The granite which forms the uplands dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The landscape consists of moorland capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. The highest point is High Willhays, 621 m (2,037 ft) above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.
Parts of Dartmoor have been used as military firing ranges for over 200 years. The public is granted extensive land access rights on Dartmoor (including restricted access to the firing ranges) and it is a popular tourist destination.
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WELCOME TO DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK
As much as we love this beautiful crystal clear river, you get that creepy feeling as soon as darkness falls. It feels like there is a dark side to it lol. We’ve heard about stories of witchcraft and sorcery in this side of town so we don’t want nightfall to find us here. Get us out of this enchanting deep river valley quick!
We have parked by the roadside to buy in the shop across the road. This shop is all on its own, surrounded by old forest tress. Its almost surreal buying from this shop. The owners of the shop told us that since the shop is on top of the hill, they can easily be cut-off from civilisation during heavy winter months. When the forecasts are looking bleak, stocking up on essentials are their only means of survival as no tourists can even venture up these mountains. Poor dears but life has a way of toughening you up. Bless them.
Anyway this was the reason why we stopped in that shop. This is a must-have from your travels in Dartmoor. Yumm!
The older and more established European kingdoms knew of England as that small island nation in the Atlantic that is shrouded in eternal mists and fog. In fact, in books about Queen Marie Antoinette and Eleanor Aquitaine- both with High French Connections and links, England used to be given to their lesser heirs, meaning lesser princes and princesses. They reserve the kingdoms of France, Austria, Germany, and Spain to the next in line to the thrones.
You can’t judge a country by just one season, if you’d come here by Spring, Summer, or Autumn, you’d really fall in love with the English countryside. Don’t just let it rain cause that is what spoils all good feature writing about the place lol.
Sheep and ponies are a usual sight in Dartmoor National Park’s roads. Please respect the animals.
Hikers love these hills. In fact in UK, where there are hills there are hikers. Lovely…
Dartmoor Ponies as they are known roam this beautiful and enchanting landscape. When you drive or hike here, you have to respect the wildlife as we are just intruding in their protected habitat. In this part of town, we are the intruders, this is their home. So please respect these gentle and beautiful creatures.
Some of the wild horses that you can see in Dartmoor National Park. If you love wildlife, Dartmoor National Park and New Forest National Park will give you the best days in England.
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This is how a typical English village life looks like. It’s almost like a period drama set.
Here, we are now slowly leaving the highlands. Thank You Dartmoor.
Its now springtime so its lambing season. Here, you can see lambs grazing the fields. They remind us of the peaceful hope and joy that Easter brings.
This is a very eye-refreshing tunnel of trees. As you can see from the leaves, we are now in early springtime.
These views are every landscape artists dream.
WELCOME TO THE ENGLISH RIVIERA:
The flora that you can see here are suggestive that this part of England boasts a sub-tropical climate. In fact calling it English Riviera has some roots from the Riviera lifestyle of the Mediterranean: think French Riviera or Italian Riviera. You’d almost forget you’re in England for a moment, if not for the grey skies lol which are of course typical of an English weather…peace…