Monday, 6 June 2011

Days Out in Somerset:: The Tall Trees Trail

Often when we stay at Nana Lovelygrey's home in Exmoor National Park Mr Lovelygrey sneaks out for an early morning walk whilst the rest of the household are still snoozing.   Yesterday he returned to say that he had found the tallest tree in Britain on his travels.  As we were heading out that way later in the day en route to a pub lunch we stopped off to take a look.

The tree, a Douglas fir,  is on the Tall Trees Trail, an accessible route that forms a small part of the network of cycle and walking trails in the Nutcombe Bottom area near Dunster.  I defy you not to think of squirrels' backsides on hearing this name!  It's only about 600m long but has a wealth of information boards and interactive bits and pieces along the way.

Of course, I'd love to show you a picture of the magnificent beasties itself which would tower above Nelson column but alas, it wasn't a goer.  The proximity of other trees meant that a good shot was logistically impossible.  You'll just have to go and take a peek for yourselves.  However instead I'll show you the clever calligraphy carved onto one of the bridges across the stream that criss-crossed the trail.

 I feel that the pub deserves a mention too.  The Royal Oak at Luxborough  is an absolute cracker, a quintessential country inn with a warm welcome for adults and children and good home cooked, often imaginative food.  It's the only place where I've ever eaten razor clams but  unfortunately  these moreish molluscs weren't on the menu this time.  They're devillishly difficult to forage to perhaps the pub's seafood gatherer had lost their knack.    However, as compensation,  my dessert of pistachio and chocolate creme brulee was genius in a ramekin  and is a twist on an old favourite that is certainly worth trying to replicate at home.

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