Saturday 9 June 2012

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park is as diverse as it is beautiful. It is one of the smaller British National Parks and covers 265 square miles. It runs along the coast from Minehead to Combe Martin and Watermouth and inland with hilly ranges in the Brendon Hills, moorland and Exmoor Forest. There is a wide and contrasting change of scenery in Exmoor National Park. The terrain can go from heavily wooded regions to craggy hills and dramatic coastal scenes at the turn of a bend.

The best way to see Exmoor Park is to take the coastal road and follow it all the way from Minehead to Watermouth. We did this trip with a camper van and if you take the small coastal road which is a part toll road the views are extremely spectacular and well worth the negotiating of the tight corners and narrow roads. To be honest this should not be attempted in a camper van or vehicles with caravans as the roads are just too narrow. You should be fine with a normal car though.

The road narrows after the Valley of Rocks shown here above in the smaller photo's. Along this route you can see wild Exmoor ponies, wild goats and a host of wildlife. This is great hiking country and it would be easy to spend an entire holiday in Exmoor National Park just exploring the wide variety of interests it has to offer. Exmoor National Park spans the two counties of Somerset and Devon.

As you move towards Lynton and Lynmouth the coastal views from the towering cliffs over the Bristol Channel will take your breath away. Without doubt Exmoor National Park has a lot to offer. An idyllic stopping off point is Watersmeet which has a National Trust shop that used to be a fishing lodge. The waterfalls, tea garden and forest make this a relaxing break.

For photographs of Exmoor click here

Photos of Devon & Cornwall


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