Exmoor Landscape Photography Trip Report

18th August 2015
As part of a recent holiday I spent 3 days exploring the beautiful Exmoor National Park. This was my first trip to Exmoor so it took a little exploring to get my bearings and work out how the landscape is aligned and the best times of day to visit the various locations that I had on my list. Exmoor seems to have two distinct areas which consist of the stunning coastline featuring high sea cliffs with villages situated at the end of the rivers which begin high up on the exposed moorland complete with deep valleys and rolling countryside.

We stayed in the seaside town of Minehead which itself proved to be an excellent base with lots to see and plenty of places to eat and drink. There are some great walks around Minehead taking in the central shopping street heading down and around past the harbour and then back via the steep climb up to the church and the beautiful back streets of the old town.


Minehead at Low Tide


During the stay in Exmoor I managed to squeeze in a few photo trips in between relaxing on holiday. We visited the villages of Porlock and Porlock Weir before spending the rest of the day at the fascinating small town of Lynmouth. Lynmouth has a great deal of history with plenty to see and do, we also managed a trip on the cliff railway up to Lynton which also had lots to see including excellent galleries and craft exhibitions.


Porlock Weir


Throughout the trip we encountered many Exmoor Pony herds and I managed to capture a few shots that I am happy with, it was great to see them in their natural habitat happily doing their own thing. I can imagine they would make a great subject in better evening light with the spectacular scenic backdrop of the Exmoor coastline.


Exmoor Ponies


A trip to Exmoor wouldn't be complete without a trip to Tarr Steps, I'm not sure it's really worth a trip just to see them but if you are passing they are quite a sight. Having research since I found out that they were recently washed away in the storms and have had to be rebuilt back into their original place, the workmen have done an excellent job as you wouldn't be able to tell that they were ever moved.


Tarr Steps


South West Coastal Path at North Hill West of Minehead



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Nick Cockman is a digital photographer from Sheffield specialising in UK Landscape and Seascape photography.

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