This article is provided by Exmoor resident, Gemma Gates, who is a freelance writer and mother with a passion to improve our mental health. Her previous role involved healthcare in business management and she tries to draw on her experiences to inform her writing, focusing here on the many interesting aspects about how and why being active on Exmoor can improve your health and wellbeing on so many levels – physical and mental. As Lucy McQuillan, Exmoor’s Moor to Enjoy Project Coordinator says “Our National Parks are such great natural NHS’s! Once you’ve read the article, contact me to find out what support there is available to bring a group out to Exmoor and experience all the below points for yourself – Exmoor National Park is good for you!”
Today 7th June we celebrate R D Blackmore’s birthday with a re-edited post from last year that includes a special extra – an invitation to see the Pleasure Dome Theatre Company and the communities of Lynton and Lynmouth’s production of Lorna Doone, set in one of its original locations, the magnificent Valley of Rocks!
Exmoor National Park staff are to benefit from the recently announced partnership between the UK’s National Parks and Columbia Sportswear® – we’re receiving high quality clothing that’s ‘tested tough’ and designed to keep all the team members warm, dry, cool and protected against the worst Exmoor can throw at us.
Last week saw the unveiling by BBC Countryfile’s John Craven of a new statue on The Esplanade in Lynmouth. Called “The Walker”, the statue was commissioned to mark the end of the Coleridge Way, as well as pinpointing the closing stage of the Two Moors Way. And the Exmoor weather played its part too, basking everyone in glorious sunshine.
We’re delighted to feature an article written by cycling enthusiast Jim Marshall (known on social media as @WildishDad) on the benefits of Exmoor National Park for road cyclists. He’s a father and writer with a passion for exploring the great outdoors – something he is determined to share with his young daughter as he knows “kids are never too young to catch the ‘outdoor enthusiast’ bug”. If you want to know more about Jim’s adventures, visit his blog or chat with him on Twitter.
Are you ready for the Exmoor Perambulation? This year’s 31 mile “relaxed journey on foot for exercise or pleasure” (as the dictionary defines it!) around the original boundary of the Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor will take place on Saturday 17th June 2017. You’ll be participating in a historic event that traces its origins back to the time of Edward I – and this year the Perambulation takes place on his birthday!
“May be we are not such fools as we look. But though we be, we are well content, so long as we may be two fools together.” What better invitation to join the Pleasure Dome Theatre company in their production of Lorna Doone at the end of August. They are holding open auditions on the weekend of 15th and 16th April at Lynton Town Hall.