Photos by Peter Mather.
It is August, and Exmoor is covered in purple swaths of heather. Have a look at this breathtaking photo by John Spurr which was taken a few days ago. We love this image so much that we have chosen it as the featured photo on our welcome page.
You share the most beautiful photos of the area. When I was a young fella growing up in England, my Dad used to tell me stories about his young life with my Mother when they used to ride their tandem up the hill time after time between Lynton and Lynmouth just for the exilleration of riding back down.
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When you look at Adam’s photo you can spot a line of trees at the top which is so typical for Exmoor. It is the outgrown hedge bank of beeches, possibly even the same which featured on Julia Amies-Green’s photo earlier today.
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)