Dartmoor Walls


Containing livestock
Containing livestock

Like many upland areas around the UK and the rest of the world, dry stone walls can be found all over Dartmoor. Some are hundreds of years old and have fallen into disrepair, others are well maintained and still functioning as they were intended.

Near Scorhill
Near Scorhill
The Two Bridges road
The Two Bridges road
North of Two Bridges, towards Wistman's Wood
North of Two Bridges, towards Wistman’s Wood

The name refers to the lack of any mortar used in the construction, although often nature takes its course and soil arrives and fills in the gaps.

Up close and covered with lichen and moss
Up close, covered with lichen and moss

I’ve always loved these old walls,  to run my hand across the granite is a journey back to the dawn of time on our planet, and to make contact with all the hands that have touched before me. Dartmoor’s dry stone walls may not be as grand as those built by the Incas in Peru and I don’t suppose they can be seen from space like the Great  Wall of China, but they are living, breathing masterpieces in their own way.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands has created the photos challenge of Wall this week, click to join in.





26 thoughts on “Dartmoor Walls

  1. I want to visit your part of the world Gilly. You do it proud. I love your mixing of geology and human history. “North of two bridges” is a particularly spectacular photo, with all that horizontal layering. My most recent encounter with such a wall was at my son’s place (how is a son of mine so practically capable? – must be his father’s genes.) And before that near the Dead Cities in Syria – remembering that part of the world makes me so sad and angry at human destructiveness and murder.

  2. Nice photos, and glad you included the interesting descriptions. My favorite is the “North of Two Bridges, towards Wistman’s Wood” — love the great colors and composition of this one.

      1. She’s still feeling very sorry for herself and has had several more trips to the vets. She’s very happy that you asked though and sends big Daisy licks and tail wags 🙂

  3. beautifully captured and told, Gilly. i agree – every wall, no matter how humble or old, has stories to tell.
    i especially love the close-up with the lichens. so rich!

  4. The third and the fourth are my favourites. Lovely colours. BTW Julia, you may be able to do dry stone walling on a working holiday with the NT.

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