Exmoor National Park
For a complete contrast to the busy harbor town of Ilfracombe, the nearly untouched landscape of Exmoor offers the very best of the English countryside. There is evidence that hunter-gatherers lived on the moors and in the wooded valleys of Exmoor as far back as Mesolithic times. Today, the 692-square-kilometer national park is an important nature reserve, and home to deer, dormice, otters and bats. The whole region is dotted with small hamlets, streams and wildlife. The cliff-top village of Lynton with its water-powered cliff railway is a particular highlight.
By David Nikel, AFAR Local Expert
Simonsbath, Minehead TA24, UK