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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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Seashore Safari

Combe Martin Museum
1st Sep 2016 11:30am-1:30pm
Seashore rock pool ramble, sometimes followed by microscope workshop. Wear appro...
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Discover Porlock Marsh Walk

Porlock Visitor Centre
1st Apr 2016 10:30am-1:00pm

Meet and Greet Shaun the Sheep

West Somerest Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead
3rd Sep 2016 10:00am - 4th Sep 2016 4:00am

Late Summer Weekend

West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead
3rd Sep 2016 9:00pm - 4th Sep 2016 6:00pm

In Coleridge's footsteps to Culbone - Guided Walk

Porlock Weir car park, Porlock (parking fee),
8th Sep 2016 10:30am-4:30pm

Natural History Walk

Porlock Weir Centre - adjoining car park
19th May 2016 2:00pm-4:00pm