The Snowdrops have sprung in Snowdrop Valley at Wheddon Cross, on Exmoor. Members of the public have been given access to the privately owned Exmoor valley until February 26 to see the carpet of Snowdrops.

The village of Wheddon Cross is welcoming visitors this month as the Snowdrops bloom. There are said to be various walking routes around valley, and maps on hand at the village's parking kiosk between 9 am and 4pm each day.

Organisers caution visitors to 'be prepared' for the Winter weather. They advise guests bring suitable warm and waterproof clothes, as well as sturdy footwear to navigate the muddy paths.

Light refreshments are available at the market car park, which is run by local charities.

Parking will be available at the Cutcombe Cattle Market, though road access to Snowdrop Valley will be closed to non-permit holding vehicles on event dates.

Snowdrops are often the first sign of Spring, and an indication that warmer weather is on the way. Although the flower looks delicate, it is capable of defying frozen soil to burst upward with the help of hardened leaf tips.

There are said to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of these flowers in Snowdrop Valley.