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

Tall Trees at Nutcombe Bottom

Did you know that England’s largest trees grow on Exmoor? Nutcombe Bottom, situated not far from Dunster on the road to Timberscombe and Wheddon Cross, is a popular walking and picnic site, featuring the “Tall Tree Trail”.

Here you can find a plantation of Douglas fir trees dating back to 1876 – the largest tree was 60.5 metres when it was last measured in 2009. Its trunk has an estimated weight of 50 tonnes with a diameter of 1.74. metres.

Gillian Wells was there and shared these photos with us.

Memories of Exmoor

With the weather having gone back to being grey, damp and cold, it is nice to look back at photos which show Exmoor under a warm, blue sky. Sarah Hailstone and her dog Jack go for (very) long walks across Exmoor every day. Sarah runs her own blog (Discover Exmoor with Jack) and regularly very kindly shares her photos with us.

Now sit back and dream of Exmoor….