Hoar Oak Valley

I spent today’s exercise back up on the moor, continuing my search for the sources of the tributaries of the East Lyn, this time to the source of the Hoar Oak up on the Chains. My circular walk from Exe Head to Furzehill via Pinkery Pond & back up the Hoar Oak also took in the sources of the Exe & the West Lyn. It’s amazing how close the Exe & Hoar Oak sources are – only about 80m with one draining north in to the Bristol Channel & the other south in to the English Channel. I was also surprised how much otter spraint I saw high up on the moor – they must use the footpaths to travel between the different rivers.

Danny Jarvis, 15 February 2021

Helwell Bay

The beach between Watchet and Doniford is home to some of the earliest ammonite fossils recorded in Britain.

The red and green striped rocks on your left are Mercia Mudstones, dating from a time when the landmass was part of an ancient desert near the hot equator, similar to the Sahara today; on your right are grey mudstones belonging to the Helwell Marls. These marls are the youngest Jurassic rocks exposed on the Somerset coast and date from around 200 million years ago, when sea levels rose and Watchet was submerged in shallow seas. Here you will find some of the earliest ammonite fossils recorded in Britain.

Love Watchet

Lewis Winter took the kids for a walk on 3 February, enjoying the sunshine, and came back with these photos: