Highland Cattle

Long way from home, Highland cattle can be found if you look hard enough on Exmoor.

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Exmoor Ponies

Exmoor ponies located at Dunkery on Exmoor National Park.

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Tarr Steps, Exmoor

The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. There are 17 spans across 50 meters (55 yd), the top slabs weigh 1-2 tons and are about 39 inches (99 cm) above normal water level. The largest slab is over 8 feet (2.4 m) long and is about 5 feet (1.5 m) wide. This is one of the best-known monuments on Exmoor. Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that Tarr Steps dates from the Bronze Age but others date them from around 1400 AD.

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Wildlife at Stonehenge

Local wildlife eyeing up a home at Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, where archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.

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Tarr Steps #Exmoor

The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. There are 17 spans across 50 meters (55 yd), the top slabs weigh 1-2 tons and are about 39 inches (99 cm) above normal water level. The largest slab is over 8 feet (2.4 m) long and is about 5 feet (1.5 m) wide. This is one of the best-known monuments on Exmoor. Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that Tarr Steps dates from the Bronze Age but others date them from around 1400 AD.

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My Artistic view of Muchelney Abbey @visitsomerset #muchelneyabbey #somerset

Pictured Church of St Peter and St Paul, Muchelney neighboring Muchelney Abbey, which lies two miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors and history lovers, in particular, will enjoy this fascinating site but there is also plenty for families to do.

It was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution, the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.

Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory- the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th-century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life.

With plenty of rooms to explore, this is an ideal day out whatever the weather and on sunny days, children have plenty of room to play in the grounds.

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Arundel Castle

International jousting at Arundel Castle Sussex. Arundel Castle is a restored and remodeled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1068.

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Tall Tree Trial Exmoor

Tall Tree Trial within the Crown estate Dunster, Exmoor.

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Tall Tree Skyline

Circle of trees within the Crown estate Dunster, Exmoor.

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Low Tide #Porlock Harbour

Sailing boats low tide at Porlock harbour, Exmoor.

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#Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves @BayeuxMuseum ‏

I was honoured, proud and privileged back in 2013 while in France, in having the time to visit the Bayeux War Cemetery.

Spending several hours with my children, reading together the names of the soldiers from all over the world and explaining to Kyla (10), Duncan (9) and Fenton (7) that these soldiers paid their ultimate price by sacrificing their lives so we could live the way we do today.

I was amazed to say that the place was so clean, with over 3800 graves of fallen soldiers from all over the world in immaculate condition.

This emotional moving place is so worth a visit, just a little over 30 minutes drive from the port of Ouistreham which is currently operated by Brittany Ferries.

Then across the road from the cemetery, with a large car park and picnic area, is the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, housing several tanks, jeeps, they will, of course, tell you their story and, of course, the Bayeux Tapestry, so you could make a day of it. Their twitter account is @BayeuxMuseum.

Ever visited Bayeux? Please do leave your experience of your visit or perhaps of my image in the comments below.

Don’t forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark’s Score for visitor experience Bayeux : 8 out 10.