park Authority (NPA) where they join roads and many are signposted and waymarked with coloured squares or arrows to help visitors find their way around and stop them straying on to private land.

Exmoor has an abundance of accommodation and something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are elegant country house hotels and B&B´s, cottages tucked away in secluded spots, inns and pubs in pretty villages close to the sea or open moorland and a variety of guest houses in the seaside towns.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Exmoor and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

Exmoor is mainly a hill farming region, with the economy based on sheep and beef cattle, whilst to the north and east, in Porlock Vale and on the Brendon Hills, arable crops are grown. Local Exmoor Horn Sheep and Red Devon cattle are still found on many farms. A number of small companies produce conserves and the local speciality is whortleberry jam, made from whortleberries which grow on the moorland. An Exmoor cream tea with whortleberry jam is a real treat. There´s even a locally made sausage with whortleberries.Styles ice-cream use whole-cream cow´s milk to produce their 14 different flavoured ice-creams and sheep´s milk in a new low-calorie version. Sorbets are made using fresh Exmoor spring water. Styles ice-cream vans can be found in most popular spots around the area and it´s also on sale in many local shops.

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