The national park founded in 1954 is located on the diverse southern coast of the Bristol Channel. Densely wooded valleys and small coves can be found among the rocky cliffs. Most of the villages lie further inland in a sprawling agricultural zone. Just like in Brittany their churches are mostly dedicated to Celtic saints. In the back country, at an altitude of about 300 meters, lies the undeveloped, treeless moorland where heather, gorse and ferns are often shrouded in mist. Exmoor is home to the homonymous moorland ponies, the oldest pony breed in the UK.
Originally the road leading from lighthouse to lighthouse was built by the Coast Guard to help in the fight against smugglers. Today, it has become one of the most beautiful long-distance footpaths in England. More than 1,000 kilometers long, it runs from Minehead along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall to Poole Harbour in Dorset.