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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor October 10th 2021

The workshop was over, so the early start today was self-inflicted. I got up at the usual 6.30am and headed off to Combestone Tor, to try for what would effectively be fourth time lucky. As I drive into the car park with my headlights on full-beam, it lit up the tor against the night sky. That actually made a great photo, although I needed to set-up to the side so that my shadow was not cast onto the rocks - schoolboy error. As the light came, it was looking like I would be disappointed yet again, but after about half an hour it became evident that going to be lucky and it was a perfect sunrise. I was really, really pleased that I had made the effort - much like when I went out on my ... read more
Hawthorne Tree
Combestone Tor in Full Beam
Dartmoor Breakfast

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor October 9th 2021

According to the weather forecasts, it was due to be foggy again, so we were anticipating going back to Wistman's Woods to try and get there before the fog started to clear again. The forecast was wrong, so it was a change of plan, again, and instead we all jumped into the minibus and went to Hound Tor, which sounded ominous, given the local association. One big difference between photography in Rannoch Moor and in Dartmoor is the amount of walking involved. In Rannoch Moor we pretty much jumped out of the minibus and started taking pictures. Dartmoor involves a lot more walking, which in some cases is quite steep and strewn with jagged and slippery rocks. How steep and how rocky depends on how far you are prepared to go for your photographs. These workshops ... read more
Holworth Rocks
Emsworthy Mire Barn
Political Promises

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor October 8th 2021

As is usual with these photography workshops, it was an early 6.30am start for the sunrise - but at least the October sunrises are not too antisocial. We drove to Combestone Tor, but it was too foggy for any photographs, so we decided to return to the hotel and walk to the nearby Wistman's Woods, which are apparently the place to go when it is foggy. It was almost completely the same walk that I had done the day before to the then unnamed tor, although this time we were navigating in the dark. Sadly, when we got there the fog had started to clear, but the woods were still great to photograph. These woods are apparently very well known and there were a few other photographers there. There are a lot of extremely old ancient ... read more
Blackadon Nature Reserve
Nun's Croft Farm House
Brentor Church

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor October 7th 2021

Just before the dreaded lock-down started in early 2020 I went on a fantastic photography workshop to Rannoch Moor in Scotland (see ). Now that that lock-down is finally coming to an end, I took the opportunity to go on another photography workshop to another moor, but this time in completely the opposite direction to Dartmoor. It was a long way, but nowhere near as far as the remote highlands as Scotland. Having recently experienced the nightmare that is the never-ending roadworks on the M4, I decided to go on the M3 (although that is not immune - see ) and the A303. The journey was largely uneventful, with the highlight being a drive-past of Stonehenge. We had visited there earlier this year, although that was one such example of the M4 nightmare due to the ... read more
Hotel Room

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor April 3rd 2019

Only last week, in the days between the revelation of this journey and coming here, I went to a workshop called (translated to English): 'Shit, I'm awake. Now what?!' It was about the awareness of the journey you make, the Hero's Journey. The concept is by Joseph Campbell, but I can not go into detail about it here, because An, who did the workshop, put a lot of effort in it and it would be unrespectfull to give it away here. Anyway, last night at diner, I had an inspiring conversation with Bruce and Draeyke. It was about how I am learning to talk with the Universe and have courage, talk out loud, what I dream about, what I want to do. I talked about travelling with my stories (as I am a Temple Priest of ... read more
Wild horses on the moors.
Very cosy at the lands of Bruce and Draeyke
Nettle, the pet sheep.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor January 14th 2019

When you live and work in an area it is not the usual place that you want to blog about but I love where I live, the seasons surely change the way we look at an area and where and how we walk or use the area. The 'go to' dog walk is walking either way from Tor Royal Farm along the Devonport leat either towards Princetown Prison or to Peat Cott the other way - a short 15 or 30 minute walk towards the prison takes us (me and Gem the terrier) out of the 17th century court yard @torroyal turning right towards Bull Park - immediately after crossing the leat bridge if you turn left you can pop through the gate and continue along the leat, now, we are lucky and have both otters ... read more
Footpath sign at Batchlours Hall
Devonport leat (towards the Prison)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor August 4th 2018

There are many great Dartmoor pubs. The Tavistock at Poundsgate is one of my favourites. It is in "the middle of nowhere" with hardly a house in sight, but has great atmosphere and the parking lot across the road is often full with people coming from near and far. It has its roots from the 14th century and you feel little has changed over the years. The thick stone walls and the low, beamed roof certainly would have some stories to tell if they could speak. Today Dartmoor feels remote and sparsely populated, but a few hundred years ago there was a large tin-mining industry on the moor and the tin was transported on horseback down the steep hills towards the coast. The Tavistock probably has its name from being half way between Tavistock and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor July 16th 2017

Tag 298 – Dartmoor Nationalpark & Pizza mit Hindernissen Am Sonntag machten wir noch einen Familienausflug, zusammen mit Richards Eltern. Ich hatte Emily nach dem Dartmoor Nationalpark gefragt, und ob es dort Reittouren gab. Ursprünglich hatte ich am Mittwoch dorthin fahren wollen, doch mit den öffentlichen Transportmitteln war das wohl relativ schwierig, und so hatte Emily kurzerhand vorgeschlagen, dass wir gemeinsam dorthin fahren konnten. Diese Familie war echt klasse, sie wollten, dass ich so viel wie möglich sehen konnte und unternahmen sogar Ausflüge mit mir, um mir die Gegend zu zeigen. :) Zuerst einmal fuhren wir über eine Stunde durch die atemberaubende Landschaft. Überall um uns breiteten sich die Hügel des Hochmoores aus, manche gekrönt von Felsformationen. Überall liefen Schafe, Kühe und wilde Dartmoor-Ponys herum. Es hatte sich zugezogen und nieselte ab und zu e... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor June 23rd 2015

We toured and shopped in the village of Ashburton. We paid our respects to my cousin, Daniel, who sadly transitioned from this earth at the young age of 18. I will always remember his bright eyes, his smile, and his gentle, fun-loving spirit. We had lunch at a lovely garden café in Ashburton. Visually it was quaint and attractive. As you ate your lunch, surrounded by fragrant shrubs and flowers, bunnies and cats frolicked. Dogs could be seen in restaurants, outside cafés and shops. After lunch, we headed up to the Moor, which I vibrantly remembered from my last visit. Wild ponies, sheep and cows dot the landscape and are not inhibited by visitors. The moor is a spiritual place. The landscape is a bit craggy and not as green, yet equally as beautiful with an ... read more
Warren House  Inn Free House
Pub 2

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor July 10th 2014

Having family literally all over the UK is both a blessing and a curse. Of course, it's always a blessing to have loved ones in whichever part of the country you may be visiting, but it's a damned curse trying to fit everyone in to one visit! We certainly do some miles and we keep everyone more or less happy!! The ferry to Plymouth takes us conveniently to Devon where we always enjoy a few days in the village of Thorverton, lost in the middle of a triangle joining Exeter, Tiverton and Crediton. It's such a beautiful part of the country, and is just on the doorstep of a place we just never seemed to have made it to - Dartmoor. We put that right this year and set out one morning hoping for a sunny ... read more
Dartmoor ponies
Drive slowly!
Walking on the moor

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