Accommodation in Exmoor National Park


The Exmoor moorland can be described an ‘upland’ area consisting of acidic soil and small vegetation. This is something of a technical definition in practice today.  Moorlands are wild areas of land that are not maintained or cultivated. Heather or rough grasses are among common features of moorland areas. The United Kingdom is home to about one tenth of the complete amount of moorland in the entire world!

The moors account for a big part of the national park area with stunning views across large parts of the south west in general.


The connotations of ‘moorland’ imply a sense of being free to grow and over the years develop their own signatures. Exmoor’s moorland contains a combination of upland heath and wetter peat mires. The good thing to note is most of Exmoor’s land area is termed “access land”.  This means it is open for all to roam and enjoy.

The heath area as mentioned, takes up around one quarter of the whole Exmoor land site accounting for over ten thousand hectares of space. The heaths focus is within the parish of Exmoor and spreads out to other villages surrounding the moor area.

exmoor and its moorHistorically

Exmoor is documented as one of the oldest landscapes on planet earth. It could date back as far as 200 million years. Incase you wondered (and probably presumed) Exmoor gets its name from the River Exe which resides on it.

Exmoor is a designated ‘SSSI’.  This is a special site of scientific interest. Other areas within Exmoor are protected for other reasons. In North Exmoor these include the Holnicote and Horner Water Nature Conversation review site, along with the Chains Geological Conversation review site.  

reasons to see the moor at Exmoor

Sustainability is an important factor for any project. There is great focus on how the moorland will be sustained in the future. Several commissioned reports helped determine the best way to maintain Exmoor’s landscape.

* Acquiring greater knowledge and understanding of changes in the Exmoor moorland.

* The issue of management of the moorland (which we have already alluded to) and the consequences of doing / not doing this.

* The role that human ‘prospects’ play and how this can benefit the moorland.

The moorland is such an important site for everything historically and present we have to protect it for future generations.

Visit our Things to Do page to find other details and information of interest about our area.