A photographic and informative flavour of Dartmoor National Park, the largest and wildest landscape in Southern England, describing its abundant wildlife, scenery and archeological remains.
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I hope you enjoy this collection of photographs of Dartmoor. My photographic work takes me to many places through out the world, but I grew up on Dartmoor and I always love to come home to its ever-changing landscape.
Dartmoor was designated a National Park in 1951. It is probably best known for its ponies and the infamous prison, but he moorland landscape, with its deep valleys, imposing granite tors and rapidly changing weather, give it a uniqueness that is seldom rivaled.
It has a greater concentration of ancient monuments than anywhere else in Europe. The ancient wooded river valleys, combined with the heather and gorse, which covers the open moor provide a rich habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.
Dartmoor has been farmed for over 5,000 years. Working and reworking the land, farmers have created and maintained the Dartmoor landscape. Spinsters Rock is a Neolithic burial chamber. It collapsed in 1862 and legend suggests that it was re-erected by three spinsters one morning before breakfast!
Today Widecombe in the Moor is famous for Uncle Tom Cobley and its annual fair.The name Widecombe probably comes from ‘Withy-combe’ a place where ’withies’ or willow was grown. Widecombe was also once well know for its breed of ‘Whiteface’ sheep.
In the autumn the ponies are rounded up in the annual drift. They are brought down from the moor.