On Valentine’s Day we visited Snowdrop valley in Exmoor. Snowdrop Valley is a privately owned remote valley in a hidden part of Exmoor and during the month of February the Badgworthy Land Company allows access to the valley while the snowdrops are in bloom, signifying the start of Spring. I was very excited to get some beautiful pictures of Bella amongst these little fairy flowers.
It is only open from Saturday 31st January to Sunday 22nd February. There are buses that run into the valley from the 7th to the 22nd February.
We had to decide whether to choose walk 1 or walk 2 into the valley. Walk 1 was steeper but not as muddy. Walk 2 had better views, but was very muddy.
Roy (who has somehow managed to lose his wellies so was wearing trainers on the day) was outvoted as Bella and I opted for walk 2…The VERY muddy but beautiful walk. I had envisaged getting lots of lovely pictures on the way down but as it turns out walk 2 was rather steep as well. This meant that Bella would not let go of my hand…nor would she alternate and hold Daddy’s hand at any point, as Roy was not looking too steady on his feet himself!
It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to walk down to Snowdrop Valley, and even though I didn’t manage to get many pictures on the way down, and I nearly lost both husband and daughter to various muddy swamps along the way, we all enjoyed our little trek.
We had fun explaining to Bella that each snowdrop is a little fairy house and watched happily as she splashed about in the muddy puddles. It is exceptionally beautiful there, made even more so by knowing that you can only ever visit this lovely spot one month in every year.
We caught the bus back up (which cost us £6.00 – £3.00 per adult, children under 5 free) and then went for tea and cake in a lovely little tea shop 2 minutes from the bus stop.
This is another absolutely beautiful area in Somerset’s countryside that I would definitely consider to be a Somerset Gem. If you are thinking of visiting more information can be found here… http://www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley.htm