Dartmoor: Wild & Wet

 
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So. December was the wettest in the UK for more than a century.

There’s a surprise. And, so far, this year hasn’t seen much change. It’s tipping it down yet again as I write. But there is only so much time stuck indoors that one can stand so yesterday we decided to brazen it out.

 
 

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Wheal Betsy

A former tin mine, the last standing engine house on Dartmoor.

 

It’s fair to say that with the wind hurling sheets of rain through the valleys, and in spite of my best intentions, most of the photographs were taken from inside the car. It was that miserable heavy drizzle which soaks you through in seconds.

 
 

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Bleak

 
 

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Bleaker still..

 
 

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The technicolour, if rather soggy, dream coat

 
 
 
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White water at Dartmeet

 
 

In the centre of the moor we found a beautiful old stone pub with a cosy bar.. and just managed to bag the last free table. The first working Monday after the New Year I had expected everywhere to be deserted. Not a bit of it.

 
 

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“Oy, that’s my patch..”

 
 

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Wild gorse in bloom already all over the moor

 
 

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Next time I reckon, a walk up there.

 
 

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Awwwww..

 
 

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“Hey mate, she’s got a camera.. “

 
 

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“She’ll be wanting to see my fine chest then..”

 
 

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“No chance. Mine, mine, MINE.”

 
 

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Now that’s better.

 
 
 

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134 Comments

  1. M. L. Kappa January 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Bleak and wet, yes, but your photographs are so atmospheric you make it look tempting

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

      I love the wildness of Dartmoor. The low cloud makes it seem all the more mysterious.

  2. Em January 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    You should have rung! I could have done with a break from the logistics of working out where all mum’s stuff is going to go…. Emmie Stobart. Lovely pics and, yes, it’s seriously bleak up here. Xx

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Apologies. It was a spur of the moment thing.. decide and go. I thought it would be rather unfair to spring it on you at such short notice!
      Bleak but, as everyone has said, hauntingly beautiful.

  3. Chloris January 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Wet and soggy, but wonderful pictures. Best seen from the car on a day like that. Still the ducks enjoyed it. The pub was a good idea, tramping over the moor in horizontal rain is not fun. You might disappear into a bog.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

      You can see from the pictures, particularly the one of the ponies, just how wet the ground is. Plenty of bogs to choose from.

  4. Backlane Notebook January 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    We too decided we had to get out in the fresh air and headed for the Somerset Levels. It was bitterly cold and very wet and my photos were pathetic. Yours as usual are lovely and show how exquisite the moor is. Glad you found a pub-we had smoked salmon sandwiches and Christmas cake in a hide.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

      That sounds fun too, especially Christmas cake in the hide! I hope the Levels have escaped the flooding this time around.

  5. ann January 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Think I would have stayed in the car too! Lovely read, I always enjoy your posts …..ann

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

      It’s a beautiful county we live in. I did better last year and will do better still this at getting out and about and enjoying it.

  6. Charlie@Seattle Trekker January 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    A raincoat and an umbrella should help…A very gorgeous part of the world, you really got some amazing landscapes.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

      We weren’t really dressed for the weather. I had boots but rapidly discovered they now have a hole!

  7. Jacqueline January 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I love your angry, windswept and dramatic photographs Jessica …… perfect weather for ducks !!! XXXX

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

      We should have gone today instead.. The sun is shining! But sometimes dramatic weather makes for the best photos. I’d hoped for rays of sun shining out from the clouds, rainbows or something like that but didn’t see the sun at all 🙁

  8. kate@barnhouse January 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    A great photo story, thank you, it made me smile – reminiscent of our recent holiday in that area. How wonderful to have such scenery on your doorstep,mat any time of the year.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

      You have some wonderful scenery on your doorstep too! The trouble is the proximity of it, and the coast too, makes visiting these places all too rare. There’s always another day, especially when you’re busy.

