Saturday, 23 July 2011

Magical Dartmoor

Well, the weather wasn't the best...grey, cold and very damp, but that's not unusual for Dartmoor. It just added to the wild and moody atmosphere!
We decided to go to Wistman's Wood, as my cousin Helen had never been. It was a very wet trek across bogs, stone walls and rocks, passing huge black cows and blue sheep (yes, really!), but well worth the effort. There's nowhere else quite like it, it's an amazing place. I have borrowed the following description from, as they have described it better than I ever could!

"Nestled on the eastern slopes of the West Dart river stands a wood of dwarf oak trees. Once you walk into the tangled web of trees you are transported into a mystical world of moss carpeted boulders, lichens of all descript, finger like oak branches, all engulfed in a wonderful smell of earth and age. For millennia this small, mystical, stunted woodland has been held in awe and for many fear. Tales of Druids, ghosts, the Devil and a host of other supernatural creatures abound, some dating back to the long lost ages before man could write. Many writers have described the wood as being "the most haunted place on Dartmoor", others warn that every rocky crevice is filled with writhing adders who spawn their young amidst the moss and leaf strewn tree roots. Locals will never venture near once the sun begins it slow descent over the nearby granite outcrops for it is when the dark mantle of night draws tight that the heinous denizens of the wood stalk the moor in search of their human victims. So be afraid, very afraid, as the wagging finger of fate warns you to stay clear and risk not your mortal soul in the 'Wood of the Wisemen'."

I have already made a couple of Dartmoor inspired beads and have ideas for lots more...I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country!

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