The Exmoor Radio Show – Episode 6

The return of Porlock Bay oysters | Commando helicopters help to repair Exmoor’s paths | We join a walking book group in Dulverton | A preview of Dunster by Candlight | The Exmoor short story contest

The Exmoor Radio Show shares stories and conversations with the people who work and play in Britain’s most magical national park. The programme is recorded on location in Exmoor and produced in Lynton by Keri Jones. In this episode of The Exmoor Radio Show:

The Porlock Bay Oyster Company story is fascinating. Villagers have reinstated an historic fishing practice, which was originally adopted from Wales. Keri Jones from Exmoor Radio visits the company’s Porlock Bay base to hear about the oyster harvesting operation and how clean the Bristol Channel waters actually are.

Keri meets Director Roger Hall who explains how the initiative could provide an economic boost for Porlock, a community with England’s oldest age profile. Locals have supported the business and Roger shares some of the challenges they’ve overcome as well as tips on how to eat the shellfish. (00:55)

Two Merlin helicopters will hover above Exmoor on Wednesday (December 5th). Pilots from the Commando Helicopter Force, a unit of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, will deposit stones to assist repairs of the Two Moors Way. They will be working near to Wheal Eliza Iron Ore Mine, outside Simonsbath.

Dan Barnett, Exmoor National Park’s Access and Recreation Manager, talks about this project and tells Exmoor Radio why this isolated stretch of the coast-to-coast path requires attention. (12:42)

Davina, Christopher and Jan manage one of Britain’s most beautiful stores – Number 7 in Dulverton. They curate a stylish collection of art, factual, fiction and poetry books, which follow a countryside and rural heritage theme.

Davina and Christopher Jelley host a walking book club, where readers meet to roam into Exmoor’s woods and riverside valleys discussing the featured title. Keri Jones from Exmoor Radio joined the group and headed through the trees to an Iron Age hill fort to chat about the chosen book. (16:03)

Keri Jones talks to Hannah Bradshaw about this weekend’s Dunster by Candlelight event (7th and 8th December). Hannah came up with the original idea for the festival, which now attracts over 7,000 visitors on both the Friday and Saturday evenings. (25:53)

Do you love Exmoor so much you could write a story or poem about the area? If you feel so passionately about Porlock or Parracombe that you could put pen to paper and produce poetry, you could be published! Keri Jones from Exmoor Radio chats with Elke Winzer of Exmoor4All about this creative writing competition. (27:50)