Preparations are well in hand for the Exmoor Ramble, which takes place on Sunday, September 26, from Brendon Two Gates, between 10am and 11am.

A record number of people have signed up for the sponsored walk, which follows a six or 14-mile route over Exmoor.

Walkers can register on the day or in advance by calling the fundraising team at North Devon Hospice on 01271 347232 or via the website here.

Money raised will help patients on the hospice’s bedded unit, where Ivan Huxtable, 80, the driving force behind the rambles, was cared for before he passed away earlier this year from cancer.

A renowned local Exmoor enthusiast and wildlife walker Ivan Huxtable was an indefatigable fundraiser who organised charity walks for over 30 years.

Ivan ran the Exmoor Ramble charity walks for 30 years, initially for CLIC Sargent after losing his sister to leukaemia aged just nine. The event has since raised money for more than 20 charities, including more than £50,000 for North Devon Hospice.

Ivan’s fundraising mission was inspired by the death of his sister, which followed just six months after their father died in a farming accident in 1947.

More than £100,000 has been raised for CLIC Sargent in that time, a cause that remained close to Ivan’s heart after his own diagnosis with leukaemia 15 years ago.

Ivan was a “true Exmoor character”, well known in the salmon and sea trout fishing world on the River Taw. He was also a regular visitor to the Greenslade Taylor Hunt offices in South Molton.

Richard Webber, Partner at the South Molton branch, said: “He was a very well known character. He was a client to the firm and a good friend to me.”

In recognition of his close ties GTH are donating £1,000 from their charitable fund towards the vital work of the hospice.

Richard and colleagues from the South Molton office Vashti Cotten, Chloe Campbell and Ben Goodyear will be taking part in the six-mile event.