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Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954, under the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act. The Exmoor National Park is primarily an upland area with a dispersed population living mainly in small villages and hamlets. The largest settlements are Porlock, Dulverton, Lynton, and Lynmouth, which together contain almost 40 per cent of the park's population. Lynton and Lynmouth are combined into one parish and are connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway.

Exmoor was once a Royal forest and hunting ground, covering 18,810 acres (7,610 ha), which was sold off in 1818. Several areas within the Exmoor National Park have been declared Sites of Special Scientific Interest due to their flora and fauna. This title earns the site some legal protection from development, damage and neglect. In 1993 an environmentally sensitive area was established within Exmoor.

Getting there

The closest major city with international flights is London. The drive to Exmoor is about 3 - 4 hours in a car. Using public transport will take you longer.

When to visit

The most popular months are during summer. The weather in the UK is generally better for most outdoor activities during summer. You will find a lot less visitors during spring and fall.


Park website


Park size

692 km²

Park founded


Useful links

Visitor Map


Hiking Info


Fishing Info


Butterfly Pocket Guide


Map of Exmoor National Park

Image gallery of Exmoor National Park

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Visitor/Information centres in Exmoor National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Hiking trails in Exmoor National Park

Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.

Natural Sights

Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.

Mountains in Exmoor National Park

This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.

Wildlife in Exmoor National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Bears in Exmoor National Park

Bears in Exmoor National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.