Walks Around Exford
Last Monday I visited a few favourite places starting with a walk to Court Farm Bridge in Exford. Passing through the village car park gate there was a large group of young Long Tailed Tits and five sat on a branch in a row whilst the parents fed them before all moving noisily on. Following the River Exe to the bridge, no sign of the resident Dippers but it was busy with dog-walkers. I look forward to when the pale grey young Dippers are on show here.
In an effort to see another familiar site at this time I took a left before the bridge, marked Highercombe and Lyncombe. Up the rising track to where it levels out and looking distant right towards Lyncombe Hill, three fields were showing a profusion of bluebells a stunning mass of colour.
Needing lunch and it being Bank Holiday we stopped off at the Exmoor White Horse Inn . There are many enjoyable walks in this area and an information board at the car park entrance gives distance and directions. Later heading towards Wheddon Cross I took a left and up over Dunkery Hill, hoping for a glimpse of a Dartford Warbler, as seen here in the past. None today but several Stonechat moving across the gorse and a Cuckoo was calling across the valley below.
On then to Horner Woods, following the water I could identify many woodland birds by sound rather than hidden amongst the trees in full leaf. My ‘tick list’ included Wood Warbler, Jay, Tree Creeper, Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Redstart. There were a number of Bluebells looking good amongst the Wild Garlic with many more even deeper into the woods.
A brilliant day out on Exmoor.
Sherryl Woods ……………………12th June 2015