Summer 2019

Why just have a wish list at Christmas?! Why not make an ‘Exmoor Summer Wish List’, starting right here?

Hopefully you will find plenty to choose from among our summer pages: perhaps starting at home by making discoveries amongst the magical life in your own garden, inspired by Jane Mares. If you are feeling in need of a trip to the coast, we have plenty for the energetic – including hiking up and down the stunning hillsides of the Heddon Valley with Julian Gurney’s article in hand, exploring our majestic beacons or discovering a surprisingly quiet walk from Georgeham out to Baggy Point (it really is possible, even in the height of summer).

On the same visit, or if you fancy something a little more sedate, you could travel to Lee Bay to explore the Old Schoolroom Gallery and meet Louise Thompson of Wild Coast Art or try out the culinary delights of Seadog Foods. In this issue, we also travel further up the coast to visit the walled gardens of Hartland Abbey and Clovelly Court.

There are plenty of interesting characters in this issue, too, including some famous faces (find out what Vera Lynn, HRH Her Majesty the Queen and Bob Champion are doing in the magazine on pages 30-33) and we’ve even had the seal of approval from Mary Berry for her photo in an article about memories of camping at Warren Farm, near Watchet. We talk to a member of the King’s Troop, Josh Cooksley, who began his equine career in the D&S Pony Club, and Stuart Harrison tells us all about farming behind the reins at Middle Week Farm. Meanwhile, literally just a couple of fields away, Jon Becklake has shown us how the harvest of his wheat reed unfolds each season.

We hope that you enjoy all this and more in our summer issue.

Happy reading!

Naomi, and Elaine, Heather and Bryan

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