Now that the weather is settled and drier it’s great to take a walk around Exmoor’s woodlands. Trees are leafing up and teaming with small birds. The birdsong and activity towards attracting a mate and nesting makes it easy to watch and identify them whilst distracted.
A visit to Webbers Post and Horner Wood for instance just now will show many Robins, Chaffinch, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Blackbirds within easy reach but with some patience and a bit of luck there you might spot Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Tree Creepers, Blackcaps, Wood Warblers, Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers and Spotted Flycatchers. Most of these will recently have returned from Africa to breed.
At the same time whilst walking around, be aware of what is happening underfoot. A rich wildflower landscape is appearing. Beautiful displays of native bluebells in April and May, set against wild garlic carpeting shady arrears with its green spear-like leaves and amazing garlicky smell.
Wood sorrel can be found growing around the base of trees. White bell flowers against leaves looking like shamrock.
After the wet winter we have endured, I can recommend a walk such as this to lift the spirits. Enjoy and rememebr to stop of for afdternoon tea at The Exmoor White Horse Inn
Sherryl Woods…………………….9 April 2014
The 2014 walking festival is now ready for bookings. There are 36 guided walks on offer, ranging from short walks to full day walks. You should find walks to suit your ability, but please don’t overstretch yourself as this can spoil the walk for others.
Starting in the Ilfracombe area, as last year, the festival is there for 2 days before moving on to Lynton for another two days. It then moves on to Porlock for 2 days and finally to Dunster for the last three days over the May Day Bank holiday. You can book here Exmoor Walking Festival
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Last Sunday I took the Porlock road out of Exford up to and over the cattle grid then right at the Hill Head Cross signpost. At the next signpost, Porlock Post, again a right towards Cloutsham. Once down the hill there are clear views to the left across towards Dunkery Beacon and the surrounding hills where sightings of many deer are pretty much guaranteed. For this very reason, the Exmoor White Horse Inn Safari Landrover stops off here for a while giving its passengers a treat. Also Exmoor ponies and sheep regularly graze the area and in a few weeks new lambs will join them. Always a joy to see, the Exmoor ewes are later to give birth than my local sheep.
There are plenty of places to stop and some interesting short and long walks from here for miles in many directions, including down the valley at Bagley Combe and up to Dunkery. Follow public footpaths and sheep tracks, but take care when walking through tall bracken where you cannot see boggy and rough ground underfoot.
At the next cattle grid, there is a choice of turning left towards Stoke Pero or continue over and follow down a steep winding hill to East Water Valley. Here a pretty stretch of shallow fast water runs close to the road. This area is ideal for spotting Dippers and there are plenty of places to stop and walk. Just before leaving the valley to ascend the hill up towards Webbers Post, Grey Wagtails are often seen at the cobbled ford.
This whole area can take at least a day to explore if you are a keen walker and for those who prefer to just drive through, it will be a pleasure.
Sherryl Woods……………… 14 March 2014
Heat grill to medium and line the grill pan with foil.
Beat the egg white on a plate with a little salt and pepper.
Tip the Parmesan onto another plate. Dip the chicken first in egg white, then the cheese.
Grill the coated chicken for 10-12 mins, turning once until browned and crisp.
Lightly cook asparagus and drain.
Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 10 mins, adding the peas for the final 3 mins, then drain.
Toss the vegetables with the spinach leaves, dressing seasoning to taste.
Divide between four warm plates, then serve with the chicken.