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Ancient Exmoor

The Archaeology of Exmoor and West Somerset






Exmoor is primarily an upland area made up mainly of small villages and hamlets. The largest settlements are Porlock, Dulverton, Lynton, and Lynmouth, Simonsbath and Wheddon Cross.

Greater Exmoor is home to dozens of ancient monuments and archaeological sites, including burial chambers, stone circles and menhirs. Aside from the Prehistoric sites on Exmoor, the moor also hosts a number of sites reflecting Exmoor's industrial past. Here you can find selected information on the varied archaeology of the Exmoor and West Somerset region.

Prehistoric Exmoor

Stone circles, standing stones, forts, enclosures, burial sites, bridges


Medieval Exmoor

Medieval field systems, boundaries, farmhouses, religious sites: abbeys, churches


Industrial Exmoor

Lost hamlets and villages. Disused mine workings, buildings, and railways


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Exmoor is a National Park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of south west England. Exmoor is located in two counties, with 71% of the park located in Somerset and 29% located in Devon