Around Beacon Hill, above Pinhoe

A week ago I gave my wife a lift to Pinhoe, just outside Exeter, where she needed to attend a meeting expected to last for a couple of hours. Despite working in Exeter (in a previous life) for more than twenty years I know very … Continue readingAround Beacon Hill, above Pinhoe

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

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

How can I not love the Devon landscape?

I pass this land near Ipplepen from time to time, and always try to stop to admire it. I think it contains almost everything I love about the Devon landscape. It’s not a particularly high point, but high enough to layer a few tantalising details … Continue readingHow can I not love the Devon landscape?

Getting lost in Devon’s green lanes

There are many thousands of miles of pathways, bridleways and country lanes in the British Isles, but the green lanes are particularly special. And to me the green lanes of Devon cast an indefinable spell: they are deep, divided by tall hedges,¬†sometimes¬†difficult to find, very … Continue readingGetting lost in Devon’s green lanes