On the lower slopes of Dunkery, the sky was dense with the black and heavy clouds of a passing storm. It was close to sunset and the low disappearing sun produced an intense golden light in stark and dramatic contrast to the dark brooding skies, in an unfolding drama of light and dark. Enigmatic and wild Exmoor at its best!
And this is what the March page of the Exmoor4all 2017 Calendar looks like:
We only have a limited number of calendars this year. Make sure you don’t miss out – when they’re gone, they’re gone.
I am forever drawn to these majestic ancient beeches on Exmoor.
Autumnal misty morning on the river Exe this morning.
By Julia Amies-Green, 15 October 2016
Mature beech hedges are a distinctive feature of Exmoor. They provide shelter to livestock and crops, are home to valuable wildlife, and an important historical record of human activity in the area. Usually they can be found on top of earth banks, some of them 2 metres high. It is thought that some of these hedge walls go back 1000 years.
The Knight family of Simonsbath used beech extensively in the mid 19th century during their huge moorland reclamation project as did the Acland family who had a large estate on the moor. Following experiments, they found that beech was the best choice to top the banks as it grows higher on Exmoor than anywhere else and is of little logging value. When thinned and layed properly, it forms a good wind and stock-proof barrier.
(Source: Everything Exmoor)
The river Exe runs southwards from the heights of Exmoor’s moorland and finally reaches the sea in South Devon at Exmouth. The word “Exe” comes for the old English world for water “isca”.
You can sit by the River Exe in Exford and Winsford, and catch glimpses of the winding and growing river when driving along the A396.