Exmoor Memories 

Yesterday we shared this photo by Wayne Durant on our Facebook page. It shows the sunset between Lynmouth and Porlock. The photo triggered an Exmoor Memory:

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.

David Bassman

Do you have any memories of Exmoor? We would love to hear from you.

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Last night on the moor….

Photo by Julia Amies-Green.

Photo by Julia Amies-Green taken on 6 October 2016: “Beautiful light on the moor last evening as the sun was setting.”

 

 

 

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)