Some Exmoor Facts from Highcliffe House
If you've never visited Exmoor before, then here are a few fun facts to help you get to know it.
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. 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!
Ask someone off the top of their head which county you would put Exmoor in most would answer with Devon. 71% of Exmoor is in Somerset and 29% in Devon.
Exmoor holds some great wildlife records..
- Exmoor has the largest amount of red deer.
- Exmoor is home to an unusual butterfly known as the Heath Fritillary
- The oldest breed of horse resides in Exmoor.
On the rocks ...
- Exmoor boasts some of the highest cliffs in England.
- 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! In millions of years these rocks will slowly 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 has the largest trees in the UK, some growing over 100ft and up to a massively tall 150ft.
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.
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 stay in our Exmoor Guest House, get in touch with us at Highcliffe House.
Want to explore more about Exmoor? Check out Visit Exmoor it has some excellent information.
We have just returned from a short stay at Highcliffe House. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Jason was an excellent host and helped us to make the most of our stay by suggesting several walks which we enjoyed immensely. The setting was beautiful...More