A Shortcut Across a Corner of Dartmoor
Up at the crack of sparrows this morning to close Eva down to go into storage before setting off to look after Edward for the day.
Our now regular feathered friendly visitors were most offended that their fat balls had been packed away. All done by 09:02, a kiss for the girl, a good wish for her first time in the yard with so many new friends to make, keys in to reception and off to Ernesettle. Great fun with Edward who wanted a carry no sooner than we had set off for the shops, but the second he saw grandpa who had gone back for the pushchair than those little legs shot off like a rocket. Miff and Andrew came in around four and off we went to Adam and Jen’s to drop Faye’s birthday present off. Happy fifth birthday for tomorrow darling Duchess. Just as we left the radio chirped that there was a road closure by South Brent, big queues. We decided on a new route to Kate and Mark’s in Swindon – to cross the bottom corner of Dartmoor.
We worked out that it is at least ten years since we took this route, lovely to be on the moor once again.
Beautiful in the sunshine but easy to picture the swirling mists of winter when the whole moor becomes a Great Expectations film set. Dartmoor National Park is an area of moorland in southern Devon that covers 954 kilometres (368 square miles).
The granite which forms the uplands dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. The highest point is High Willhays, 621 metres (2,037 feet) 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.
Huge, almost barren green space. Once settled in Swindon, we are on duty as Kate has her gall bladder removed on the morrow – fingers crossed for keyhole and a speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing Team Tinson and spending time with Jack and Seth, for now the seemingly endless bit of the moor.
ALL IN ALL STILL A RUGGED BEAUTY