Snowdrop Valley 2017

On Saturday, 28 January 2017, Snowdrop Valley opens again to visitors until the end of February.

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.

Park and Ride buses running on the middle two weeks: Saturday 4th February to Sunday 19th February inclusive.

The first and last weeks are for walkers only and the valley will be closed to traffic. For coach bookings and disabled access please contact the Co-ordinator Gemma Wesley on 07507 797169 or email snowdropvalley@googlemail.com

Find out more here

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)

Letter from Exmoor: Snowdrop Valley – Tearoom, lunches and dinner at Exmoor House

205 Rosi Davis Snowdrop Valley 

 Exmoor House at Wheddon Cross is for locals as well as visitors to the area! Once again we’re opening the Exmoor House dining room as a daytime tearoom for Snowdrop Valley (our 2014 dates: 1st February to 2nd March inclusive). Come and enjoy our fabulous mega ploughman’s lunches or some delicious soup. Popular sandwich fillings include home-smoked breast of chicken and real corned beef (not like the stuff that comes in a tin). There are home-made cakes and teacakes, and of course our sweet and savoury cream teas. ‘The best scones I’ve ever tasted’, says Julie atThe Wedding Genie. Find her review of Exmoor House here.
If you are taking part in an excursion, for example the West Somerset Railway’s Snowdrops and Steam days  you might like to combine it with lunch at our place. Booking is advisable.
Remember  that you can enjoy our great food in the evenings too: we’re open for dinner most days during the year. Frank the chef combines lovely local ingredients with expert cooking and everything is home made, including bread, ice creams, and our famous proper pies (‘exceptional evening meals’ – Hilary Bradt, Slow Devon & Exmoor). Advance booking is essential as we plan each day’s menu around our dinner guests’ dietary requirements and preferences, to make sure everybody has a good choice. To go with your meal, we’ve a nice selection of wines (including some from Exmoor), local beers, Somerset ciders…
Planning a celebration? You can reserve sole use of our lovely dining room for private lunches at any time of year, subject to availability of course. The minimum number is 4 people; maximum about 12. We’ll devise a menu to suit your group. Call Rosi and Frank on 01643 841432, we’re happy to help.
Try Exmoor House and find out why our food and hospitality get rave reviews.
Never been to Snowdrop Valley? Here’s why you should go there.

 

Guest blog: Exmoor House at Wheddon Cross – Snowdrop Valley

Snowdrop Valley 2013, Wheddon Cross, Exmoor, Somerset

 203 Rosi Davis Snowdrop Valley
Would you like to do something really special in February? How about a visit to Snowdrop Valley? It’s about a mile and a half from where we are and – as the name might suggest – is a place to see a host of snowdrops in a natural setting.
The snowdrops carpet the woodland floor and cover the banks of the river Avill, which flows through the valley. It’s a lovely, magical place at any time of year, whether or not it is the snowdrop season. You can walk from our place via a number of different routes, the quickest being straight down the winding path to snowdropthe valley and back up again (aerobic exercise guaranteed; sensible footwear essential).At snowdrops time, there is a park & ride bus service from Wheddon Cross, organised by our Parish Council. Parking is in the village car park (next to the pub), where there’s also a special information point with people to give directions and advice. The narrow road to Snowdrop Valley is closed during this time (otherwise there might be traffic problems as it’s single track and there are no passing places). So, you need to either walk or get the bus in order to see the snowdrops (people with disabilities can make special arrangements). In 2013 the park & ride operates from 2nd to 24th February and the road remains closed for an extra week after this.For more details, including a bus timetable, an information leaflet to download and regular updates, visit the Wheddon Cross snowdrops page

Book dinner, bed and breakfast at Exmoor House and make a few days of it. You could stay over Valentine’s Day for a really romantic break (we’ll even order champagne and local chocolates for you if you like!).

Steam and SnowdropAs usual, we’ll be opening our lovely guest dining room (which has a great view of Dunkery Beacon, and by the way was once the village tailor’s shop) as a tea room for the whole of Snowdrop Valley season. Frank’s scones have become legendary and there’s a good choice of more substantial food too (e.g. mega ploughman’s lunches, hot soup, sandwiches. Everything is of course home-made, including all our bread. Home-smoked chicken and real corned beef are two popular sandwich fillings…

The West Somerset Railway’s Snowdrops and Steam excursion was such a success last year that they’re running it on more dates this time. Find more information at their website.

If you are doing the train trip and would like to have lunch here at Exmoor House, it may be advisable to book, especially if there are four or more of you.

To see more of Rosi’s Snowdrop Valley photos, pop over to Facebook.

For more information on Exmoor Hourse, go to www.exmoorhotel.co.uk