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Partly in Devon and partly in Somerset, at 693km� (267 sq. miles), Exmoor, created in 1954, is one of the country's smallest National Parks. It s named after its principal river, the Exe.

The varied countryside which lies within the boundaries of the park is also home to about 10,500 people. It was created a National Park because, for its size, it is one of the least spoilt areas of England and Wales, with many distinctive features. These include wildlife such as wild red deer and ponies as well as local breeds of demosticated farm animals, a variety of landscape including open moors and heaths, rolling hills high, wild and remote coastline, ancient oak woodland and beech hedgebanks and rare species. There is also a long continuity of human settlement with distinctive buildings and archaeological features.

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The moorland in the north of the park is bounded by the towering cliffs and headlands, punctuated by the steep wooded ravines of many rivers and streams, which meet the Bristol Channel (Ilfracombe, Lynton, Porlock and Minehead) and have been designated a Heritage Coast.

The grass moorland inland is surrounded by undulating heather-clad hills. The moor rises to the 519 m (1704 ft) height of Dunkery Beacon and the high rainfall gives rise to a large number of streams flowing rapidly to the north and more gently to the south and cutting the moorland with "combes", steep wooded valleys.

The high land of the park catches the clouds from the Atlantic fronts which dominate Britain's weather causing them to shed rain of up to 2,000mm (80 inches) a year.

In the east of the park lie the Brendon Hills, heavily wooded in the north but covered in a patchwork of fields bounded by banks and beech hedges - a landscape which extends to the lower southern and western slopes of the high moor. Although some dairying is practised, most of the farming within the confines of the park consists of raising beef cattle and sheep.

The nature of the park has been created by thausands of years of farming and the grazing of sheep (which outnumber the human population by 50:1) in particualr as, by consuming heather, the tough moorland grasses and tree seedlings, the animals keep the moorland and grassland, which would naturally revert to climax woodland, open.

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The Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks: Changes in Farming Structure, 1952-1972

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  The "Great Walks" series
  by John Weir, et. al.

40 Years On: Exmoor National Park

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  by Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert Porchester

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  The "Insight Guides" series
  by Andrew Eames, 1998

Uplands Habitats
  by Alan Fielding and Paul F Haworth, 1999

National Parks West
  The "Insight Guides" series
  by Jeffery Pike, et. al.

Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor
  The "Oxford World s Classics" series
  by RD Blackmore, Sally Shuttleworth, 1999

Rural Politics: Policies for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment
  by Michael Winter, 1996

Exmoor Moods
  by Peter Hendrie, 2002

  The "Pathfinder Guides" series
  by Brian Conduit, publisher
Jarrold Publishing, 1993

Exmoor Walks
  by Rodney Legg

  by Brian Pearce

Exmoor Geology
  by Edwards

North Devon, Exmoor and the Quantocks
  by Peter Titchmarsh

Portrait of Exmoor
  by JHB Peel

Enjoying Exmoor
  by Hilary Binding

Exmoor and North Devon
  by Richard Sale

Living on Exmoor

Yesterday s Exmoor
  by Hazel Eardley-Wilmot

A Century of Coaching in Exmoor: Horner Woods for Tea
  by Michael Hawkins and Roger Grimley, 1998

Exmoor Walks from Minehead
  by Brian Atkin, 1998

Exmoor s Maritime Heritage
  by John Gilman

Legends of Exmoor

Lorna Doone s Exmoor: A Romantic Picture Guide
  by Barry Gardner, 1990

Murder and Mystery on Exmoor
  by Jack Hurley , 1982

Great Cycle Routes: Dartmoor and Exmoor
  by Jeremy Evans, 1996

Snow, Storm and Flood on Exmoor
  by Martin Hesp

Donald Ayre s Exmoor
  by Donald Ayres, 2001

An Autobiography of an Exmoor Poacher
  The "Halsgrove Country Classics" series
  by Lordy Holcombe, ed. Caractacus, 2002

A Book of Exmoor
  The "Halsgrove Country Classics" series
  by FJ Snell, 2002

Exmoor and the Quantocks
  by John Earle, 1991

Dartmoor and Exmoor (Weekend Walks)
  by Anthony Burton, Mike Williams, 2002

  by Dennis Needham

Images of Exmoor
  by Tim Shipsey

Churches and chapels of Exmoor
  by NV Allen

Ancient Exmoor: A Study of the Archaeology and Prehistory of Exmoor (Microstudies)
  by Hazel Eardley-Wilmot

