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Destination: Exmoor National Park Tours

Coastal national park region of North Devon
Region: South West England
Pronounced: x-muur
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day
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Exmoor, South West England
ExmoorExmoor National Park

Exmoor is one of the smallest of Britain's National Parks, but contains within it an open landscape of wild open moors and wooded valleys so you can enjoy walks, cycle or take a horse ride along the excellent trail network, including 600 miles of marked footpaths. The national park is home to many rare and important species of plants, birds and animals, a treat for all nature lovers. You can also enjoy the comforts of a local cream tea in one of Exmoor’s beautiful villages including Dunster with its 14th century church and priory, 18th century water mill and castle which overlooks the village.

On the north coast of the National Park lie the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth - dubbed the Little Swizerland of England bye the Victorians because of the spectacular scenery and cliff railway.

Local Towns and Villages
Lynton, Exmoor
ExmoorLynton, a bright airy Victorian village with a selection of shops, tea-room and cafes, while Lynmouth 500ft below is the pretty harbour that nestles quietly beneath the cliffs where you can wander through the quaint fishing cottages that tumble down the street towards the quay and the distinctive Rhenish Tower. You can take the Cliff Railway (the most popular attraction in the area) which opened in 1890 taking passengers and freight the between the two places.
Lundy Island
Lundy Island, Devon
ExmoorLundy is a unique and unspoilt island off the North Devon coast, where cars are not allowed. You can take a day trip there by ferry and view the fascinating array of wildlife including deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and rare birds. As well as walking, climbing and birdwatching on land there are waterbased options including fishing, diving and snorkelling. There’s even a 13th century castle closeby to the island’s small village.
ExmoorIlfracombe has been settled since the Iron Age. The resort has been popular since the 1830s when the Victorians started to visit the area and much of the architecture today is a reminder of the Victorian era. Each year the streets are awash with colour from June to October due to the town’s growing reputation for its floral displays.
Woolacombe Beach
Woolacombe Beach
ExmoorJust round the corner from Ilfracombe lies a spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headlands, which make a great place for walking and finding solitude with nature all around you.  You can see the jagged slate rock formations and enormous boulders east of Morte Point, experience the long 3 mile stretch of golden sand at Woolacombe beach (one of the top 10 beaches in the world!) before you reach the quaint thatched cottage village of Croyde which dates back to Saxon times.   
Barnstaple, Exmoor
ExmoorBarnstaple was first settled by Saxons over 1000 years ago, when the settlement was known as Barum. Today it is Devon’s principal market town with a great fusion of Medieval, Victorian and Georgian architecture.  The Pannier Hall has held a craft market since 1855. The unusual Butchers Row, a line of open fronted shops selling speciality foods from meat and fish to traditional clotted cream.
Coombe Martin
Coombe Martin, Exmoor
ExmoorCoombe Martin is a popular seaside resort which includes the unusual 18th century ‘Pack o’ Cards Inn’ which has 4 floors to represent the 4 suits, each with 13 rooms, making 52 rooms to represent a full pack of cards.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
National Trust Pass

National Trust pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Devon, Torquay
Transport options in this area: Transport is limited and there are local buses but a vehicle is by far the easiest transport option in the region.
Did you know:
The 'Beast of Exmoor' is a black phantom wild cat similar to a cougar which has been regularly sighted in the region since the 1970's.
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