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  • Key Species Exmoor | Wildwatch 2014 | Duddings News -
    Heritage days out around Exmoor 10 Facts on marshes Porlock Marsh Key Species Exmoor Wildwatch 2014 Duddings News Local Features Five key species to look out for on Exmoor in 2014 As a National Park Exmoor is alive with wildlife and as with any large and mostly uninhabited area nobody s quite certain exactly what animals or how many animals are living on the moor Which is why Exmoor Wildwatch 2014 has been launched to try and produce the most complete picture yet of how inhabited the wilds of Exmoor really are So with many people set to visit our Minehead holiday cottages this year we thought we d take a look at the list of animals to look out for and put together a mini guide for our guests Any who do spot some of these animals can contact the National Park authority on 01598 752509 or visit the Wildwatch website So without any further ado here are five key animal species to look out for on Exmoor this year The Cuckoo The cuckoo is one of Britain s most distinctive birds but is only spotted during the summer since it winters in Africa The innocent looking cuckoo is actually a parasite and lays its eggs in the nest of other birds leaving them to be incubated by unsuspecting birds of different species The Kingfisher There are around 90 different species of kingfisher and all have large heads long sharp pointed bills short legs and stubby tails The variety found on Exmoor has bright feathers and eats fish which it catches by swooping down from a perch into rivers The Brown Hare Hares are larger than most species of rabbit have longer ears and hind legs and breed on the ground rather than in a burrow Exmoor brown hares

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  • Five Top Picnic Spots | Exmoor and Somerset | Duddings Feature -
    Porlock Marsh Five Top Picnic Spots Exmoor and Somerset Duddings Feature Local Features Five top notch picnic spots around Exmoor and Somerset It s officially the end of winter and that means only one thing we have entered spring This is good for a number of reasons first of all it stays lighter for longer the sun shines more and the birds begin to sing And after the recent unsavoury weather near our Somerset holiday cottages we can t think of anything more delightful than taking a stroll through some of the country s most scenic landscapes and enjoying a delightful picnic in these wonderful surroundings Here s five of our favourite spots Staple Plain The Quantocks is a superb area for picnicking that offers some excellent sites There are picnic tables available in the area alternatively you can take a walk on some of the tracks going over the hills and choose your own picnic spot that will provide exquisite views over the Bristol Channel or across Somerset Nutcombe Bottom Nr Dunster The area where you can park is part of the Crown Estate and this is where you will find some lovely picnic areas and plenty of walks from the car park that allow for you to find your own picnic area further afield There is a nice easy walk to the Tall Trees Trail and this is where you will find the tallest tree in the British Isles Landacre Bridge Nr Withypool Landacre is a fantastic destination and from the bridge there are some perfect picnic spots that run along the river banks for all to enjoy The Exmoor ponies and sheep are to thank for the well kept river banks that make such excellent picnic areas If you fancy Landacre but not the river bank you

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  • Five Sporting Suggestions | West Somerset | Duddings Cottages -
    Exmoor has something to offer you which is why we ve decided to put together five of our favourite sporting activities in and around Minehead Cricket Cricket is such a popular pastime around these parts the area has its own league The West Somerset Cricket League is 50 teams strong and made up of five divisions That means on summer weekends there s always a game to catch somewhere near to our Minehead holiday cottages as long as the weather allows it Teams involved include Minehead Timberscombe Dunster and Porlock while there are also a few teams based nearer to Taunton While standards in the top division are high as you d expect in a first class cricketing county if you turn up to a lower division ground on a Saturday or Sunday there s a chance you could get a game if you ask nicely Angling Fishing is the most participated in sport in the UK and there are plenty of opportunities to cast a rod in West Somerset The Exmoor coast offers hundreds of fishing opportunities with plenty of beaches from which anglers can cast out piers to drop a line off and boatmen offering fishing trips from the harbours at Minehead and Watchet There s also trout fishing on offer at the South West Lakes Trust s Wimbleball Lake Football Minehead Football Club used to be a force in South West non league football and while they re no longer quite as fearsome as they once were they do play a decent brand of football at a good level Long time residents of the Western League Minehead now play in the Somerset County Premier Division That means the Blues now face local rivals Watchet Town at least twice a season in a fiercely contested derby match which

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  • Exmoor Beast | Unusual Animals Exmoor | Duddings Features -
    near our Exmoor holiday cottages had been forced to clean up regularly after the messy visitors Now the starlings have made the news again after forming a huge flying sign on Tuesday morning The birds grouped together and flew as a squadron spelling out the words Exmoor Zoo Or at least that s what staff at the zoo would have us believe With Tuesday having been April Fool s day we decided we didn t believe this and our suspicions were confirmed However it did inspire us to look at some examples of unusual behaviour from animals on Exmoor as well as some unusual animals which you may not expect to find on the moor Rutting Stags Ok so it s not so unusual but seeing rutting stags is a spectacular sight Each autumn stags across the moor seek to assert their dominance over others in order to mate with the best female deer which means there are often face offs between competing stags With the animals capable of growing up to seven foot tall and 18 stones in weight the collisions when they clash can be fearsome They re also dangerous so it s best not to get too close Stag safaris like Johnny Kingdom s are the best way to see this action Wolves Wild wolves died out in the UK a long time ago but they re alive and well on Exmoor at Shaun Ellis Wolf Centre Run by Shaun and his wife the stars of Channel 5 series The Wolfman and Mr and Mrs Wolf the centre shows how the pair have an exceptional bond with dogs and wolves The Exmoor Beast Ok so there s no proof the beast is real but there are plenty of people who swear it is The first reported sightings

