Category Archives: Natural Environment

Bridge Over Troubled Waters!


Okehampton Walk and Talk Group approached me regarding an obstacle that was preventing the group from enjoying one of their favourite walks in the Okehampton area and asking if I could do anything about it. Unbeknown to me, an unusual downpour … Continue reading

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Inspirational Ramble!


I have just helped guide, 20 disabled ramblers around the old Loop Road near Okehampton.  It’s definitely been a very worthwhile and inspirational day for me and I congratulate everyone involved. I had been approached by the Devon representative, Peter … Continue reading

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New local plan for Dartmoor adopted


Today the National Park Authority has adopted the Development Management and Delivery Plan (or ‘DMD’ as we know it).  This document was 3 years in preparation during which time we attended around 30 community engagement events, and received nearly one thousand individual comments … Continue reading

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All in a days work!


Working for Dartmoor National Park Authority means that you have access to a huge wealth of knowledge through staff who are Dartmoor experts, or experts in a particular field or more often than not experts in both! However, it is … Continue reading

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Templer Way – Silver Jubilee Celebrations


One of Devon’s oldest and most established walking routes, the Templer Way, celebrated its 25th anniversary with the unveiling of newly carved granite markers at the start and end of the route. The Templer Way is a 29km (18 mile) public … Continue reading

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Exmoor comes to Dartmoor!

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Following an inspection by a Devon County Council Bridge Engineer back in 2010, a well used bridge needed replacing across the West Okement River, downstream of Meldon Reservoir. The engineer classed the bridge as ‘lively’ due to the narrowness of the two railway tracks that had been used … Continue reading

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Whatever the weather…


The recent spell of ‘unsettled’ weather may have played havoc with crops in the fields and people’s veg patches but the grass and vegetation has taken advantage and gone into overdrive on Dartmoor. This is particularly around public rights of way and archaeological … Continue reading

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A job that is worth sitting down on!


A farmer and contractor, Kevin Hillborne, agreed a couple of months ago to donate an English Oak trunk to Mary Tavy school to make some benches. The benches were to go up at the school playing fields, to facilitate a small … Continue reading

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Blue is the colour….Dartmoor’s bluebells are here!


Finally, after the April showers the bluebells have decided to come out in force and are now gracing us with their glorious hues. Last May we posted a blog on the bluebells on 03 May but whilst a few hardy bluebells have been … Continue reading

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Restoring Footpaths – volunteer help required


Dartmoor National Park Rangers Ella Briens and Rob Taylor have planned a number of work parties to restore sections of the footpath that runs through Longtimber wood, and out along the Erme valley, below Wilkies Moor, Ivybridge.   These pictures show … Continue reading

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