“I have to protect this ancient landscape”
May24

“I have to protect this ancient landscape”

Karla Mckechnie is the Livestock Protection Officer for Dartmoor. She is on call twenty-four hours a day, taking calls from concerned members of the public about animals in distress. As I’m to find out, it’s not just the animals that are at stake. After scouring a small village near Tavistock and knocking on the door of the wrong house, I eventually find a beautiful home guarded by fearless chickens and two very cute dogs. “I was just...

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Delamore than you can imagine
May23

Delamore than you can imagine

With one hundred and forty artists exhibiting at this year’s show, who should you see first? Now in its 17th year, you could be forgiven for being slightly overwhelmed with the prospect of Delamore Arts annual exhibition. The month long show is now in full swing with a hundred and forty artists displayed in the light airy rooms and in the formal garden and grounds on the Eastern edge of Dartmoor. But where to begin? It can feel like...

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It was a crazy idea – why did I sign  up for the London Marathon?
May21

It was a crazy idea – why did I sign up for the London Marathon?

Why did I sign up for the London Marathon? It was a crazy idea I had in 2017 as my 50th birthday loomed. I wanted to take up the challenge again, having last run it 20 years before. I contacted Macmillan Cancer Support and said I’d like to run for them, promising to raise the minimum £2,500 sponsorship. So, I sent off my form and four months later actually jumped up and down when the charity actually offered me a place. Reality hit as...

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Teenagers master Ten Tors Challenge
May19

Teenagers master Ten Tors Challenge

Thousands of teenagers aged between 14 and 19 descended on Dartmoor last weekend to take on the famous Ten Tors Challenge. The challenge involves an unaided trek across the moor, with routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles available passing over some of the toughest terrain in the country for those who dare take it on. The vast majority of those taking part were from schools or youth groups from across the South West, being split into 400...

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Blazing Trails
May19

Blazing Trails

It looks like a major highway but in fact it is the B3357 across Dartmoor at Merrivale, midway between Tavistock and Princetown. Myles Pinkney, a twenty-year-old talented student, took this photograph one evening when, in fact there was very little traffic on the road but Myles used a very long exposure to make it look like a very busy road that crosses the River Walkham. The hamlet of Merrivale is dominated by the spoil from the...

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