The English romantic poet Robert Southey, who loved the area, surmised that anyone who failed to admire Exmoor when travelling on to other destinations ‘must have slept through Somersetshire.’
We think Exmoor often gets forgotten in favour of hipper locations in Devon or Cornwall, so we’ve put together a list of its attributes to encourage more of you to give Exmoor a go.
- We’ve got some pretty special deer…Exmoor has the largest concentration of red deer in England and the best way to see them is to take a wildlife safari. Descended from the oldest population in Britain, they are the largest indigenous wild animals left in the British Isles. The red deer Stag is known as the Exmoor Emperor. Come now if you’re keen to see them as this is rutting season.
- We’ve arguably the best views in Britain, plus Dunkery Beacon is within walking distance of our hotel and it offers a breath-taking, 360° panoramic view over sea and land.
- We boast one of the best drives in Britain too…the coastal road from Lynmouth to Porlock has spectacular seascape moorland views. In fact, Exmoor has the highest coastal cliffs in England at 800 feet or 244 metres high.
- One of England’s tallest trees, a Douglas Fir, lives on Exmoor and it towers over Nelson’s Column.
- If you’re a keen walker, then there are more than 750 miles of ‘Rights Of Way’ for you to ramble or stroll along.
- Exmoor also has 69,280 hectares or 267 sq. miles of picturesque undulating countryside waiting to be explored by foot, horse or mountain bike.
- The author of the famous children’s book ‘Tarka the Otter’, Henry Williamson, once lived here and a whole host of other writers and artists have been frequent visitors through the ages including C. S. Lewis, J. M. Barrie and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Southey called Exmoor: ‘A land of recollections…wherein I am well pleased as I can be anywhere but at home.’
- It is also home to the longest stretch of naturally wooded coastline in the whole of the British Isles.
- The South West Coast Path runs through Minehead and it’s Britain’s longest national trail. In Exmoor alone it extends all along the coast for 34 miles.
- There are more than 1,000 different flowering plants and grasses on Exmoor so it’s heaven for anyone into their wildlife. And there are porpoises to be seen and swum with along the coastline.