The Dartmoor Hill Ponies remain one of the most popular attractions here. Miners used the ponies during medieval times for hauling loads of tin across the moor. Once the mines closed, farmers adopted some of the ponies but the remaining herd roamed wild. Today, visitors have the opportunity of seeing almost 1,000 of these gentle, small ponies enjoying the native landscape.
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The Alpaca Park and Ashwater Beaworthy Nature Reserve consists of 100 acres of property located in the scenic Devon countryside. Walk through fragrant gardens, on woodland trails and see the dozens of alpacas, miniature goats and horses, moorland ponies and other native wildlife that consider the reserve home. The location also features an alpaca shop, which sells products made from alpaca wool. Enjoy a picnic or visit the site tearoom.
Many venture to the popular north coast of Devon, a favourite for surfers and to the area of Woolacombe. Holidays in Devon have never lost their appeal with all ages and groups and people staying here tend to stay at one of the many Woolacombe campsites.
Initially Woolacombe was called Wolmecoma, which means “Wolves Valley,” the many wildlife species found here include a population of wolves who have ancestry dating back to prehistoric times. Enjoy relaxing or strolling on the three miles (4.8 kilometers) of sandy beaches or take a catamaran tour of the channel while enjoying the native marine life.
Extending from the northern Devon coast inland, visitors find the 267 square mile (693 square kilometer) Exmoor National Park. The many paths and trails venturing across the terrain welcome walking, horseback riding, electric bikes and 4x4s.
The location of Exmoor offers guided and self-guided tours to many of the park’s historical and scenic attractions. The diverse landscape includes everything from forested river valleys to rolling heather covered moors. Many bird species, red deer and ancient horse breeds reside here along with a large selection of plant life. Archaeology enthusiasts find Bronze Age burial mounds, Iron Age hill forts and the remains of Roman occupation.