  9. Island Threads January 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    good to have a car to hold up in, not the weather for walking the moors, nice photos, as others have said full of atmosphere, hope you blew away the cobwebs and had a good pub lunch, Frances

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

      At one time the clouds closed in completely and the rain turned torrential. There was nothing else for it but to stop in a car park and wait for it to go over. I’m glad we weren’t out there on foot at that moment! Like the islands though, when you get a good day there is absolutely nowhere better to be.

  10. susurrus January 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Wild, wet but still wonderful. I especially love the picture of the two birds each standing on one leg – that’s a classic! I suppose if we were birds, we’d understand!

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      I love that picture too. While I was focusing the camera one of the geese had both feet on the ground, then suddenly decided to lift one of them. I was lucky!

  11. jenhumm116 January 5, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Love a duck! Gorgeous photos.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Thanks!

  12. Julie January 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Your walk despite the rain looks wonderful, if we stayed in every time it rained in the UK we would hardly go out! Lovely enticing photos too.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

      It would limit things a bit for us wouldn’t it! The irony is, today has started out gloriously. I don’t suppose it will last.

  13. bumbleandme January 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Wild and wet ……………. but very beautiful. X

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Dartmoor is lovely whatever the weather!

  14. Janet/Plantaliscious January 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Oh, well done for getting out there Jessica! Love your diva camera-hogging feathered friends, that sequence made me chuckle. Don’t tell anybody, but we’ve had a couple of drier days… Ground still sodden but it reminded me that (crosses fingers) the rain won’t be permanent.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

      The weather forecast is actually looking a bit drier for a few days and sunny today. If only the ground would have a chance to dry out I might even get some gardening done before the next lot hits!

  15. Archie The Wonder Dog January 5, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Stunning photos – thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thanks and welcome Archie!

  16. sweetbriardreams January 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    The weather may be bleak but the colour that strikes through is amazing. Love the geese posing, cheeky things! x

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Cheeky indeed! I suppose it’s their normal way of warning something off, making themselves look as big and scary as possible.

  17. FlowerAlley January 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Another adventure for me from you. I love the sequence of the geese pair and dialogue. Thanks…again.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

      I do love geese, they always make me smile 🙂

  18. Sue Garrett January 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    You have to feel for thise poor animals. Is the post box so that they can write to the RSPCA?

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

      There must be a lot of letters in there by now.

  19. Donna@Gardens Eye View January 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I adored this post even in the wet and soggy gray atmosphere….such a green and rich land….and I love the feathered antics…..

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Today the sky is clear and blue.. And I’ve been stuck for the last two hours behind an overturned petrol lorry on the motorway. Isn’t it just typical!

  20. Joanne January 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Fab, just the thing after the festivities of the season x x

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Not a single goose was eaten in the production of this post 🙂

  21. CT January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Glorious photos Jess. It is powerful weather at present for sure x

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:19 am - Reply

      It certainly is. I wonder if we’ll get the cold winter in the end. Thanks CT.

  22. wherefivevalleysmeet January 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Despite the cold, wet and grey, your pictures have a wild, untamed beauty to them that is pleasing to see. Is picture number three the prison?

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

      The fourth picture is, yes. Grim isn’t it?

  23. AnnetteM January 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Gosh it does look bleak. Love the geese photos especially the last one.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

      The last photo was a pure fluke, but I like it too. Thanks Annette.

  24. Tahoe girl January 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Us too, here in Northern California. It’s rain rain rain… I’m sick of it. And snow in the mountains.
    Love the geese. We stopped feeding the geese in the park cause we ran out of their food. But they know us so the sqwak and follow us . Some people are afraid of the geese, I guess because they are quite large. But, I’ve never minded them . Some people even carry a stick.. ( what is wrong with them) the people , not the geese.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

      They can be very aggressive. Having been bitten by a goose I can vouch for the fact that it does hurt! I was feeding it and it decided it wanted more. So do be careful, especially with the wild ones.

  25. Amy January 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Good weather for geese and the well-wooled… And some fantastic from-the-inside-of-a-car photography 🙂

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

      I often wonder how sheep feel about rain. They must get very heavy.

