Straddling parts of west Somerset and north Devon, Exmoor is actually a patchwork of different landscapes, encompassing wild uplands, thickly wooded combes (valleys), ancient farms, sheltered villages and a stretch of coastline - with its dizzying hog's-back cliffs - that is unsurpassed.
There are one or two 'honeypot' places, such as Tarr Steps, the ancient 'clapper' bridge over the magical River Barle, and Dunster, the beautifully preserved medieval village, but generally you won't find yourself in a crowd.
The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also provides tranquillity and a feel of wilderness. The open moorland allows for superb views across the hills to the coast and Wales. Like Exmoor, there are deep wooded combes and attractive villages to discover. The coastline has quality Jurassic cliffs with plenty of fossils to seek out.
So come and discover Exmoor and the Quantocks - you'll wonder why it took you so long.