National Parks Week (24th to 30th July) provided the opportunity to discover, discuss and share the differences our National Parks make to each of us. We asked the question “What makes Exmoor National Park special for you?” – below are just some of the responses and images we received as to why these 267 square miles mean so much to each of us.
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning provides a unique residential experience for students and school children right in the heart of the old Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor. Owned and run by Exmoor National Park since 1969, Pinkery’s set-up provides the flexibility to deliver outdoor activities and special interest courses, or simply to be an accommodation stop whilst visiting/working on Exmoor. This article explores what’s available at Pinkery to give you the gen on why it’s the ideal place for hosting field study and outdoor education courses.
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.