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Maybe it rains, maybe it blows…
The rugged Cornish coastline
… but the West Country still manages to take our breath away come rain or shine or even snow! Its rugged coastline, the beaches and rock pools, its rambling moors, the deep, secret woods with great moss-covered boulders, the garden of a landscape created by its industrious farmers; it’s a wonder to behold. Here, even in the depths of a monotone winter, a climb to the top of almost any Dartmoor hill reveals such splendid and breathtaking views as to make one wonder where in all the world could be better than this? So come on, climb a hill. Place your valuable trust in the determination of our helpful team to find you a place they love and think you will too and give a little bit of West Country therapy a go. Have happy holidays!
Exmoor’s Snowdrop Valley…
A brilliant display of snowdrops
The famous display of snowdrops in this hidden valley close to the village of Wheddon Cross may be a bit more advanced this year, but should be looking great for the half-term week! There’s a bus service (10am to 4.30pm, £3) from the car park by the Rest & Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross – well behaved dogs welcome. More details at www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley.htm.
Holiday cottage F28, Upton, Exmoor Holiday cottage F18, DUnster, Somerset
Upton Dunster
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Holiday cottage F17, Lynmouth, Exmoor
Lynmouth
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Some walking in Somerset…
Somerset Wildlife Trust is leading a walk on the north side of Cheddar Gorge on 4th February at 2pm. It’s a bit of a steep climb and may be slippery, but if you’re feeling fit, it’s sure to be worth it.
Call 01934 743160 for details.
These boots were made for walking ...
West Sedgemoor Nature Reserve…
The walks on 11th, 14th and 25th February are in conjunction with the RSPB, but you don’t have to be a member and it’s a fantastic opportunity to see thousands of birds, perhaps even a passing peregrine.
Call 01458 252805 for details.
Farmers’ markets…
After so much exercise, you’re bound to need some delicious local sustenance. There’s a great Farmers’ Market at Axbridge on 3rd February and 3rd March and there’s one at Frome on 10th February and Crewkerne on 17th February.
See all the Somerset markets at www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk.
Thomas the Tank Engine and friends…
For the younger crew, Thomas and his friends are visiting the steam railway at Swanage in Dorset from 17th to 25th February. Go to the website below to find out how to buy your tickets and join them on a 6-mile journey passing Corfe Castle.
www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Fossils and things…
The stunning Jurassic coast
The recent gales and heavy seas make this an ideal time to scan the shores of the Jurrassic Coast for freshly revealed fascinating fossils. There are guided walks from Lyme Regis and Charmouth all through February, some of which offer the opportunity to polish your ammonites and make moulds of your fossils.

Lyme Regis

Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Sunday at 1pm. Meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street. Lasts approx. 2½ hrs. Adults £7, children £3.

Fossil walks from Lyme Regis Museum.  Walks last approx. 2 hrs. Adults £8, children £5, including entrance to museum. Phone 01297 443370 to book (essential) and for further details. 

Fossil walks with Brandon Lennon.  Daily fossil walks - details and times available from Mike’s Minerals & Fossils – phone 01297 444405 (booking essential).

Fossil walks also organised by Dinosaurland (01297 443541) and Busters Bernard (01297 444614) – please phone for further details.

Fossil walks from Lyme Regis Fossil Shop.  Booking essential on 01297 442088.

Charmouth  

Fossil hunting walks from the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth.  Phone 01297 560772.

Holiday cottage H11, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset Holiday cottage H73, Charlton Marshall, Dorset
Whitchurch Canonicorum Charlton Marshall
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… and once more, to nourish that healthy appetite, try the Farmers’ Markets at Bridport and Dorchester every Saturday and Owermoigne (2nd Saturday only).
http://www.ruraldorset.com/shop/market.asp
New properties…
Helpful Holidays Suppplement 1 2007
It won’t be long before the first new properties supplement is with you. We’ve issued the summons to our local envelope stuffing and mailing crew and they’re all looking forward to a few days of chatting in the warmth of our Chagford office while they help a few thousand supplements on their way. In the meantime, have a look at these new holiday homes which you’ll find on our website – use the ‘Quick Search’ box.
Holiday cottage L533, Challaborough, Devon Holiday cottage Z437, Towednack, Cornwall
Challaborough Towednack
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Holiday cottage J146, Bow, Devon Holiday cottage K16, Fremington, Devon
Bow Fremington
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And also back with us again are Venton House and Rock Cottage.
Holiday cottage R394, Millbrook, Cornwall Holiday cottage L33, Kingston, Devon
Millbrook Kingston
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We’ve got off to a rip-roaring start to 2007 with great demand for our holiday homes at half-term, Easter, Whitsun and into the summer. If you have your heart set on a particular holiday home, please call us as soon as you can. If you want to reserve somewhere for next year or even further ahead, it’s a good idea to call us and reserve your dates with a refundable ‘holding deposit’. Our team inspects all our holiday homes regularly and they’re always delighted to talk to you and help you find the one that’s just right for you.

Best wishes
Moray Bowater

     
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