  26. Sue C. January 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Dartmoor still looks special, even in the rain and the ducks are fabulous. Have a good gardening year in 2016.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Sue, you too. Looking forward to the garden becoming less like a bog!

  27. snowbird January 5, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Bleak but still beautiful! At least you found a good inn! Just loved those geese.xxx

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Gorgeous aren’t they 🙂

  28. Sheila January 5, 2016 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Very atmospheric photos. I love the colour palette of greens, greys and rusts.
    The ducks are very amusing, especially the synchronized one step!
    Extremely cold here for the last 24 hours, but due to warm up by a dozen degrees by the weekend.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

      I’ve been wandering about on a closed motorway, where I’m currently stuck, and there is a definite chill in the air today. Not as cold as it is with you though!

  29. Alison January 5, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Your weather matches ours here in the American PNW. I wish we had a cozy English pub to go to. Starbucks just doesn’t do the trick.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

      There’s usually a good pub somewhere to hand. The country ones are especially nice in winter. I take them for granted, I think, until I travel out of the UK!

  30. germac4 January 5, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Lovely lovely photos, not to mention the ducks, almost talking to you! I’m glad we are just back from our holidays so I can see your post on our big computer screen. Thanks for putting on your wellies and taking all those photos, great post.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gerrie. I hope you went somewhere nice for your holiday, although anywhere is nice in Australia!

  31. D January 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    It can be so bleak on the moor at times but you have still managed to make it look wonderful. You found some good models too! Sarah x

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      They were making the most of the limelight weren’t they! It was the bleakness of the moor that I was hoping to capture, so atmospheric.

  32. Anne Holt January 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Despite the weather your pictures were lovely, thank you for sharing xx

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Anne, thanks. We have to make the most of whatever the weather throws at us down here, as you know!

  33. Brian Skeys January 5, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    We have had a better day, weather wise, here today, it was a joy to be able to go out in the garden for a while.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Oh, I envy you that. The garden is like a quagmire here. I was hoping for a few dry days but looking at the forecast again just now I see the rain spots have found their way back.

  34. Beth @ PlantPostings January 6, 2016 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Dartmoor is hauntingly beautiful, and your photos (from inside the car? impressive!) are fabulous. I didn’t realize you’d broken such a long-standing record for precipitation! Well, I hope January will be a little drier and easier to navigate.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      I was using a long lens, resting on the door frame, so I was able to bring things much closer than they were in reality. Although one of the ponies decided I might have food and stuck her head through the window after a while! Yes, apparently this last December was a record breaker.

  35. frayed at the edge January 6, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Super atmospheric photos! And you even found an old stone building with a post box set into the wall – did you know that there is a group that has been cataloguing all the post boxes in Britain? I wonder if they have visited that one! It continues to be very wet here too – I am in serious need of some bright frosty days!!

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      The post box was way up on the moor and not too many houses around it either. I couldn’t see from the photo, even greatly expanded, how frequent the collection times are but I’m guessing not very!

  36. jannaschreier January 6, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I should think I’ll be able to walk back to England in March. We’ve also had over 120mm of rain so far this week in Sydney; can there be any water left in the oceans or is it all now in the sky? Well done for getting out and about despite it all; I’m hopeless in the rain. Love the geese narrative!

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      That sounds a lot for Sydney! I do wonder where all this water is coming from, as it seems to be everywhere in the world all at once! Even California is in line for some, which is great news for them. Glad you liked the geese, I thought of you as soon as I saw them.

  37. derrickjknight January 6, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Great pictures capturing the atmosphere, and amusing captions

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      There was plenty of atmosphere that day for sure. Thanks Derrick.

  38. Marian St.Clair January 6, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    A day for hot chocolate and a warm blanket…I don’t think I could have been as brave as you. We are having a short reprieve from rain and it is wonderful to see the blue sky again, even if freezing temperatures are the price. More wet stuff headed our way, though.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      We had a morning of sun, now back to the grey stuff. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.

