These are a few snap shots of the great time both the rangers and numerous familys of North Devon had, at last weeks family scrub bash at Mortehoe.
Organised and run by NT staff and volunteers, the day was supported by over 25 familys looking for half term days out with a difference!
This free event, is one of many that the National Trust put on throughout the year in North Devon.
Executive boosh cutting ranger
Unfortunatley Combesgate Steps leading to Combesgate Beach at Woolacombe have become the latest victim of the storms. A large landslip has buried the lower half of the steps making access impossible. The steps have been closed for safety reason.
After the recent stormy spells, today we have had an opportunity to re install a couple of the most used access points onto the beach from Marine Drive. One of these is the sleeper track aptly named due a base of railway sleepers were laid in the 1980′s to allow National Trust vehicle access onto the beach.
The erosion of recent from the sea had left sandy cliff edges of a height higher than the tractor so that had made it difficult and dangerous to access the beach. Using tractor and human power, we have now reinstated 2 of the popular access ramps and hope the sand will now start to reform the dune edge.
As you can see from the oldest picture, the erosion in the 1980′s was worse yet the dune system recovered.-note the sleeper track!
Watersmeet House tea garden will be open from 11am until 3pm from the 15 until the 23 February inclusive to greet all you hardy walkers with some lovely hot and cold refreshments. Just the ticket after an invigorating walk along the river or through the woodlands. If you need some walking inspiration download some walks for the area from the our website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/watersmeet/things-to-see-and-do/walking/
We had a group in this Saturday to help with our pre season work on the Heddons Mouth path.
We had 15 people in to help rake the paths and banks and dig off scree. We do this each year on our easy access path to Heddons Mouth to keep the path from becoming slippery, muddy and unsafe. Also clearing the leaves from the banks encourages spring flowers to shoot up.
The brave helpers came despite a forecast for a 50yr storm and the weather treated us kindly until after lunch!
We completed a huge amount of work so thanks to all who took part.
Dan and Daniel.
Well what a start to the year! As we all know we have had some pretty extreme weather with coastal flooding, landslips and fallen trees all over the place. Here on Exmoor we get our fair share.
Every time there is a storm we go out after and survey the damage. This includes a tree survey in our high risk areas and path surveys on our busiest paths.
One particular tree Sorbus Admonitor (the “No Parking” tree) which is an incredibly rare tree in the Watersmeet valley unfortunately suffered the loss of half the tree. However it is still a vigorous tree and will recover.
Of course we also get reports in from kind members of the public of issues on our extensive path network.
It seems with this weather we have had to be out fixing or surveying storm damage for most of this year and it seems theres more come!
After the weekends storms and high tides there has been a significant new landslip seriously affecting the steps onto Rockham Beach. The access has been shut as the steps are very dangerous. Please do not be tempted to use them. The cliffs surrounding Rockham Beach are very unstable and whilst surveying the damage to the steps I saw a huge rock fall from the cliffs onto the beach. The most recent damage follows last year’s storms, after which we did a fantastic repair: http://northdevon.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/operation-re-open-rockham-steps-is-a-go/
Unfortunately all this hard work has been to no avail. There is no obvious solution to this recent landslip to repair or reopen access but we will work closely with Devon County Council and their Public Rights of Way Officer and keep you informed. In the mean time please do not use the steps.