Unlike Dartmoor, which is exclusively in Devon, Exmmor National park lies mostly in Somerset but partly in Devon.

It is not much like Dartmoor as there are no tors (granite outcrops on hill tops). It enjoys some of England’s loveliest coastline as well as splendid old woodlands and of course moorland. The walk along the cliffs from Porlock Weir with its pebble beach, through the woods to the tiny church a Culbone is absolutely idyllic. The Valley of Rocks, stretching from Lynton westwards is superb. These are just two bits.

There are fascinating towns inland such as Dulverton and Selworthy, on the coast near Minehead contains delightful thatched cottages.

The moor is the only place in England other than part of the Lake District where herds of red deer are found and there are feral goats in hte valley of Rocks.

Porlock Hill, the main road connection between Devon and Somerset, was much dreaded in the time of older cars and many a clutch has gone to where ex-clutches go. Now, although it’s not particularly adventurous, you may still prefer one of the toll road bypasses for the beauty of its scenery.

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