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Today, after living here for over five years, we went on a trip to Snowdrop Valley, which is near Wheddon Cross on Exmoor.

Well, the sun was shining, although it was a very cold day; so we decided to go, as the weekends were likely to be more crowded.

There’s a shuttle bus to take you from the carpark down a very steep and narrow lane.

Then, you go past a noticeboard which we found very interesting – about the history of snowdrops and in particular of the valley. I hope you can read it!

Here’s part of the sign – closer up. I found this interesting – I didn’t know that, did you?

The walk begins here – a circular walk along the banks of the River Avill.

The valley was carpeted with snowdrops – as you’d expect! They aren’t quite in full bloom yet – but it didn’t matter.

The river was crystal clear and a real babbling brook, over mossy stones all the way down the valley.

And apart from the snowdrops, that was the fascinating part of Snowdrop Valley – the moss! Not just stones and rocks, but fallen trees and living tree trunks were covered with different mosses.

As you’d expect in a damp river valley, there were ferns all the way along it, too – but we certainly didn’t expect to spot ferns growing in the moss half way up a tree!

I must show you how beautiful the moss is close-up!

The walk takes you past the ruins of a sawmill, then over a bridge and back down the other side of the valley.

When you see the old stone bridge you know you’ve reached the end.

Back on the small bus, and to the carpark – where out of a blue sky, snow started to fall! Well – we were on Exmoor – several degrees lower in temperature than it was at home.

On the way back home we saw what seemed to be snow falling over the Bristol Channel – a very odd sight!

One nice touch – the children at Cutcombe First School have been growing snowdrops in pots to sell for their funds – of course I bought a little pot – I hope they thrive like the ones in Snowdrop Valley!

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Oh My, Spritz! You have just included three of my favourite things in one blog!!
Snowdrops, ferns, and mosses - wonderful!!! Glad you finally got to Snowdrop Valley, it looks very interesting. I had read before about snowdrops being introduced to Britain by monks. Many Thanks for showing this lovely place, with its wonderful plants. :-))

10 Feb, 2010

 

how lovely..its lovely to see so many snowdrops growing like that...

10 Feb, 2010

 

It was! Thanks, both. :-)))

10 Feb, 2010

 

glad you got to see some snowdrops barbara and funny how we live close to something but dont think to go, lovely pictures, looks a lovely place ;o))

10 Feb, 2010

 

I have a small painting done in these woods by a local artist. we bought it when we were in Dunster 18 yrs ago. I love this sort of countryside. beautiful photos as usual spritz.

Glad you and hubby had a good day out.

10 Feb, 2010

 

Thankyou for this tour today!

I love snowdrops - unfortunately something else in the garden does too, cos they disappear very quickly.

Can someone remind me as to when to plant them - I think its at a time of year which you wouldnt expect?

some of that snow fell on us in Cardiff today :)

10 Feb, 2010

 

think i did mine in oct rachelsmum, but if you move them it has to be when in flower or turning or it can kill them, i read about that when i did my snowdrop walk :o)) learn something even when we dont think so lol

10 Feb, 2010

 

Stunningly beautiful Barbara. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos with us, and the lovely tour. The ferns look wonderful too- you know we are big fans of them!
Grenville & Alan xx

11 Feb, 2010

 

Ienjoyed this tour with you lots of lovely snowdrops plus the river with the mossy stones thanks .

11 Feb, 2010

 

Enjoyed the tour Barbara :~)

11 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks for the beautiful pictures Spritz. Its great to see snowdrops growing wild and the lichen on the tree trunks shows just how clean the air is in that part of the world.

11 Feb, 2010

 

I agree, beautiful pictures Spritz :-))

11 Feb, 2010

 

What a beautiful place. Your pics are stunnung. I'm glad that you had a nice day and thanks for sharing it.
Loved the little green man dancing in the snowdrops (pic 9).

11 Feb, 2010

 

I did, too - The long green snake was rather interesting, too! LOL.

I'm glad you enjoyed looking at the photos. :-)))

11 Feb, 2010

 

I'd always wanted to visit there when we lived in Somerset, but never got round to it, thanks for taking us :))

11 Feb, 2010

 

Smashing blog Barbara and wonderful photos too, thankyou.
Rachelsmum - Now is the time to buy Snowdrops ('In the green'). It's generally thought to be more successful than planting 'dry' bulbs. (I actually ordered my first ever Snowdrops yesterday !) :-)

11 Feb, 2010

 

I truly enjoyed that walk Spritz, I do like walking (or trundling) through places like this!

11 Feb, 2010

 

What a lovely walk - and beautiful photographs. I can imagine the Green Man living here happily tending his mosses and ferns.

11 Feb, 2010

amy
Amy
 

A beautiful walk Barbara , it was a joy to go on it with you ... .. i'm pleased that you finally made it , a lovely day out ........

11 Feb, 2010

 

Thank - it was a pleasure to go there - and there were only about 6 people there while we were, so it was peaceful as well as beautiful. Thank goodness we didn't pick half-term week! (Not really a place for children.)

11 Feb, 2010

 

What a lovely place to visit...... lovely photos....

