Facts you did not know about Exmoor

General information.
Exmoor is named after the River Exe and is a moorland area located in West Somerset and North Devon. During the 1950s Exmoor was made a national park and more recently parts were made a ‘special site of scientific interest’ – meaning protection is afforded to certain vegetation in the area. Exmoor is a geologist and geographers paradise as it houses over 30 miles of coastline with rocks as old as over 4 million years ago!

Exmoor is visited for a variety of reasons. There are many places to relax and find some quiet time, but equally the area is known for its thrill and adventure with plenty to see and do.

The above is a sweeping description of area and the main reasons why people come to visit.
In this posting, we would like to highlight some of the ‘not so well known’ things about Exmoor. For the quirky of you out there, or just for general information we may be about to give you further reasons to visit Exmoor!

Did you know…

Ask someone off the top of their head which county you would put Exmoor in most would answer with Devon.
* Infact 71% of Exmoor is covered by Somerset with 29% Devon.

Wildlife records are held in Exmoor.
1) The biggest amount of red deer are located within this area.
2) Exmoor is home to an unusual butterfly (known as the Heath Fritillary.)
3) The oldest breed of horse is known to reside here.

On the rocks.
> Exmoor is home to some of the highest cliff areas located in England.
> It also flows from this (if you forgive the pun) that Exmoor is home to the biggest tidal range (high to low) in Europe, and takes the silver award for this worldwide.
> Due to a process known as continental drift (geography and geology again!…) Exmoor’s rocks originated in a different hemisphere to where they are today! If time is put forward millions of years then these rocks will drift north and end up somewhere in the Artic!

Trees are as tall as three giraffes in Exmoor!
* Well, sort of – we haven’t actually measured! Exmoor holds the records for the largest trees in the UK with some growing over 100ft and up to a massively tall 150ft.

Hikers are in for a very long walk!
* Exmoor is the source of the South West Coast Path which stretches all the way down into the core of Cornwall. The route at over 600 miles long makes it one of the most longest walking trails in England.

* The percentage of people over the age of 45 in Exmoor is reported to be higher than Somerset and Devon put together!

You may want to visit Exmoor for a traditional reason, or perhaps you want to search for the elusive 150ft tree and possibly the red deer that reside within them. Whatever your reason for visiting something will keep you occupied and fascinated for sure!

For more information on attractions, accommodation and local events as well as booking your B&B stay in Exmoor, get in touch with us at Highcliffe House. We would be delighted to hear from you and will endeavour to help in any way that we can.

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