  39. pagedogs January 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I didn’t even see the prison in the fog until I read the comments. Dartmoor looks just as I imagined it, but I’m glad to have accompanied you from my warm, dry house. I hope you get some relief soon from the incessant rain.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      When these old stone buildings can be made cosy inside it’s lovely looking out at the wild country all around you, especially in this type of weather. All very well until you need to go out and get more wood!

  40. Linda January 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    It looks just the way it sounds in all those novels . . .

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Exactly. I could have quite imagined the Hound of the Baskervilles appearing at any moment.

  41. Sam January 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    It’s a beautiful place in all weathers. Great photos, especially of postbox and show-off geese. We had torrential rain here yesterday – I’ve not experienced anything like it. The fields are so sodden that water gushed off onto the roads and they turned into streams. And we’re on porous chalk… Crazy. But, as where you are, the sun is shining today. Hurrah. Hope you’re no longer stuck on the motorway! x

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      We were stopped on the M5 for two and a half hours. Eventually our section of the queue was turned around and returned to Taunton down the northbound lane. As it turned out we got away lightly.. we found a pub, had lunch, and on returning to the fray found that people were still stuck on the motorway. Some for four hours apparently. Not good.

  42. Sigrun January 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Beautiful – I love all your pictures and also the dartmoor.
    Sigrun

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is beautiful up there. Similar to the wilds of Scotland in many ways. Not least the rain!

  43. Peter/Outlaw January 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Bleak and soggy but gorgeous and the ducks are adorable. Foul weather and fowl?

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Wish I’d thought of that as the title… fowl weather.

  44. Angie January 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    What a super selection of pictures Jessica. Personally I loved the one with the wall pillar box in it – I’ve emptied a few of these in my time but never one in such a beautiful spot. Great post! and I really admire your bravery in getting out there.

    • Jessica January 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      I bet the postman/woman sometimes wishes it wasn’t there. Especially if he braves the elements and finds it empty.

  45. Jennifer January 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Your photos are stunning as always, Jessica. I really enjoyed the old engine house especially. I can’t believe you took these from a car, they are very impressive.

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      The roads were fairly quiet so we could stop pretty much where we liked mostly, although there were times when I was told to be quick taking the photo! The engine house was one we did have to get out for, it was down a hill and therefore not so easy to see from the road.

  46. SeagullSuzie January 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Fabulous geese images and they stand out against the grey winter surroundings. We went to Wales last week, I brought the camera but couldn’t hold it still in the high winds, though it was dry at least. Dartmoor looks beautiful.

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      The wind makes things very difficult, especially with it being so gusty. I hope you had a good time in Wales.

  47. Kris P January 6, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I don’t doubt that the seemingly endless rain is wearying but to my eyes the green landscape it leaves behind is glorious. I love the shots of the geese! We’re finally getting some wet weather of our own – but no geese.

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      So glad you’ve got some decent rain at last Kris. The fields are looking very green indeed around here!

  48. Denise January 6, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    I’m always comforted by the sight of a red post box embedded in a solid wall. Don’t know why.

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      I liked the pop of colour it gave to the photograph. I wonder what it’s like to have a postbox in your house. And would you ever get anything done in the garden if everyone felt obliged to stop and chat?

  49. annamadeit January 7, 2016 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Oh, I do love when you get cabin fever! Such a lovely outing – despite the rain! Wonderful photos – the ponies are so cute. With all that space, did they really have to eat from the same small patch? Adorable!

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      I watched the ponies approaching each other from different directions, getting closer and closer until their noses touched. Had to be worth a snap. Thanks Anna!

  50. Amy at love made my home January 7, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Certainly very typical Dartmoor weather! xx

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      It does rain a lot, but on a clear day it is truly spectacular. Very boggy conditions for walking at the moment though.

  51. Linda P. January 7, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I’ve enjoyed your photos taken during your time out on Dartmoor with very atmospheric compositions and the ones of the animals with commentary made me smile.

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. The moors up your way must look very similar at the moment and the reservoirs very full!

  52. willow January 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Lovely photographs. We ventured up on to the moor on Boxing day when we were down in Devon visiting my parents. It was dry but very windy and so mild, 13ºC at Hay Tor in December – the climate has gone mad!

