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


Dunster Wassailing

Buttercross Community Orchard
17th Jan 2020 7:30pm-9:30pm
Traditional Wassail ceremony followed by a torchlit procession through Dunster V...
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Exmoor Wildlife Tour

Meeting at Minehead Information Centre, Beach Hotel, The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset
8th Feb 2020 9:00am-2:00pm

Dunkery Beacon Moonrise and sunset walk

Dunkery Gate car park
9th Feb 2020 4:30pm-6:30pm

£1 - Leap on board Locals Day

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
29th Feb 2020

Social Photowalk

1st Mar 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm

The Dunkery Dash Audax

Starting in North Petherton and arriving at the halfway point on Dunkery. Then, the reverse back to North Petherton
6th Mar 2020 9:00am - 7th Mar 2020 9:00am