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Dartmoor autumn hike

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It seems I can't get enough of the autumn colours this year. Just before Lockdown II, a trip to Dartmoor was on the cards. How could I say no? The forecast was for heavy rain all weekend but it had to be worth a try.
Hillside House

It seems I can't get enough of the autumn colours this year. Just before Lockdown II, a trip to Dartmoor was on the cards. How could I say no? The forecast was for heavy rain all weekend but it had to be worth a try.

Nov 09, 2020
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Hillside House Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:00 AM
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Day One, and heavy skies with high winds, but mercifully almost no rain. The hilltop views were staggering. The valley you see here is for the River Dart, into which we now descended.
Forest Stream

At this stage it all seemed pretty easy. Bracken and gorse aside, the going was good.

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Forest Stream Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:01 AM
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At this stage it all seemed pretty easy. Bracken and gorse aside, the going was good.
Raging Dart

After days of rain, though, the River Dart had other ideas. The hiking trail was supposed to pass along the river's bank. The water looked angry about the very idea, but I wasn't about to climb that hill again so we pressed on.

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Raging Dart Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:01 AM
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After days of rain, though, the River Dart had other ideas. The hiking trail was supposed to pass along the river's bank. The water looked angry about the very idea, but I wasn't about to climb that hill again so we pressed on.
Burst Banks

Eventually the trail disappeared completely. Into the river. Not good.

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Burst Banks Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:00 AM
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Eventually the trail disappeared completely. Into the river. Not good.
Round The Bend

After much scrambling, and the merciful help of offline Ordnance Survey maps, we found the road to Dartmeet.

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Round The Bend Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:01 AM
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After much scrambling, and the merciful help of offline Ordnance Survey maps, we found the road to Dartmeet.
Where Pixies Dwell

Not far from Dartmeet is the mystical Wistman's Wood, a small but magical area of gnarled and twisted dwarf oak trees, with moss-covered boulders strewn across the hillside.

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Where Pixies Dwell Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:00 AM
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Not far from Dartmeet is the mystical Wistman's Wood, a small but magical area of gnarled and twisted dwarf oak trees, with moss-covered boulders strewn across the hillside.
Clattered Oaks

The light was fading, and I didn't want to sacrifice sharpness in the photos with a higher ISO, so steady hands were called for with ever-longer shutter speeds.

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Clattered Oaks Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:00 AM
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The light was fading, and I didn't want to sacrifice sharpness in the photos with a higher ISO, so steady hands were called for with ever-longer shutter speeds.
Home Of Hellhounds

As you can imagine, all sorts of legends surround this place, involving everything from pixies to werewolves. All I saw were fellow hikers, and Instagrammers going for that epic Halloween selfie.

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Home Of Hellhounds Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:03 AM
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As you can imagine, all sorts of legends surround this place, involving everything from pixies to werewolves. All I saw were fellow hikers, and Instagrammers going for that epic Halloween selfie.
Haunted Forest

Getting ever darker, and time for one last shot.

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Haunted Forest Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:05 AM
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Getting ever darker, and time for one last shot.
Meander

Day Two, and a far more leisurely hike in the Teign Valley.

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Meander Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 05:55 AM
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Day Two, and a far more leisurely hike in the Teign Valley.
Distant Fields

Still not the best weather, but considering the place and time of year, I was happy that it wasn't raining. Anything else is a bonus. The landscape's colours certainly didn't disappoint.

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Distant Fields Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:05 AM
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Still not the best weather, but considering the place and time of year, I was happy that it wasn't raining. Anything else is a bonus. The landscape's colours certainly didn't disappoint.
Golden Tree

Descending to the River Teign itself, the colours became even more vivid.

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Golden Tree Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:05 AM
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Descending to the River Teign itself, the colours became even more vivid.
Scarlet Carpet

This is a popular place for locals to take their walks, and you can see why. Just out of shot is around fifteen people all trying to get a nice shot of these steps with the carpet of leaves. Sorry to shatter the illusion.

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Scarlet Carpet Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:06 AM
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This is a popular place for locals to take their walks, and you can see why. Just out of shot is around fifteen people all trying to get a nice shot of these steps with the carpet of leaves. Sorry to shatter the illusion.
Life And Death

I don't think I've ever seen so much moss outside Kyoto's temple gardens. The colours here just explode.

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Life And Death Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:07 AM
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I don't think I've ever seen so much moss outside Kyoto's temple gardens. The colours here just explode.
Full Palette

It's dark down here under all this foliage so I sacrificed some ISO in the pursuit of these shots. Well worth it.

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Full Palette Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:06 AM
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It's dark down here under all this foliage so I sacrificed some ISO in the pursuit of these shots. Well worth it.
Ready To Fall

The end of another wonderful hike, at Fingle Bridge Inn. Time to go home and hide from the virus again. Thank you, Dartmoor, for that fleeting glimpse of beauty before the return to life's brutality.

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Ready To Fall Capture Date: Nov 5, 2020 06:07 AM
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The end of another wonderful hike, at Fingle Bridge Inn. Time to go home and hide from the virus again. Thank you, Dartmoor, for that fleeting glimpse of beauty before the return to life's brutality.
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