Exmoor

Exmoor

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This new title in Bradt's distinctive series of Slow travel guides to regions of Britain is the only general guide to focus exclusively on Exmoor, covering all of the National Park plus towns and villages just outside the boundary. Written by expert resident author Hilary Bradt, coast and moorland, hiking, wildlife and birdwatching are all covered, as are food and drink, historical background and culture both present and past, including Lorna Doone (and Doone Country), Wordsworth and Shelley. Divided into five regions and complete with 13 walks with maps, Bradt's Exmoor National Park also covers National Trust villages and nature reserves, little-known attractions such as private gardens, and the region's most interesting little churches.
Exmoor is one of England's smallest but most beautiful national parks and is also particularly rich in festivals, both cultural and traditional - and frankly bizarre, including the Hunting of the Earl of Rone in the village of Combe Martin and the Minehead Hobby Horse. The area is also increasingly recognised as a foodie destination and as a place for active holidays of all types. With its long coastline there are beaches for everyone, both sand and pebble, with wild swimming in the sea, rivers and reservoirs. This is also one of the most rewarding areas for walking in the West Country, combining stunning sections of the South West Coast Path with inland walks over heather-rich moorland and up river valleys.
England's smallest church, the largest number of wild red deer in England and Britain's most distinctive native pony are all found here. Ideal for walkers, riders, foodies and lovers of beautiful scenery and wilderness, Bradt's Exmoor National Park is the essential companion for a successful trip regardless of age or budget.

About the author

Hilary Bradt co-founded Bradt Travel Guides in 1974, but now lives in semi-retirement in Seaton, East Devon. After 40 years of writing guidebooks to Africa and South America, she has embraced her chosen home to the extent of insisting that such a large, varied and beautiful county deserved four Slow guides, not just one. Her first visit to the region was as a child on a pony-trekking holiday on Exmoor - a never to be forgotten experience. A keen walker, she has covered many miles of the South West Coast Path and inland footpaths, and most Saturdays see her taking part in one of Devon's Parkruns (5k, but she's appropriately slow). She is a productive member of the South West Sculptors' Association and lectures regularly on travel-related topics at libraries and literary festivals, both in Devon and further afield. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to the tourist industry and to charity and in 2009 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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Press reviews

Eye-opening and wonderful
The Sunday Times Magazine

An invaluable inspiration to those who like to walk and discover new things about the region.
North Devon Journal

Contains all manner of little known facts and tales about local characters both past and present.
Western Morning News

Lifts the lid on secret spots in Devon, with out-of-the-way places, local characters and a guide to sustainable tourism.
Food & Travel Magazine

In short, for residents and tourists, the guide is a brilliant addition to the bookcase.
Devon Life

An interesting read which made me want to revisit many of the places it describes. I loved the tales associated with the places visited and could feel the enthusiasm the author has for this part of the country.
Third Age Matters
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Contents

Introduction
Going Slow in Exmoor
Chapter 1 An introduction to Exmoor and the national park
Wildlife, Exmoor & the hand of man, Getting there & around, Active Exmoor (inc wild swimming), Inactive Exmoor
Chapter 2 Western Exmoor (Devon)
Introduction to area, Combe Martin & area, to Lynton via Blackmoor Gate , The coastal triangle; Lynton, Lynmouth & area
Chapter 3 Central & southern Exmoor (Somerset)
Introduction to the area, Simonsbath & the River Barle, Southern Exmoor villages, Tarr Steps, Doone Country
Chapter 4 Eastern Exmoor (Somerset)
Introduction to the area, Porlock & area, Porlock Weir to County Gate, East of Porlock: the National Trust villages
Chapter 5 Minehead, Dunster & the eastern fringes of Exmoor
Introduction to the area (including getting there & around), Minehead, Dunster, Within the national park: the northern section; The southern segment: Dulverton & area
Appendices
Booklist & further information
Index