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Picture this. Bellever forest…

20 Jan

Dartmoor is like nowhere else I’ve been in the UK. The vast open skies and desolate yet beautiful landscapes take your breath away with their grandeur.

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Since we are lucky enough to have friends who live on the moor, we’ve had ample opportunity to explore, and on one visit to their cottage in Postbridge, they took us to Bellever forest.

Bought from the original landowner by the forestry commission in the 1930’s, they built a few cottages on the plantation to house forestry workers, but there have been inhabitants on the site for a lot longer.

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Prehistoric settlements have left their mark on the area, with stone rows visible in the woods, and not one, but two ancient stone clapper bridges.

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The clapper bridge at Postbridge.

We parked under the trees and walked out into the sunshine, right onto the banks of the East Dart river, complete with sparkling water, towering pine trees, Bellever Tor rising in the distance, and the ever-watchful Dartmoor ponies foraging in the heather and bracken.

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Ruins of ancient clapper bridge.

The iron in the water gives an incredible rusty tint to the river and the rocks, adding a warmth to the scene, even in the weak autumn sun.

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A real sense of tranquillity hangs over the forest, and it’s easy to see why people have wanted to live there for so long.
And as we strolled back to the car, we were watched by a lone Dartmoor pony, one of the current residents, and I can’t say I blame them.

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8 responses to “Picture this. Bellever forest…

  1. flmabon

    January 21, 2013 at 10:58

    I feel as if I’m on vacation through your wonderful pictures, thanks!

     
    • dalecooper57

      January 21, 2013 at 12:14

      I could ask for no greater compliment, thank you.

       
  2. Zippy Thorns.

    January 21, 2013 at 11:05

    Excellent shots! Really gives a warmth to this chilly weather. It’s almost worth being a Dartmoor pony through the winter if the warmer months are like that!

     
    • dalecooper57

      January 21, 2013 at 12:12

      Cheers Zip. It really is beautiful there.

       
  3. steph

    January 22, 2013 at 04:59

    Gorgeous photos!

     
  4. inkerlot

    January 24, 2013 at 06:49

    Excellent 🙂 love the pictures, bet it looks lovely with the snow too.

     
  5. dalecooper57

    January 24, 2013 at 12:38

    I’m told by our friends out there that it does. But I’ll stick with visiting in the sunshine. ;~}

     

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