National Parks Week 2017

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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.

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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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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

View From… An Exmoor Volunteer

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We thought we’d do a ‘double bill’ as part of our ‘View From’ occasional series. Our last article featured our Volunteer and Outreach Officer sharing his ‘Night-in-the-Life-of’ role  – this article focuses on how one of our volunteers, Philip Coole, decided to #GetInvolved in volunteering for Exmoor National Park.

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Moor to Enjoy for Health & Wellbeing

5WaysToWellbeingPosterIn the first project of its kind to be funded in England, Exmoor National Park Authority secured 3 years’ funding from Devon and Somerset Health and Wellbeing Boards in 2014. Taking the Five Ways to Wellbeing as its starting point, this project aims to demonstrate how being in the natural environment enables those small changes in an individual’s behaviour that contribute to improving physical and mental health. And key to this is building the opportunities and capacity to support getting people to visit, connect and enjoy Exmoor National Park.

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Name this Filly (sorry, but “Foaly McFoal Face” not allowed!)

Here’s something for the kids to do over the half-term holiday (and yes, that includes the ‘grown up’ kids too!). We have a lovely Exmoor filly who needs a name – so her owner has kindly allowed us to set up a competition for the public to name her. And mindful of a recent naming competition (which eventually was a winner for Sir David Attenborough), the winning entry will be selected by the owner – local author Victoria Eveleigh.

AND WE HAVE A WINNER! Our Exmoor foal is to be called FOLLY.

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Dulverton Weir – the best in the UK!

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This week’s article is with thanks to Philip Hull of the Dulverton Weir & Leat Conservation Group who shows us one of Exmoor’s hidden gems (as seen in his image above). Dulverton’s ancient weir and leat system has been proclaimed the best remaining in any UK town by a leading academic, who says it is one of the most important examples of its kind in the country. And the reason Dulverton’s medieval weir has been given such an accolade is because of a group of community minded citizens stepped forward to research the historic structure after it was breached by floods three years ago.

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