“Now let us bandy words no more…”: an invitation for Exmoor Am-Dram fans

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“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.

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Exmoor’s Precious Woodlands

326-11-48-autumn-beech-3716There are over 9,000 ha of woodlands to be explored on Exmoor (of which Exmoor National Park owns or leases 569 hectares, with the National Trust, the Crown Estate and the Forestry Commission managing much of the rest). The woodlands are scattered across the park, often in deep valleys or along the steep coastal cliffs; many are accessible on public rights of way and include some of the long distance walking routes, such as the Coleridge Way.

Exmoor National Park has a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation and access. Each of our woodlands is subject to a management plan, setting out how we can improve the diversity, extent and condition of our most important and valued habitats. This article focuses on our latest work, and introduces the partnerships and initiatives that support these special places.

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Remember the Burbot?

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This article has been contributed by Phil Carey on behalf of Exmoor Rivers and Streams Group (ERaSG), the co-ordinating body for the riparian owner associations; the group, works to promote the wellbeing of Exmoor’s rivers in general. Phil’s article focuses on the salmon, an iconic Exmoor species which is an important indicator of the health of our rivers.

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The Coleridge Way Walk

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The Coleridge Way was launched in 2005 (and extended in 2014) to create a 51 mile path across farmland, ancient woodland and moorland. Starting at Nether Stowey in Somerset and finishing at Lynmouth in Devon, the route follows in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, crossing the Quantock hills and Exmoor National Park.

Back in the summer of 2016, 12 year old Kellen Lincoln walked the whole of the Coleridge Way and documented his journey through poetry. We are delighted to be able to share his words and pictures as an inspiration to us all!

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More than a bump on the skyline

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Photo credit Catherine Dove (ENPA)

This week’s post looks at something we probably don’t look at closely enough! Ever wondered what those bumps and mounds were that are found all over Exmoor? Here we delve into cairns and barrows – and there are more of them around than you would think (making Exmoor one of the best places in England to explore them!). Continue reading