See also:Somersetshire and Devonshire, England . The uplands of this
See also:district are bounded by the low alluvial plain of Sedgemoor on the east, by the
See also:basin of the Exe on the south, by the basin of the Taw (in
See also:part) on the west, and by the
See also:Bristol Channel on the
See also:north . The
See also:area thus defined, however, includes not only Exmoor but the Brendon and Quantock Hills east of it . Excluding these, the
See also:total area in the district lying at an
See also:elevation exceeding
See also:I000 ft. is about 120 sq. m . The
See also:geological formation is Devonian . The
See also:forest had an area of about 20,000 acres, and was enclosed in 1815 . Large tracts are still uncultivated; and the
See also:wild red
See also:deer and native Exmoor
See also:pony are characteristic of the district . The highest point is Dunkery Beacon in the east (1707 ft.), but Span
See also:Head in the south-west is 1618 ft., and a height of Isoo ft. is exceeded at several points . The Exe, Barle, Lyn and other streams, traversing deep picturesque valleys except in their uppermost courses, are in favour with
See also:trout fishermen . The few villages, such as Exford, Withypool and Simonsbath, with
See also:Lynton and Lynmouth on the
See also:coast, afford centres for tourists and sportsmen . Exmoor is noted for its
See also:hunting . The district has a further fame through
See also:Richard Blackmore's novel, Lorna Doone .
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