Exmoor National Park coastlineRelaxation in the embrace of nature’s tranquility is what you can expect on a holiday to the Exmoor National Park. This gorgeous area of heather-clad hills, rolling moors, cliffs and riverbanks offers a unique experience for both ends of the spectrum – the fun loving activity junkie and the laidback type who prefers to soak up their surroundings.

As an Environmentally Sensitive Area designated by the UK government, Exmoor’s natural treasures have to be seen to be appreciated. Ranging from the awesome views and the rich natural wildlife that include red deer, peregrine falcons and the Exmoor pony, those going there to witness something out of the ordinary would not be disappointed.

The National Park is not completely devoid of human life though. With over 260 square miles within its expansive boundaries, it is no surprise that there are several villages that call the National Park home, among them Dulverton, Lynton and Lynmouth. Exmoor House, the Park’s main office, is situated in Dulverton itself, and any of these villages would be an ideal starting point for a National Park adventure.
As a park area, Exmoor of course offers many outdoor activities for visitors. There are more than 1000 kilometres of bridleways and footpaths for the walkers, for instance the Coleridge Way that showcases the beauty that inspired his writing and the more difficult Two Moors Way.

The stunning and varied geographical layout provides a refreshing challenge for road and mountain biking cyclists, and if you are lucky you may be in time for one of the mountain biking events that take place here throughout the year.

Anglers are not the only ones who can appreciate the crystal clear rivers of Exmoor (although with a permit first). Canoeists partake in its joyful splashes as well. The park caters to several levels of ability, and may offer lessons and guides depending on availability. If that isn’t enough for you, there is also cliff-face climbing and horse riding to fulfil the sweat quota of an outdoor vacation.

For the more romantic or reserved, there is something the park offers that will please them without having to break the bank or break a sweat: stargazing. Whip out a map of the constellation and spend your night finding your way among the stars.

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