Exmoor Magazine Autumn 2016Welcome to the autumn issue. It’s been a frenetic few months, in more ways than one, and I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking how lucky we are to have the very best medicine freely available on our doorstep to soothe tired brains and inspire new plans, not to mention local creations of all kinds to nourish body and soul.

This issue features a host of people and animals to inspire – among them Abbie Westcott, artist Jonathan Walker, surfboard maker Ellie Miller, Little Bob the robin, our cover star Alice and Celia Braund, not to mention Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who shares news of his latest, exciting challenge with Tony James.

In the precious weeks before the frosty fingers of winter approach, I hope that you might be tempted by this issue to discover Exmoor’s medieval bridges, reread ‘Kubla Khan’ or go walking on the Quantocks (perhaps both at the same time!), reminisce about holidays past and dig out old photos, plant bulbs, visit one of the many open studios and exhibitions taking place right across the area this autumn, and support and champion local businesses in every way possible.

Of course, we number among those businesses, and myself, Sue and Elaine would like to thank all of our readers, advertisers and stockists for your fantastic support over the years as we approach our 20th birthday in 2017. Please continue to tell your friends about us and spread the word!

Happy reading and best wishes,

Naomi, Elaine & Sue