Help and advice on buying property in Exmoor
Exmoor National Park covers 267 square miles of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland. 71% of Exmoor National Park lies within Somerset and 29% within Devon with the highest point being Dunkery Beacon at 519m above sea level. It has some of the darkest skies in the UK and has the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland and Britain’s longest footpath, The South West Coastal Path begins here.
The diversity of Exmoor’s flora and fauna has helped make it a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is home to England’s tallest tree, a Douglas fir near Dunster. It has plants that grow nowhere else in the world, including two species of whitebeam tree and Exmoor ponies are Britain’s oldest native breed of horse.
Over 621 miles of footpaths and 300 miles of bridleways there is plenty of exploring to do whether on 2 legs or 4 including the lovely Coleridge way which links the Quantock Hills with Exmoor. If water sports are more for you then Wimbleball Lake near Dulverton is the place to visit, where you can do anything from sailing to fishing.
There are many villages/small towns located within The Park, all with their own character. Dulverton, the gateway to the moor from the South has a great array of independent shops and places to eat from the well renowned gun and fishing shop Lance Nicholson to the fantastic Thai restaurant Tongdam. Dulverton is located on the River Barle which winds its way down through the moor from the North coast and passes through a prehistoric clapper bridge dating from 1,000 B.C, known as the Tarr Steps. It is built entirely of mammoth sized slabs of stone and has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building. More recently it was in the news as these slabs had to be put back in place after being washed away by the force of the river.