Last Saturday’s sunset trip to the wildflower meadow will be my last trip there. These are a few of the ones I took before the sunset descended and my last photos of the meadowBecky Power, 21 July 2021
Snowdrop Valley 2015 Exmoor
Open from Saturday 31st January
to Sunday 1st March inclusive
Snowdrop Valley is a privately owned remote valley in a hidden part of Exmoor close to Wheddon Cross
The Badgworthy Land Company kindly allow access to the valley while the beautiful carpet of snowdrops is in bloom throughout February each year
Cutcombe Parish Council, in conjunction with Exmoor National Park Authority runs a Park and Ride Service to Snowdrop Valley and staffs the Snowdrop Valley Information Point in the Car Park
Visitors can also walk down into the valley and there is a variety of merchandise available to purchase as souvenirs.
Buses will be operating to the valley from Saturday 7th to Sunday 22nd
February inclusive. The buses have disabled access
There will be walking access only when the buses are not operating
(31st Jan to 6th Feb and 23rd Feb to 1st March)
No vehicles will be allowed into the valley
Visitors with mobility problems who cannot visit the Valley while the buses are
running should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit on the weekend of 31st Jan/1st Feb or 28th Feb/1st March to be issued with a mobility pass
Parking for all vehicles is at the Exmoor Farmers Market, which is also the start of the walks into Snowdrop Valley, and is clearly signposted from the village
Snowdrop Valley Information Leaflet 2014 ….click here to download
Walking route maps
Winter clothing and suitable sturdy walking footwear is essential. The walking routes take in bridleways and footpaths, and can be very muddy
Snowdrop Valley Merchandise Please click here to view
The single track lane into the valley is closed by a legal road closure order throughout February. Any vehicle entering the valley without an authorised Vehicle Pass will be reported to the police.
NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
The number of Exmoor’s whitebeam trees is set to increase if a new project by National Park Authority succeeds in raising some rare whitebeam or Sorbus tree varieties from seed from its own woodlands.
Woodland Projects Support Officer Loren Eldred commented: “This autumn has been such an excellent season for tree fruit and nuts that we hoped that we might be lucky with finding some fruit on some of the rare Sorbus trees this year, so we were delighted when we came across a good number of fruit from Sorbus margaretae trees at Culbone Wood and even more fruit from several Sorbus devoniensis trees at Timberscombe Woods.”
The National Park Authority is working with Tim Greenland from local tree nursery, Exmoor Trees in Exford who will be attempting to germinate some of the Sorbus seeds extracted from the fruits this winter. If this proves successful and the trees can be raised, they will be planted back into the Authority’s woodlands when they are a few years old in order to help the species to grow strongly in future.
Tim Greenland said: “I am pleased to be working with Exmoor National Park Authority on this project. Although it can be difficult to germinate the Sorbus seeds, I am hopeful that by spring next year, we will have been able to raise a number of the tree seedlings.”
Some of the Sorbus species are extremely rare in the UK, numbering just a few hundred trees or less. Exmoor National Park is fortunate to contain several of the rare Sorbus species, particularly along the steep, rocky coastal woodlands and valleys, which grow nowhere else in the world. They can be difficult to tell apart and identification in the field has to rely on subtle differences between leaves, flowers and berries. Sorbus devoniensis is slightly more widespread than some of the other rare Sorbus species and tends to grow along woodland edges and in old hedges in the west country of England, but it is still not a common tree.
Exmoor National Park Authority has more information about the rare Sorbus varieties in the Trees and Woodlands pages on their website: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk