Welcome to our autumn issue. On the cover we have a glorious sunset on Holdstone Down, photographed by John Spurr (his first cover for us). The star of the photo is the beautiful display of heather and it will be interesting to see how it fares is this year after the extremes of weather we have been experiencing.
Heather-clad moors abound in this issue, not only within the National Park, but also over on the Quantocks as this is a Quantock Hills special, with four articles dedicated to the AONB. We take a trip around the landscape with Professor Peter Haggett, accompanied by images from a wide array of our fantastic photographers; Sue Viccars explores the countryside around Broomfield and Goathurst on a seven-mile walk; Liz Elmont shares her passion for Quantock ponies through her photographer’s lens; and Rosemary FitzGerald visits Quantock Lodge for this issue’s gardens section.
Our food and farming features include a visit to South Molton Wool Depot with Michelle Werrett, a look at several goat farmers producing everything goat related – from meat and skins to cheese, ice cream, milk and kefir, a bite to eat at two boat cafes in North Devon, at Bideford and Watermouth, and a selection of delicious recipes from Tarr Farm.
Our writers have also been out and about meeting an array of interesting people, including ‘bat detective’ Elizabeth Bradshaw, Helene Payne (Pleasure Dome Theatre Company), the ‘Shepherd of Simonsbath’, Brian Duke, and open water swimmer Ann Mold.
We hope that you enjoy all this and more and that you have a wonderful autumn!
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