A Postcard from Exmoor 4 – May 1st 2020

May 1st 2020   

Literally, it feels like only yesterday that we sent out our first “Postcard from Exmoor” to keep yeveryone informed as to what has been happening here at The Exmoor White Horse, and we now find ourselves at Week 4.

Having enjoyed a sustained period of sunny weather over the past couple of weeks we are now experiencing several days of rain which the garden sorely needs, but which has scuppered a couple of projects we were hoping to finish – on the plus side the wild flower bed is finished and apple trees planted.





News about the Exmoor Community Shop – from small acorns…… Initially we stocked purely the essential goods that people needed, now we are like a mini Tesco’s (other supermarkets are available!) stocking a wide variety of goods. We appear to be one of the few places in the area that still have excellent supplies of all flour types and baking ingredients, which seem to be the most needed at present. We are sure things must vary in different parts of the country but here on Exmoor everyone seems to be baking!.



Our newest guests ‘checking in’ this week are a pair of nesting Tawny Owls. They entertained Vince with their comings and goings one evening and have since put on regular performances throughout the day, announcing their presence in no uncertain terms. We have yet to witness any offspring but are hopeful that they may materialise sometime soon. These are the most striking birds and a personal favourite, so we are feeling very privileged that they have chosen to return once again to the hostel grounds.




Throughout last week under the clear skies of Europe’s first designated dark sky reserve, on The Exmoor National Park, we attempted to witness the Lyrids Meteor shower with mixed fortunes. Whilst numbers of meteors per hour were quite low, we did manage a couple decent images, however with such clear nights Peter was able to capture a pretty acceptable star trail above the hotel. He is now looking forward to viewing the Perseids which are due to peak in mid-August and are one of the best meteors’ showers of the year.



Our crew are all keeping safe in their own corners of Exmoor and this week we are sharing a couple of images of Emma’s new additions; they really are quite delightful!


Please keep safe and well, so we have the opportunity to share our part of Exmoor with you soon.

Best wishes from

Peter, Linda & the Crew at The Exmoor White Horse Inn