Exmoor inspires a passionate devotion in tens of
thousands of people. With scenery at once
romantic, bordering on the mythic, and yet at the
same time a functioning environment in which
people live and work, the particular atmosphere
of Exmoor acts like a magnet and draws people
back again and again.
Within its relatively small area Exmoor is amazingly
diverse. Its coastline is one of the most unspoilt and
best protected to be found anywhere in Britain
whilst, unlike many other moorland areas found in
the UK, Exmoor is full of tiny hamlets and settlements,
like the village of Exford right in the centre.
There are three main Exmoor rivers – the Exe,
Barle and Lyn. Although the Exe is the “name” river
of Exmoor, many consider that the Barle should
carry that mantle, being a much larger river before
it merges with the Exe at Exbridge. There are also
several wooded areas to be found on the Moor.
Substantial stands of oak, ash, beech and birch give
rise to a fantastic palette of autumnal colours in
late October, November and holding on sometimes
to early December. Elsewhere, Exmoor’s
characteristic beech hedges that divide each farm
unit, criss-cross the landscape and infuse it with a
spectacular pastel green in early May.
Glorious Exmoor in all its moods is illustrated in
this superbly produced Address Book. Nearly 50
images by master-photographer Peter Hendrie
make this book as decorative as it is useful, an
ideal gift and a perfect memento of one of the
most beautiful parts of Britain.
Peter Hendrie has worked in the
hospitality industry on Exmoor for
nearly thirty years, but has pursued a
twin-track career as a photographer of
international reputation and the author
of four books including two with
Exmoor as their subject.
In 2006 he won the Iconic Category in
the prestigiousTravel Photographer of
the Year competition.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 985 1, 214x230mm, tabbed hardback, 112 pages. Published October 2009.