Exmoor is one of the last remaining 'wild' parts of England - and a remarkably civilized wild place it is too.
I spent many childhood holidays on a farm just down from the moor on the south side. Dad and I returned to visit the farm, farmers family, the rare Exmoor ponies on the moor (the oldest, purest breed and most primitive of the Brisish native ponies), Doone Valley (setting of Lorna Doone), Tarr Farm Inn, The Royal Oak at Withypool and other favorite haunts.
The narrow, deep Devon lanes force you to slow down a bit. It was much needed.