Straddling parts of west Somerset and North Devon, Exmoor is actually a patchwork of different landscapes, encompassing wild uplands, thickly wooded combes (valleys), ancient farms, sheltered villages and a stretch of coastline - with its dizzying hog's-back cliffs - that is unsurpassed.
Exmoor's special qualities were officially recognised in 1954 when it was given National Park status to help conserve the area's natural beauty and wildlife. The National Park Authority, with its team of rangers, keeps a close eye on the environment to help ensure that the delicate balance of nature, tourism and agriculture is maintained - it is important to remember that Exmoor is a real working community, not just a pretty place.
Not only does Exmoor reward us with a wonderful landscape but it is unique in that it has been designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve. This is a remarkable award given for Exmoor’s amazingly clear skies, totally unspoilt and giving amazing sky quality which gives rise to a wonderful opportunity for astronomy and stargazing.
Venturing across the winding roads of the moor you never know what surprises are around every corner. There may be sheep sleeping in the road, horses grazing silently and during the Autumn there are pheasants and wild birds everywhere. Exmoor has the largest concentration of Red Deer in England although finding and spotting them is not always easy!