As the attached pictures of the A39 at Countisbury show, the snow is proving to be a bit of a nuisance here on Exmoor. Daniel, David and I have spent most of the day recovering a stranded car that belongs to one of the guests staying at the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage from the access road. We managed to get it out to the A39 by lunch time although the guests are still marooned in the Lighthouse itself. Hopefully they will be able to walk to the top of the road tomorrow.
I haven’t seen snow like this since the late 70’s; at one time we literally couldn’t see where we were going and had to stop until it cleared. Daniel is an excellent driver however and by home time we had battled our way to the Blue Ball Inn where I had a couple of pints of beer and he had a well deserved orange crush.
We will be back tomorrow to dig the road out with the help of a JCB and a mini-digger. Hopefully the guests that are booked in over Christmas will be able to get down there when they arrive on Thursday.
The Ranger team at West Exmoor wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.