Dartmoor Pony, Cornwall

Dartmoor Pony, Cornwall, England

Today, we drove across Dartmoor in S.W. England. This is a remote and rugged high elevation area which is suited to a wide range of activities including cycling, hiking, camping, horseback riding, white water rafting, climbing, river fishing and wild swimming. Dartmoor would also appeal to photographers and artists. Wildlife includes the famous Dartmoor ponies.The landscape includes a number of forests including Fenworthy and Bellever.

Dartmoor Ponies,Cornwall

Dartmoor Ponies,Cornwall, England

Although sparsely populated in the distant past prehistoric peoples lived here and left physical legacies in form of hut circle remains, hill forts and standing stones.

Below is an image of the 13th century Clapper Bridge at Postbridge.

Clapper Bridge, Postbridge

Clapper Bridge, Postbridge, Dartmoor

Today, principal towns and villages include Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Princetown, Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. I was very impressed with the latter, particularly the old and varied architecture, and will feature this town in a subsequent blog post.

Medieval Alms Houses, Moretonhampstead

Medieval Alms Houses, Moretonhampstead, England

 

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