Monday, 24 August 2015

Exmoor's variety, part 1: Water

Exmoor National Park is not only incredibly beautiful, but incredibly varied. Some people hear the word ‘moor’ and think ‘bleak’ – but I want to show you that on Exmoor this is very far from the full story.

I’d intended to make this post about scenery and landscape in general, but this is such a huge subject that it needs breaking down into several episodes. So this time I’m going to concentrate on one theme – water. Who doesn’t love picnicking by a river, or relaxing by the sea?
 The river Barle at Withypool

 The moorland is criss-crossed by many small rivers, e.g. the Barle...

...and there are areas of marshland, rich in wildlife.
Porlock Marsh
Wimbleball Lake at dusk

We’ve a lake (a man-made reservoir but none the less attractive for that) at Wimbleball.

And Exmoor National Park has an amazing coastline, from Minehead
View from the Valley of Rocks, Lynton
to Porlock, from Lynmouth to Heddon’s Mouth and many places in between. Beaches, high and rugged cliffs, dramatic ravines, charming harbour towns…

Walking to Heddon's Mouth
There are plenty of water-based activities to choose from on Exmoor, including coasteering, kayaking, fishing - and of course coastal walking or cycling.

Find some ideas at Visit Exmoor

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