Welcome to the summer issue, which has many wonderful things in store for our readers. As I keep rediscovering, Exmoor is a veritable pleasure dome. We live in a land made for adventure, whether you are a pilgrim of the hills, a salty sea dog or an all-terrain explorer. I hope that you enjoy a real sense of escape and discovery while immersing yourself in our pages, whether that be in mind or body.
First, to the coast, in all its glorious forms: take to the salt-tossed skies of the Bristol Channel with Dave Roberts aboard Alykat and meet the incredible seabirds of our coast; revel in the remarkable variety of our shores with Julia Amies-Green’s ‘Photographer’s Exmoor’; while away five minutes with Endymion’s Picture Quiz (and, yes, we really do have those amazing birds so close to home); and see some of our hidden beaches with Julian Gurney.
You will need your Kendall Mint Cake and woolly socks for our magnificent walk from Hartland and some long-distance routes with Sue Viccars; and an even bigger appetite for all of the delicious produce in this issue, including Red Ruby beef recipes and several new food and drink businesses.
If your thirst is historical, you can discover the stories of Barlynch Priory, the East Quantoxhead Estate, Stoate’s Mill in Watchet and the mystery of Hollerday House, Lynton. Plus we look back at the wonderful works of local artists Alex Hollweg and the ceramicist Waistel Cooper. Meanwhile, Mike Leach joins our team of writers, with his first piece for us – a profile of Johnny Bray.
I hope that you enjoy all of this and more and have a lovely Exmoor summer.
Naomi and Hurley and the mag team