The promise of spring means its time to dig out the walking boots and set off to hunt the elusive snowdrop in and around North Devon.

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Snowdrops at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Picture: RHS Garden RosemoorSnowdrops at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Picture: RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor at Torrington, the legendary Snowdrop Valley on Exmoor and Dolton are just some of the places where you can spot them, so read on…

Rosemoor

Galanthus 'Atkinsii' snowdrops at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Picture: RHS Garden RosemoorGalanthus 'Atkinsii' snowdrops at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Picture: RHS Garden Rosemoor

This popular RHS garden has plenty of snowdrops drifting and clumping together with abandon, so why not pop down and after a bracing stroll you can enjoy a hot chocolate or two in the café.

It’s sensational snowdrops season at Rosemoor with snowdrops all over the garden.

The snowdrops started appearing early January and the garden now has large drifts at various locations: in the lower shrub borders among the multi-coloured stems of Cornus (dogwoods) down near the lake; in clumps up the stream and under trees and shrubs that border the stream field.

Normal garden admission applies and you can find out more at rhs.org.uk/rosemoor



Snowdrop Valley

No denizen of the South West should consider themselves complete until they have visited the famous Snowdrop Valley on Exmoor.

The privately-owned valley at Wheddon Cross is a little further afield near Minehead, but offers stunning woodland walks littered with snowdrops at every turn.

It is open until Sunday, February 25, with buses running into the valley until February 18, departing the car park regularly 10.30am-3.30pm.

February 19-23 is a walking only week, while on February24-25 disabled drivers may obtain a mobility pass from the staff at the Wheddon Cross car park between the hours of 11am and 3pm (£5 refundable deposit).

Cutcombe Parish Council runs the Park and Ride Service to allow visitors access to this remote valley, with the support of Exmoor National Park, and with the permission of land owner Badgworthy Land Company

To find out more, call 07507 797169 - 10am to 5pm daily while Snowdrop Valley is open, email snowdropvalley@googlemail.com or go to www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley



Higher Cherubeer

Snowdrops at Higher Cherubeer near DoltonSnowdrops at Higher Cherubeer near Dolton

Higher Cherubeer at Dolton near Winkleigh is open on Fridays in February and offers a national collection of cyclamen, hellebores and more than 300 snowdrop varieties.

Visitors can call in on Friday, February 16 and Friday, February 25 from 2-5pm.

Visitors are also welcome by arrangement from February to October for groups of 10-plus. Admission is £4 and free for children.

The one-and-a-half acre country garden has a gravelled courtyard, raised beds and an alpine house.

A bashful Galanthus Greatorex double snowdrop at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Picture: RHS Garden Rosemoor/Janet CubeyA bashful Galanthus Greatorex double snowdrop at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Picture: RHS Garden Rosemoor/Janet Cubey

For more information call Jo and Tom Hynes on 01805 804265 or email hynesjo@gmail.com