Dartmoor. Steeperton Tor
A limited edition giclee print of 495. 22x 14.5 inches approximately.
I live in a very beautiful part of the world. As I write this I can see the distant hills of Dartmoor silhouetted against the low winter sky, and, from our garden, I can look towards the North Cornwall coast where lies Bodmin Moor, and, to the North East, the more gentle folds of Exmoor rise above the morning mist.
Dartmoor is the most spectacular of the three moors with massive Tors reaching high above the marshy valleys. One does not have to stray far from the beaten track to be surrounded in a rugged landscape almost untouched by human influence.
We had been to Steeperton Tor some years ago and I had happy memories of a glorious day walking along the ridge of the hills with far reaching views into the Moor. We had then finished the day warming ourselves in a pub at Belstone on the foothills of the moor.
I returned some years later one winter to capture the scene and walked for many miles taking in the beauty and splendid isolation, only broken by the occasional bleating of the hardy Dartmoor sheep. It was one of those crisp winter days with a cloudless sky so that as dusk approached the air was chilled by the oncoming frost and a gentle mist settled in the valley. As the sun slowly dipped behind the hills its rays caught only the highest peaks leaving them capped in a warm glow, whilst I could hear the babbling sounds of the stream in the valley.
Steeperton Tor lies to the south of Okehampton; the marsh at its foot is the spawning ground for the river Taw, which then meanders its way to Barnstaple where its estuary flows into the Bristol Channel.