Snowdrop Valley on Exmoor
A very good reason for leaving the warmth of the White Horse Inn log fires is to take a trip from Wheddon Cross, down Drapers Way to Snowdrop Valley. Designated walks of differing capability are detailed on the website as the road will be closed to the public just now. A Park and Ride from the Wheddon car park operates throughout the day during February with an information centre in attendance. The sight of these tiny flowers forcing their way through frost and snow can warm your heart on a cold winter day. The recent mild weather has most likely given them a head start.
Normally a quiet area for eleven months of the year, there is many woodland birds to be seen so it’s a good place to visit at any time. I have noted Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Creeper, Nuthatch, Jay, Blackbird, Thrush, Robin, Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker, Great-Spotted Woodpecker and also Lesser Spotted Woodpecker if very lucky.
Snowdrops have taken a hold on a few random areas on Exmoor. Driving down to Exford I am always pleased to see them on the banks of the roadside at Luckwell Bridge. Furthermore, the walk from Exford car park to Court Farm where they almost tumble off the riverbank. Always a pleasure for me.