On the rocks from Bridford

I’ve grown very fond of the landscape around Bridford, on the eastern boundary of Dartmoor, but it’s been several years since my last visit to Heltor Rock, just west of the village. Until recently, though, I had never visited Blackingstone Rock, a mile to the … Continue readingOn the rocks from Bridford

A winterbourne pool, Top Tor

I remember attending a talk a couple of years ago by the renowned landscape photographer Jem Southam, where he talked about his book The River Winter. He mentioned how the beautiful word ‘winterbourne’ originally referred to a river or stream that runs only in winter, and … Continue readingA winterbourne pool, Top Tor

Sittaford Stone Circle – the first stone circle to be discovered on Dartmoor for 100 years

There has been considerable interest, not only in Devon, in the announcement this year of a recently discovered stone circle high on Dartmoor. It was actually discovered back in 2007 by Alan Endacott, but the hard work of unearthing the stones (by the Dartmoor Preservation … Continue readingSittaford Stone Circle – the first stone circle to be discovered on Dartmoor for 100 years

Almost dawn on the East Dart

Last Monday evening I sat planning a walk on the moor to Sittaford Tor, with the intention of capturing photographs of the recently-discovered stone circle. Whenever I’ve visited this tor previously I’ve parked by Fernworthy reservoir and walked through the forest, across to Grey Wethers … Continue readingAlmost dawn on the East Dart