11 Feb, 2010

mad
Mad
 

It looked so lovely there, and the sight of massed snowdrops is so beautiful.
I loved the mossy trees and stones too, well it was all lovely, oh yes, and that lovely babbling crystal clear stream.
What a lovely outing Spritz.

11 Feb, 2010

 

Beautiful blog, Spritz and the photos of the moss and ferns are stunning. Glad you had a good day out. Had a snow drop here yesterday too but it was the sort you don't like :)

11 Feb, 2010

 

Poor you, Gee! We were glad that the snow stayed away from us- just a short burst on Exmoor, then those clouds of it out across the sea. Have you got much this time?

11 Feb, 2010

 

What a wonderful day you had, and its great that you shared it with us. No matter how we gardeners try there`s nothing quite like mother natures work. I brought some snowdrops in the green last year but where the`ve gone to heaven knows I cant see nary a one. Never mind ! enjoyed strolling through your photos., and I found the moss and ferns fasinating.

11 Feb, 2010

 

Glad you liked the moss as well - we were very taken with it! Everywhere we looked, there were different sorts. It was wonderful. :-))

I wonder why your snowdrops haven't appeared??

11 Feb, 2010

 

I too enjoyed your lovely photo's. The ferns fascinate me. I love to watch them unfurl. Wish I had somewhere cool and damp to be able to grow them.

11 Feb, 2010

 

We decided that the valley would be a lovely place to own! I can but dream, can't I. :-(( Fancy having that as your back garden....

11 Feb, 2010

 

Oh. to be master of all you survey. :o)

11 Feb, 2010

 

my girls would love that snowdrop walk. {me too!} I took them to a blue bell wood when the were 10 & 5 respectively and they stayed to the paths as they were desperate not to stand on any of them. We had told them not to pick the flowers as they soon die and it would spoil the wood for the squirrels and mice that live there. Another child was running about in amongst the flowers and mine were appalled at that 'naughty girl'. Surely telling them to get off the flower beds when they were little wont have turned them into 'garden police'?

11 Feb, 2010

 

I do hope that parents keep their children under control when they go there - if they run about among the snowdrops, or even step off the path, the snowdrops will be ruined. Would you like to send your two down here to 'police' Snowdrop Valley next week? LOL.

11 Feb, 2010

 

Brilliant Barbara, what a wonderful day out. Great to see all those snowdrops a real sign of spring.

11 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks for the tips, Sanbaz and Muddywaters on when to buy and plant snowdrops.

I shall order some soon! :)))

11 Feb, 2010

 

Do you want the details of a good supplier, R'smum? I can recommend one, if you'd like me to.

11 Feb, 2010

Sid
Sid
 

Magical place :-)

12 Feb, 2010

 

Yes, it really is, Sarah. :-)))

12 Feb, 2010

 

It doesnt get any better than a snowdrop in this weather does it. I love them. I have never seen them on mass like that and will now look some out!

12 Feb, 2010

 

So glad you enjoyed the valley Spritz it's a wonderful place isn't it. Your photos are so like the ones I've taken, last year ~ the year before ~ the year before that & no doubt, next week when we go. Actually last year the whole valley was under snow & the little heads of snowdrops just visible looking quite sad. I love Dunster village as well.

13 Feb, 2010

 

That must have been a slide down that steep lane, Pam - I'm surprised that they didn't call your trip off and close the Valley! They had to this year on the first weekend. I could see Exmoor from the A39, and Dunkery Beacon looked like the Alps! Yes, Dunster is a very pretty village. Shame it can't be traffic-free though.

13 Feb, 2010

 

We caught one of the last few days last year, I telephoned the pub to see if the buses were running. Couldn't park in the field but in the village hall with difficulty. Snow on the sides of lanes was about two foot high. It's a big earner for some during these few weeks !! so a big loss for others,although I believe some goes to good causes. I have mixed feelings about it,

13 Feb, 2010

 

Well, the village hall cafe makes a good profit for charity, and the bus fare goes to pay the bus company and the 'kiosk' advisers, but yes, the landowners must get some of the money, or they wouldn't do it, would they?

13 Feb, 2010

 

Bought some snowdrops yesterday!

13 Feb, 2010

 

Well done - I hope they thrive for you. :-))

13 Feb, 2010

 

Absolutely stunning Spritz, I would love to have been there, it has all that appeals to me. Lovely photo`s, thanks for sharing your visit with us.....

14 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks, Ll. A bit too far from you - maybe you could take a winter break next year? Somerset is a beautiful county. :-)

14 Feb, 2010

 

The snowdrops must have been a wonderful sight. Interesting information on the notice board.

14 Feb, 2010

 

All my favourites ferns, moss and snowdrops, loved the tour has been too cold to venture far this year, so, I will enjoy yours in the warm, thanks very much.

14 Feb, 2010

 

It was, Hywel - I didn't realise about the monks!

Thanks, Dd. It was cold there - but worth braving it for the trip. :-)

15 Feb, 2010

 

I love snowdrops, moss, lichen and ferns. Truly beautiful.

17 Feb, 2010

 

It certainly is, Heather. :-)

17 Feb, 2010

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