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The shimmering waters of the River Exe meander through the wild, heather-dappled moorland, flowing beneath a bright and boundless sky. Gallop along the many bridleways that cover Exmoor, or kayak on the reservoir: explore the far-reaching Devon countryside and soak up the calming atmosphere of this beautiful, peaceful national park.

Exmoor and the Exmoor National Park can be found in South West England encompassing north Devon and West Somerset, known for its open hilly moorland and mixed woodland areas. The National Park includes the Brendon Hills, East Lyn Valley, the Vale of Porlock and part of the Bristol Channel coastline. The source of the River Exe can be found in the centre of Exmoor, which is how the area got its name.

Exmoor’s varied landscape makes it a good place to take part in many adventure activities, with horse-riding being one of the most popular activities here. Exmoor was once a royal hunting ground and horses have long been a common sight in the area, whether being ridden for leisure or for farming and transport. The beauty of the open heather moorland and big skies here have long been a draw for riders and with many well maintained trails and excellent stable facilities, it is easy to see why.

Like most areas like this in the UK, mountain biking and cycling are also a popular activity here, with bikes available to hire easily and a variety of trails to suit all ages and abilities, Exmoor is a good place to explore by bike. You can choose from the National Millennium Cycle Route or the Exmoor Cycle Route if you want something well marked to follow, or you can meander along single track and gently rolling roads.

If you prefer to explore the park by foot, walkers are spoilt for choice with Britain’s longest trail, the South West Coast Path as well as the option to follow the Tarka Trail, Samaritans Way South West, Macmillan Way West, Exe Valley Way and Celtic Way.

For water sports such as sailing, canoeing and kayaking, Exmoor has a large reservoir known as Wimbleball Lake which has its own sailing club and other facilities making it a good place for families and people looking for a managed activity destination within the park.

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