A snowy Sunday on Dartmoor

I went up to Dartmoor yesterday to see the snow – there was plenty of it about on the high moor.

Bennett's Cross 1
This is Bennett’s Cross near to the Warren House Inn

Bennett's Cross 2
Another view looking over to Soussons

Postbridge 2
At Postbridge looking up the East Dart Valley

Postbridge 3
House at Postbridge

Meldon Hill
Meldon Hill

Didn’t see any reckless parking or trespassing on private land which was good but I did hear things might have been different around Princetown.

Poster images of places on Dartmoor and Scilly

I have been playing with some of my photographs in Photoshop – I have for a while wanted to produce some old vintage poster effects. Thanks to some technical support from Simon Lloyd of Visit Dartmoor I now know how do it – thanks Simon. They won’t be to everyone’s liking but I am quite pleased with my initial results.

Hen Tor Poster 1
The National Trust’s property in the Plym Valley – looking down from Hen Tor

Upper Plym posterThe Upper Plym near Calverslake Tor

Cauldron - poster
Inside the Devil’s Cauldron at Lydford Gorge

Teign poster 1
The River Teign near Fingle Bridge

Bennett's Cross PosterBennett’s Cross

Agnes - Gugh bar
The sand bar between St Agnes and Gugh on the Isles of Scilly

Mermaid storm
Waves crashing over the breakwater on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly

Thrift posterThrift on St Mary’s – Isles of Scilly

Great blue heron - poster 1Great Blue Heron – St Marys – Isles of Scilly – second British record

Black Redstart - poster 1Black redstart on Porthcressa beach – Isles of Scilly

(All the images are my copyright)

Bennett’s Cross and a rainbow

I was on the way back from Lydford Gorge to Parke and decided to drive across the moor. I passed The Warren House Inn and got to Bennett’s Cross when a rainbow appeared.

Bennet's ross1
The cross marks the boundary between the parishes of Chagford and North Bovey

Bennet's cross3
Another view with Birch Tor in the background

Bennet's cross2
Looking down the Challacombe Valley

It is not entirely clear who Bennett was – he might have been the owner of a nearby tin mine and the cross was erected to mark his land ownership boundary. Another theory is that Dartmoor crosses are in fact ancient Bronze Age Standing Stones (it is located on  a ley line) which were subsequently reworked into the shape of a cross by early Christians. Information courtesy of Legendary Dartmoor – see here.