A winterbourne pool, Top Tor

Top Tor Tarn

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 is generally dry in the summer months. The talk made… Continue reading A winterbourne pool, Top Tor

Holwell Traditions

Holwell Lawn 1

Like many people local to Dartmoor, we visit Holwell Lawn, near Hound Tor, toward the end of May every year. The Bluebells will always, by then, have been in flower for several weeks in other parts of the county, and in the Dartmoor woodlands. But from the middle of the month walkers, photographers and of… Continue reading Holwell Traditions

How can I not love the Devon landscape?

HayTor from Ipplepen

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 to enjoy. In the distance is Dartmoor – mostly the… Continue reading How can I not love the Devon landscape?