Both Exmoor and Dartmoor became national parks in the early 1950s, which enabled the preservation and protection of the region’s wildlife and natural beauty.
Consequently, visitors to the area indulge in unspoilt terrain and can explore the variety of flora and fauna on offer. The area is also well known for its agricultural scenery and the moors are dotted with farms and livestock.
Dartmoor is a popular destination for those escaping the rush of busy cities as it is conveniently situated off the M5 and easy to reach. The countryside is rugged and wild, and visitors enjoy climbing the magnificent Tors. Exmoor has a different beauty. In contrast to the vastness of its neighbour, Exmoor is much smaller, but arguably more verdant and lush.
A special feature of Exmoor is that it boasts the highest coastline and sea cliff, as well as the longest stretch of coastal woodland, in England and Wales. There are numerous beauty spots to discover and a visit to areas like Dunkery Beacon may find the moor’s gentle ponies – the last true breed of wild pony left in the country. This unusual feature has developed because of the remarkable shelter provided by the deep combes, which are such a feature all over Exmoor. In addition to the moor, visitors to Exmoor are within easy reach of stunning sandy beaches near Barnstaple, and many secluded bays with rock-pools and rugged scenery.
Although Exmoor and Dartmoor differ hugely, both are equally magnetic and appealing. There are stunning walks, beautiful heritage houses to tour and wildlife to examine as well as cream teas to devour!