About Dartmoor

Over the Cattle Grid, Postbridge

Dartmoor, in the south-west of England, is a raised plateau of granite formed by wind and rain weathering its original mountains; erosion has left behind a moorland of hills topped by stone outcrops, steep valleys lined with trees, and meanderings of rivers, streams and blanket bog. Depending on the light and weather, the granite outcrops, called ‘tors', sometimes appear to be man-made castle ruins, or enormous stone-age sculptures that contain a weird supernatural presence of their own.

The Moor rises steeply from the sea and this gives it the highest rainfall in the south of England; in winter a light snow comes quite frequently; and mists more frequently still when the cloud-cover is low, or when the air changes from cold to warm and back again. And then, as quickly as it forms, the mist blows away, shadows chase across the hills, and bright sun explodes the Dartmoor landscape with colour.

People have inhabited the Moor for millennia: ancient footprints are here in the stone circles, the remains of round houses, burial chambers, and imperious megalithic standing stones; medieval people left walls and field systems, quarries, lanes and bridges; and our own upland farmers keep a living landscape with sheep and cows, and the ‘wild' ponies that have become the Dartmoor logo.

Dartmoor has protected itself for years through its misty weather, its mysterious landscape, and its magical stories, and because until recently it was difficult to get here, it is relatively unspoilt and wild. It is a wonderful, but also a difficult, place to live. To work and photograph here is a challenge, a delight and a privilege.