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Drive though Exmoor and Dartmoor

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Bring a tent and take your time meandering round the epic cliff tops of the Atlantic coast, though the pretty towns and pottering about on the stone age sites and moors, or drive though in an afternoon - there are many variations on this trip but this version starts in Porlock and ends in Milton Abbot. Porlock is nestled amongst tall cliffs and as soon as you climb them – steep even for cars – you're rewarded with a view out over the Bristol Channel and into Wales.

Porlock Weir is the first major site to stop for, when the tide is low a prehistoric forest is revealed in the harbour. If you go via Lynton, which also has plenty of cafes and shops, then there's a scenic site called the Valley of Rocks which is worth getting out of your car for. Castle Drogo, near Exeter, is another highlight.

Exmoor is one of the UK's smaller National Parks, and only a third the size of its neighbour Dartmoor, but both have some wild and woolly scenery both along the coastline and inland. Salt marshes give out onto sweeping cliffs and little woods open out onto miles of moor. There are plenty of roads running though both parks and options to stay in towns or camp along the route.

Written by  Nell Anderson.

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