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The Old Station House Inn: Blackmoor Gate, Kentisbury, North Devon EX31 4NW Phone: 01598 763520 or W: www.oldstationhouseinn.co.uk E: old.station.house@hotmail.com

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The Exmoor National Park is a protected area of approximately 267 square miles within North Devon and West Somerset in the South West of England, UK. Exmoor is a mixture of valleys and combes, high heather moorland and ancient oak woodland. The northern boundary of Exmoor is the dramatic coastline of the Bristol Channel. The cliffs here are the highest in England and much of them is covered in ancient oak woodland. The tides in the Channel can be quite fierce but there are a number of safe, sandy beaches.

Old Station House Inn There is a wide diversity of wildlife on Exmoor; The famous wild Exmoor Pony still thrives on the heathland commons, as do the herds of wild Red Deer. There are large numbers of foxes which, until 2005, were regularly hunted on horseback using hounds. The loud 'mewing' of the buzzards as they circle overhead is also a feature of the Exmoor scenery. Another Exmoor feature is the Devon bank - field boundaries consisting of high, stone-sided, hedge topped man made banks.

Old Station House Inn Exmoor is a very quiet and peaceful place, relatively unchanged for many years. Lots of its visitors return year after year, drawn by the beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and the relaxing ambience of the place.

Blackmoor Gate, the western gateway to the Exmoor National Park, sits on the watershed between tributaries of the rivers Yeo and Heddon nearly 305m (1000 feet) above sea level. It has long been a crossing of tracks – an ancient ridgeway following the former moorland ridge from the heights of Exmoor down to the sea at Mortehoe. The road from Lynton to Barnstaple crosses here at a low point of the ridge, as did the former Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Of which the former station is now the 'The Old Station Inn'

Old Station House Inn Travelling the four compass points takes you to stunning scenery and fantastic places. Lynton and Lynmouth, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, Barnstaple and Bideford and last but by no means least South Molton and onwards to Exeter. You are a stones throw from some of the most beautiful and rugged coastlines and moorlands.

Locally, until the middle of the 19th century, open moorland ran to the east of the road between here and Parracombe with a gate onto the moor at this point. The name comes from that of the Blackmore family who owned this and much more land elsewhere around Parracombe. R. D. Blackmore, author of the famous Exmoor book Lorna Doone, stayed in the area during his childhood.

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The Old Station House Inn: Blackmoor Gate, Kentisbury, North Devon EX31 4NW Phone: 01598 763520 or W: www.oldstationhouseinn.co.uk E: old.station.house@hotmail.com

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