Dartmoor, Haytor and the source of the Avon

Dartmoor is an amazing and rugged place. Approximately 400 square miles of wild and generally unpopulated high moorland. Dotted across the landscape are Tors or rocky outcrops. You really get a sense of an ancient and slightly dangerous place. Lots of opportunities for photos here.

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Haytor

If you ever walk there alone it’s a good idea to go prepared for sudden changes in the weather and to let someone know the area you plan to visit.

‘..the place really does have its own kind of ‘vibe’..’

The terrain here hasn’t really changed for thousands of years. Haytor  pictured above is a relatively easy place to get and can be the perfect introduction to anyone thats unfamiliar with the moor.

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Rowan Tree

I love being up here, its difficult to explain but the place really does have its own kind of ‘vibe’. Many trees have grown into strange and unusual shapes, the result of unrelenting strong winds. Criss crossing the landscape are lots of fast flowing rivers and streams.

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Across the moor

A few miles north of Buckfastleigh in South Devon is the Avon Dam and the source of the river Avon. The avon starts here and flows more or less southwards through South Brent, Avonwick and Averton Gifford before  flowing into the sea at Bantham a distance of about 18 miles.

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The Avon near its source

Theres a great walk from Shipley Bridge (OS grid reference SX680629
Lat 50.451047 // Long -3.860666 Postcode TQ10 9EL (approx. location only) up to the dam with lots of great opportunities for photos. Just take a lot of care, it’s really easy to fall in.

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Small granite rock

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