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Top places to photograph in Dartmoor
These are the very best Dartmoor Instagram spots, curated by the PhotoHound team. If you've got limited time here, these are the must-see locations to shoot while you're in Dartmoor!
Hound Tor is a good example of a heavily weathered granite outcrop. It is easily accessible, situated within a few minutes from the B3387 between Bovey Tracey and Widecombe-in-the-Moor. The site includes the ruins of a medieval village, alongside prehistoric works of stone construction nearby. It is also thought to have inspired a number of artists and writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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This is a lofty tor you can climb up overlooking Burrator Reservoir. It generally has restricted views to the northwest to north east due to Sharpitor behind. The best views are south east towards Burrator. This is best in the winter months as the sun has moved to a more southerly position.
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Bowerman's Nose is a stack of weathered granite on Dartmoor, Devon, England. It is situated on the northern slopes of Hayne Down, about a mile from Hound Tor and close to the village of Manaton. It is about 21.5 feet (6.6 m) high and is the hard granite core of a former tor, standing above a 'clitter' of the blocks that have eroded and fallen from it. The reason for its name is not precisely known although there are several theories.
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Rippon Tor is on the east side of Dartmoor and has a good view over Newton Abbot and the Teign estuary. It is a fairly elevated tor and is relatively straight forward to walk to. Rippon Tor is probably a derivative of Raven Tor and in the past this bird would have nested here.
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Wistman's Wood is a small, remote, ancient woodland area on Dartmoor. Covering just eight acres in area, this isolated woodland is the remnant of an ancient woodland which once covered the moor thousands of years ago, and is one of only three such high-altitude oakwoods remaining in Dartmoor (Piles Copse, Black-a-Tor Copse ).
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Colly Brook is a rive flowing through Peter Tavy which tumbles over a series of pretty falls in a valley shaded by silver birch and sycamore, flowing over and round large boulders covered in luxuriant moss . In places the stream divides around small islands.
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Deep in a wooded coombe on southern Dartmoor, are the twin cascades of Venford Falls. The Venford Brook runs from here down a steep valley into the River Dart.
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The waterfall is on the Becka Brook, one of the main tributaries of the River Bovey. The brook rises just South of Hound Tor, and continues through Becky Falls before reaching the Bovey just below Trendlebere Down.
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As the brook passes through, there are two sets of waterfalls created, with a drop of around 20 metres.
The falls were originally known as Becka Falls, including on Ordnance Survey maps up until the 1940s, but the name was changed to increase its appeal as a tourist attraction.
Brent Tor is one of the most impressive rock outcrops on Dartmoor. With St Michael’s Church at its top, it makes a distinctive and famous silhouette on the Dartmoor skyline. It is a unique example of an early Carboniferous basaltic volcano, now weathered down.
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The tor is unusual as it is one of the few on Dartmoor not to be made of granite. In fact, it is formed from basaltic lava.
Tunhill Rocks is the most dramatic tor on Blackslade Down. A jumble of giant, rocky outcrops located on moorland that drops down reasonably steeply to farmland and hamlets south of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Tunhill Rocks is just south west of Pil Tor. The prehistoric barrow Wittaburrow is a short stroll away to the south.
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