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Snowdrop Valley Visitors Steaming In

(24/01/2012 @ 09:57:00)

Press Release

Date: Immediate


Snowdrop Valley Visitors Steaming In


Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross on Exmoor, will for the first time this year receive visitors from a special train being put on by West Somerset Railway.  Known as "Snowdrops and Steam”, this tour combines the very best that West Somerset has to offer in the February half term.  The train runs from Bishops Lydeard to Dunster, where the passengers are then transported up to Wheddon Cross by coach.  There they will experience the wonderful Snowdrop Valley unique to Exmoor.


Open to visitors from Saturday 4th February until Sunday 4th March 2012, this remote valley with its magnificent blanket of snowdrops has become an annual fixture on calendars the length and breadth of the country.  For fifteen years now, the Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride service, transporting passengers down into the valley, has run from the village car park at Wheddon Cross, next to the Rest and Be Thankful Inn, while for the more energetic, there is a marked walking route down into the valley.  "We hope that we offer something for everyone.  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,” explains scheme coordinator Nic Wigley, "


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.


On returning to Wheddon Cross from their trip down into the valley, passengers can choose to take refreshments from the various establishments in the village, including the Snowdrop Café in the Moorland Hall, which is staffed by several local charities.  There is also commemorative merchandise available.  "The camaraderie involved in a local scheme of this kind is truly wonderful.  Cutcombe First School pupils spent last autumn growing potted snowdrops for us to sell this year, raising money for their school gardening club,” says Miss Wigley.


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. 





Please contact snowdropvalley@googlemail.com for further information

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