Blogs from Dartmoor, Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe


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... 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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor July 5th 2014

Off to Dartmoor today! So, I learned a lesson today - if you're in Dartmoor you need a proper GPS. Or a car. Or both haha. I got... not lost but stuck shall we say because I didn't want to keep going down some random valley in the bushes and get lost. There are no signs in the paths and there are a lot of intertwining ones so having the map with you doesn't even help… What a shame. Ok backtrack. I bussed up to Newton Abbot and wandered around the village for a bit - small and cute - before heading up to Haytor Vale in Dartmoor. Basically as soon as I started the hike I was like 'yep this won't end well' haha. Right from the start there are four paths generally going in ... read more
Quarry lake
The rocks I cannot remember their name
Random lone cow

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor June 14th 2014

'I've got some rheas out back. Raised 'em from eggs I did. They're awful friendly.' In his heavy Devon accent, the elderly bewhiskered man at the gate of his lonely Dartmoor cottage attempted to detain me a little longer with irrelevant chat. It seemed that not many tourists from Hertfordshire, or indeed from anywhere, stop at this remote spot in response to his 'Fresh Eggs' sign propped up by a rock near the tall hedge. 'It's eggs you're wantin' ain't it?' 'I've only got hens' eggs. That alright?' He disappeared, leaving his two scruffy dogs seeking attention and barking madly. A few minutes later, he returned holding a grey cardboard carton containing six brown eggs with bits of straw and feathers attached. A label on the carton proclaimed: 'Laid by the girls living on Dartmoor'. They ... read more
A typical Devon lane
Sheep grazing on Dartmoor
Ponies grazing on Dartmoor

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor April 6th 2013

We went for a walk starting finishing in Bellstone. The high moors are a bleak but beautiful landscape, supporting sheep and hardy plants like the Juniper tree and yellow flowered spikey bush Gorse. Some say it smells like coconuts AP thought so too but RM less so. It was both a cold and sunny day. We found a sheep’s jaw bone which RM took with him for good luck, but later went off of and left it. We tried to reach a high summit point but the Gorse was too thick and the ground too boggy for our wet feet, though we got some lovely views on the way back. We had a pint and dried our feet in the Tors in Bellstone. AP had some warm spicy cider RM the Cornwall Rock Ale, which is ... read more
Beautiful day
Lovely tree
The path to the hills

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmoor January 1st 2012

Our first blog, but hopefully the start of many! Arrived in the Dartmoor national park on friday 30th dec 2011. Woodland springs 'adult only' touring park. The kids said it would be a 'keys in the pot' experience, but so far so good! A really quiet site, nice natural surroundings with a massive award winning shower block! bizarre. The owners are into recycling in a big way which is ok if you have the space to keep the waste separate. In a caravan it's a problem unless you constantly visit the bins. The weather isn't good in fact its just like our scottish trip - raining every day. Went to bellever forest new years eve and had a wonderful although wet walk with kelly and lily in the forest. Kelly generally stays close to us but ... read more

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