Ex­moor ad­ven­ture

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Ex­moor is the undis­cov­ered jewel in the Bri­tish land­scape. That’s mainly due to the fact it is reg­u­larly shrouded in fog and rain, but when the mist lifts the true beauty of the coun­try­side is re­vealed. Start­ing in Mine­head, the best di­rec­tion is an­ti­clock­wise as you head to Por­lock and out to­wards the coast. Por­lock it­self has a few shops and cafés but its main at­trac­tion is Por­lock Hill, one of the steep­est in the UK. With gra­di­ents of 1:4 at the top, not to men­tion a vi­cious left-hand cor­ner, it is the neme­sis of many a car­a­van and the es­cape roads bear the scars of over­heated brakes.

Watch out for the wild ponies and elu­sive beast of Ex­moor be­fore you drop down into Lyn­ton and Lyn­mouth, where fish and chips while sit­ting over­look­ing the bay is highly rec­om­mended. Suit­ably for­ti­fied, the route in­land on the A39 and then A399 in­volves high hedgerows and kamikaze pheas­ants so cau­tion is rec­om­mended, as it is on the A361 where two speed cam­eras are lo­cated. Turn­ing off the A361 on the out­skirts of Tiver­ton the A396 winds its way back to Mine­head with more stun­ning scenery to en­joy. If you fancy ex­tend­ing your trip, or have a pic­nic, then a diver­sion to Wim­ble­ball Lake is rec­om­mended as is a visit to Tarr Steps and the lovely pub.

Watch out for kamikaze pheas­ants and run­away car­a­vans as you tour the west

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