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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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High Brown Fritillary Trail

Heddon Valley, Near Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon
4th Jun 2018 10:30am-3:30pm
Heddon Valley is home to some of the rarest butterflies in the country, includin...
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Greencombe Garden opening

Greencombe Gardens
1st Apr 2018 2:00pm-6:00pm

High Brown Fritillary Trail

Heddon Valley, Near Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon
4th Jun 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

Natural History Walk

ENHS Porlock Weir Centre - adjoining car park
17th May 2018 2:00pm-4:00pm

Greencombe Garden opening

Greencombe Gardens
1st Apr 2018 2:00pm-6:00pm

Lynmouth Flood Disaster Guided Walk

National Park Centre Lynmouth
21st Jun 2018 2:30pm-4:00pm