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Meet National Trust ranger Jemma Lowin

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 16, 2013

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Name: Jemma Lowin

Position: Ranger. I volunteered for seven years and have been employed for eight years.

Area: The Torrs at Ilfracombe along 13 miles of coastline to Baggy Point at Croyde, including beautiful places such as Bull Point, Morte Point, Rockham Beach, and the sand dunes and hills behind Woolacombe Beach.

Look out for: Seals which can often be seen basking on the rocks on the north side of Morte Point.

Try: A good short walk from Marine Drive car park in Woolacombe. Take the footpath up Potters Hill and follow the footpath along Woolacombe Down and then on to Marine Drive and back through the sand dunes. There are great views over the bay and sometimes Exmoor ponies grazing the grassland.

Best part of the job? For me, it's having the opportunity to see the wildlife while I work, and to feel connected to the land and seasons. Spring is my favourite time of year, when the banks are full of stitchwort, primroses and bluebells; the world is waking up and there are more hares than holidaymakers in the country lanes.

Worst part of the job? Fixing burst water pipes – they always seem to burst in the winter and it is such a bitingly cold, wet and muddy job to dig them out and repair them.

My favourite view: The drive down Challacombe Hill into Woolacombe from Roadway Corner in the early summer always takes my breath away. The verges are covered in red sorrel and campion and Potters Hill on the left frames an exquisite view over the blue sea with Morte Point in the background. Absolutely magical.

PS: I have at long last found some pink steel toe-capped work boots of which I am very proud, having volunteered and worked in black and brown boots (that are always too big) for so long.

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