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Snowdrop Valley Open For Business

(13/01/2012 @ 09:11:00)

Press Release

Date: Immediate

 

Snowdrop Valley Open For Business

 

Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross on Exmoor, will be open to visitors from Saturday 4th February until Sunday 4th March 2012.  For years this remote valley with its magnificent blanket of snowdrops was a secret known only to locals. However, as visitor numbers increased, so did congestion on the single track sunken lane leading to the valley, obstructing access to houses and farms, and damaging the roadside verges.  To combat this, Exmoor National Park Authority began a park and ride scheme, which was taken over by Cutcombe Parish Council in 2008.

 

The Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride service, which transports passengers down into the valley, runs from the village car park at Wheddon Cross, next to the Rest and Be Thankful Inn.  For the more energetic, there is a marked walking route down into the valley.  "We hope that we offer something for everyone” explains scheme coordinator Nic Wigley.  "Everyone gets to walk among the Snowdrops, but there is the option of either the bus or the footpath to get down to the valley and back.  Of course, perhaps the best option is to walk down and take the bus back?” she adds with a mischievous smile.

 

Buses will run from the village car park regularly from 10:30am to 3:50pm with the last bus back from the valley at 4:35pm for the first three weeks of the scheme until the 26th February.  The final week allows walking access only to the snowdrops.  The return bus journey costs just £4 for adults, £3 for Senior Citizens, and £2 for children aged 5 – 15, with children under 5 travelling free.

 

The West Somerset Railway is running a new for 2012 Snowdrops & Steam special on February 14,15 & 16 offering a combined train and bus ticket.

 

The village car park will be used as a short stay car park, with long stay and coach parking at the livestock market 150 yards further down the road towards Dunkery Beacon.  The walking route into the valley will be specially waymarked from the long stay car park, and all visitors should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for winter walking – this is Exmoor after all!  The weather can be brilliant sunshine, thick fog, horizontal rain, or deep snow, and that is all in one day.  Walking boots or at the very least a good pair of wellies, are essential.  "The walking route uses local footpaths and a bridleway, and with the warm and wet weather we have had this year, there are some muddy areas, but I think that all adds to the character of the area.  Exmoor is a fabulous place to live, and Snowdrop Valley is just the first of many superb events we have every year,” comments Miss Wigley. "The camaraderie involved in a local scheme of this kind is truly wonderful.  Snowdrop Café, in the Moorland Hall at Wheddon Cross, is run entirely by volunteers, while Cutcombe First School pupils spent last autumn growing potted snowdrops for us to sell this year, raising money for their school gardening club.”

 

Full information, as well as regular updates throughout the scheme can be found on www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley.htm

 

Snowdrop Valley is run by Cutcombe Parish Council with support from Exmoor National Park Authority, Defra's Sustainable Development Fund (administered by Exmoor National Park Authority), Badgworthy Land Company and Exmoor Farmers Livestock Auctions. 

 

 

ENDS

 

 

Please contact snowdropvalley@googlemail.com for further information

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