Welcome to Exmoor National Park
Situated in the south west of Britain, Exmoor National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles (692 square kilometers). A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.
Hornet Robber Fly
Asilus crabroniformis is one of the largest British Flies. It has a bright yellow abdomen and needs areas of grazed pasture such as the parkland around Dunster to thrive, as animal dung plays an important part in its life cycle. More on this species from the Natural History Museum website
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- Doone Country
The area centred around Badgworthy Water is famed as home of the legendary Doones, a family of seventeenth-century outlaws. Legend placed the Doones in the deserted medieval settlement in Hoccombe Combe, a tributary of Badgworthy. The valley of Blackmore's famous novel Lorna Doone, however, more closely resembled Lank Combe, another tributary. Badgworthy Water marks the boundary between Devon and Somerset and runs through beautiful heathland and an ancient woodland of crooked oaks. One mile along a riverside walk from Malmsmead is the tiny church at Oare where Lorna Doone married Jan Ridd, the hero of the novel.
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