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  • Exmoor Beer Gardens | Four Of The Best | Duddings News -
    so with a bank holiday at the end of the week we ve decided to relax and spend some time in some of Exmoor s best beer gardens We thought we d take a look at four of the best and share our findings with visitors to our website so others can head out to the best pubs on the moor for an al fresco beer The Black Venus Challacombe The pub of choice for Challacombe locals is believed to be the only one in Britain to have this unusual name The old stone built pub is set in a wonderful location within Exmoor National Park and is charming inside with the pub s 16th century low ceilings and beams adding character to a warm environment But never mind inside you ll want to be outside this summer with record long periods of sunny weather forecast You can enjoy that weather with a circular Exmoor dog walks from the pub through Challacombe and across the river Bray before heading back for a pint of cider or Exmoor Gold in the Black Venus well maintained and beautiful beer garden The Culbone Inn Porlock The Culbone is renowned in North and Mid Devon and Somerset as a real foodie s pub serving delicious seasonal fare all year round But it s in the spring and summer it comes into its own with guests able to relax and unwind while enjoying stunning views of the moor The outdoor dining area offers spectacular views to go with the spectacular food this is definitely the pub to visit for an outdoor evening meal and fine dining experience The Hunters Inn Heddon Valley The Hunters is famously known as a walkers pub sitting at the top of the Heddon Valley and at the start of a

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  • Four Key Players | Somerset Cricket | Duddings Features -
    for many people the county is synonymous with the sound of leather on willow and a stay at Duddings Country Cottages represents not only the chance to spend time in secluded Exmoor but also the chance to see some first class cricket We ve mentioned before how the West Somerset Cricket league is thriving on Exmoor but for most people it s the county side based in Taunton that is the real draw So ahead of a new County Championship season in 2014 we thought we d look at four key players who will be key if the county is to clinch its first ever championship title Marcus Trescothick The skipper is Somerset born and bred and has been a run machine opening the batting for the county over the years Since he no longer plays international cricket having won the 2005 Ashes as an opening batsman he s a key provider of runs for the side And after a disappointing 2013 which was marred by injury he ll be keen to get back into some form Former England captain Tresco has played for Somerset since 1993 and will be desperate to win the championship as he nears the end of his long career Nick Compton The other opening batsman Nick is grandson of England legend Denis Compton and has appeared for England himself with mixed success He s scored 1 000 runs for Somerset in each of the last three years since joining the county from Middlesex If he can do the same again this summer those runs will be key as Somerset search for glory Peter Trego If Tresco is the man who looks to get Somerset off to a smooth start in all forms of the game then Pete is the ying to his yang The all

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  • 4 coastal Days Out | Exmoor Activities | Duddings News -
    key Somerset cricket players 4 Coastal days out 4 Exmoor Events for June July 6 History and Heritage days out around Exmoor 10 Facts on marshes Porlock Marsh 4 coastal Days Out Exmoor Activities Duddings News Local Features Four coastal days out on Exmoor Exmoor National Park Authority is set to host a coastal festival over the course of next week with events taking place along the moor s coast The festival starts on May 24 with a Rockpool Ramble with BBC Springwatch TV presenter Maya Plass and continues all week Which got us thinking what are some of the best coastal sites to visit on Exmoor while you re staying at our Somerset holiday cottages Lynmouth Lynmouth is known by many as England s Switzerland because of its picture perfect chocolate box look The seaside Victorian town has a selection of shops tea rooms and cafés leading down to a pretty harbour Neighbouring village Lynton sits above Lynmouth and the steep gradient between the two villages marks them out as unique A cliff railway between the two villages makes getting round easy so the two villages make the perfect coastal destination to visit on a day out on Exmoor Valley of the Rocks Just over a mile from Lynton is the Valley of the Rocks The dry valley is unlike any other on the north coast of Exmoor Created during the Ice Age it has spectacular weathered rock formations with names such as The Devil s Cheesering and Ragged Jack Wild goats which populate the valley can be seen scrambling among the rocky outcrops The area is worth visiting for some great wild walks with incredible views of the sea Heddon s Mouth Heddon s mouth is a picturesque rocky beach at the mouth of the Heddon Valley Its

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  • Summer On Exmoor | 4 Events | Duddings Features -
    Facts 5 Places to see spring on Exmoor 5 Exmoor Pubs winter warmers 4 Valentine s Day Alternatives 5 Key Species to look out for on Exmoor 5 Top Picnic Spots 5 Sporting Suggestions 4 Unusual Exmoor animals 4 Exmoor beer gardens 4 key Somerset cricket players 4 Coastal days out 4 Exmoor Events for June July 6 History and Heritage days out around Exmoor 10 Facts on marshes Porlock Marsh Summer On Exmoor 4 Events Duddings Features Local Features Four Summer events on Exmoor Summer is a busy time on Exmoor with all sorts of events going on around our Exmoor holiday cottages So we thought we d take a look at four which are coming up over the next month West Somerset Folk Festival The charming West Somerset Folk Festival gets under way on Friday June 27 and lasts all weekend long With a sing a long concert on Friday workshops throughout Saturday and gigs across the weekend there s something for everyone at this inclusive event The festival takes place in Carhampton and tickets cost 12 for the whole weekend Combe Martin Open Gardens That same weekend also hosts Combe Martin s open gardens Cross the border into Devon on Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th of June and you ll find a selection of private gardens in Combe Martin open for public viewing With cream teas available in some gardens and a ploughmans lunch on offer between 12pm and 2pm it s an event you can stay at all day Dunster Flower Festival The Dunster Flower Festival is one of the closest events to our Exmoor holiday cottages The festival which takes place over the weekend of July 11 sees the village decked out in beautiful and colourful floral arrangements This year s theme for

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