What's Special about Exmoor ?
Towering sea cliffs, high moors, tumbling streams and deep valleys that shelter our unique Atlantic Rain forest. On Exmoor it is still possible to find tranquillity and peace as well as rediscover your sense of adventure; to catch a glimpse of wild red deer, be amazed by dark skies full of stars and explore quaint villages full of character and charm.
Everyone who visits will find what's special for them - but like every other National Park in England we have a set of "Special Qualities" that define why we are a National Park - ours are below.
Large areas of open moorland providing a sense of remoteness, wildness and tranquillity rare in southern Britain
A distinct and diverse landscape of softly rounded hills and ridges, with heather and grass moors, spectacular coast, deeply incised wooded valleys, high sea cliffs, fast flowing streams, traditional upland farms and characteristic beech hedgebanks
A timeless landscape mostly free from intrusive development, with striking views inside and out of the National Park, and where the natural beauty of Exmoor and its dark skies can be appreciated
A mosaic of habitats supporting a great diversity of wildlife including herds of wild Red deer, rich lichen communities, rare fritillary butterflies, bats, and other species uncommon in southern Britain
A complex and rich historic landscape that reflects how people have lived in, exploited and enjoyed Exmoor over the past 8000 years, including burial mounds on ridges, discrete stone settings, ancient farmsteads and settlements, picturesque villages and historic estates
A deeply rural community closely linked to the land with strong local traditions and ways of life
A farmed landscape with locally distinctive breeds such as Red Devon cattle; Devon Closewool, and Exmoor Horn sheep, and herds of free living Exmoor ponies
An exceptional rights of way network, with paths that are often rugged and narrow in character, along with extensive areas of open country and permitted access, providing superb opportunities for walking, riding and cycling
A landscape that provides inspiration and enjoyment to visitors and residents alike