Moorland - the Heart of Exmoor

Moorland was fundamental to the establishment of Exmoor National Park. The moorland landscape is richly inspirational and varied, from high moor and peat bogs down to coastal heath with some of the country’s highest quality rivers weaving through it – the River Exe reaches from Exe Head all the way to Exmouth on the south Devon coast, and supplies many communities with drinking water along the way. Perhaps most famously, Exmoor was a moorland royal forest for hundreds of years - and its cultural heritage stretches back to the Stone Age.

Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership

In 2011 the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership launched a lottery-funded scheme that promotes moorland as the Heart of Exmoor.

Supporting those who take care of moorland, and helping people to enjoy and appreciate it, the Partnership scheme’s fifteen projects will invest half a million pounds to benefit the landscape and community.
Community engagement and activities on the moorland are a big part of Heart of Exmoor and there is also money available to benefit landscape character, moorland management, and the free-living herds of Exmoor Pony.
Innovative elements of the scheme include a pilot project to establish Moorkeepers, plus a Moor Skills project to pass local moorland knowledge to young farmers through apprenticeships and farmer-led workshops. The scheme also works with moorland managers to organise demonstration events on best methods and machinery, along with informal meetings and farm visits.
Find out more at or call the Scheme Manager, Jason Ball on 01398 322164.


The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and our local partners and funders. Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas. 


Recommended Moorland Walks


Trentishoe Down (5 miles)

 Barle Valley

 Barle Valley from Simonsbath (7 miles)