Welcome to the summer Exmoor Magazine. To mark our 75th issue, we have included a special section where past meets present in a corner of our area rich in evocative memories for locals and visitors alike – the tranquil retreat that is Horner and West Luccombe. Here we meet three families – the Hardings, the Dascombes and the Tuckers – who have rich, intertwined stories that help tell the tale of this special valley.
Beyond Horner Vale, this issue’s excursions by our writers have been widespread and diverse. Cindy Cowling talks to showjumper Alice Watson, Georgie Grant tells us about the Quantock Hills AONB’s 60th anniversary and Rosemary FitzGerald visits Hestercombe. In North Devon Malcolm Rigby interviews the members of four Surf Life Saving Clubs, Mel Roach goes to the studio of Saunton artist Danni Bradford and over at Clovelly Tony James visits the Seaweed Festival and explores what culinary delights await us on our local beaches. Getting to the heart of moor matters, we have Michelle Werrett on ‘Grazing the Moor’, Simon Phelps takes a look at our butterflies and Victoria Eveleigh pays a visit to our Exmoor libraries.
With an accompanying cast of kingfishers, gannets, roadside flowers, brewpubs, fishermen and even a line-dancing dog, I hope that you find summer issue a colourful kaleidoscope for Exmoor!