Rhenish Tower, Exmoor

Rhenish Tower was built by General Rawdon to store salt water for indoor baths. It was later fitted with an electric light for use as a beacon. The original tower was built in c.1860. It was rebuilt as an exact replica after 1952 flood damage.

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Highland Cow in the Winter Sun

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Exmoor Tallest Treet

The tallest tree in England has been growing on Exmoor since 1876 and was 60.05 metres when it was last measured in 2009. It also has a trunk estimated to weigh 50 tonnes with a diameter of 1.74 metres.

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Minehead Clock Tower

This iPhone image is of the Clock tower, located on Minehead seafront.

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My New Friend

My small friend that found me photographing an Exmoor Hunt.

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Fun at the Show

Fun and the Dunster Show. Spinning chair merry go round at the funfair.

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Exmoor Hunting Hounds

Exmoor hunting hounds at Porlock Weir.

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Dunster Castle Panoramic

Dunster Castle is a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house, in the village of Dunster, Somerset, England. The castle lies on the top of a steep hill called the Tor, and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. After the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, William de Mohun constructed a timber castle on the site as part of the pacification of Somerset. A stone shell keep was built on the motte by the start of the 12th century, and the castle survived a siege during the early years of the Anarchy. At the end of the 14th century, the de Mohuns sold the castle to the Luttrell family, who continued to occupy the property until the late 20th century.

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Dunster Forest Sign

Countryside walkers wood sign pointing to Dunster Forest, Crown Estate on a sunny autumn morning.

 

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Playing in the Stream

Children playing in the river Avill at Gallox Bridge, Dunster. This late medieval stone bridge – originally ‘gallows bridge’ – across the River Avill once carried packhorses bringing fleeces from Exmoor to the Somerset market town of Dunster. The town had become a centre of the wool trade by the 13th century, when it was the main source of England’s wealth.

 

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Two Large Hands.

This magnificent sculpture of two large hands holds an unfolding map facing into the Severn Estuary which is close to the starting point of the 630 miles, South West Coastal Path. The young designer is Sarah Ward, who was studying at the time at West Somerset Community College.
 

From the front, of the grid of the map is open so that the sky and landscape can be seen and the north coast of Somerset is shown in cut-out metal. The rear of the map shows the whole route of the coastal path with Minehead and Poole to indicate the beginning and end of the path.

The sculpture was unveiled in February 2011 and stands proudly on Minehead seafront and well worth a visit.

 

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Highland Cattle in the snow on Exmoor

Highland cow sitting in the winter sun on Exmoor National Park.

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Highland Cattle on Exmoor

A long way from home, Highland cattle can be found if you look hard enough on Exmoor.

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Highland Cattle

Long way from home, Highland cattle can be found if you look hard enough on Exmoor.

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Exmoor Ponies

Exmoor ponies located at Dunkery on Exmoor National Park.

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Tarr Steps, Exmoor

The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. There are 17 spans across 50 meters (55 yd), the top slabs weigh 1-2 tons and are about 39 inches (99 cm) above normal water level. The largest slab is over 8 feet (2.4 m) long and is about 5 feet (1.5 m) wide. This is one of the best-known monuments on Exmoor. Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that Tarr Steps dates from the Bronze Age but others date them from around 1400 AD.

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