Cows in Exmoor

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park is one of the most important areas in the UK for butterflies.

As well as being home to the iconic Exmoor pony, Exmoor National Park’s moorlands, heathlands and valleys provide a diverse range of habitats that support a wide variety of flora and fauna. With the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland, the most extensive broadleaved coastal woods in Britain and the most remote shoreline in England, the Park also has some of the most distinct seascapes in the country. Almost a third of the Park is protected for wildlife under UK and European law. It is one of the most important areas in the UK for butterflies and is especially vital for the heath fritillary, found in only four locations in the UK.

Did you know? Tarr Steps, an Exmoor landmark, is the longest remaining stone slab clapper bridge in Britain and is believed to date back to around 1000 BC.

Designation: 1954

Habitats: Coastal cliffs, woodland, ancient woodland, moorland, heathland, valleys, farmland

Common wildlife: Exmoor ponies, birds of prey such as the red kite, the harrier and the peregrine, waders, including lapwing and oystercatcher

Star spots: Heath fritillary butterfly, red deer, otters, badgers

Notable towns and cultural sights: Dunster Castle, Tarr Steps

Notable nature sights: Valley of the Rocks

Popular activities for visitors: Water sports, hiking, rock pooling, mountain biking

Highest peak: Dunkery Beacon at 519 meters above sea level

Annual visitor numbers: 1.38 million in 2019