On 19th October, Exmoor lovers from near and far celebrate #ExmoorDay on the anniversary of its designation as a National Park in 1954. Throughout the day the National Park Authority and
On 19th October, Exmoor lovers from near and far celebrate #ExmoorDay on the anniversary of its designation as a National Park in 1954.
Throughout the day the National Park Authority and partners will be taking to social media to celebrate all that Exmoor means to the nation, from the breath-taking beauty of its scenery, heritage and wildlife to incredible ways you can experience it in the flesh.
Everyone is invited to follow the Day and join in by sharing their own experiences and photos of Exmoor using the #ExmoorDay hashtag. National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dunster and Dulverton will be offering 10% off everything along with free Cliff bars and past copies of Exmoor Magazine with every purchase. Local businesses and communities are joining in too and an outline of what’s happening is available at www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/exmoor-day.
Katrina Munro, who is helping coordinate #ExmoorDay on behalf of the National Park, said: “Throughout the day look out for promotional offers and experiences, special menus and recipes using delicious Exmoor produce, tips and hints for enjoying the landscape and ways to get involved in caring for it. We’ll also be showcasing a special #ExmoorDay film about all the wonderful reasons to love Exmoor and celebrating the community’s efforts to replace Woodside Bridge in the stunning East Lyn Valley. Exmoor’s rural economy and communities have been hugely impacted by coronavirus and so in the midst of this we’re keen to support local businesses to highlight all that is good about Exmoor.”
Exmoor’s designation order was confirmed by the then Minister for Housing and Local Government – Harold Macmillan – on 19th October 1954 and it is today one of 15 UK National Parks representing some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes.
These special places were chosen not just for their outstanding natural beauty – rich in wildlife, culture and history. But also as a ‘recreational gift to Britain’s returning Second World War service men and women’ to bring inspiration and spiritual refreshment to the nation.
On Exmoor a huge amount has been achieved to breathe life into that pioneering vision since 1954 – from more than 1000 km of rights of way including the start of the UK’s longest and best-loved National Trail, to a living working landscape championing traditional ways of life and wild places largely lost from modern-day Britain.
Follow @ExmoorNP on Facebook and Twitter and exmoor_national_park on Instagram using the hashtag #ExmoorDay to join in the celebration.
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