Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954, Exmoor was once a Royal forest and hunting ground, which was sold off in 1818. Several areas within the Exmoor National Park have been declared Sites of Special Scientific Interest due to their flora and fauna.
Exmoor has 34 miles of coastline, including the highest sea cliffs in England, which reach a height of 1,030 ft at Culbone Hill. Exmoor's woodlands sometimes reach the shoreline, especially between Porlock and The Foreland, where they form the single longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales.
The Exmoor Coastal Heaths have been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the diversity of plant species present.
Things to do
With over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through woodlands, by tumbling rivers and on open heather covered moorland, the variety is vast. 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.
Exmoor has some of the best road cycling in the country. The Tour of Britain has held a stage on Exmoors most challenging roads. Exmoor is recognised as one of the best and most challenging off road cycling destinations in the UK for Mountain Biking, but you dont have to be an expert to enjoy off road cycling on Exmoor, and there are plenty of places where families and beginners can find a route.
Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country so it's a great place to gaze at the stars.