2016 Review – February

Holdstone Down’s coastal heath land overlooks the Bristol Channel, 350 metres below (Photo credit: Dan James)

“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

Today’s post reflects on February, when we welcomed back the annual Snowdrop Walks; we went ‘shopping’ for families at Tescos; some local businesses won more awards, and we launched the Headwaters of the Exe project.

Snowdrop Walks

snowdrop-valleySnowdrop Valley is a privately owned remote valley close to Wheddon Cross, which is made available to the general public each year while the beautiful carpet of snowdrops is in bloom.

There are a number of walks, ranging from the short and direct route to the valley using local bridle paths and footpaths, to a 2-3 hour trek for those wanting to take in more of the surrounding area. Many visitors enjoyed the good weather in February to make the most of the snowdrops in 2016.

Half-Term at Tesco!

During half-term in February, our Education and Outreach Team decided to spend the week touring the local Tesco stores! Starting in Barnstaple, then Tiverton, Minehead and finishing in Taunton, the team showed how families could have fun on Exmoor with some of the fantastic events planned for the year – from our famous “Big Adventure” days to overnight family camping opportunities.

South West Tourism Regional Awards

All photographs by Nick Williams Photography

We also celebrated Exmoor businesses leading the way at the South West Tourism Regional awards, demonstrating the strength, depth and quality of our tourism offer within the greater Exmoor area! Exmoor Adventures and Dunkery Beacon Country House were worthy winners at this prestigious event. Plus other local businesses gained recognition for excellence, including the Calvert Trust, The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange, Cross Lane House in Minehead, the High Bullen Hotel in Umberleigh and The Swan at Bampton.


Bits & Pieces

  • Exmoor Foodfest showcased the variety and quality of cuisine available from our local chefs
  • Exmoor was voted as the third best location in the UK for wildlife photography in Nature TTL’s Top 10
  • We used our Leap Day as an excuse for people to try something different, for example to take the leap and try volunteering!

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