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About Exmoor

Exmoor is located in the South West corner of England, extending into the counties of Devon and Somerset. There are extensive rolling moors covered in the purple flowering heather, which descend down into steep valleys and combes.

Ancient woodland shelters clear, fast flowing rivers and streams which cut through the highest cliffs in England, to finally empty into the sea on the heritage coast to the north.

Exmoor has been designated as a National Park due to its outstanding natural beauty. National Parks were set up in the past to protect the finest landscapes in the country.

Exmoor National Park currently covers 693 km2 or 267 square miles.

Exmoor is sparsely populated but there are several villages and hamlets with a few small towns. The villages especially, remain largely unchanged with much of their original character still in tact and they have not been spoilt by modern development.

Good accommodation can be found in the local hotels, pubs, guest houses and holiday cottages. There are numerous places to eat out and many of the pubs are truely exceptional with period character and top quality food.
Exmoor is rich in history with many ancient monuments such as cairns, barrows, standing stones bronze age enclosures, iron age forts and a clapper bridge at Tarr Steps.

Wildlife & Plantlife

There are over 40 species of native land mammals in the Exmoor area, some of which we hope to see on the Exmoor Safari including the Wild Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Roe Deer, Exmoor Ponies, Foxes, Badgers, Grey Squirrels, Otters, Stoats, Weasels, Hares and Dormice to name a few!

275 species of Bird have been spotted over the past 50 years and those seen regularly include Buzzards, Merlins, Kestrels, Owls, Grey Herons, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Sky Larks, Woodcock, Tits and Finches.

3634 species of Insect have been identified in the park.

Nearly 1200 species of Flowers and Grasses too have been recorded with around 600 species of Lichens. Wild flowers abound in the Spring with hedgerows full of red & white campion, buttercup, primrose, bluebell and wild daffodil. Later in the year the purple foxgloves and rose bay willow herb line the banks and verges.

There are hundreds of acres of ancient woodland. Common trees include English & Sessile Oak, Ash, Mountain Ash, Beech, White Beam, Holly and Hazel. In the old woodland, superb examples of these can be seen.