Exmoor in Wartime

Exmoor Villages

Devon and Exmoor (Serial)
  by Penny Hicks, Paul Murphy

Exmoor and Dartmoor
  The "Classic Country Companion" series
  by Simon McBride and Lydia McBride

Walks In Exmoor
  by Green

The House by Exmoor
  by Caroline Stafford

The archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgwater
  by Leslie V Grinsell

In Exmoor Countrie: Pen and Ink Drawings of Exmoor National Park
  by Penny Housden, et. al., 1996

Legends of Exmoor
  by Jack Hurley

  by Trevor Beer

Ken Hildrew s Exmoor
  by Ken Hildrew, 2002

Exmoor Food and Cookery
  by Brian Pearce and Heather Burnett-Wells

Exmoor and West Somerset
  by James Date, 2002

Exmoor s Greatest Walks
  by Atkin

The Changing Face of Exmoor
  by H Binding

Family Walks on Exmoor and the Quantocks
  by John Caswell, 1991

Field Archaeology of Exmoor
  , ed. Hazel Riley and Robert Wilson-North, 1994

Exploring Exmoor
  by Brain Atkin

The History of the Forest of Exmoor
  by Edward Terence MacDermot

Exmoor: Walks for Motorists
  by David Butler, publisher Warne Gerrard Guides for Walkers

Exmoor Country
  The "White Horse by Car Guides)" series
  by PA Titchmarsh

Audrie Doone: A Tale of Exmoor
  by BN Reckitt, 1997

  by SH Burton

Landranger guidebook to North Devon, Exmoor, and the Quantocks

The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest
  by CS Orwin

Curiosities of Exmoor
  by Felicity Young

Exmoor Album
  by J Astell

About Exmoor
  by Polly Lloyd

Exmoor in the Old Days
  by Rosemary Anne Lauder

An Endless View: Artist and Exmoor
  by John Yeats

Tapedrive Exmoor
  by Dennis Needham

Heritage of Exmoor
  by Roger A Burton

The Flora and Fauna of Exmoor National Park

Ships and Harbours of Exmoor
  by Grahame E Farr

Stag Hunting on Exmoor: With the Devon and Somerset Staghounds
  The "Field Sports Library" series
  by MC McGowan

The Last Word on Exmoor
  by Norma Huxtable

Pub Walks on Exmoor
  by Philip Pond

The Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Exmoor) Designation (Amendment) Order 1995: Agriculture (Statutory Instruments: 1995: 195)

The Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Exmoor) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998: Agriculture (Statutory Instruments: 1998: 1302)

  by John Coleman-Cooke

Happy Days as an Exmoor Ranger
  by Collins

The Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks : changes in farming structure, 1952-1972
  by Elvet Talfryn Davies

Devon and Exmoor
  by Ordnance Survey and the Automobile Association of Britain

The Beast of Exmoor and Other Mystery Predators of Britain
  by Di Francis

Walks for Motorists: Exmoor
  by David Beazley

Waters of Exmoor

The Hidden Places of Somerset: Including Exmoor and the Mendips
  The "The Hidden Places Travel Guides" series
  by Shane Scott and Sarah Bird

Francis Frith s Exmoor
  The "Francis Frith s Photographic Memories" series
  by Dennis Needham, Francis Frith

A little history of Exmoor
  by Hope L Bourne

Exmoor Wildlife
  by N.V. Allen and Caroline Giddens

Secrets of the Moor: A Walker s Guide to the Exmoor Landscapes
  by Chris Chapman, et. al.

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  by NV Allen

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Aerofilms Guides: Dartmoor and Exmoor
  The "Aerofilms Guides" series
  by Des Hannigan

An Illustrated History of Exmoor
  by Martin Smith

Railways Round Exmoor
  by R Madge

The Essence of Exmoor: The Story of Exmoor Since the Second World War
  by Victor Bonham-Carter

Exmoor Custom and Song
  by Robert W Patten

Exmoor Review 1995

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