    • Jessica January 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      It’s gone totally mad. Drifts of daffodils out all over Devon now! Hope you had a good Christmas down here.

  53. Alain January 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    You can feel the damp just looking at your beautiful pictures.

    • Jessica January 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      The fields on Dartmoor and around here are almost an electric green after all the rain.

  54. welshhillsagain January 7, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    My sister lives up on the edge of Dartmoor, in Belstone. I love it up there. Great pictures. And Happy New Year. Hope 2016 is good for you.

    • Jessica January 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks and you too Elizabeth. Take plenty of time for yourself.

  55. hb January 8, 2016 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Seems beautiful to me, not bleak at all. Enjoyed your photos very much, particularly the sheep and uh…geese? Ducks? The white ones. Looks like it was a fun excursion for a January Monday.

    • Jessica January 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Geese. Sometimes bleakness holds its own beauty, the sight of cloud and rain rolling over a beautiful landscape does it for me. As long as I am under cover that it!

  56. pbmgarden January 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Such lovely and evocative landscape.

    • Jessica January 9, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      It is. Thanks Susie.

  57. bittster January 9, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    What a sodden, misty landscape, but the photos are exceptional!
    I was relieved to hear you found a cozy pub. My first thought was that the scenery would be perfect for a cozy (indoor) lunch!

    • Jessica January 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      It’s just the thing to do on a day like that. I perhaps shouldn’t have been surprised that the pub was packed!

  58. bittster January 9, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    -oh and gorse does not look friendly….

    • Jessica January 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Not even slightly! The ponies rub against it to scratch an itch, always makes me cringe.

  59. casa mariposa January 10, 2016 at 3:02 am - Reply

    So beautiful!! One of the stone walls has a red door in it. Is that for people? What is it?

    • Jessica January 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      It’s a post box Tammy, a place for people to leave mail to be collected.

  60. CherryPie January 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    It may be bleak and rainy but the inclement weather has given you the opportunity to capture some atmospheric photographs 🙂

    • Jessica January 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      We went up on the moor with just that aim in mind. I think the weather provided!

  61. Anna January 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Fabulous photos Jessica. I’ve visited Dartmoor once on a cool and very wet day in July but it was still most memorable. Glad to read that you managed to find room at the inn.

    • Jessica January 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      The pub was a bit of a bolt hole it seemed.. full of wet walkers!

  62. homeslip January 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I love Dartmoor. As a child we used to stay in one of the gate houses to Saltram and I always loved the days we spent on the moor: picnics, ponies and swimming in the streams. With my children we’ve had many wonderful holidays staying at Sanders at Lettaford. Gorgeous photos, even in the mist and the rain.

    • Jessica January 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Until we moved down here I’d never been to Dartmoor. The only experience of a moor I’d had was driving through Yorkshire or reading Wuthering Heights! It’s certainly been an eye opener, it really is beautiful up there isn’t it.

  63. Rick Nelson January 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    You have captured the essence there rd: Wild, Bleak but Beautiful.

    • Jessica January 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rick. We experienced all three in good measure.

  64. woolythymes January 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    photos taken in the rain/mist always turn out great…..and yours are stellar!!! sounds like a nice little getaway!

    • Jessica January 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Steph!

  65. colleen January 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Ha ha ha. Love the technicolor dream coat and the birds showing off. My mom has a goat that does the same thing–bring a camera and watch her pose! Thanks for the laugh and the gorgeous shots. :O)

    • Jessica January 12, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

      Hi Colleen, thanks and welcome!
      I love goats, well any animal with a bit of character to it, like the geese. Such fun to watch their antics.

  66. Jayne Hill January 16, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Wild, wet, windy – but still very beautiful. Thanks for sharing your day out.

    • Jessica January 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Much like the Lake District!

  67. Natalie January 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    It may be wet but the photos are gorgeous. I was last in Dartmoor in 1988… time to go back!

    • Jessica January 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      They’ve got snow up there now, the pictures would be even more dramatic this week. Thanks Natalie.

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