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Exmoor's Coast

High Tide+sunset at Porlock Marsh

The coastline within the National Park stretches for (59 km) 37 miles. It is outstanding for both its scenery and its wildlife and was one of the prime reasons for the designation of Exmoor as a National Park. Exmoor has the highest coastline in England and Wales with coastal hills rising to 433m (1421ft) at Culbone Hill. The highest sheer cliff is 244m (800ft) on Great Hangman, which is the highest sea cliff in England and Wales.

A special feature of the coast is that it is remarkably sheltered. This allows for the unusual development of coastal woods. The woods between The Foreland and Porlock represent the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales.

The inaccessibility of much of the woodland leaves it remarkably close to natural vegetation for Britain and it contains diverse plant life, including whitebeam varieties unique to Exmoor. The Exmoor coast must also rank amongst the most unspoilt and best protected stretches of coastline in England and Wales. 

At Combe Martin, Lynmouth and Porlock Weir there are small harbours that used to be busy with coastal trade. Now sailing and fishing for pleasure are their mainstay.


Below is a list of upcoming events that take place on or near Exmoor's coastline. Or you can browse all events here

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Submerged Landscapes - Submerged Forest Recording at Porlock Wier

Porlock Weir
30th Sep 2016 9:30am - 1st Oct 2016 4:30pm
The Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) promotes site r...
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Minehead 10 Mile Organised Challenge

9.00am, Porlock Central Car Park, High Bank, Somerset, Porlock
1st Oct 2016 9:00am

Railways of Exmoor Weekend

Yarn Market Hotel
7th Oct 2016 3:00pm - 10th Oct 2016 9:00am

Half for the Hospice

Woody Bay Station
8th Oct 2016 - 9th Oct 2016

Red Bull Steeplechase

Lynmouth Manor Green
9th Oct 2016 9:30am

The Doone Run 2016

Lynmouth Manor Green
16th Oct 2016 10:00am-1:00pm