A Year on Exmoor: Looking for your stories and poems

*** COMPETITION ***

For our new project “A Year on Exmoor” we are looking for your stories and poems about your favourite season and place on Exmoor.

Your story should be no longer than 500 words.

The top four stories and four poems will be chosen by a combined vote by our followers on social media and a small jury.

We already have 13 images from our last Exmoor4all photo competition (the winning entries will be announced with the winning stories and poems!)

Please email your entries to exmoor4all@gmail.com by 10 January 2019.

 

The Edge of Exmoor

The Edge of Exmoor

By Leigh Cripps

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p class=”p1″>I sleep amongst the lichen on stunted ancient oak,
and drift with the thistledown above fern and heather
amid the summer’s hazy overgrowth.
A hardy place, where silver birch sway
their merry winters dance and snowdrops light an
enchanted path through dark hidden valleys.
You will find me where the wild winds blow,
across rain swept moorlands and where
only the purest of waters flow.

Leigh Cripps.

https://www.facebook.com/secretsoftheseasons

Leigh Crisp

Snowdrop Valley 2015

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

Downloadable Snowdrop Valley Brochure for 2015

Visitors with mobility problems who cannot visit the Valley while the buses are
running should contact snowdropvalley@gmail.com 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

Short WalksRouteMap
Medium WalkRouteMap
Long WalkRouteMap

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.

(via www.wheddoncross.org.uk)

Winning entries in the Exmoor4all Photo Competition

Here are the winning entries in the Exmoor4all Photo Competition so far.  All these images will go through to the final, with the chance of featuring in the very first Exmoor4all calendar.  The voting for the September entries will close in mid October. Once we’ve got the September winners, judges will choose the 12 photos for the calendar.

Letter from Exmoor: …some summer days I hide away and wait for rain to come……..

Text and photos by Gary Scarlett who first published this post on his blog “Chunky Mamil” on 17 November 2013

Sundays off are a rare treat for me so I grabbed the opportunity to get up early and hit the hills on the mtb. I didn’t feel like it at first though, tired after going back on shift my and head felt clogged up with stupid thoughts, the first hill of the day felt like hard work even more than usual.

I persevered though, the weather was cold, still and grey my kind of weather, the cloud just sits on the hills and you can get lost in the mist. Went down some new tracks and up some tracks I usually go down you get the idea, even though the legs felt like lead I still rode up them.

There’s a little track someone has made out in the forest so I headed down that towards home. So quiet and peaceful in the trees not a sound even the squirrels must have been having a lie in. It was so quiet I wish I could capture the moment or portray it better, it was a good place to be……..